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itsgottabeapit
02-19-2010, 03:58
This is turning into a 1911 gunsmith directory, I love it, please sticky

I don't know if this has been done before but I thought it would be neat to put together a list of the top "x" number of 1911 gunsmiths. I thought 10 wouldn't be enough and 100 would be too many so 20 it is. It would be nice if you give a gunsmiths name that you also leave some kind of contact for that smith (website, e-mail address, phone number, etc)

I'd like to nominate

Chuck Rogers http://www.rogersprecision.com/

His guns are the best looking I've seen. Who else should be on the list Baer? Brown? Do tell. Maybe this will be something to sticky later?

This list so far. Of course this is just opinions, but it's fun. Obviously there is no real way to rate the top "x" number of gunsmiths, so there are no wrong answers. There are some beautiful guns to look at if you follow the links. Alphabetical order by first names..

* ADDED, as it has been mentioned by PlasticGuy, I want it to be known that some of the top gunsmiths on this list actually have other worldclass topshelf gunsmiths that work for them and I'd like to give them all credit for the excellent work that they do that is sometimes not thought about when you think of the manufacturers.

Top 1911 Pistol gunsmiths
> Alex Hamilton, no contact info..made some interesting blackpowder guns with 1911 frames..
> Bill Laughridge http://www.cylinder-slide.com/adventurer.shtml
> Bill Wilson http://www.wilsoncombat.com/handgun-index.asp
> Bob Hunter http://www.huntercustoms.com/
> Bob Londrigan http://www.brazoscustom.com/
> Bob Marvel http://bobmarvelcustomguns.com/
> Bob Miller http://www.millercustom.com/photo.htm
> Bob Rodgers http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com/
> Chuck Rogers http://www.rogersprecision.com/
> Chuck Warner http://www.warnerpistols.com/index.html
> Claudio Salassa http://www.briley.com/
> C.T. Brian http://www.ctbrian.com/
> Dane Burns http://www.burnscustom.com/
> Dave Dawson http://www.dawsonprecision.com/
> Dave Erickson http://www.conditionone.us/Gallery/index.php
> Dave Helton http://www.dvsmallarms.com/
> Dave Sams http://www.samscustomgunworksusa.com/
> Dave Severns www.severnscustom.com
> Dave Williams www.Springfield-Armory.com
> Don Williams http://www.theactionworks.com/
> Drake Oldham http://www.drakesgunworks.com/
> Ed Brown http://www.edbrown.com/
> Hilton Yam - Contact Info?
> Jim Garthwaite http://www.garthwaite.com/
> Jim Hoag, no contact info
> Jim Stroh http://www.alphaprecisioninc.com/
> John Harrison http://www.harrisoncustom.com/Home.aspx
> John Nowlin http://www.nowlinguns.com/merchant2/
> Ken Crawley http://www.crawleycustom.com/
> Larry Vickers http://vickerstactical.com/
> Les Baer http://www.lesbaer.com/
> Luke Volkman http://www.volkmanncustom.com/
> Marc Morganti http://www.geminicustoms.com/
> Marianne Carniak http://carniakcustom.com/
> Mark Morris http://www.morriscustompistols.com/
> Matt Davis http://www.mdcustommachine.com/
> Matt Gish http://www.professionalgunsmithing.com/ website currently not working.
> Ned Christiansen http://www.m-guns.com/
> Neil Keller http://kustom-ballistics.com/
> Paul Liebenberg http://www.pistoldynamics.com/
> Pete Single, I had no luck finding a website, but read his checkering is some of the best.
> Rich Dettelhouser http://www.canyoncreekcustom.com/
> Richard Heinie http://www.heinie.com/index.php
> Ron Philips http://www.phillips1911.com/
> Ross Carter, Carter Custom Weaponry, website seems to have been taken over by someone else
> Scott Mulkerin http://www.sdmfabricating.com/
> Stan Chen http://www.chencustoms.com/
> Steve Morrison http://marsguns.com/Home.htm
> Steve Nastoff, May not be gunsmithing any longer. No contact info.
> Ted Yost http://www.heirloomprecision.com/
> Teddy Jacobsen http://www.actionsbyt.com/pricing-semiauto.htm
> Victor Tibbets http://www.wilsoncombat.com/about_us.htm#Victor_Tibbets

