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Old 03-17-2008, 07:11 PM
Anatol Anatol is offline
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Dallas/Fort Worth Smith?

I got this Combat commander a couple years ago and it was pretty ruff. I had Novak install some sights and do a refinish job. It went in the safe and was forgotten until a few days ago. Now that Iím looking at this thing Iím sure the beavertail is no stock and for that matter it doesnít look good at all. Iím a rifle guy and donít know much about pistols but I thought I would try some local IDPA matches with this. So first off is this beavertail stock? And second, can someone recommend a good smith in the Dallas/Fort Worth?

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Old 03-17-2008, 08:08 PM
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Local Dallas LEO as well
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:40 AM
Captain America Captain America is offline
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Personally, I wouldn't change a thing on that pistol.
That is an aftermarket beavertail.

Try these 2 places:
1. Gunmaster in Plano,Tx http://www.gunmasterinc.com/
2. Elk Castle in Ft Worth, Tx http://www.elkcastle.com/

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Old 03-18-2008, 02:25 PM
LonnieW LonnieW is offline
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It will take months for Gunmaster to get to your gun, if past experience in any indication.

There's a gunshop (I can't remember the name) in Richardson about a block north of Main, on a north/south street (prior to Greenville) on the east side of downtown. How's that for criptic directions.

It's run by a retired military guy and he has a gunsmith available that he says is reallly good on Colts.

Sorry about the poor info but you might try to track him down.
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Old 03-18-2008, 03:09 PM
TRP533 TRP533 is offline
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These guys recently did some work for me on my RIA. They're in Roanoke just north of Ft. Worth. They installed a beavertail, hammer, and fitted a new trigger for me in less than a week. They also are LEO friendly.

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Old 03-18-2008, 03:18 PM
res2580 res2580 is offline
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I just want to comment your sights. They are nice!!! How do you like it?
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:41 PM
Anatol Anatol is offline
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Thanks for all the help guys. I will start making calls tomorrow.
As for the sights.. They are well made and the colors stand out quit a bit when acquiring you target. Novak did a great job.

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Old 03-18-2008, 04:45 PM
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The beavertail isn't stock. It's an aftermarket part meant for a Government Model frame, which has a longer extension at the rear than a Commander does. That's why it looks so strange on your pistol.
Avoid the temptation to replace everything on your brand-new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot at least 500 rounds through it first, then decide what you don't like and want to improve. Regarding vintage 1911s, pre-1946 pistols are highly collectible in original, unaltered condition and should NEVER be refinished or modified as it completely ruins their monetary value.
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Old 03-18-2008, 06:41 PM
jrtx jrtx is offline
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The guy at Gunmaster replaced a beavertail and extended safety for me in a week. They told me two. He swapped sites for me while I waited. FWIW

Best to call and ask.
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:14 AM
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See Dave Walters/Walters Industries at 6226 Park Lane in Dallas. I believe he is in the phone book under Thomas David Walters. Dave has built half a dozen 1911s for me and has building them since the 1970s. He is reasonable and quick...you can tell him Bob Makowski sent you.

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Old 03-19-2008, 08:45 AM
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This custom gunsmith is near Dallas:


I hear that he is very good.
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