Hello everyone. Seems we don’t have a Smiffin’ section in this forum, so I decided to start a thread on some of the 80% 1911 builds I have done.
The reason I used 80% frames was not to “hide” my pistols from the gov, but because CA laws prevent people from buying frames.
For many of these pistols below (in multiple posts I will be making) I have build videos for on YouTube and will bring them over to Full30 when I am allowed to upload.
So… starting with…
Build 4 “Mellow Night”
The 80% frame was finished (rails cut) using the Matrix Precision Rail Cutting Jig.
As you can probably tell, the cutters are placed on both sides and the jig can be run by hand operated crank handle or using a power drill to move the frame through the cutters.
I converted the standard frame into a frame that accepts rampped barrels (Clark/Para ramps) using a dremel and files.
After fitting all the parts together…
I decided to try beveling the bottom of the slide and also dehorning the slide completely.
Then I recessed the slide stop hole on the right, flush cut the slide stop pin, and dehorned the frame.
Oviously the bushing and the plug were also dehorned, barrel was flush cut and reverse crowned.
Round-ish butt was cut on the Smith and Alexander Magguide/magwell MSH. Parts were bead blasted.
And finally a nitride finish (melonite) was applied
It shoots pretty well (I am not a great shot)