It's been a while since I did a #workgunwednesday
Let's go over one that I've carried, competed, taught and attended classes with. This is my beloved Colt 1911.
This baby started life as a bone-stock XSE model (which is now discontinued, but can be closest approximated by their "Competition" model). I chose it for the fact that It had a deep undercut which now a standard for Colt's mid to higher end 1911s. It also was originally equipped with a "duckbill" beavertail grip safety; while not ideal, it made the frame perfect for the Ed Brown Grip Safety I had in mind for it. The easy stuff I threw on myself; 10-8 Grips with a "Super Scoop" and an Ed Brown extended magazine release to complement it.
After collecting a few parts, I sent it off to Springfield's Custom shop (back when they'd do full custom work) for install and a a bit of metal work. First, was installing the aforementioned beavertail, an Ed Brown Ambidextrous Thumb Safety, Smith & Alexander Magwell which was expertly blended to the frame and beveled for carry (as well as the rest of the pistol's sharp edges). The front sight was replaced with tritium and the rear sight blacked out.The single most time and labor intensive work was the checkering; 25 lines per inch done by Pete Single which due to how in-demand he is, led to an overall turnaround time of 13 months. When all the work was done, it was refinished in a simple but attractive matte parkerizing.
In the years since I've had it, I've obviously worn out some of the park, just as planned. I've also done a few little touches that I've borrowed from tuning my Glock. I painted the outline of the front sight orange and sealed it with clear engine enamel. Then I added grip tape on the frame and under the trigger guard to help lock in my support hand grip.
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