Rob’s 1911/2011 USPSA Limited Gun Build

There is a custom gun and a “C U S T O M – G U N”. Many believe that if you swap out a couple of parts that you have a custom gun. Well, not really. You may have customized it a bit, but at the end of the day you still have an off the rack gun.

So here is the pictorial of my gun build that Craig and did. Enjoy!

Step 1 – The frame and slide in fake fitted (slide is only sitting on one rail for the picture).  The frame and slide are in the form they were recieved:
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Step 2 – The initial design in pencil.  This is easy.  if you mess up you can erase it and start over….
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Step 3 – Slide is trammed in and Craig is showing me how to do the first cut.  Notepad at the ready for machining instructions.
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Step 4 – Day 1.  The slide is done!  Cut and blasted with aluminium oxide.
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Step 5 – Slide and Frame are cut and fitted together!  Looking good!
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Step 6 – Starting the sanding process and removing the tool marks.  This is the initial phase.
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Step 7 – Now everything has been fitted including the barrel.  While I like STI, I would recommend a Schuemann or Bar-Sto barrel over an STI.  STI might be cheaper, but you spend sooo much extra time on fitting.
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Step 8 – The other side
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Step 9 – Back apart and ready for prep for blueing…
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Step 10 – Sanded to the 600 grit level.  Lots of sandpaper and kerosene (water may work, but kerosene prevents rust)
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Step 11 – …and a 1000 grit wet sanded.  Now we are ready for blueing:
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Final picture:
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…here are some pictures:

 

…and here is another gun that Craig built for Aaron:
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