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 3 – Slide is trammed in and Craig is showing me how to do the first cut. Notepad at the ready for machining instructions.
Step 4 – Day 1. The slide is done! Cut and blasted with aluminium oxide.
Step 5 – Slide and Frame are cut and fitted together! Looking good!
Step 6 – Starting the sanding process and removing the tool marks. This is the initial phase.
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.
Step 8 – The other side
Step 9 – Back apart and ready for prep for blueing…
Step 10 – Sanded to the 600 grit level. Lots of sandpaper and kerosene (water may work, but kerosene prevents rust)
Step 11 – …and a 1000 grit wet sanded. Now we are ready for blueing:
…here are some pictures: