Let's talk custom guns, with details

dan187 posted:

No specific requirement for how custom it is right?

This is my lone 1911, a Springfield Armory Loaded model. I bought it for a song from another guy in the barracks, with only 100 rounds through it. I know the round count because I was with him when he bought it new, and the one occasion he fired it on. After a few years of ownership I decided it wasn't 100% what I wanted, and started reading up on 1911's. After hours spent combing over 10-8 performance's website and reading Hilton Yam's recommended shops, I decided to send it back to Springfield Armory's custom shop. I had them perform the TRP package with just a couple of tweaks to it. I had them install a  Smith and Alexander magwell instead of their two piece version, that was to rid the gun of the ILS. I also had them install a single sided safety instead of ambi (this is a fun gun, not defensive use). I went with a GI guide rod, just personal preference.  Sights are an XS Standard dot front, with an LPA rear that has been opened up to match. I plan to swap the rear for a 10-8 Performance at some point. So not a full bore custom, but as close as I got.

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How do you like LPA adjustable sight?

I'm pretty sure I have a 10/8 rear sight in the parts box somewhere, if you are interested.

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I really like the sight, I just don't have confidence in its durability. Then again, it's a fun gun. I will probably just run the LPA until I break it (if I break it). I really do prefer an adjustable sight when I am trying for accuracy.

Thanks for the offer though.

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Cylinder & Slide Kahr CW40.

This gun was built by Cylinder and Slide recently and was featured in the HANDGUNS Buyer's Guide for 2017.  C&S took the lower level gun (the CM40 is the better optioned model from the factory), and machined a dovetail for the FO front sight, performed a trigger job with a polished trigger.  They recrowned the barrel and polished and throated it as well.  They gave the silde and slide stop a much needed dehorn.  The frame was stippled, and the mags were fitted with better followers.  The extractor was tuned, and the ejection port opened up slightly.  All in all, a very clean single stack carry gun, in a serious caliber, tuned for real reliability and accuracy.  C&S's work isn't cheap, but it is very nice.

 

I like the Kahr..I'v got both a PM9 and P9, and I've considered sending them off for a little tuning. 

 

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"Good landing, good fight, and good luck" James M. Gavin 09Jul43

 "they say if it works, it's a good tactic...I say anything can work once" 

I had a Kahr PM45. I dumped it because it wasn't reliable. Every once in a awhile I think about getting another and sending it to cylinder and slide but I think it's problems is the magazine. The floor plate was  plastic and slightly extended. it should have been metal and flush fitting. If Kahr had made these to take 1911 mags they wouldn't be able make them fast enough. 


 

They look like 1911 mag bodies. I don't know why they didn't engineer them to take 1911 mags for a reload . Obviously a  five round mag wouldn't work in a 1911 but what a great idea for a backup to a 1911. I know the full size mags would extend and the is the possibility of shoving the mag in too far but if you tactical reloaded with the slide forward to worries. Most of my malfunctions were FTF. It seemed as if my grip was catching on the plastic floor plate and pulling the mag down  a little bit. I wished they made it a little shorter so I could curl my little finder under like the old detonics


 

I have something to add to this awesome thread. I have always liked the Browning Hi Power. Several years ago while I was working part time in a gun shop I was able to purchase a well used Hi Power for almost nothing. It was an older version with the internal extractor. I had a local smith fix the extractor, but I don't shoot it much as I have not been able to find a source for the internal extractor. I have heard of people replacing the slide with a newer version or one from an Inglis Hi Power clone, but have not delved into that.  

 I always wanted a custom Hi Power that fixed the two issues I had with them. Those two issues were the sights and the trigger. While I wanted a custom Hi Power I didn't really want to pay the custom price. For one custom pistol I could buy a new Glock with the sights I wanted, ammo, and a class. Or at least come close. This thread like many others on LF loosened up my wallet. I sold a few guns and traded others. I ended up acquiring three pistols and would like to talk about them for a minute.

 Browning Hi Power from KS Customs. I had never heard of this smith, but I know I do not know every gunsmith out there. I traded a Glock 17 MOS and some cash for this pistol. The individual I traded to received this Hi Power in a trade as well and was not the original owner. He did not have the build sheet so I am going from what I can tell. I have contacted the smith and he is on break until after the New Year, but promised me the build sheet when he gets back from vacation.

 -Novak rear sight with a fiber optic front, green. I am not sure on the maker of the front sight. This is my first pistol with a FO front sight and I like it. May not be my choice for all applications, but this is a fun gun for me and it will spend most of its time at the square range with occasional carry.

-C&S trigger and commander hammer. I do not have a trigger pull gauge, but the trigger is very nice.

-Stippled frame front and rear. Before having this in my hand I did not think it would provide enough grip. I was wrong. Not as much grip as say a 1911 with checkering, but an improvement over stock. I believe the base pistol was a MK3 Practical as the serial number is not on the grip, but on the upper frame and slide.

-Stippling on top of slide. I have seen this on custom 1911’s, but never a Hi Power and I prefer it. Supposed to reduce glare but I find it makes it easy to acquire front sight.  

