Today seems like an appropriate one to join in the conversation here and also thank the people and places that have been so much help in inspiring and educating me to the point I was ready (or at least think I’m ready) to start my first Build. A shout out to the folks on the gunsmithing forums at 1911Forums and 1911Addicts. The posts, answers, and PMs there have been invaluable.
And a special thank you to @MosinVirus who’s YouTube videos were, are are, critical to this journey. It is a sad shame that YouTube is treating his channel there so badly.
Anyway, Build No. 1 is a Government 1911 in 45 ACP (all carbon steel forgings, billet and tool steel parts) that will end up as black on black on black Cerakote. It is designed as an IDPA/USPSA competition gun. I have gotten a little way into it and have the slide to frame, barrel, and grip safety tentatively fitted. There is detail work to finish up in all of them.
To best document my process (for interested parties and my own record), I have a series of posts going on my blog with the starting post here.
All feedback is gratefully accepted, especially the feedback that can correct an error or avoid one!