.45 1911 Build

Finally got this build finished. I’ve built a few 9mm 1911s before but this is my first .45 ACP build. Right place at the right time allowed me to get this serialized frame (California), then I bought all other parts to finish the build. All stainless other than the Kart barrel. Function test target was at 7 yards only. So far 100 rounds down and no hiccup yet. Will shoot some more to see if any problems pop up but I don’t see any unusual rubs or other warning signs. First Kart barrel and I’m a believer. This gun is a combination of Harrison Design, EGW, Kart, Challis, Novak and Wilson Combat parts. Thanks for viewing!

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Thanks for sharing, looks great!

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Looks like a keeper.

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That looks very nice

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1911 = Gun porn

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That is a sexy handgun.

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Well done, Pete!

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The fit and finish look perfect. Good work!

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Thanks all.

This build does not have as many cosmetic extras as previous projects, but I felt just as accomplished and fulfilled. Definitely challenged me in some ways, but entertaining nonetheless.

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Sometimes the classic lines are all that’s needed. What is the finish? (Or is it just the lighting that makes the stainless look creamy?)

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Finish is 200 grit glass bead blasting on stainless. Feels very nice, but not quite my favorite, which is Chuck Roger’s Aloxglass (mix of aluminum oxide and glass bead). Now that is “creamy”.

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I use both alox and glass depending on the application, maybe I’ll try mixing some and see what happens. I have a build just started SS slide CS frame.

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AI, this is what Chuck Rogers uses, to give you an idea or starting point for experimentation: ALOXGLASS Glass Beads/Aluminum Oxide Blast Media, 106 to 212 Nominal Dia. Micron Range, 53 lb Pail - 5W022|M-4 (70-140) - Grainger

You can see his results here: http://www.rogersprecision.com/

I’ve been following yours, as well as others’ builds on the other thread. Very nice indeed, and brings back memories of 2016 when I started my first build under Igor’s guidance. Next up should be my 2011 build and I’ve got most parts ready to go.

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The fit looks awesome, great project well done sir!

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Nice 1911 porn. Clean lines nothing too fancy. I like his bevel treatment of the bottom edge of the slides on the first few pistols he has shown, might have to try that on this build

Sweet. Just decked the frame for my slabside last night and got the slide measured ready to enter rail numbers into the DRO

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Appreciate it!

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Having a mill certainly makes the projects much more fun! I took classes locally on mill operation some years back but because I lack space in the garage, I could not get one. Was even looking to get a PM one which I believe you have. I lucked out and have a few more 100% frames to build on which is like gold in California, so I’m going to go slow and enjoy them.

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Chuck Rogers gun porn got me going this morning.

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That’s awesome. Slide to frame and barrel fitting are two operations I dread the most on a build. Once I get those two out of the way and correctly fit I’d feel much better.

Most tedious step to me would have to be grip safety fitting, because this is one piece of the puzzle where the fit affects both functionality and aesthetics. I still have to improve on this part.

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A blended grip safety takes me the whole day.

Always scary cutting rails. Add the cutter diameter divide by 2 find the centerline check your decimal points one more time…

Sneaking up on the CPL cut and bed. About done for the afternoon.


Should have started my own thread but yours was ripe for hijacking!

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