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Gress
04-27-2012, 5:52 PM
Especially a gun you bough used.

Here is my way :) You buy a gun
http://i43.tinypic.com/9gfpxe.jpg

You detail strip and inspect / clean it
http://i44.tinypic.com/xkuopj.jpg

You then test shoot it
http://i43.tinypic.com/de35g.jpg

then change the old springs
http://i39.tinypic.com/25st0js.jpg

Gress
04-27-2012, 5:56 PM
and polish the ramp and breech face
http://i39.tinypic.com/2qv5fs3.jpg

http://i41.tinypic.com/2ujr3gg.jpg

http://i40.tinypic.com/fyo2ys.jpg

Then you prove shoot it reliable and accurate
http://i43.tinypic.com/o6wbir.jpg

Gress
04-27-2012, 5:56 PM
Then you round butt it :)
http://i44.tinypic.com/r72kat.jpg

http://i44.tinypic.com/35a8ys2.jpg

And now you feel it is yours :)
http://i43.tinypic.com/2ic45lx.jpg

beretta929mm
04-27-2012, 5:59 PM
Not until you have changed:) the grips

JNunez23
04-27-2012, 6:00 PM
Works for me! ;)

How do you round the butt?? Honest question.

nocomply25
04-27-2012, 6:03 PM
Do a brazlian butt lift

shooperman
04-27-2012, 6:03 PM
Meh. Seems like alot of unnecessary work.

Gress
04-27-2012, 6:03 PM
Not until you have changed:) the grips

Very true :D

Alumagrips coming next Fri according to Chris:)

CC Gunsmithing
04-27-2012, 6:05 PM
Very nice

SoCalSig1911
04-27-2012, 6:06 PM
Nice job OP!!

This is how i made my Sig 1911 Mine and 1 of a kind!

Start out with a Sig 1911 stainless,
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/IMG_0796.jpg

Buy a Cerakote kit, controlled temp oven, makeshift spray booth, spray gun, air compressor, VZ grips, custom grip screws, custom spring plug, skeletal trigger, under grip finger grooves, S&A Magwell, new springs, remove the sights from the sights and re-install them, hope to god it all works out, and end up with

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/SDC10541.jpg
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/SDC10538.jpg
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/Picture004.jpg

Gress
04-27-2012, 6:07 PM
Works for me! ;)

How do you round the butt?? Honest question.

I replaced the OEM plastic MSH with a flat Wilson's one and then spent couple of hours with my Nicholsons :)

IBJanky
04-27-2012, 6:11 PM
That's a lot of work. I feel a gun is truly mine once I get it home :)

myke

Gress
04-27-2012, 6:11 PM
Very nice job SoCalSig1911. Once it feels yours you can sell it :D

CBruce
04-27-2012, 6:12 PM
You detail strip and inspect / clean it
http://i44.tinypic.com/xkuopj.jpg

I want to do this with the Beretta 92FS I'm getting out of jail in less than 2 days, but it's my first firearm and I'm terrified I'll pull it apart and have no idea how to get it back together, or break a delicate part, or oil the wrong part, not oil the right part, etc.

InGrAM
04-27-2012, 6:12 PM
Very nice 1911's. :thumbsup:

OP: I really like the semi-bob tail that you did. Looks awesome

xpbprox
04-27-2012, 6:20 PM
Awesome looking weapon!

Gress
04-27-2012, 6:21 PM
I want to do this with the Beretta 92FS I'm getting out of jail in less than 2 days, but it's my first firearm and I'm terrified I'll pull it apart and have no idea how to get it back together, or break a delicate part, or oil the wrong part, not oil the right part, etc.

That's why you shoulda bought a 1911. They go back together before you even know :D JK :)

Dreaded Claymore
04-27-2012, 6:25 PM
I replaced the OEM plastic MSH with a flat Wilson's one and then spent couple of hours with my Nicholsons :)

I take it that's a brand of bench grinder?

You really did make that gun yours. Wonderful!

SoCalSig1911
04-27-2012, 6:42 PM
Very nice job SoCalSig1911. Once it feels yours you can sell it :D

Noooooo! lol. It was my first gun and my only 1911, it will never be sold, one day handed down.

SoCalSig1911
04-27-2012, 6:44 PM
I want to do this with the Beretta 92FS I'm getting out of jail in less than 2 days, but it's my first firearm and I'm terrified I'll pull it apart and have no idea how to get it back together, or break a delicate part, or oil the wrong part, not oil the right part, etc.

That's funny, i am pickup a 92fs also on Tuesday.. Already have a bunch of parts ready to go in, pretty much all new internals, grips, and the SGS compensator straight out of the Professional. I bought an Italian made model and the roll marks date it to 1985. I got some work to do! :D

sirgiles
04-27-2012, 6:46 PM
just scratch your initials on the slide and frame. only then it is truly yours. :)

3006mv
04-27-2012, 6:48 PM
Answer to Q : all of the above plus: Get it engraved!

Go Navy
04-27-2012, 6:50 PM
That's funny, i am pickup a 92fs also on Tuesday.. Already have a bunch of parts ready to go in, pretty much all new internals, grips, and the SGS compensator straight out of the Professional. I bought an Italian made model and the roll marks date it to 1985. I got some work to do! :D

The Italian made models are relatively hard to find (I have one and I'm the original owner). So, mine stays absolutely original in case I ever decide to sell it. Well, I did put some cocobolo grips on it but I have the original grips. I would not modify a 27 year old Italian.

