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Posted: 11/11/2008 10:12:37 AM EDT
I need to find a local gunsmith that I can trust to work on my 1911 but have been unable to find anyone.

Does anyone here know or is anyone here a gunsmith in the Racine/Kenosha area?

Thank You
Link Posted: 11/11/2008 12:03:57 PM EDT
alpha gunsmithing franklin off of 76th and ryan rd
Link Posted: 11/11/2008 12:36:23 PM EDT
Charlie Milazzo is a member of the American Pistolsmiths Guild and a very very good 1911 smith. He works in East Troy Wisconsin. Let me know if you want his number.

Link Posted: 11/11/2008 6:22:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DAVEJ7MM:
alpha gunsmithing franklin off of 76th and ryan rd

I found the full address online and when I put it into Google Maps street view all I saw was houses. It is a person's house or an actual shop?
I don't care either way, I just want to know if I show up.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 12:15:22 PM EDT
it's his house he works out of the basement set up like a shop no overhead.
Link Posted: 11/12/2008 3:09:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/13/2008 12:25:11 PM EDT
Could you send me charlie's info. Im in kenosha and always have projects in mind. Only place i have found is gander if you want high prices and a long wait.
Link Posted: 11/13/2008 12:57:54 PM EDT
Charlie gets all my work. He is a perfectionist, quick and reasonable.

Please tell him I said Hi>

Link Posted: 11/13/2008 4:43:45 PM EDT
Do either of these two do HiPower work?
Link Posted: 11/13/2008 6:52:01 PM EDT
Charlie does. I have pictures of mine.

I don't know how to post them.

Link Posted: 11/17/2008 12:02:28 PM EDT
this maybe dumb question but can you put front strap serrations/lines on a alum frame 1911.
Link Posted: 11/17/2008 12:24:36 PM EDT
B, yes you can have them added. I had asked about it once and seem to remember that they would only do 30lpi, lines or stippling on aluminum famed guns. You then have to have the frame re-anodized. its a big $$ process. You can always use 1" 3m brand non-slip tape from the hardware store, or the "bolt" on checkered front strap.
Link Posted: 11/17/2008 6:08:43 PM EDT
Originally Posted By RavenJeff:
Charlie does. I have pictures of mine.

I don't know how to post them.


You can send them to me and I'll post them. If you really want, send me an IM with your email.


You could set up a photobucket account for yourself. Do you have a 15 year old running around your house to show you how to do it?
Link Posted: 11/18/2008 6:04:07 AM EDT
Well here's RavenJeff's beautiful HP:

That thing is sweet, if I do say so myself. What does the trigger break at, do you know? Is the reset any better?
Link Posted: 11/22/2008 6:43:34 AM EDT
You want me to put these up in the Browning forum?
Link Posted: 11/22/2008 7:23:31 AM EDT
The trigger breaks at about 4 lbs. The reset is long due to the design of the HP.

I have a twin built on an aluminum frame FN model. Very light.

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