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Do-it-Yourself "Bobtail" or Round Butt of Frame?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Redstate, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Redstate

    Redstate

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    I was checking out the Springfield Custom Shop and they offer a service of "bobtail style" and "Round Butt of Frame and mainspring housing". I have a Springfield 1911-A1 Loaded. I was thinking of this type of customization.
    Anyone do-it yourself on either of those mods? I guess it would involve refinishing the butt of the frame. How difficult a job was it for you? Parts cost as well? Thanks.
     
  2. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Troy
    I did a round butt on my Loaded project, then went onto a
    bob-tail. Cost was about $100, not counting sandpaper &
    refinishing. Took about four hours, only special tools needed
    are the jig from Ed Brown, drill press and an anti walk drill bit.
    Jig & bit are available at Brownells.
    Below is a link to the pics i took while doing this. The Springer
    is currently at a shop getting refinished.

    pics are in reverse order, take a look at page 2 first.
    Link for the round butt,

    http://s30.photobucket.com/albums/c341/faawrenchbndr/Springfield%20Loaded%20project/

    Link for the bob-tail,

    http://s30.photobucket.com/albums/c341/faawrenchbndr/Springfield%20Loaded%20Project%20bobtail/
     


  3. Redstate

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    Great work! The rounded would be something I would try to tackle; however, I would be very leary on the "bobtail style", unless I had a project gun and the jig. I do like the bobbed style better.
    I wonder if there is a way to do a parkerize touch-up on the rounded area myself without sending it out?
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2013
  4. faawrenchbndr

    faawrenchbndr DirtyThirty fan CLM

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    Brownells has a few products that would provide a good touch up.