I finally built and tested my 1911.
It took me 3 long months to aquire all the parts, but I finally fitted and assembled my 1911. I now understand why custom houses charge so much for their guns. It isn't just the cost of the parts, but the very painstaking process to fit the parts. I have come away with a great appreciation for the work that goes into building a quality 1911.
I started with an Essex s/s enhanced slide and G.I. frame.
The frame is cut for Novak Lo-mount rear and dovetail front, lowered/flared port,extended ejector, and front/rear serrations.
I purchased the balance of the parts from Brownells, they include:
C&S Tactical Match Trigger set. 4.5lb pull
Nowlin drop-in light trigger, and s/s extended tactical mag catch.
Ed Brwon Drop-in Match Barrel and pre-fitted Bushing.
Novak Low-mount fixed rear tritium with matched front tritium sight set.
Ed Brown Hardcore s/s Slide Stop, FPS, firing pin, recoil spring guide(blued), s/s recoil spring plug, and s/s rebuild pin/spring kit.
Wilson Bulletproof s/s Extractor, extended tactical thumb safety, and drop-in s/s beavertail grip safety.( this safety doesn't require cutting the frame)
Masen s/s arched checkered MS housing.
Wolf 18.5lb progressive recoil spring and extra power FP spring.
Mec-gar 8rnd magazine.
I spent a week fitting these parts with the help of both Kuhnhausen shop manuals and a dvd featuring Bill Wilson and Ken Hackathorn. I also did a complete dehorn job on the gun using 400grit paper to break all the sharp edges.
Then it was off to the range for a shakedown. I was using 230gr wolf ball ammo. My gun was printing 5 shot groups of 2-2.5in @ 25yds. I had no failures to feed, eject, or fire at all. I put 100 rds through it and then took it down to inspect for any abnormal wear and found none. I cleaned it up and relubed it with Gun Butter.
After I get about 1000rds. through it to break it in well, I am going to send it off to Robar for a complete NP3 job.
It was a very satisfying first build. I am planning my next build using Caspian parts as a base. I'm hooked
Photos will be uploaded after I borrow the wife's new digital camera (her x-mas present)
here are some photos
Last edited by easher; 12-28-2006 at 10:46 AM.
Reason: photos added
Sounds like a good deal to me. If that was your frist one 3 months was fast for a learning gun smith. Will be waiting for the pictures. Good luck and good shooting.
You'll like the NP3. Great stuff.
I'd say everybody here needs to see it. It's an addictionyou know.
Wow: Great looking Gun!
Never argue with drunks or crazy people.
It looks great! Nice build...
You have a beautiful gun, and a great experience in building it.
Gun manufacturers can get "ready-to-run" parts that really just go together and work. Some have their labor done off-shore, some like Colt do it the hard way, and here. You built yours from a cornucopia of fine, aftermarket parts, and had a great, albeit short [1 week] experience.
"Top drawer" full-on customs, with their swoopy super-fitted beavertails. checkered, serrated whatevers, generally, are labor intensive, and expensive eye candy. Form is nice, fit and function are what really matter. It looks like you have made a pretty good selection.
Please let us know how it shoots, eh?
It sure looks like a fine job to me Easher. Keep up the good work as they do get a little bit easier the more you do. That's what I been told. I am a big chicken when it come to building one from scratch. Good luck on all your future projects.
Looks like you did a great job. How does it shoot?
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