So a few months back I'm digging through my parts bin looking for something, and I start to take inventory. I had a complete .40 top end, beavertail, SA magwell, grips, trigger kit that I knew worked (had put a Cylinder and Slide kit in my steel gun and this came out). In the end, all I thought I needed was a frame, trigger, and pin kit. I wound up also needing a safety, because the one I had had too much material removed and wasn't functioning. A friend of mine had done a few amateur builds himself, and helped me with the slide to frame fit. We had to weld a little on the feet to get it to lock up properly, and I also needed to get a link kit to fit it properly as well. For the frame, I decided to go with STI for few reasons. I've had great customer service from STI. They are at a lot of USPSA matches, and they generously support the shooting sports. Also, there is an STI Contingency program, so I stand a chance to win STI product. I've already run it at a local match. I did have two hickups, one being a failure to lock back. The mags I had are pretty old, so I just put new springs in and there is a huge difference. BTW, I am running 10mm mags and loading the rounds long. So here it is. I still need to get the frame finished. I kind of like the two tone look, so I'm thinking NP3 for the frame. The top is blued from when it was on a previous gun. I also want to change the front sight to a fiber optic. The black isn't too bad outdoors, but the indoor matches it's hard to pick up at times.