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    Talking 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







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    Last edited by easher; 12-28-2006 at 10:46 AM. Reason: photos added

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    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.

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    Np3

    You'll like the NP3. Great stuff.

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    Can't wait to see it.

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    I'd say everybody here needs to see it. It's an addictionyou know.

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    So... How does it shoot?

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    Wow: Great looking Gun!

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    good job!

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    It looks great! Nice build...

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    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?

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    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.

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    Looks like you did a great job. How does it shoot?

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