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bluelineman
02-13-2010, 12:10
Am considering getting my first 1911 soon. I like the look, feel & functionality of the bobbed frame. How much does that typically cost & where is a good place to get this done?

I did a search & looked at Gemini Customs. They charge $175 for the labor alone. :wow: Is there anybody else out there that does this work for a working man's salary? :supergrin:

Thanks!

drc767
02-13-2010, 12:39
Am considering getting my first 1911 soon. I like the look, feel & functionality of the bobbed frame. How much does that typically cost & where is a good place to get this done?

I did a search & looked at Gemini Customs. They charge $175 for the labor alone. :wow: Is there anybody else out there that does this work for a working man's salary? :supergrin:

Thanks!

You also have to consider that you will have to refinish the frame after the machine work, as well. I currently have a Colt at D&V Small Arms (Dave Helton) and he lists his price on the website for Bobtail Conversion "Bobtail Frame Includes Part and Grip Modification 175.00".

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg290/drc767/DSC04925.jpg

glock2740
02-13-2010, 12:41
Give Chuck Rogers a call. He does great work.

bluelineman
02-13-2010, 13:15
Give Chuck Rogers a call. He does great work.

Update 10-13-09:

I will not be accepting any new work until further notice. :crying:

bluelineman
02-13-2010, 13:17
You also have to consider that you will have to refinish the frame after the machine work, as well. I currently have a Colt at D&V Small Arms (Dave Helton) and he lists his price on the website for Bobtail Conversion "Bobtail Frame Includes Part and Grip Modification 175.00".[/IMG]

Looks like he does nice work!

Anybody else???

AZ Husker
02-13-2010, 14:49
A stainless checkered Bobtail MSH from Ed Brown is $76 alone.

up1911fan
02-13-2010, 15:46
Exactly, you pay for what you get. If you don't want to pay a good smith to do it, buy the jig and do it yourself.

Brass Nazi
02-13-2010, 15:48
Would it be more feasible to purchase a gun that already was a bobtail frame?

bluelineman
02-13-2010, 18:40
Exactly, you pay for what you get. If you don't want to pay a good smith to do it, buy the jig and do it yourself.

True.

I wouldn't trust myself. You see, I am missing the "mechanical" gene. :supergrin:

Would it be more feasible to purchase a gun that already was a bobtail frame?

Probably. Out of my price range. :crying:

jeremy stanke
02-13-2010, 19:30
175 is actually a really good price. its not a cheap modification

bluelineman
02-13-2010, 19:35
175 is actually a really good price. its not a cheap modification

I'm starting to figure that out. :faint:

AZ Husker
02-13-2010, 20:28
Any decent machinist should be able to do a bob if you supplied the MSH and jig from Brown. Then it's just a matter of refinishing. All my bobtailed guns except one are stainless, so a simple run through the bead blaster fixed them right up. But as mentioned before, $175 isn't a bad price.

Quack
02-14-2010, 07:05
$225 (includes MSH) + Refinishing at Springfield Custom Shop.

The cost of the bobbed housing is $56 - $81 and $45 for the jig (Brownell's pricing for reference), so $175 is a good price if it includes the MSH.

bluelineman
02-14-2010, 08:38
$225 (includes MSH) + Refinishing at Springfield Custom Shop.

The cost of the bobbed housing is $56 - $81 and $45 for the jig (Brownell's pricing for reference), so $175 is a good price if it includes the MSH.

Thanks. Good info to know.

DesertEagle.45
02-14-2010, 13:20
I did the work myself and will send it out for refinish when everything else is done.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/fierophreak/DSC00921.jpg

bluelineman
02-14-2010, 13:26
Nice work! :thumbsup:

DesertEagle.45
02-14-2010, 13:35
Nice work! :thumbsup:

Thanks. I have a thread going for all the work I've been doing.
http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1072335

glock2740
02-14-2010, 17:52
I did the work myself and will send it out for refinish when everything else is done.
http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/fierophreak/DSC00921.jpg
Turned out well. Congrats.

DesertEagle.45
02-14-2010, 20:58
Turned out well. Congrats.

Thanks Dude.

Ol'Slabsides
02-14-2010, 21:49
I sent a Kimber Pro Carry HD II to Evoluion Gun Works:

http://www.egw-guns.com/

They sent me back this:

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj170/timothyefleming/IMG_1478.jpg

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj170/timothyefleming/IMG_1481.jpg

Looked pretty sweet to me!! Cost was around the $175 plus parts range, IIRC.

bluelineman
02-15-2010, 20:28
Cool. Thanks guys!

itsgottabeapit
02-15-2010, 21:52
I sent this guy an e-mail last year http://www.vandenbergcustom.com/ I asked how much would it cost if I supplied the new bobtail mainspring housing, I believe he said around $45, I never got back in touch with him about it though.

The refinishing will be the costly part depending on if your frame is aluminum, stainless, steel, and what kind of coating if any you have on it.

drc767
02-16-2010, 06:16
I sent this guy an e-mail last year http://www.vandenbergcustom.com/ I asked how much would it cost if I supplied the new bobtail mainspring housing, I believe he said around $45, I never got back in touch with him about it though.

The refinishing will be the costly part depending on if your frame is aluminum, stainless, steel, and what kind of coating if any you have on it.

That is quite a bit of work for $45...

itsgottabeapit
02-16-2010, 06:48
That is quite a bit of work for $45...

I don't know if it covered refinishing.

A while back I was researching how to do the bobtail. If you have the jig, a hacksaw and can sand metal it didn't look all that hard. It's just the refinishing that makes it hard for me.

itsgottabeapit
02-16-2010, 06:50
Found the link I was looking for http://militaryshooter.com/id11.html

the iceman
02-16-2010, 17:53
Am considering getting my first 1911 soon. I like the look, feel & functionality of the bobbed frame. How much does that typically cost & where is a good place to get this done?

I did a search & looked at Gemini Customs. They charge $175 for the labor alone. :wow: Is there anybody else out there that does this work for a working man's salary? :supergrin:

Thanks!

There is a guy on Gunbroker that does it for $155 plus $15 return ship. Check it out. I thought about having it done to one of mine as well.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=157004517

or his website:

www.dvsmallarms.com

bluelineman
02-17-2010, 20:34
There is a guy on Gunbroker that does it for $155 plus $15 return ship. Check it out. I thought about having it done to one of mine as well.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=157004517

or his website:

www.dvsmallarms.com

Thanks! Looks nice!

pistolwrench
02-17-2010, 21:01
Very nice looking work from DV. And great pricing!

Believe me when I say that snakeskinning ain't easy. Adding to the
difficulty is attempting to maintain a nice surface finish on the scales.
End mills don't like to do that much. I've always fought 'swirls' in the
surface texture on the face of the scales.

I gotta ask though, how is he return shipping frames for $10?

Ol'Slabsides
02-22-2010, 14:36
:mememe::mememe:

OOOOH! OOOOH!! ME, ME!!

The answer is....: USPS flat rate shipping! :wow:

Seriously, how else could you ship anything for that, let alone a frame?