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Want reduced felt recoil but don't like lightening cuts? Internally lightened slide.

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How deep are those cuts?

Deep enough to remove a good amount of material but not deep enough to cause integrity issues of the slide. They are a set measurement deep wide and long that I use all the time.


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Kimber style adjustable rear sight by Dawson. Wasn't as drop in as the customer expected. Required some machining.






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That's a series 2 Kimber 1911?

Did you have to relieve the rear area to provide more downward adjustment?
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That's a series 2 Kimber 1911?

Did you have to relieve the rear area to provide more downward adjustment?


In order for the sight to go down all the way on adjustment yes the rear area needs to be relieved. But this sight was designed for the Kimber so the relieved area is behind the Swartz safety mechanism. So it was unaffected.


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Fit and blended a new front sight. This guns nearly done, a couple final touches then just needs to be detailed and blued.








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love how you blended the front sight....do you do this with a file and sandpaper?
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love how you blended the front sight....do you do this with a file and sandpaper?

I would recommend a file and sand paper until you are very comfortable with what you're doing. I do it with a right angle die grinder and then sand it. But you mess up with that grinder and you'll gouge the frame then you're in for a lot of work trying to repair it.


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Blended back of slide and frame. Just need to bevel the edges.








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Deep enough to remove a good amount of material but not deep enough to cause integrity issues of the slide. They are a set measurement deep wide and long that I use all the time.


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A little sneak peek of the bluing work before I post full completed gun pics.



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Some pics of the completed product. I am definitely no photographer.





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Some pics of the completed product. I am definitely no photographer.





List of work done. I couldn't copy and paste it so I got creative.



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That's awesome work! If you don't mind me asking, what does something like that cost? Sounds like a full build.
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That's awesome work! If you don't mind me asking, what does something like that cost? Sounds like a full build.


It's about $2000 in labor plus parts.


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A customer brought me a S&W 1911 to do several things too, one of them being a Bomar Rear Adjustable sight. The Bomar requires a lot of machining to fit which is normally no problem. However in this case it was a problem. The Bomar is machined down .100Ē, the problem was the SW1911 OEM sight was machined down .150Ē. There were two solutions, go with a different rear sight or do a Dutchman to allow the Bomar to work. He opted for the Dutchman. The Dutchman would replace the material that was already removed allowing me to then do the proper machining for the Bomar rear sight.

I started by machining the dovetail making it just a square cut away.





Then I took some stainless bar stock and machined it perfectly square to fit the cut away, I left .005Ē clearance to add in silver solder around the block.









Once it fit I then did some cleaning up to take as much excess material off to minimize re shaping after it was silver soldered in place. And lastly silver soldered it in place.





Then it was time to clean it all up and reshape everything to the slide.


Once that was done I cleaned it all up with 120 then 240 grit and bead blasted it. Now I get to machine most of that away just so I can install a Bomar Read Adjustable sight for the customer.





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Thank you sir. Itís a shame to do all that work just knowing Iím going to machine most of it away tomorrow lol.


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Thank you sir. Itís a shame to do all that work just knowing Iím going to machine most of it away tomorrow lol.
And we are waiting for pics! I love this thread.
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And we are waiting for pics! I love this thread.


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Loving it - it is my S&W and I needed an adjustable rear sight for Single Stack USPSA. This was the only option. It comes at a premium, but you can see there is a lot of work involved and it looks great.

The long story is that I had an S&W 1911 sitting in my safe and decided to turn it into a fine tuned competition gun. It's going to have very light trigger, all the Swartz stuff gone, new sights, grips, magwell, etc. Looking forward to shooting it.
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Thank you sir. Itís a shame to do all that work just knowing Iím going to machine most of it away tomorrow lol.
It's an art and art is beautiful and fulfilling on its own, even if chunks of it will be gone in the morning.
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I wonder if you can do that with front serrations.
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Finished milling the slide today for a BoMar slide. This is the slide I did the Dutchman repair on.











I still need to do the finish work, clean up any machining marks and drill and tap the hole for the adjustment screw.


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Loving it - it is my S&W and I needed an adjustable rear sight for Single Stack USPSA. This was the only option. It comes at a premium, but you can see there is a lot of work involved and it looks great.

The long story is that I had an S&W 1911 sitting in my safe and decided to turn it into a fine tuned competition gun. It's going to have very light trigger, all the Swartz stuff gone, new sights, grips, magwell, etc. Looking forward to shooting it.
I saw Brett working on the slide. You should bring him a bottle of Jack as compensation for his blood, sweat, and tears.
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I saw Brett working on the slide. You should bring him a bottle of Jack as compensation for his blood, sweat, and tears.
Hah!

Yes keeping the seam as small and tight as possible and then getting that silver solder in there was a little bit difficult. It gave me some fits. There were obscenities.


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Yes keeping the seam as small and tight as possible and then getting that silver solder in there was a little bit difficult. It gave me some fits. There were obscenities.


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Nothing with the solder. I was trying to make the visible solder line as small as possible so I had to make the insert as tight as possible then get them all in place to clamp. Just a pain in the butt


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The gun I did the Dutchman on now has its rear Bomar sight installed. Also now has a sub 2 lb trigger job. I still need to replace the firing pin with an extended length pin to complete that part of the work.


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Been a busy week, more trigger jobs, more magwell, bench work fitting and installing sights.









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Doing another bobtail.





Start by relocating the MSH pin hole.


Then remove the excess material.


This ones gonna take some work.





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I love this thread! It never fails to impress me. Beautiful work!
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