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D&L Sports 1911, why no love??

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by CD0311, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. CD0311

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    A few years ago Dave Lauck from www.dlsports.com customized my Springfield 1911, the thing was amazing!
    I have been seeing topics like "my last 1911" "which 1911" and so on but it seems like I'm the only one that has had or knows about them.

    Is there anyone else?


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  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    I've never seen one of his 1911s. I have seen some of his rifle
    and revolver work. He is a VERY talented 'Smith!
     


  3. CD0311

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    He has guns reviewed on magazines and comments by writers every once in a while but I never hear about him on forums to much.

    I think he had a 1911 on last months issue of "combat hahdguns"


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  4. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

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    Not a chance
    I posted his "Watchmen Guns" before, He is very talented , some don't like the work some do, I would love to have one of his railed longslide guns, set up for 45 super...
     
  5. RetailNinja

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    Impressive work but he jacked the bajezeus out of an ARFcom member years ago. Member then posted the emails after things went bad and D wouldn't resolve the issue. He belongs to an elite group of extremely talented mondo ******s. No Love.
     
  6. CD0311

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    That was it😭

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  7. Officer's Match

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    There is a Colt done by D&L right next to my shop at a pawn shop. Owner has tried for years to get me to buy it. It appears very well done, naked slide too.
     
  8. Jim Watson

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    If it has been there for years, he should be getting right on the price.
     
  9. I heard of him. I had him build a "Professional" or at least most of that model on a stainless Colt back in 1990. He does very nice work, gun was flawlessly reliable and stunning to look at. At around 18k the slide developed a crack from the firing pin stop to the firing pin plunger and Colt wouldn't warranty it due to the customization and he argued that it was a bad slide. Unfortunately I was stuck in the middle, the gun was rebuilt (at my cost with a reduced labor fee) and I was always bitter and ended up trading it off. I swore the next time I would get a Wilson or Baer so if I was in the same position it would have been easier to get fixed. My next purchase was a Baer TRS, wasn't at the same level as D+L but I wasn't afraid to shoot it.

    When I had the gun built I was expecting a 75k service life with minimal fuss, I was disappointed at such a low round count. I don't shoot nearly that much anymore so anything I have or get built will probably last me a lifetime but in 1990 dollars the money I paid him was a fortune. It was a great gun, I took quite a few high count classes, ipsc matches, plates, bowling pin. Always fed and function with anything I put in it and using just about any mag laying around. I primarily kept 4 wilson 47D's mated to that gun but I did have a handful of shooting stars for matches and classes where I wasn't worried about them falling on the ground / floor getting stepped on.
     
  10. Officer's Match

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    It had been built for a retiring local police officer. It has since been back to have the name removed from the slide, hence the nakedness.
     
  11. RetailNinja

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    Possibly, but the rear sight looks wrong.
     
  12. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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  13. I have never heard of them before but it appears that he is a very talented psmith. thanks for sharing
     
  14. CD0311

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    Heine 8s. What's wrong with them?😡


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  15. CD0311

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    That sucks! Bad slide?! Colt should of taken care of it. But I can understand why they didn't.
    I would give my left $&@ for his Pro model!



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    Last edited: Jan 16, 2012
  16. Yes, I understood both sides. That is a pitfall when going full house custom if the part you start with is (unknowingly) substandard. Although the round count wasn't that high for a competitive shooter most pistols would never have seen that high of a number. I'll have to dig out some pictures of it and get them scanned in. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dave's work, it is outstanding. My dream gun now is one done by Chuck Rodgers but I don't think he's accepting any work.
     
  17. Here's the only pic I could find off the top of my head. This was after the rebuild with the new 70 series slide that he insisted on putting the stupid series 80 parts in. I did spring for a Bar-Sto tube while he had it. I should have kept it....

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  18. RetailNinja

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    Nothing's wrong with Heinies. What was wrong is that the rear sight used was a horrible copy, designed to fit GI cuts w/o machining, resulting in a lot of overhang over the rear. The guy was quoted $1700 (guesstimate, not going to search for the actual numbers) worth of work done, and D&L agreed to do the work. D&L then footed him an outrageous bill for over $3k. The guy said WTF and D&L said that the guy should have known that D&L couldn't do the $1700 worth of work w/o doing $1300 worth of prep and reliability work. Add to that the knock off sights.