Top 1911 accessory manufacturers
> Virgil Tripp http://www.trippresearch.com/ Magazines
> John VanZyck http://www.vzgrips.com/ Grips

Conclusion. It takes years of gunsmithing experience to be considered one of the best. A background in machining and tool and dye really turns out top notch smiths. It takes fine attention to detail, anyone can put all the pieces together. It takes a top notch smith to fit them and fit them right. Details like flushing the the slide lock pin with the frame, filling the cavitiy in the beavertail to get rid of that hammer play, etc. You really get an idea of who's the best by the ammount of work they have on back order and or have to turn down. The smiths that innovate new things that improve the original design in fit and function are in a class of their own and I think truely deserve to be at the top of the list. We are truely blessed to have such a large list of talented gunsmiths.

bac1023
02-19-2010, 05:13
Liebenberg for sure.:)

http://www.pistoldynamics.com/

bac1023
02-19-2010, 05:14
Ted Yost


http://www.heirloomprecision.com/

awpk03s
02-19-2010, 06:02
I've got a pistol being worked over by Dave Severns right now :supergrin:

www.severnscustom.com

Officer's Match
02-19-2010, 06:34
John Harrison.

http://www.harrisoncustom.com/Home.aspx

Black Cloud
02-19-2010, 08:37
His mags. alone, put him in this category. :supergrin:

http://www.trippresearch.com/

Toml
02-19-2010, 08:45
Bill Wilson
http://www.wilsoncombat.com/handgun-index.asp

Toml
02-19-2010, 08:45
Dane Burns
http://www.burnscustom.com/

Quack
02-19-2010, 09:19
many to choose from http://www.americanpistol.com/psoty/past.php

how about Marc Morganti http://www.geminicustoms.com/
Dave Williams - www.Springfield-Armory.com

GJ1981
02-19-2010, 10:25
Dave Williams - www.Springfield-Armory.com

Does Dave actually build anymore? I've read a few claims that he runs the show at the CS but doesn't do anything beyond final inspection.

Anyway, I vote

Ned Christiansen - http://www.m-guns.com/gallery.php
Bob Miller - http://www.millercustom.com/photo.htm
Dave Erickson http://www.conditionone.us/Gallery/index.php
Hilton Yam is another worthy mention. http://www.10-8forums.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=89349&an=0&page=0#89349

Yam's may not be pretty but I have no doubt about its function.

PlasticGuy
02-19-2010, 10:53
No vote for Larry Vickers or Mark Morris yet?

The fact is that limiting this to 20 severely snubs about 200. There are a lot of highly talented 1911 smiths in the country right now. We really have it good.

itsgottabeapit
02-19-2010, 10:55
No vote for Larry Vickers or Mark Morris yet?

The fact is that limiting this to 20 severely snubs about 200. There are a lot of highly talented 1911 smiths in the country right now. We really have it good.

The 20 is flexible, I really just wanted to get a contact list of sorts together. And not only that I really enjoy looking at all of the links that are being posted. There's no numeric order or anything. Just something to use as reference.

Rinspeed
02-19-2010, 11:18
Both Richard Heinie and Stan Chen should be in the top five.



http://www.heinie.com/index.php




http://www.chencustoms.com/

Short Cut
02-19-2010, 11:26
In alphabetical order:


GUNSMITHS

http://www.actionsbyt.com/
http://www.theactionworks.com/Default.htm
http://www.apwcogan.com/
http://www.berryhillguns.com/
http://www.burwellgunsmithing.com/
http://www.clarkcustomguns.com/
http://www.ctbrian.com/
http://www.cylinder-slide.com/
http://www.egw-guns.com/
http://www.fletchercustompistols.com/
http://www.geminicustoms.com/
http://www.heinie.com/
http://www.jardinescustom.com/
http://www.kingsgunworks.com/
http://www.m-guns.com/
http://www.novaksights.com/
http://www.precision-gunworks.com/Home.aspx
http://www.robarguns.com/DesktopDefault.aspx
http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com/
http://www.rogersprecision.com/
http://www.signaturegrade.com/sg/index.html
http://www.trippresearch.com/
http://www.tusseycustom.com/
http://www.yost-bonitz.com/

