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Old 06-13-2017, 01:09 PM
Ornithoptor Ornithoptor is offline
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Guncrafter customized DW Valor

So I figured I would post this as an example of what Guncrafter can do with another manufacturers 1911. A couple of years ago now I ordered a custom 9mm Dan Wesson Valor. I ordered it in stainless, with a number of custom features, and the gun was very close to what I wanted, but there were just a few features not offered by Dan Wesson, as well as a some cosmetic cleanup that I wanted done. I fired several thousand rounds through the gun, to make sure that there were no other adjustments or changes that I wanted made. I then contacted Guncrafter Industries, and they assured me they could do what I wanted. The list that I had them do is below.

Relieve dustcover as necessary for proper clearance.
Blend rear of slide, frame, ejector, and extractor.
Fit and tune Harrison Design slide stop
Fit and blend Harrison Design thumb safety
Fit, tune and blend spare extractor.
Flatten and serrate top of slide.
Reliability work as necessary (The gun runs well, but please let me know if anything need addressed.)
Correct any other deficiencies found.
Bead blast whole gun.
Melonite slide and frame.
Black out barrel and all small parts. (Ion bond)
Bead blast, black out and return any original parts that were removed.

In addition to the above, they recommended replacing the barrel bushing, as the fit was not up to their standards and they detected vertical stringing. Between the replaced slide stop and the GI barrel bushing, the lock up now very snug.

The work took several months, which was not a problem as I was not in a hurry. Communication was good, and they contacted me several times to make sure that there was no confusion with my desires regarding the gun.

I received the gun back about a month ago. It is cosmetically flawless now as far as I can discern. Owing to the over travel screw backing out of the trigger, there was one problem with function. Occasionally the gun would double. After contacting Guncrafter, they informed me that they would prefer that I just sent it back to them (on their dime) so that they could give it another once over and make sure that it was as perfect as they can make it. I did so, and the turnaround on that trip was only around two weeks.

Overall I am extremely satisfied with the finished product. It is cosmetically perfect, and it now functions 100% as well. I really like the murdered out look, and the work that they did should tremendously increase the longevity and wear resistance of the gun.

As always, here's a couple of the obligatory pics.
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Old 06-13-2017, 02:24 PM
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Wow that gun came out awesome, it is nice to see someone putting custom touches on a Dan Wesson. It doesn't seem like they are sent out for custom work all that often.
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Old 06-19-2017, 05:00 AM
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Very nice. I've got an older CBOB that has very dim tritium sights, and there are a couple other tweaks i'm considering. I really like the front slide cuts you got, very similar to the DW Valkrie.

Curious-why not all Melonite, or all IonBond?

Guncrafter is gaining momentum in the market. I pretty much like everything I've seen them do.

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Old 06-19-2017, 03:56 PM
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Curious-why not all Melonite, or all IonBond?

Guncrafter is gaining momentum in the market. I pretty much like everything I've seen them do.

I went with melonite on the frame as that is the same thing that I have on a Guncrafter 45 that is nearly the same build specs as the Dan Wesson. I don't think there is any finish on the market that is as tough as Melonite. I have carried my melonited Guncrafter for over a year, and the finish still looks like new.

I went with an ionbonded barrel as that was their recommendation. They said that it is been shown to dramatically improve barrel life, and between the finish on the barrel and the frame/slide, and this being a 9 mm build, the gun should last indefinitely. This is going to be a high round count gun!
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