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cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 7:10 AM
I have a very special treat for this forum! Around 8 months ago, I asked Brandan Bunker of Bunker Arms to build me a 1911. We went ahead and talked about what my vision of the pistol would be... I told him, I wanted a 1911 that had the theme old meets new! Meaning, if JMB had access to modern day machines, what would his take on the 1911 have looked like. I basically told him to take one of the old sub 100 serial number Colts, and put a modern day spin on it... with his own artist freedom! I gave him some minor "must haves", but I knew he would deliver.

Its not often that you will get a custom smith to share progress pictures along the way, but Brandan is a one of a kind guy and he has been sharing what the progression has looked like since the start!

When we first started talking, the first thing was caliber choice... I think it was appropriate that the choice was 38 super. I asked to have a second barrel fit for 9mm as well and to have a second extractor tuned so that I could use one set up for 9mm and 38 super comp, and the other straight 38 super. I ask that you enjoy the pictures and I always love hearing feedback from the masses on anything I have!

In religious context the number 7 is the number of completeness and perfection... I certainly hope that my choices did the number justice with BA0007.


Without further ado...


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cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 7:11 AM
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cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 7:11 AM
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cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 7:12 AM
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cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 7:12 AM
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cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 7:12 AM
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cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 7:13 AM
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Updated with some range results from Bunker:

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Mute
02-05-2016, 7:31 AM
Absolutely beautiful! I especially liked the blued small parts and regulated grip screws.

JDMIS300
02-05-2016, 7:31 AM
Thanks. I just threw all my 1911's in the trash can.

Turnbull blue? Love the very small details that most people wouldn't notice. The slight taper of the front of the slide where the GR is located is beautiful. Also love the French border, chamfer on the bottom of the slide, ball cuts, and HP cut combo. Just wow.

el_clingon
02-05-2016, 7:32 AM
WOW!!!! nice...thank you for sharing.

RandyD
02-05-2016, 7:35 AM
Very nice.

Dano3467
02-05-2016, 7:41 AM
Dude ! you got skills, very nice, & thanks for sharing.

cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 7:47 AM
Dude ! you got skills, very nice, & thanks for sharing.

Oh, I didnt build this... 95% of the vision came from my head... But, all credit goes to Brandan Bunker on this one! IMO hes the best young 1911 builder in the world. I would predict in the next 2-3 years he will be looked at in the same light as Ned, Chuck, Joe, Stan, CT, etc...

cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 7:51 AM
Thanks. I just threw all my 1911's in the trash can.

Turnbull blue? Love the very small details that most people wouldn't notice. The slight taper of the front of the slide where the GR is located is beautiful. Also love the French border, chamfer on the bottom of the slide, ball cuts, and HP cut combo. Just wow.


JDM, you are exactly right... those details are what make the custom guns just that... Custom.

As far as the blue, this is Bunkers blue work... not Doug Turnbull's. I do not know anyone out there who does a better oil rubbed blue job than Bunker... including DT. Turnbull's Carbona blue is stunning... almost consider having it done. I am more than happy with what is on the pistol though!

robert101
02-05-2016, 8:15 AM
Very sweet. Let us know how it shoots.

SkyHawk
02-05-2016, 8:20 AM
At first I was like psshhhhh - whatever; this ain't gonna get real unless the guy makes his own brass bead front sight - from scratch. Haha jk - that thing is amazing from start to finish!!

Thanks for sharing those pics - let us know how it shoots...

printrep
02-05-2016, 8:21 AM
I love seeing posts like this. Thank you for documenting and sharing your journey. Enjoy, it's a beautiful gun.

cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 8:23 AM
At first I was like psshhhhh - whatever; this ain't gonna get real unless the guy makes his own brass bead front sight - from scratch. Haha jk - that thing is amazing from start to finish!!

Thanks for sharing those pics - let us know how it shoots...

:) lol... for sure!

Ill get a range report up sooner than later!

boludo12
02-05-2016, 8:32 AM
Thanks. I just threw all my 1911's in the trash can.

Turnbull blue? Love the very small details that most people wouldn't notice. The slight taper of the front of the slide where the GR is located is beautiful. Also love the French border, chamfer on the bottom of the slide, ball cuts, and HP cut combo. Just wow.

What he wrote. Wow. The slide design is svelte.

skosh69
02-05-2016, 8:34 AM
Magnificent pistol, congrats.

munkeeboi
02-05-2016, 8:45 AM
That thing is soooo bad***** .

joefrank64k
02-05-2016, 8:54 AM
Very clean design....I love that you went .38 Super, too. Such a great round. Congrats!!

Did I read right that this started life as a Colt 1911?

cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 9:13 AM
Very clean design....I love that you went .38 Super, too. Such a great round. Congrats!!

Did I read right that this started life as a Colt 1911?

