I got an email from Pistol Dynamics recently with a pic of my gun. Anyway, judging from the serial number, its the first Signature model that Paul Liebenberg has built on the new in house built frame. Previously, all the Signatures were built on Caspian frames or customer supplied base guns. When I ordered this in 2007, the frames were just introduced. Anyway, its cool, because I've never had the first of any gun. Paul and his wife, Marie, are very good people to deal with and have kindly answered any of my questions throughout this project. Anyway, here is the email sent to me... Dear Brian, Please find attached a photo of your pistol. Paul still needs to do a final test fire but wanted to photograph this pistol prior to 'getting it dirty'. We would like your permission to use this photo in an upcoming Guns & Ammo magazine article. Please let us know if we have your permission to do this. The pistol will be tested and regulated at our next range session and will be shipped out to you after that. Thank you for your consideration. Best regards, Marie Liebenberg Superformance/Pistol Dynamics I remember seeing an article or two about them in years past, but it looks like there will be another in the near future. Can't wait. I'm not sure when the next testing session will be, but I'm eagerly awaiting this new 1911. It will be my first since early spring and certainly a very fine addition to my 1911 collection. Here is the photo they sent me... I just love this custom built stuff. The Browning cuts and ball cuts work well together, as they do on the Hi-Power. The magwell is nicely done. Many of the parts are built in house, including the beavertail and barrel bushing. The beavertail is totally unique in its appearance. The barrel bushing actually locks the gold bead front sight in place, which is a Liebenberg innovation. You can see how it slants inwards at the top. The sight, rather than a typical dovetail, locks in from the front. It can't really be seen in this pic, but the top and rear of the slide are serrated. I like that look quite a bit. I also went with the checkered trigger guard for something different. I'll get some nice exotic wood grips for it in the future, but I wanted to pick them out myself. These are the standard Pistol Dynamics black micarta grips. Nothing fancy, but clean looking. The other side should simply have the Pistol Dynamics logo on it. The only thing I'd probably do differently now as opposed to two years ago is go with a short solid trigger instead of the three hole. I'm starting to like solid triggers more and more. That will have to wait for my next custom from Gemini, as I'm not going to change anything that comes out of Pistol Dynamics. Also, before anyone mentions it, Paul Liebenberg is basically the father of the external extractor on a 1911. He perfected it when starting up the Performance Center at Smith & Wesson years ago. Because this is a Signature from him, I wanted it with the EE, as nearly all of his scratch built pistols have it. He told me he gets perfect case extraction using the EE, whereas every case lands in the same spot. That sounded cool to me and I never had an issue with external extractors on 1911s. I have several with them. More pics as soon as I have it (on carpet this time). Now that a pic has been dangled in front of me, I want this gun that much more. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!