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Posted: 10/23/2004 9:06:28 PM EST
I finished my first 1911 tonight -- I plan to have this be my daily carry pistol. It has been 100% reliable even with mixed ammo 'in the white' so I just Tefloned it.

This is a Commander slide with an Officer's frame. Caspian frame and slide which I fit, BAR-STO barrel, Les Baer grip safety, Kings thumb safety, Novaks tritium sights, mostly Ed Brown internals and slide release, STI Titanium/Carbon trigger, and Ti firing pin. I used GunKote 1600 flat black over K-Phos and baked it while my wife was away.



Link Posted: 10/23/2004 9:20:23 PM EST
You do nice work!
I'd be interested in hearing how that finish holds up over time.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 9:31:54 PM EST
From what I gather, regular GunKote and Norell Moly-Resin are the same. GunKote 1600, which I used for this, is less hard but more self-lubricating and is about the same as Dupont Teflon-S, Rogaurd, and Black-T.

I cured it at 300 degrees for an hour and 10 min.

I used this finish because I could do it myself and it is a carry pistol. My second 1911, which is a full size and is done accept for the grip safety blending, will be a blued upper and a hard-chromed lower.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 9:43:11 PM EST
Outstanding!! Love the grips, where did you get them?
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 9:51:02 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/23/2004 9:59:39 PM EST by rsilvers]
Thanks. Brownells. I have the part number at work. I have the part number for every part on it, and part prices in Excel. I think it all came to around $1000 even but I skimped on nothing. The parts are about what you would find in a $2000 factory pistol or a $3500 custom gunsmith pistol. I spent time on things like internal finish and other details that Wilson skips over on a CQB and I will carry it every day until I find a reason to change.
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 9:57:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 10:01:01 PM EST
That 1911 Looks really great
Link Posted: 10/23/2004 10:25:14 PM EST
Wow. I wish I could make something that beautiful...
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 2:36:47 AM EST

Originally Posted By RAMBOSKY:
Outstanding!! Love the grips, where did you get them?



Ahrends thin Officer's 052-000-040
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 2:45:13 AM EST
very nice
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 2:49:00 AM EST
Sweet ........

I like the nice clean look , Rosewood Grips ?
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 2:56:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/24/2004 2:59:07 AM EST by SO-COM]
Is the Barsto a fully ramped barrel? I'm in the middle of a very similar project. I'm using a caspian slide on a Springfield NM frame, but I'm really considering an officers Caspian now that I've seen that.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 2:58:48 AM EST
Thanks. Barrel is not fully ramped.

Side view:

Link Posted: 10/24/2004 4:37:09 AM EST
Very nice Pictures !!
Very Nice 1911 !!
Very nice !!!
I got wood !!

Gator.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 4:49:25 AM EST
Very nice!
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 5:18:00 AM EST
Very nice looking gun! I'm afraid I've just found my next project...
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 5:20:10 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 5:23:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By Black-Lions:
Very nice Pictures !!
Very Nice 1911 !!
Very nice !!!
...



+1

one word: wow!
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 5:36:11 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 6:06:03 AM EST
I tried lots of thumb safties and most did not cover the frame hole. Wilson, Ed Brown, C&S, and Chip McCormick were not good. Also most did not have the detent in the right place! Only Kings worked. I bet Caspians would be good also, but I never tried it.


Officer's frame/Commander slide version

Frame Caspian cast Officer's size with checkering and .250 radius
Slide Caspian Commander size carbon with Novak cuts
Plunger Tube Caspian
Ejector Caspian
Magazine Catch Ed Brown, normal size 419013
Barrel BAR-STO Commander semi drop in #248381
Barrel Bushing
Grips Ahrends thin Officer's 052-000-040
Hammer strut Titanium STI 791-105-100
Hammer Ed Brown Barstock 087-000-010
Mainspring housing Ed Brown Officer's 087-829-020
Grip Safety Les Baer 124-152-100
Slide Stop Ed Brown non-hardcore 087-810-100
Springs Brownells/by Wolff 080-665-046
Sear Spring Wolff 969-302-010
Recoil guide Ed Brown Commander 087-000-031
Front Sight Novak Tritium dovetail, 175 662-005-175
Trigger STI short carbon fiber/Titanium 791-100-001
Disconnector Briley 129-121-100
Pin set Ed Brown Officer's 087-814-102
Sear Ed Brown Perfection 087-045-874
Firing Pin Stop EGW O/S 296-100-001
Recoil Spring Plug Ed Brown 087-000-030
Rear Sight Novak Bar-Tritium lowmount 662-002-004
Firing Pin STI Titanium 791-104-145
Extractor Ed Brown Hardcore 087-813-070
Safety Selector King 487-201-001 or 487-201-002
Screws and Bushings Comes with grips
Finish Moly myself
Shipping / tax

Link Posted: 10/24/2004 8:07:49 AM EST
Sweet!
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 8:16:17 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/24/2004 8:23:13 AM EST by cookie]
Very nice job!

