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How much to BOB a frame?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by bluelineman, Feb 13, 2010.

  1. bluelineman

    bluelineman Infidel كافر

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    Am considering getting my first 1911 soon. I like the look, feel & functionality of the bobbed frame. How much does that typically cost & where is a good place to get this done?

    I did a search & looked at Gemini Customs. They charge $175 for the labor alone. :wow: Is there anybody else out there that does this work for a working man's salary? :supergrin:

    Thanks!
     
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  2. drc767

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    You also have to consider that you will have to refinish the frame after the machine work, as well. I currently have a Colt at D&V Small Arms (Dave Helton) and he lists his price on the website for Bobtail Conversion "Bobtail Frame Includes Part and Grip Modification 175.00".

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  3. glock2740

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    Give Chuck Rogers a call. He does great work.
     
  4. bluelineman

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    Update 10-13-09:

    I will not be accepting any new work until further notice. :crying:
     
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    Looks like he does nice work!

    Anybody else???
     
  6. AZ Husker

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    A stainless checkered Bobtail MSH from Ed Brown is $76 alone.
     
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    Exactly, you pay for what you get. If you don't want to pay a good smith to do it, buy the jig and do it yourself.
     
  8. Brass Nazi

    Brass Nazi NO BRASS FOR U!

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    Would it be more feasible to purchase a gun that already was a bobtail frame?
     
  9. bluelineman

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    True.

    I wouldn't trust myself. You see, I am missing the "mechanical" gene. :supergrin:

    Probably. Out of my price range. :crying:
     
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    175 is actually a really good price. its not a cheap modification
     
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    I'm starting to figure that out. :faint:
     
  12. AZ Husker

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    Any decent machinist should be able to do a bob if you supplied the MSH and jig from Brown. Then it's just a matter of refinishing. All my bobtailed guns except one are stainless, so a simple run through the bead blaster fixed them right up. But as mentioned before, $175 isn't a bad price.
     
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    $225 (includes MSH) + Refinishing at Springfield Custom Shop.

    The cost of the bobbed housing is $56 - $81 and $45 for the jig (Brownell's pricing for reference), so $175 is a good price if it includes the MSH.
     
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    Thanks. Good info to know.
     
  15. DesertEagle.45

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    I did the work myself and will send it out for refinish when everything else is done.
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    Turned out well. Congrats.
     
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    Thanks Dude.
     
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    I sent a Kimber Pro Carry HD II to Evoluion Gun Works:

    http://www.egw-guns.com/

    They sent me back this:

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    Looked pretty sweet to me!! Cost was around the $175 plus parts range, IIRC.