This is turning into a 1911 gunsmith directory, I love it, please sticky I don't know if this has been done before but I thought it would be neat to put together a list of the top "x" number of 1911 gunsmiths. I thought 10 wouldn't be enough and 100 would be too many so 20 it is. It would be nice if you give a gunsmiths name that you also leave some kind of contact for that smith (website, e-mail address, phone number, etc) I'd like to nominate Chuck Rogers http://www.rogersprecision.com/ His guns are the best looking I've seen. Who else should be on the list Baer? Brown? Do tell. Maybe this will be something to sticky later? This list so far. Of course this is just opinions, but it's fun. Obviously there is no real way to rate the top "x" number of gunsmiths, so there are no wrong answers. There are some beautiful guns to look at if you follow the links. Alphabetical order by first names.. * ADDED, as it has been mentioned by PlasticGuy, I want it to be known that some of the top gunsmiths on this list actually have other worldclass topshelf gunsmiths that work for them and I'd like to give them all credit for the excellent work that they do that is sometimes not thought about when you think of the manufacturers. Top 1911 Pistol gunsmiths > Alex Hamilton, no contact info..made some interesting blackpowder guns with 1911 frames.. > Bill Laughridge http://www.cylinder-slide.com/adventurer.shtml > Bill Wilson http://www.wilsoncombat.com/handgun-index.asp > Bob Hunter http://www.huntercustoms.com/ > Bob Londrigan http://www.brazoscustom.com/ > Bob Marvel http://bobmarvelcustomguns.com/ > Bob Miller http://www.millercustom.com/photo.htm > Bob Rodgers http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com/ > Chuck Rogers http://www.rogersprecision.com/ > Chuck Warner http://www.warnerpistols.com/index.html > Claudio Salassa http://www.briley.com/ > C.T. Brian http://www.ctbrian.com/ > Dane Burns http://www.burnscustom.com/ > Dave Dawson http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ > Dave Erickson http://www.conditionone.us/Gallery/index.php > Dave Helton http://www.dvsmallarms.com/ > Dave Sams http://www.samscustomgunworksusa.com/ > Dave Severns www.severnscustom.com > Dave Williams www.Springfield-Armory.com > Don Williams http://www.theactionworks.com/ > Drake Oldham http://www.drakesgunworks.com/ > Ed Brown http://www.edbrown.com/ > Hilton Yam - Contact Info? > Jim Garthwaite http://www.garthwaite.com/ > Jim Hoag, no contact info > Jim Stroh http://www.alphaprecisioninc.com/ > John Harrison http://www.harrisoncustom.com/Home.aspx > John Nowlin http://www.nowlinguns.com/merchant2/ > Ken Crawley http://www.crawleycustom.com/ > Larry Vickers http://vickerstactical.com/ > Les Baer http://www.lesbaer.com/ > Luke Volkman http://www.volkmanncustom.com/ > Marc Morganti http://www.geminicustoms.com/ > Marianne Carniak http://carniakcustom.com/ > Mark Morris http://www.morriscustompistols.com/ > Matt Davis http://www.mdcustommachine.com/ > Matt Gish http://www.professionalgunsmithing.com/ website currently not working. > Ned Christiansen http://www.m-guns.com/ > Neil Keller http://kustom-ballistics.com/ > Paul Liebenberg http://www.pistoldynamics.com/ > Pete Single, I had no luck finding a website, but read his checkering is some of the best. > Rich Dettelhouser http://www.canyoncreekcustom.com/ > Richard Heinie http://www.heinie.com/index.php > Ron Philips http://www.phillips1911.com/ > Ross Carter, Carter Custom Weaponry, website seems to have been taken over by someone else > Scott Mulkerin http://www.sdmfabricating.com/ > Stan Chen http://www.chencustoms.com/ > Steve Morrison http://marsguns.com/Home.htm > Steve Nastoff, May not be gunsmithing any longer. No contact info. > Ted Yost http://www.heirloomprecision.com/ > Teddy Jacobsen http://www.actionsbyt.com/pricing-semiauto.htm > Victor Tibbets http://www.wilsoncombat.com/about_us.htm#Victor_Tibbets Top 1911 accessory manufacturers > Virgil Tripp http://www.trippresearch.com/ Magazines > John VanZyck http://www.vzgrips.com/ Grips Conclusion. It takes years of gunsmithing experience to be considered one of the best. A background in machining and tool and dye really turns out top notch smiths. It takes fine attention to detail, anyone can put all the pieces together. It takes a top notch smith to fit them and fit them right. Details like flushing the the slide lock pin with the frame, filling the cavitiy in the beavertail to get rid of that hammer play, etc. You really get an idea of who's the best by the ammount of work they have on back order and or have to turn down. The smiths that innovate new things that improve the original design in fit and function are in a class of their own and I think truely deserve to be at the top of the list. We are truely blessed to have such a large list of talented gunsmiths.