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Old 01-16-2018, 07:51 PM
DesmoAndrew DesmoAndrew is offline
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Two Tone Government Build

This pistol is the big brother to the two tone Commander I posted here last year. A Caspian slide on top of an 80% frame. I gotta say, these Caspian slides come in clean and the dimensions are what they should be. Makes the build much easier.

Pretty much a similar build spec and intent. Fairly plane pistol with a few touches that I wanted over a basic mil-spec pistol. Two-tone. Better sights. Ambi safety.

As with the previous build, David Clevinger did the blueing work. Really nice work and a nice smith to deal with. (he does engraving and I have a Series 70 repro that would look great with a little TLC from him sometime).

I've run about 800 rounds thru this one so far. Had to do a little work on the barrel throat to ease the sharp transition edge to get rid of the odd jam I had. (at first this pistol would feed fine with Chip McCormick power mags but not Colt OEM 7 rounders, now it takes all comers). I still ned to crown the barrel, and am waiting for a tool to do it. But good enough for 50 ft range work at present.

I'm running a EGW tool steel sear and ball disconnector and a Harrison retro hammer. They have come together to produce a very nice trigger pull and break.

The only thing I wish came out better is the EGW ambi safety. As best I can tell, there is a slight angular mis-match between the positioning of the LH and RH paddles that is do to the relative alignment of the fork and tongue shaft interface. The result is that the RH paddle ride just a tad high. Plan to call them to discuss. For all I know, it's my fitment that caused this. I also trimmed the shelfs a little more on this pistol. Will likely trim them more to get closer to the profile of the Wilson slim ambi safety.

The next project has just dropped out of the sky on me. A buddy “helpfully” pointed out that someone was selling bald 1911 slides on ebay for a song. So I got one to have it on hand. And then Cabella's listed Trijicon RMR type 1s for 349. So, just need a Caspian frame and more time.




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Old 01-27-2018, 07:09 PM
Ed_Gordon Ed_Gordon is offline
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Looks great. Like said in your Commander thread - the two tone with blue up top on slide looks great. You can take very good pictures too!
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Old 01-27-2018, 07:44 PM
wproct wproct is offline
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Originally Posted by Ed_Gordon View Post
Looks great. Like said in your Commander thread - the two tone with blue up top on slide looks great. You can take very good pictures too!
Well said. The two tone and nice checkered wood grips works. Very attractive pistol!
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Old 02-18-2018, 01:03 PM
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Old 03-07-2018, 08:45 PM
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Old 04-05-2018, 03:14 PM
dclevinger dclevinger is offline
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Just came across your posts. The guns came out great! Fantastic work on the builds!
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Old 04-05-2018, 03:50 PM
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If you shorten the hammer spur, you can go with a M1911 grip safety for a higher grip and no bite from either the safety or the hammer.
It also addresses a high grip not disengaging the grip safety, as the hand is mostly in contact with the fixed part of the frame tangs.
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Old 04-11-2018, 03:11 PM
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Such a beauty!
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Old 04-11-2018, 06:46 PM
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Meat and potatos, I love it!!!
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