Gress
04-27-2012, 7:06 PM
I take it that's a brand of bench grinder?

You really did make that gun yours. Wonderful!

You wish! :D
Here they are (pic courtesy of grainfed:) )
http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc187/Grainfed/IMG_0735-1.jpg

fennecfrank
04-27-2012, 8:31 PM
very very nice, my friend!

Haven't seen you for a while.

be sure to check in at 50gi.com.

Gress
04-27-2012, 8:48 PM
Thanks fennecfrank!
I just stop by at Colt pic thread and absolutely love your pics and the gun you dad customized!

tal3nt
04-27-2012, 8:49 PM
Nice job OP!!

This is how i made my Sig 1911 Mine and 1 of a kind!

Start out with a Sig 1911 stainless,
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/IMG_0796.jpg

Buy a Cerakote kit, controlled temp oven, makeshift spray booth, spray gun, air compressor, VZ grips, custom grip screws, custom spring plug, skeletal trigger, under grip finger grooves, S&A Magwell, new springs, remove the sights from the sights and re-install them, hope to god it all works out, and end up with

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/SDC10541.jpg
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/SDC10538.jpg
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/Picture004.jpg

Beautiful...

RED VASQUEZ
04-27-2012, 9:13 PM
First off,
Gress, nice job on that Kimber, what you did goes a lot farther than just replacing parts to make the gun more suited to your tastes.

SoCalSig1911, any idea on the make of those fluer-de-lis grips in your first pic? I've thought about getting something similar to those, but the one manufacturer I know of hasn't had them in stock for forever. Also, great job on that Sig.

Gress
04-27-2012, 9:38 PM
I believe those are Alumagrips. You can order them with this "lily".

SoCalSig1911
04-27-2012, 9:44 PM
First off,
Gress, nice job on that Kimber, what you did goes a lot farther than just replacing parts to make the gun more suited to your tastes.

SoCalSig1911, any idea on the make of those fluer-de-lis grips in your first pic? I've thought about getting something similar to those, but the one manufacturer I know of hasn't had them in stock for forever. Also, great job on that Sig.

Thanks! They sell the grips at Alumagrips, the are the deluxe model on the site..

Lead Waster
04-28-2012, 1:07 AM
No, no!
First you buy the gun, then you field strip it, the you idiot scratch it! Well that's how I did it, but only because it was the way mist calgunners do it!

Gress
04-28-2012, 1:51 PM
We all are or were idiots :D
BTW you can remove the scratch if the gun is stainless or high polished one. I did it on this same Ultra Eclipse easily.

Gress
04-28-2012, 1:55 PM
Additionally to 18# spring set I have assembled a 21# one to be shot with a +P.
http://i42.tinypic.com/2142j5g.jpg

This pipe
http://i42.tinypic.com/68u4ad.jpg

shoots +p well :)
http://i42.tinypic.com/l88p2.jpg

Vanguard
04-28-2012, 2:05 PM
I just do what I do when I want to make the last cookie on the tray mine, I lick it.

Gress
04-29-2012, 4:15 PM
Licking idea never crossed my mind :lol

Gary13
04-29-2012, 4:45 PM
Nice customs. I don't have the cajones yet to go the far.

What distance were those targets set at? Good shooting.

Gress
04-29-2012, 5:01 PM
Thanks. Shooting is nothing special. Distance is 7 to 10 yards. I just worked on making it reliable. Additionally to new springs and polishing of the feeding surfaces I also tuned the extractor. All good now.

CAglock20c
04-29-2012, 6:06 PM
nice! kimber ultra makes a great ccw gun!

cwin
04-29-2012, 6:16 PM
Nice job OP!!

This is how i made my Sig 1911 Mine and 1 of a kind!

Start out with a Sig 1911 stainless,
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/IMG_0796.jpg

Buy a Cerakote kit, controlled temp oven, makeshift spray booth, spray gun, air compressor, VZ grips, custom grip screws, custom spring plug, skeletal trigger, under grip finger grooves, S&A Magwell, new springs, remove the sights from the sights and re-install them, hope to god it all works out, and end up with

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/SDC10541.jpg
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/SDC10538.jpg
http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w87/SoCal335i/Picture004.jpg

Very nice work! Im itching for a Sig 1911!!

Gress
05-01-2012, 7:13 PM
Not until you have changed:) the grips

Like I said, very true. Now with Alumagrips which Chris has shipped very quickly. Love Alumagrips BTW and install them on all my 1911s

http://i45.tinypic.com/sd1zyc.jpg

http://i50.tinypic.com/34ru6tf.jpg

shayski
05-01-2012, 7:24 PM
i am currently working on my new 1911r-sss. ill be sure to report back with photos. my stuff is mostly internal because its a sexy gun the way god made it.

bill_k_lopez
05-01-2012, 8:09 PM
I just scratch my initials in the slide.

unusedusername
05-02-2012, 1:24 AM
My guns are truly mine after about 5k rounds :)

Equis
05-02-2012, 5:49 PM
1911+idiot scratch= yours forever . :)

DJ Skillz
05-02-2012, 7:31 PM
Poop with it.

kb58
05-02-2012, 7:33 PM
Amateurs! It's only really yours after you have made your own grips.