I bought a Precision Matthews vertical mill in December and spent January and February practicing on assorted metal pieces. Last week I finally got up the confidence to cut some gun parts and so began my Build No. 2 – a Government 9mm (all my other 1911s are 45 ACP) that will end up with a Parkerized slide, frame, and MSH/Magwell with matte stainless steel small parts.
First up was the JEM ‘bald’ slide.
And my first step was to flatten the slide top. My plan is to do as much of the “cosmetic” work to the slide as possible before starting the slide-to-frame fit in case I screw up the slide. I don’t want a modified frame to deal with for a new slide.
After that, my version of top “serrations” and Novak front and rear dovetails.
Neither this, nor my Build No. 1, would have been possible without a lot of help and advice from this forum. It is an amazing source of knowledge and inspiration.