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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Shadyscott69, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. Shadyscott69

    Shadyscott69

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    Thought some might be interested in a review of the custom 2011 USPSA Limited gun I am having built by Jeff Abernathy.

    It started it's life with me as a used STI Eagle in 40 S&W.
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    While the gun ran well, I thought there was room for improvement. I started my search for a reputable 2011 expert on the east coast. After much research, and seeing a custom build in this months Combat Handguns I contacted Jeff Abernathy in Mt. Holly NC.

    http://abernathygunworks.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Abernathy-Precision-Gun-Works/164135597035219


    Jeff was very personable and invited me to come visit his shop about 1.5 hours from me. I took him up on his offer. I am glad I did. No CNC machines, just a basement shop in Mt. Holly NC. Now this shop is filled with Bridgeport Mills, lathes, and all the finest machine shop equipment money could buy... in 1952. I LIKE it. It was then, that I found out Jeff was the son of the famous Tommy "Tommy Guns" Abernathy. He took over the business when his father passed in 2008. Enough bio, on to the guns.
     
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  2. Shadyscott69

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    Did I mention Jeff has a pistol range out the back door of his shop? More on that later.

    So, he tears into my STI and without pushing, starts making suggestions on making a good gun better and more reliable.

    Trigger was about 3.25#'s and not so crisp. So he replaced the hammer with a Ultra Low Mass Koenig Hammer. A new EGW sear, SVI Titanium sear spring. All perfectly fitted. The trigger is now a super crisp 2#'s It has to be felt to be believed.
    He also fitted a new Wilson Safety, Dawson Mag catch and EGW slide lock.

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    Did I mention that while he was working on my gun, I was in the back yard shooting about $30,000 worth of custom guns? Including the gun featured in Combat Handguns.

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    Oh yeah, he provided the ammo too. He just told me to take what i wanted out of the safe and "have at it". I like this guy!
     

  3. Shadyscott69

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    I asked Jeff what he suggested at this point to improve the gun. He suggested we lighten the slide to reduce the camming acting of the slide over the shooter hand. Ok! They he proceeded to set up the mill to tri-top the slide.

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    BAM! Perfect Tri-Top Slide!

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  4. Shadyscott69

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    Then Jeff set the mill up for the lightening slots we had agreed on.

    This is the slide after the lightening slots...

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    As of today, the gun went off to hard chrome. Should have it back next week. Then I will be doing some custom grip work and a few more things. I will post the final product pics when it is done.
     
  5. That's awesome, one day I'll get around to building custom handguns instead of rifles and shotguns
     
  6. D3S3RT_P3NGU1N

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    Very cool :thumbsup:

    Looking forward to seeing the finished product!
     
  7. Shadyscott69

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    I wish I had the equipment and the talent.
     
  8. bac1023

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    Very cool indeed :cool:
     
  9. Ruggles

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    Gonna be a sweet shooter indeed :)
     
  10. USMCgs3

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    It's a shame I have all the same machines at my disposal but no knowledge. That's a sweet gun man, keep the pics coming!!


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  11. Shadyscott69

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    I forgot to add, he also refitted the (bull)barrel. It now has one of the best lockups I have ever felt. :supergrin: Should be a tack driver!
     
  12. steve1911

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    Very cool!!



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  13. craig19

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    That looks awesome, can't wait to see it finished.
     
  14. Glock30Eric

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    tagging this thread.
     
  15. Oso

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    Sounds like you had a blast! (pun intended) Can't wait to see the finished product and hear the review of how it shoots.
     
  16. WiskyT

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    PM me when you pick it up. If I'm off from work we can hit the range at my club. Jeff is a member and I've heard all kinds of good things about his work. He does a lot of the members' bullseye guns.
     
  17. Shadyscott69

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    Will do. We actually have him doing three guns.Two Limited guns and one Open gun. This is the Open gun.It is already done and at hard chrome. It was in the white in this picture.

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    Serious sweetness. Some guys have all the fun....
     
  20. Shadyscott69

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    Jeff just sent me these pics of the slide on the open gun, above. Look cool with the flats polished and hard chromed.

    Should have the limited slides back next week.

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