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Old 09-01-2016, 10:24 AM
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Custom Silverback ordered

I could not be more excited.

This one should probably be called "Blackback", as it will be completely Duty Treated, and it will have an ambi safety along with a magwell. With the adjustable sight, it will be everything I want in a 1911.

Thanks Keith!
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Old 09-01-2016, 03:33 PM
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I don't know what "Duty Treated" is, but, I recently bought a CZ DW Silverback Blem model in 10mm. The only thing I did was add a Wilson Combat Bullet Proof magwell (forged single piece magwell and mainspring housing) and changed out the spring with a Wilson 24 lb spring and Shock Buff. I also ordered a pair of smooth, black linen micarta grips to replace the VZ grips currently on it. That's all I plan to change on mine. I actually like the two tone look, especially since both the receiver and the slide are all stainless steel and not an aluminum alloy like other 1911's.

I wouldn't mind an ambidextrous safety on mine, but, it's not a big deal for me. Good luck with yours.

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Old 09-01-2016, 06:02 PM
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I don't know what "Duty Treated" is
It's the verb form of "Duty Treat", if I remember my junior high English.
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Old 09-02-2016, 04:47 PM
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I could not be more excited.

This one should probably be called "Blackback", as it will be completely Duty Treated, and it will have an ambi safety along with a magwell. With the adjustable sight, it will be everything I want in a 1911.

Thanks Keith!
Congrats on you new order.
Sounds abit like my custom not so Silverback I ordered last year sans the magwell and ambi.
Your gonna love it
Here's a taste of things to come.

Newer pic now with magwell
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Old 09-02-2016, 05:42 PM
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CoolE,

Thanks for that! How does it shoot?
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Old 09-02-2016, 06:38 PM
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CoolE,

Thanks for that! How does it shoot?
Better than hoped.
Actually sorta boring, no drama at all.
Absolutely reliable, smooth, accurate.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:58 AM
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It's the verb form of "Duty Treat", if I remember my junior high English.
Doesn't help. Verb or adjective, I still don't know what "Duty Treat," is. Never heard of it before.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:35 AM
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I have two custom Silverbacks now, both with many options. First was in the .45, and the second was a .40 S&W. As to their accuracy, I just finished my shooting bench the other day, with both a pistol berm and rifle berm, and decided to try out my .40 and some mild reloads that I had been using on other .40's that I have. My berm is 23 yds from the bench, and off a rest with a mild load of 5.6gr of WSF and 165gr X-Treme plated bullets, had a 1 1/16 in five shot grouping, with four of those in a 5/8 in cluster. Not bad considering most say that plated heads won't group. I had only shot the .40 less than a hundred shots before this, and I probably only have about 200 shots with the .45, and have not tried it for grouping yet, but both have preformed without any malfunctions. Will try and get some pictures if you like, but may be a bit.
Options on both were
Full Duty Treat with carry cuts on slide
Flush cut and crown barrel, with thick bushing & two diff monogramed plugs
Custom on Slide, although .45 didn't come that way
Bead blasted slide stop, magwell, dehorned thumb safety, grip release, bushing & extended mag release
K trigger on one and Discression trigger on other
Specialist grips
F/O front sight and ADJ rear

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Old 09-08-2016, 03:18 PM
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Doesn't help. Verb or adjective, I still don't know what "Duty Treat," is. Never heard of it before.
And that's OK. Not everyone is well read.
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Old 09-08-2016, 05:26 PM
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Doesn't help. Verb or adjective, I still don't know what "Duty Treat," is. Never heard of it before.
Hmmm, it's the black nitride like finish DW has been using on all it's black pistols for a few years now.
Look at CoolE's post. The Guardian is Duty treated.
Heard it called many things--
Duty coat Duty treated. Dan Wesson calls it Duty coat. But I understood what the OP was referring to.
Hope this clears it up for you.
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Old 09-08-2016, 05:31 PM
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Op,congrats and it sounds like quite a nice pistol. Any est. on lead time?
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Old 09-08-2016, 06:37 PM
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Keith said 6 months, maybe more. I replied 6 months, 9 months, all the same. I have been waiting 3 years for a Springfield Pro.

I am very excited about this pistol though.
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Old 09-10-2016, 06:20 PM
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I could not be more excited.

This one should probably be called "Blackback", as it will be completely Duty Treated, and it will have an ambi safety along with a magwell. With the adjustable sight, it will be everything I want in a 1911.

Thanks Keith!
I created an account just to get more info out of this thread...

I'm pretty keen on getting a DW Silverback, I am currently shopping around to get some custom work done on it, as I didn't know ordering custom optioned firearms was an option from DW.