I feel like a rookie now: www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=5&f=4&t=11097

Link Posted: 10/24/2004 8:27:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/24/2004 8:59:56 AM EST by rsilvers]

Originally Posted By cookie:
Very nice job!

I feel like a rookie now: www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=5&f=4&t=11097




Your pistol looks sweet -- I am curious if the grip sfety aligned that well automatically or if you did lots and lots of work on it. I know that would be hard for me to do with the Caspian frame, but not sure about your frame. One thing about hex-head screws -- did you know that Browning designed the slots to be turnable with a .45 case head? There is supposed to be slots.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 8:40:34 AM EST
Very fine pistolla!!

nationwide likes!
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 9:30:24 AM EST
Damn that is one fine lookig pistol. What, if you don't mind me asking was the total build cost?
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 9:45:40 AM EST

Originally Posted By NateM4:
Damn that is one fine lookig pistol. What, if you don't mind me asking was the total build cost?



$1130 if you count everything, including the GunKote and the shipping costs of parts. I could have speced parts to get the price down to $900 or so with almost no real difference.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 9:52:44 AM EST
You didn't make it out of wood?
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 11:32:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By Vinnie:
You didn't make it out of wood?



No, this time I used a metal texture map.
Link Posted: 10/24/2004 5:28:35 PM EST

Originally Posted By rsilvers:

Originally Posted By cookie:
Very nice job!

I feel like a rookie now: www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=5&f=4&t=11097




Your pistol looks sweet -- I am curious if the grip sfety aligned that well automatically or if you did lots and lots of work on it. I know that would be hard for me to do with the Caspian frame, but not sure about your frame. One thing about hex-head screws -- did you know that Browning designed the slots to be turnable with a .45 case head? There is supposed to be slots.



Thanks. I just took my time with it, and kept checking. It lined up pretty well, and I "blended" it to finish.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 11:13:47 AM EST
good God rsilvers, Ive seen your 1911 on EVERY forum.... you must be proud, I would be
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 11:15:07 AM EST
AR15.com seems to be the best. Glocktalk 1911 section has no action.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 1:41:51 PM EST
Very, very nice! Thanks for the pics and the detailed parts list. Thumbs up!

BTW, what are you going to carry this beauty in? And how long did it take to put together?

-YJ
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 1:47:06 PM EST
I am using a Comp-Tac Ghurka and it took 20-40 hours, not sure exactly.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 2:44:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:41:28 PM EST
Bravo!
Beautiful pistol.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:05:11 PM EST
Sweet!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:26:16 PM EST
very nice gun - simple, which i like. like the looks and it sounds like you went all quality. Very nicely done!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:37:19 PM EST
Sweet!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:00:25 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:22:31 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/26/2004 10:23:54 AM EST by dangles1]
What pre-treatment did you do before K-Phos and GunKote. KG suggests sandblasting. I am in the process of building my own and am going to use the same finish you used.
Link Posted: 10/26/2004 10:47:50 AM EST
I use 120 grit aluminum oxide. You can use 100 grit for a really flat look. All I have is 120 and it is too hard to change grit so I never do.

As long as you know to not use glass beads because the resin does not stick as well.

Also, I hear the metal to 120-180 before spraying. A toaster oven is great for this because you can have it near you for small parts which cool almost instantly when hit with the vapor.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 1:53:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 4:50:11 AM EST by MisterFloppy]
words... cant.... describe... should have sent... a poet...


When it comes to sheer beauty, 1911s are king.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 7:47:48 AM EST

Originally Posted By V-Rod:
good God rsilvers, Ive seen your 1911 on EVERY forum.... you must be proud, I would be



He has every right to be.

That is one disturbingly nice 1911.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 8:02:29 PM EST
Holy shit thats one of the nicest 1911's I have ever seen. Very nice work indeed.
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 8:11:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/27/2004 8:18:22 PM EST by MT_Pockets]
Nice Job!

I am looking on Brownells WebSite for something you didn't include in your list....But I will need on mine.....


Part#BIG-SET-OFNUTS to start a 1911 project.
Alternate Part#NERVS-OF-STEEL

MT
Link Posted: 10/27/2004 9:47:51 PM EST
Wow! Very nice indeed!

Thanks for sharing.

-Nugz
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