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40th Birthday Custom Delta Elite!

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by deadite, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Since it's simultaneously the 100th birthday of Mr. John Browning's 1911 and the 40th birthday of deadite this year, I treated myself to something special. A stainless steel Colt Delta Elite in 10mm customized by the wonderfully talented Marianne Carniak!

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    This is one of the new series produced after 2008. Ms. Carniak has performed the following custom work:

    --Wilson Combat beaver-tail grip safety, expertly and superbly blended and bead blasted to match the gun's finish.
    --Wilson Combat extended thumb safety.

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    --Videki trigger with trigger pull set to a crisp 3.75 lbs.

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    --Smith & Alexander flat mainspring housing/mag-well fitted and blended to frame.

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    --Tuned extractor.

    This Delta is so sweet. I took her out today and ran some 10mm down range. I shot Double Tap(200gr FMJ-FP @1225 FPS) and some Hornady XTPs. The Double Tap led to, literally, one-ragged hole at 10 yards. The Hornady did ok, but not as well.

    It has three 8 round mags that have been updated to 9 round capacity with Chip McCormick Shooting Star kits.

    I'm psyched about this Colt. I'm very pleased with the fit and finish and the way the slide is mated to the frame. Lately, Colt 1911s that I've handled at the gun store seem to have a lot of play, but this one is tight. It's the first 10mm that I've personally owned and I love it judging from it's performance today. Not much snappier than 45ACP, IMO. I was set for a small nuke explosion.

    Hope you enjoy the pics!

    deadite
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011
  2. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

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    Nice blend job!

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    Next, I may need to find some custom grip panels with Delta medallions...

    deadite
     

    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011

  3. bac1023

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  4. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Thanks, Brian!!

    deadite
     
  5. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    For those who haven't heard of Marianne Carniac, she was recently mentioned in the new issue of Guns and Ammo Book of the 1911 The Custom Edition.

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    Her shop is in Michigan and she's the daughter of Russ Carniac, another famed Custom 1911 Smith.

    http://www.carniakcustom.com/

    deadite
     
  6. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Thanks! :)

    deadite
     
  7. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Thanks, buddy!
     
  8. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Looks simply stunning,........now I want to mod mine even more! :faint:






    Thanks! :supergrin:
     
  9. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    It feels like a whole different animal with the Wilson Combat grip safety and the lighter trigger.

    Thanks!

    deadite
     
  10. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Thanks, GRF! :)

    deadite
     
  11. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Please excuse my manners,.........:cake: Happy 40th!
     
  12. Looks like a nice pistol, and excellent custom work. Congrats
     
  13. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Congratulations!!!

    Now stock up on Mec-Gar mags and you'd be good to go.
     
  14. 38 Super Fan

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    Good looking gun. :thumbsup: If I ever run into a real good price on a blued one I might just have to try it out.
     
  15. carguy2244

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  17. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

    Thanks, guys!

    I was looking at some Mec-Gar mags. The Colt mags are pretty good, though.

    I keep ending up with stainless guns, even though I love blued ones, but this Delta looked pretty great in stainless.

    deadite