Can you provide some more information about the process?
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:55 AM
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I created an account just to get more info out of this thread...

I'm pretty keen on getting a DW Silverback, I am currently shopping around to get some custom work done on it, as I didn't know ordering custom optioned firearms was an option from DW.

Can you provide some more information about the process?
Never-mind, I got ahold of Keith last week. Custom order placed, how the waiting game begins.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:47 AM
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Never-mind, I got ahold of Keith last week. Custom order placed, how the waiting game begins.
I'm sorry I missed your question earlier.

Yep, Keith is the man.

What did you request?
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:09 AM
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Sounds like a great pistol!! Congrats I know you are excited.
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:23 AM
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Bought a Silverback blem a few months ago to go with my Razorback. It has been a great shooter. Very reliable and accurate. Added heavier springs (hammer and recoil), flat firing pin stop and shok buff. I use the shok buffs for range and spring tuning. You will love the gun. I would at minimum add a heavier recoil spring. The factory spring is ok for light 10mm loads only in my testing. It will work of course with heavier stuff but it will beat on your gun unnecessarily. Shok buff testing will confirm that.
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:46 AM
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I could not be more excited.

This one should probably be called "Blackback", as it will be completely Duty Treated, and it will have an ambi safety along with a magwell. With the adjustable sight, it will be everything I want in a 1911.

Thanks Keith!
Deo, I resemble your excitement, but I pale as judged against your patience. When I decided to pull the trigger I was planning to request a complete duty treat (and Bruin sights). While I was prepping my investment in preparation for "the" phone call: a blem blip'd across GB. I held out for almost an hour before convincing myself to indulge in the "right now" with a substantial capital saving. Truth is I know I can convert the retained cheese into high speed projectile launch vessels.

Enjoy the black back. I'm envious of your patience. Brown has custody of my blem; it is en route to my FFL.
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Old 10-22-2016, 09:05 AM
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I'm sorry I missed your question earlier.

Yep, Keith is the man.

What did you request?
Below is a photoshop mockup I did of the build.

Using a Silverback frame as a base because undercut trigger guard, 25 LPI checkering front and back of grip, counter sunk slide stop.
  • Duty Finish, slide and frame
  • No markings on the slide
  • Threaded Barrel
  • Ball end Mill Cut on the slide
  • Clark-style serrated rib on top of slide
  • Red Fiber Optic front sight with serrated ledge rear sight
  • Mag well
  • Flat trigger (Keith let me send in a Wilson flat pad)
  • Single sided safety
  • G10 VZ Operator II grips

The only things I'm left longing for are vertical cocking serrations and a serrated rear of the slide. I know the cocking serrations are functionally irrelevant, but every time I'll see the gun I'll wish they were there. Oh-well, at the end of the day the total estimated cost was $2100, which is still $1800 less than what a Wilson with the same specifications would have cost, and they didn't offer vertical cocking serrations either. Anything full-custom like a Combat Precision gets silly expensive really fast too, just not worth the cost for how some metal is cut from the slide. Anyway, that's why I have a CZ 1911A1, something to play around with and customize that's got better frame to slide fit than most guns twice the price, and has a classic look.

I just picked up a 9mm Specialist the other week and it outshot my buddies custom 9mm Combat Precision first time out. It's hard to argue with the value proposition of a DW.

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Old 10-22-2016, 10:00 AM
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How did you do that mock up?

The closest I have seen to what I want is a pic of an all black Guncrafter. That was my inspiration.
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Old 10-22-2016, 10:16 AM
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How did you do that mock up?

The closest I have seen to what I want is a pic of an all black Guncrafter. That was my inspiration.
I just stitched the image together with product photos from the DW site. I think I used shots of a Silverback, Discretion, and a Specialist, plus a flat pad photo via google. Some basic photoshop trickery, levels, curves, clone stamp blending, and masking. It only took a few minutes, still lots of little errors on it, but it was just to get an idea of what it would look like before committing to an order. Probably easier said than done for most, being a professional photographer my level of proficiency in photoshop well above average.

If anyone from DW is seeing this thread, I'm always available to help you guys develop a gun customizer for your site...

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Old 11-22-2016, 01:18 PM
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Just got notice my Silverback will be shipped next week!
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Old 11-22-2016, 05:16 PM
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Looking forward to seeing it!
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Old 11-22-2016, 05:33 PM
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So under 3 months???
I may have to do something similar...
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Old 11-22-2016, 06:31 PM
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So under 3 months???
Imagine my surprise
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