-TAF-1 finish two tone.

Browning Hi Power MK3 from Don Williams. The owner had recently received this from Don Williams and did not like it. He wanted another 1911 he could send to another smith and I was happy to trade him a stock series 70 Colt Government. The day before he posted it for sale/trade I had called Don Williams and was told 6-12 months before he could think about taking new work. Basically I had someone test fire it for me and avoided a long wait. I don’t like waiting. This one I have a build sheet for.

 -Trigger job with C&S hammer. Used Browning trigger for an excellent trigger job

-Beavertail. Having an example with a beavertail I much prefer this.

-Harrison rear sight black with Harrison front fiber optic

-Custom external safety. Very much like the 1911 safety.

-Stippled front and rear frame. This one has the serial number on the grip and is stippled around.

-Re blued in a deep blue almost black

 I am very happy with my new Hi Powers. Before I got these I bought two stock Hi Powers in 9mm, one a practical and another MK3. I am going to keep one of them and send it to Karl Sokol. I like the extended safety on my Action Works Hi Power better than the one on the KS Custom and that may be something I rectify.

The last pistol is a Springfield Armory Range Officer in 45acp. John Harrison advertised it on his Facebook page prior to Christmas. A close friend of his bought it new and had Harrison work on it a bit at as time from 2011 to last month. Harrison advised the owner did not shoot it much and he was trying to off load it now for a custom 1911 from him. Harrison did the following.

 -Install his rear sight, plain black and front red fiber optic

-Harrison design trigger and ignition system.

-Harrison magwell

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not a lot of custom work, but it addressed some minor issues with a good out of the box pistol. I have not shot this one yet. Hopefully will get to that this week. My pictures are horrible. I used the sellers pictures where I could.

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I am a bit late to this thread but seeing it has been a while since  no long guns here is what I have.

First is a 308 built by Long Rifles Inc. The action was trued, bolt fluted, LRI 20 MOA scope mount, LRI bolt knob installed and a Timney 512 trigger. The barrel is a Bratlein M24/M40 contour 26” barrel all Cerakoted flat dark earth. The stock is a McMillan M40A3.Scope is Leupold MK4 4.5x14x50

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Second is a High Caliber Sales MK13 Mod5 300 win-mag stainless steel accurized Remington 700 long action, Lilja barrel 26.5” ( 1:10), AAC MK-13 SD break, stock is AICS 2.0, tuned Remington factory trigger, M16 extractor bolt mod, Nightforce 20MOA scope rail mounted; and Badger IMUNS clip on adapter, Nightforce Rings and Leupold MK4 4.5x14x50 scope

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Third is an SPR MK12 Mod 1 clone built by myself. 18” 1:7 twist 223 Wylde chamber White Oak SPR barrel rifle length gas tube with Badger .750 SPR Gas Block, rail is Larue 12.0, muzzle break is AAC MK-13 SD. Upper and Lower are matched REV ARMS , Trigger Geissele SSF and VLTOR A5 stock system. Scope mount Badger SPR and Leupold MK4 3.5x10x44

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MAC08 posted:

I am a bit late to this thread but seeing it has been a while since  no long guns here is what I have.

First is a 308 built by Long Rifles Inc. The action was trued, bolt fluted, LRI 20 MOA scope mount, LRI bolt knob installed and a Timney 512 trigger. The barrel is a Bratlein M24/M40 contour 26” barrel all Cerakoted flat dark earth. The stock is a McMillan M40A3.Scope is Leupold MK4 4.5x14x50

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Second is a High Caliber Sales MK13 Mod5 300 win-mag stainless steel accurized Remington 700 long action, Lilja barrel 26.5” ( 1:10), AAC MK-13 SD break, stock is AICS 2.0, tuned Remington factory trigger, M16 extractor bolt mod, Nightforce 20MOA scope rail mounted; and Badger IMUNS clip on adapter, Nightforce Rings and Leupold MK4 4.5x14x50 scope

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Third is an SPR MK12 Mod 1 clone built by myself. 18” 1:7 twist 223 Wylde chamber White Oak SPR barrel rifle length gas tube with Badger .750 SPR Gas Block, rail is Larue 12.0, muzzle break is AAC MK-13 SD. Upper and Lower are matched REV ARMS , Trigger Geissele SSF and VLTOR A5 stock system. Scope mount Badger SPR and Leupold MK4 3.5x10x44

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Awesome rifles Mac!.  Love  the Mk 13 mod 5.  Almost snagged a mod 7.  I must have a .300wm.

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Thanks Con. 

Yeah she shoots like a dream. A heavy dream but a dream none the less.

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Nice rifles Mac. I do not have a 300 in the armory, yet.

Newt your not the only one here who wanted that Don Williams Hi Power. I'm glad I got it. 

I have something coming from a smith and something going to a smith later this week early next week. This thread has released a monster. I may need a couch to sleep on soon. Payment will be in custom guns.

LPD "People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. . . The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives." - Theodore Roosevelt

LPD if you are thinking a MK13 I would recommend High Caliber Sales. The gunsmith is one that worked on the project at crane. 

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