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1911 to customize

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by gomerpyle, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. gomerpyle


    Apr 13, 2009
    Motor City
    So I've recently talked my work into getting a couple Haas CNC machines, new computers, and design software (we were living in the stone age). I pretty much have free reign on any "side" work I want to do. My owners are gun fanatics so they'll be happy with my extra curricular work, they have some nice 1911's themselves. I'm thinking about getting a 1911 to tinker with and make my own parts. What are your recommendations on a platform to start with?
  2. Ruggles


    Jun 13, 2005
    I say Colt or Springfield would be the best best money / quality wise.

  3. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Very cool. Wilson makes slides and frames. Caspian is good too. Do your machines allow you to engrave?
  4. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
  5. gomerpyle


    Apr 13, 2009
    Motor City
    That's funny you mention engraving. This week we just got a laser engraver that we're hopefully going to do our lifter engraving with. The lady came in to train me and my boss and her program she had loaded for demo was Surefire's. She just sold them all their equipment. Hopefully we get at least 1 machine ($50,000). Just depends on our profit margin after purchase. I'm trying to cut down on outsourcing this year, it's costing us a small fortune. So yes, hopefully in the future I can do engraving.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2011
  6. gomerpyle


    Apr 13, 2009
    Motor City
    I was thinking Springfield just because they're easier to find. As far as tolerances & material go, what would make colt better? Not trying to cause a dispute on whose better, just a general synopsis on why. I'm a newbie when it comes to customizing 1911's. Companies like Morris Customs base their work on colts so there has to be a reason.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2011
  7. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
  8. gomerpyle


    Apr 13, 2009
    Motor City
    :chatter:no faith! I was mostly thinking starting with grip safeties, thumb safeties, slide releases' and triggers. Maybe venture into barrel bushings, MSH's, slide to frame fit, etc. But only after I examine what works and what doesn't. I don't want to compromise a particular gun just to make parts right now. I'm not trying to be the next Les Baer, just trying to do something fun and different with my spare time. Like I said I'm a newbie when it comes to things like this with 1911's and looking to change that. What I don't know, I find intriguing and a challenge.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2011
  9. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Right behind you...
    My new to me Springer as an awesome slide to frame fit. The only thing about the Springer Beavertail safety is harder to fit (for GI and Milspec) I believe, more filling and sanding.
  10. quantico

    quantico 1911 lover Millennium Member

    Sep 15, 1999
    My advice would be colt. They are in many ways the industry standard. My first 1911 building was on a colt. Ed brown pistols along with wilson hold the tightest tolerances from pistol to pistol so those are possible second level pistols to work. With.
  11. Cobra64

    Cobra64 Deals in Facts

    I could send him mine. :rofl: