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    Member Nathan Plemons's Avatar
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    Your Dream Custom 1911?

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    If you could build a custom 1911 completely from scratch, what parts would you use?

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    Personally, I think my dream 1911 would be a Nighthawk Talon 1 w/ a hard chromed frame and a black slide....

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    Nighthawk Talon
    I'd never heard of them but it looks like they make a quality piece.

    I've got a friend who does 1911 work and has built several. I'm looking at building one

    Caspian Frame, STI Slide, STI Skeleton Trigger, Ed Brown Barrel, Wilson Internal Components

    Finished in Wilson Armor-Tuff grey frame and black slide.

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    NIghthawks cost $2,000+ - apparently, some people from Wilson left and started their own company - I think the main was the ex-wife of Wilson.

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    I'm planning one now...

    already started collecting a few minor parts. I've got a FLG who does a beautiful job on 1911's, his favorite is to cut a Gov't down to Commander length. In so doing he retains the extra 1/10" of slide travel lost to the Commander and maintains even wear across the face of the hammer.There are a couple of other benefits as well.

    Being into the whole retro look thing, I have in mind a Commander length Gov't Model with G.I. sights, trigger, checkered thumb safety and slide stop and std. grip safety. I already have a new EGW WWII style hammer and a diamond checkered main spring housing with lanyard loop.

    I may go with ball cuts to the slide, not sure on that yet. I plan to finish it with a deep fire blue finish and probably a set of custom ivory grips. If I can find someone to do it, I'd like to incorporate a palm swell into the grips in the shape of the state outline of Alabama on the right panel.

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    Strictly from a cosmetic standpoint I like the Ed Brown models...particularly the Custom Classic.

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    Something along the lines of the LTW #1 pistol in either a Commander or Officer size.

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    Wilson CQB Compact



    IMO the 'officers' size frame matched with a 'commander' legnth barrel is the ultimate fighting 1911.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Plemons View Post
    If you could build a custom 1911 completely from scratch, what parts would you use?

    I'd build another one just like this.






    I used an alloy frame and parts from Wilson Combat, Pachmayr, Ed Brown, Clark, Hogue and Millett.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwkimber45 View Post
    Wilson CQB Compact



    IMO the 'officers' size frame matched with a 'commander' legnth barrel is the ultimate fighting 1911.


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    I might say that it's the ideal concealment pistol but if I know I'm going to a fight I want a full size model. To each his own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nobodE View Post
    I might say that it's the ideal concealment pistol but if I know I'm going to a fight I want a full size model. To each his own.
    Yeah you're right. Concealment is what I was meaning, but NOT what I said.

    Hell, along those lines if i know I'm going to a fight and I can't get out of it. I'm taking a damn AR-15 and 12ga!!!!!!!!

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    I had to be real about my 1911/45 and I couldn't afford more than about $800 bucks. So I dreamed about about something I could afford. That's how I ended up with my dream.

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    If I were to build another one it would be a pure target gun.
    Can you say Looooong Slide?

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    Commander slide on an alloy Officers-type frame, thoroughly dehorned.
    Ed Brown Hardcore internals.
    High sweep grip safety.
    Conventional tritium sights (I actually prefer Mepros to Trijicon).
    Bar-Sto barrel with "combat tight" bushing.
    Short trigger (small hands)
    Small forged Colt-style safety lever.
    Crimson Trace Lasergrips.
    4 pound trigger job, crisp.
    Usual reliability work.
    Mild bevel to mag well.
    Standard guide rod!
    I have a weakness for the old blued slide/hard chrome frame look.

    Though I could actually live quite happily with an SW1911SC.
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    I am satisfied with what I already have. I have a Norinco 1911A1, that was put together to my specifications, by Marianne Carniak of the Accurizer Gunshop in Troy, MI. I also have a Colt LTW Commander and a Kimber Custom Compact. I am happy with all three and my only regret is they do not have 30 lpi checkering on the front of the grip strap. Regards, Richard




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    It would be a customized Delta Elite. Nothing too extreme,

    night sights
    30 lpi front strap checkering
    flat 30 lpi MSH
    extended single sided thumb safety
    probably use a KART barrel

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    Here's the "Original" Dream


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    ~she's a beauty...

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    Hello. I've been searching for that just perfect 1911-pattern pistol for decades.
    The closest I've been able to come has been with this one:


    I am very fond of long slides and couldn't find one to suit me so I "built" this one. It has proven reliable and accurate. Reflections of my homes bricks and mortar can be seen reflected on the slide flats; not too practical, but polished slide flats were what I wanted on this gun.


    This pistol is fed a diet of at least standard pressure loads, and some a bit hotter. It has cleanly put one Texas whitetail in the freezer.


    The pistol groups satisfactorily. These two groups were fired from a seated position with my wrists braced.

    The frame and slide are from Caspian as it the rear sight. They are hand-fitted. I don't recall who manufactured the serrated ramp front sight at the moment.

    The grip safety is from Brown as are the stainless internal parts. The safety is Wilson's narrow "combat" thumb safety. I believe that the other parts are from Brown other than the Caspian hammer strut. The pins are Caspian.

    If I remember correctly, parts totaled around $1200.00 and the time involved was something like 80 to 90 hours. No machine tools were used, just stones, varying grades of wet-to-dry sandpaper, and small files.

    The barrel and bushing are from Kart and are the EZ-Fit.

    The trigger is from McCormick.

    Best.

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    [QUOTE=Stephen A. Camp;31568]Hello. I've been searching for that just perfect 1911-pattern pistol for decades.
    The closest I've been able to come has been with this o




    ~ I've never had a 1911 long slide but you make me want one. What a nice piece of hardware !!!
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