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Here is something I finished yesterday. Basic magwell blend. The basic just blends the two, nothing more.

A deluxe blend would have addressed the gap between frame and magwell (closing it up tight) and ensured the magwell couldn't move at all in frame.




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Basic magwell blend progression.




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Nice job

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Flat top and serrations performed on this Kimber Team Match II stainless. Also a gunsmith fit KKM 9mm barrel and bushing.




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Blending the back of the slide and frame. Prior to this the ejector was low and the extractor proud of the slide. The slide and frame didn't match up well at all. This is prior to bead blast.


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Dang Brett, every time you post a project.... I find it harder and harder to resist sending you my pistol!

Excellent handiwork!
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Very nice work.

Can you do ball endmill cuts, flush cut barrel and reverse crown to whatever degree desired?
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Very nice blend. What degree is that end mill?
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Very nice! Where are you located?
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Very nice work.

Can you do ball endmill cuts, flush cut barrel and reverse crown to whatever degree desired?


Yes I can. As for the crown it would need to be 11 or 45 as that is the crown cutter angle.

Sorry for not posting been out of town all week.

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I am in Corona.


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Nice Im so jelly seeing this kind of work . Wish I had the room for this type of tooling

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What is going on with the rail on that frame... on the deck?
The ramp and throat look very smooth. Nicely done.
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What is going on with the rail on that frame... on the deck?
The ramp and throat look very smooth. Nicely done.


Customer sent me his home project to fit the barrel. The frame rails look almost peened to me. Just doing what I'm contracted for and letting them know anything dangerous I catch. He said it came from caspian that way. Granted there isn't any contact there with the slide and caspians are top running.


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Here is a repair job I'm working on, squib round followed by a second round caused the barrel to bulge.



Getting the slide off the gun without being able to remove the bushing and not damaging the gun always makes for an interesting time


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Ouch... A Les Baer too...
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The rest of the gun looks good. Time to fit a new barrel and a few other parts.


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Part of the Carry Bevel pkg done. Sharp edges have been removed. In this case all by hand.


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Beautiful work Brett!
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When I get into doing a reliability package on a customers gun I address things like sharp edges on the breach face, ramp length and orientation of barrel throat to ramp. Barrel chamber gets reamed and polished amongst other things. I tune the extractor and check for undercut breach faces. Like the one in the picture.

The drawing of a 45ACP case shows the rim to be .480. The average rim is .477-.478. This breach was undersized causing little to no allowance for proper feeding. I fixed that by opening it up to .485.


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Machined the ramp because it was too short for reliable feeding.


Checked throats undercut to feed ramp and it looks good.




Next up ream chamber, tune throat for reliable feeding and polish.





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Sharp edge on throat into chamber gone allowing reliable feeding and doing away with 3 point bind issues.



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Barrel fitting day! Starting with the hood width, next up is hood length.





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Very nice.

Did you make the barrel holding fixture or is it something you bought?
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Did you make the barrel holding fixture or is it something you bought?


Home made by Will O’Hara. It's just 1" block which makes setup really easy also.

So I was to busy cutting lower lugs and forgot to take pics.



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Worked on doing a fit barrel on a high dollar gun yesterday. The kind of gun that shouldn't have needed a fit barrel installed. The old barrel had the feet severely over cut for the purpose of aligning the slide to frame. The downfall is this allowed the barrel to cam over and start to downlink decreasing accuracy and upper lug lockup. Also the hood was .008" to short not allowing good upper lug engagement.

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When I was done fitting the new barrel it was at .113"


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What kind of refinishing do you offer? I have an older 1911 that has some minor rusting that needs cleaning up and a new finish. I'm currently leaning towards something like Ionbond.
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What kind of refinishing do you offer? I have an older 1911 that has some minor rusting that needs cleaning up and a new finish. I'm currently leaning towards something like Ionbond.

Just bluing and hard chrome


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Do you do your hardchroming in house or sent out to a company.
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Do you do your hardchroming in house or sent out to a company.


Hard chrome is sent out but all the prep work is done by me then the re fitting (since it adds thickness) and inspection is again done by me afterwards.

Bluing is done by Will O’Hara and I assist.


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Finishing up another reliability package today.


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That breech face looks nice, but won't that set it back by a couple of thousandths?
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That breech face looks nice, but won't that set it back by a couple of thousandths?


Polishing it? No.

It wasn't invasively polished, you can still see vertical lines that are deeper than the polish. It's only enough to make it smooth for feeding purposes.


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Part of a carry bevel package. Still needs to be bead blasted.


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