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doc540
01-08-2010, 2:04 PM
The well-worn Commander arrived today.

OK, so I've been infected with this custom 1911 virus.

I'm putting together (actually my gunsmith friend is) a 9mm Combat Commander to shoot and, sometimes, carry.

It's so worn he said he wouldn't do anything to the trigger. It feels about right.

I have some Ed Brown accessories on the way along with Novak geezer sights.

And, props, to this "EGW" company. The gal answering the phone REALLY knows her stuff.

They might be machining a stainless, Commander barrel bushing when they do their usual run Monday.

Here's the "theme" I'm going for, looks-wise:
http://762precision.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/blackchrome-1911-colt-80.jpg

Bear with a noob, will ya?

Echidin
01-08-2010, 2:11 PM
Looking good. Be sure to post up the pictures when all is said and done.

turbochris
01-08-2010, 2:17 PM
post pictures of how it looks now before the makeover

cineski
01-08-2010, 2:19 PM
If I were to still have an all steel gun, that's exactly how it'd look. Gorgeous. I wonder how that'd look with a black beavertail?

ELEVENTH HOUR
01-08-2010, 2:21 PM
Cant wait to see your build....:43:

doc540
01-08-2010, 5:27 PM
you sure you want to see the "before" pics?


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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Combat%20Commander%20II/DSCN0781-1.jpg

Maltese Falcon
01-08-2010, 5:30 PM
Extreme Makeover --- CalGuns Edition

....Oh the horror!

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ELEVENTH HOUR
01-08-2010, 5:32 PM
Looks like a solid contender..:thumbsup:

doc540
01-08-2010, 5:32 PM
Good news is the mechanicals have worn themselves just right.
Trigger's perfect, clean, crisp, and right at 4lbs. No need for trigger work!

turbochris
01-08-2010, 6:11 PM
you sure you want to see the "before" pics?


brace yourselves











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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Combat%20Commander%20II/DSCN0781-1.jpg

oh man that thing is like an old cougar. aged and cosmetically flawed but I wouldn't mind giving it a few bangs:p. do you have a eta of when its going to be done?

doc540
01-08-2010, 7:15 PM
oh man that thing is like an old cougar. aged and cosmetically flawed but I wouldn't mind giving it a few bangs:p. do you have a eta of when its going to be done?

All the parts should be here next week, but I'm not going to rush the gunsmith's work of cutting the slide for the Novak's.

I'll probably shoot the DuraCoat in two weeks, let it dry a full week, shoot a second coat, let it dry, then back to the smith for reassembly and fitting.

I'll probably be smokin' it in about a month.

gunsmithcats
01-08-2010, 9:07 PM
what trigger?

doc540
01-09-2010, 6:22 AM
what trigger?

Ed Brown national match

seemed like a good one and my smith likes ed brown products

B Strong
01-09-2010, 8:04 AM
Hey Doc - what about a multi caliber build in 9mm, .38 Super, and 9 x 23?

evidens83
01-09-2010, 8:20 AM
Wow that is gonna be a project! Cant wait to see the outcome keep us updated! GL

JTROKS
01-09-2010, 8:28 AM
I've seen Colts in worst condition that looked really sweet after customizing. Did you consider a bull barrel instead of having a barrel bushing?

doc540
01-11-2010, 7:52 PM
I've seen Colts in worst condition that looked really sweet after customizing. Did you consider a bull barrel instead of having a barrel bushing?

No, I didn't due to my general state of cluelessnes regarding 1911's.

EGW machined a stainless 9mm, beveled bushing for it.

working on the pre-DuraCoat prep
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v334/doc540/Guns/Colt%20Combat%20Commander%20II/DSCN0798-1.jpg

leelaw
01-11-2010, 8:49 PM
I say use an emory board to brush the sides, sandblast the rest.

doc540
01-11-2010, 9:03 PM
I say use an emory board to brush the sides, sandblast the rest.

Sounds like a plan to me.

Friend of mine has a beadblaster cabinet.