I reread the post... kind of sounds like that. It was NOT a Colt, the slide and frames are Bunker Arms.

What I meant was... I sent Bunker a picture of a sub 100 serial number Colt, and asked him to put a modern day spin on the design.

Hope that clears it up/makes sense

diveRN
02-05-2016, 9:21 AM
That's gun porn right there. Beautiful work.

soulbyte
02-05-2016, 10:13 AM
1911's will always reign supreme in my book and your pistol is a great example of why. Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

Gringo Bandito
02-05-2016, 10:17 AM
What an incredible 1911. Absolutely amazing work and look!


Sent while driving 80 mph, eating a cheeseburger and using my knee to steer.

morrcarr67
02-05-2016, 10:21 AM
I've seen worst. ;-)

Sent with my opposable thumbs

Beendare
02-05-2016, 12:24 PM
Thats a beauty!

_TomT_
02-05-2016, 1:30 PM
Now this is art.

cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 1:34 PM
OP is updated with range results from Bunker!

SonofWWIIDI
02-05-2016, 1:35 PM
Tagged for later reading.

dmy
02-05-2016, 1:37 PM
VERY nice work by your gunsmith / artist and kudos to you for commissioning and sharing it. I have 2 comments. The first it that the series of photos, or at the very least, the finished product, are certainly worthy of sending in to the appropriate gun periodicals. The second is that it almost seems inappropriate to use non-custom magazines and/or non-custom ammo in it. Looking forward to your test reports.

dmy
02-05-2016, 1:41 PM
One other comment to everyone except the OP. Does it seem anti-climatic and uninteresting to read any other posts about over-the-counter handguns now?

Also, nice groups, but I would expect no less from such a nice looking gun with apparently very tight tolerances.

95t-100
02-05-2016, 1:49 PM
Very nice build, that's some amazing work, thanks for sharing! I love seeing in-progress pics.

cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 1:59 PM
VERY nice work by your gunsmith / artist and kudos to you for commissioning and sharing it. I have 2 comments. The first it that the series of photos, or at the very least, the finished product, are certainly worthy of sending in to the appropriate gun periodicals. The second is that it almost seems inappropriate to use non-custom magazines and/or non-custom ammo in it. Looking forward to your test reports.

I updated the OP with range pics.. It's mixed with factory ammo and some hand loads... To my knowledge there is no custom smiths building their own mags... They either use tuned Cmc or Tripp mags depending on the pistol... What else have your seen?

cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 2:00 PM
I'll post here as well

Updated with some range results from Bunker:

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w481/cundiff5535/12654446_884755768289098_3343144197305589413_n_zps t8gm2yt3.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/cundiff5535/media/12654446_884755768289098_3343144197305589413_n_zps t8gm2yt3.jpg.html)

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w481/cundiff5535/12650920_884755748289100_8964163689228579297_n_zps hnuab89r.jpg (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/cundiff5535/media/12650920_884755748289100_8964163689228579297_n_zps hnuab89r.jpg.html)

Nor*Cal
02-05-2016, 2:21 PM
Awesome. Thanks for sharing all the pics. Very cool to see the build this way and the great results.

200Apples
02-05-2016, 2:34 PM
JDM----

Thanks. I just threw all my 1911's in the trash can.

No kidding. I just did the same.

HAHRR. No. Really.








cundiff5535

OP is updated with range results from Bunker!


Details! man, details! Offhand? Rest? Distance? What.

And those holes are kinda tiny, Tiny. :D




I jest, because of MY ENVY. Superlatives, ones that have not already been used, anyway, escape me. The 1911 is the only pistol for me, so you may imagine how I feel about superguns of this ilk. Dang. I like you fellas' choice of grips, too.

Love the details, but I especially like the slide. So how's the trigger?! (with groups like those, it must be incredible)

:eek:

norcalAF
02-05-2016, 2:37 PM
What a beauty!

sfbay
02-05-2016, 3:36 PM
I bow to you...

Stunning

Low Light
02-05-2016, 3:46 PM
What? No fish gills???!!!

Nice piece.

Griffdog
02-05-2016, 6:02 PM
I'm inspired....so cool !!!

MrExel17
02-05-2016, 6:14 PM
Thats pretty awesome!

flhxxx
02-05-2016, 6:24 PM
Beautiful handgun :)

fifteen
02-05-2016, 6:46 PM
How much did that cost?

maylebox
02-05-2016, 7:01 PM
OMG that's beautiful. Thanks for posting the journey. Anyone wondering why custom built 1911's from the worlds premiere builders cost what they do, need only check this thread. I don't know if I'll ever be the guy to own one but I do appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into these shootable pieces of art. A fine example indeed.

cundiff5535
02-05-2016, 7:06 PM
How much did that cost?

You know what they say... if you have to ask.:smilielol5::rofl2: