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Old 10-18-2012, 12:42 PM
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Default Colt Hoag - O'Hara retro custom 1911

I finally got it finished and I'm so happy! Colt Series 70 was the starter gun. I did the beavertail (my first) and installed the S&A magwell, and then it went to the pro’s.

Jim Hoag did the trigger job, installed and fitted a custom barrel bushing (Ed brown oversize), custom hammer (he cut out a factory commander hammer) and hammer checking, and grip checking along with burying the bomar style sights and flat top/ribbing the slide. He also did a reliability package on it and installed the safety.

Will O'Hara modified the magwell including soldering the hole and custom fitting it, peening the rails so it fits perfectly and custom blending and beveling of the magwell, the checking under the trigger job, his bevel package on the entire receiver (look at the safety and slide release) and checked the slide release.

Techplate in Anaheim did the hard-chrome (very fast turnaround and flawless plating).

Now I have my retro California Style combat/competition 1911. Man is it nice - can't wait to shoot it again! I really like the look of the old school 1911’s that Hoag, Swenson and King’s used to do. Now I got my own.






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Old 10-18-2012, 1:10 PM
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Hard Chromed and Blued two tone = Nice!
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Old 10-18-2012, 1:15 PM
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Sweet lookin' pistol you have there sir. It's got more character to it than most others. I like your tastes.
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Love it, well done Sir! They did a really nice job burying that rear sight too.
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That is a really nicely buried rear sight and the blend of the magwell into the bevel of the frame looks great. I really like the serrated top of the slide too. The finger grip cutouts on the magwell extension gives it character you don't see very often applied to a 1911

Just curious why you didn't have the rear of the slide serrated to match the rear sight blade or the grip safety fitted?
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Will O'Hara does awesome work! Enjoy your new toy!
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I beg to differ. The full length dust cover rail makes a world of difference in the "when I run out of bullets I'm going to beat you to death with the pistol" look that causes bad guys to run in fear, and lesser men to feel inadequate. It looks just plain beastly and the extra heft up front does help manage recoil a bit better. Plus, an angel told me that when God called JMB to heaven it was to build him a full rail 1911!
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That pistol is nothing short of amazing. How'd you like Jim's trigger job?
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The finger grip cutouts on the magwell extension gives it character you don't see very often applied to a 1911
Are you talking about the 45 degree cuts on the side of the magwell? If so, those are kind of Will's trademark on magwells.
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I beg to differ. The full length dust cover rail makes a world of difference in the "when I run out of bullets I'm going to beat you to death with the pistol" look that causes bad guys to run in fear, and lesser men to feel inadequate. It looks just plain beastly and the extra heft up front does help manage recoil a bit better. Plus, an angel told me that when God called JMB to heaven it was to build him a full rail 1911!
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Yes, very cool looking. Reminds me of the beveling on the mag plates 10-8 Performance offers for the M&P9
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Are you talking about the 45 degree cuts on the side of the magwell? If so, those are kind of Will's trademark on magwells.
That is all Will - he is a super great guy as well as a wonderful smith.

The trigger is perfect - Jim has done 2 of my 3 1911 trigger jobs and he knows what he is doing.

As far as the grip safety - I did that early on before I got a hair to really customize it. Will cleaned it up as best as he could, but I did kinda bugger that up and took a little too much off when I fitted.

I thought about serating the back of the slide, but decided to leave it "stock" due to the two step process when it came to building this gun.

Thanks for the kind words. It was a great shooter after Jim's work, but I can't wait to shoot it again.

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One of the best looking 1911's I have seen.
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very nice Colt
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Nice, clean and classic!
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