PlasticGuy
02-19-2010, 11:29
The 20 is flexible, I really just wanted to get a contact list of sorts together. And not only that I really enjoy looking at all of the links that are being posted. There's no numeric order or anything. Just something to use as reference.
I'm sorry if you took my post as a stab at your question. That wasn't my intention, and this thread is a fun thought experiment (which is probably exactly what you intended). My point was just that we have such a wealth of talented 1911 smiths out there right now that we are truly spoiled.

Also, there is something that many of us don't think about. All of those custom shops like NightHawk, Wilson, Baer, Brown, Robar, C&S, Springfield, and all the others I didn't mention have more than one smith, and we generally don't talk about them by name. The guys who build Wilson SuperGrade 1911's might be worthy of mention, but most of us don't know their names.

Quack
02-19-2010, 11:39
Does Dave actually build anymore? I've read a few claims that he runs the show at the CS but doesn't do anything beyond final inspection.


dunno, but the work from the Custom Shop is up there.
I'm sure he can still build great 1911.


Also, there is something that many of us don't think about. All of those custom shops like NightHawk, Wilson, Baer, Brown, Robar, C&S, Springfield, and all the others I didn't mention have more than one smith, and we generally don't talk about them by name. The guys who build Wilson SuperGrade 1911's might be worthy of mention, but most of us don't know their names.

+1

Rinspeed
02-19-2010, 11:44
The guys who build Wilson SuperGrade 1911's might be worthy of mention, but most of us don't know their names.



Vic Tibbets is Wilsons top smith I believe.

itsgottabeapit
02-19-2010, 11:59
In alphabetical order:


GUNSMITHS

http://www.actionsbyt.com/
http://www.theactionworks.com/Default.htm
http://www.apwcogan.com/
http://www.berryhillguns.com/
http://www.burwellgunsmithing.com/
http://www.clarkcustomguns.com/
http://www.ctbrian.com/
http://www.cylinder-slide.com/
http://www.egw-guns.com/
http://www.fletchercustompistols.com/
http://www.geminicustoms.com/
http://www.heinie.com/
http://www.jardinescustom.com/
http://www.kingsgunworks.com/
http://www.m-guns.com/
http://www.novaksights.com/
http://www.precision-gunworks.com/Home.aspx
http://www.robarguns.com/DesktopDefault.aspx
http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com/
http://www.rogersprecision.com/
http://www.signaturegrade.com/sg/index.html
http://www.trippresearch.com/
http://www.tusseycustom.com/
http://www.yost-bonitz.com/

Not really the same thing, some of those links seem to only offer plating, magazines, etc. Some of the links no longer work or the domains are owned by other people now. But I'm going through them.

itsgottabeapit
02-19-2010, 12:02
I'm sorry if you took my post as a stab at your question. That wasn't my intention, and this thread is a fun thought experiment (which is probably exactly what you intended). My point was just that we have such a wealth of talented 1911 smiths out there right now that we are truly spoiled.

Also, there is something that many of us don't think about. All of those custom shops like NightHawk, Wilson, Baer, Brown, Robar, C&S, Springfield, and all the others I didn't mention have more than one smith, and we generally don't talk about them by name. The guys who build Wilson SuperGrade 1911's might be worthy of mention, but most of us don't know their names.

No apology necessary. I just wanted to make sure everyone understood this list is not the definative on the best "x" number of 1911 gunsmiths. I just wanted to get contact info and names of the best of the best. If it ends up being 200 that's fine.

Jim in MI
02-19-2010, 12:18
I think the Lawson brothers at Rock River make a nice 1911, even though they have stopped production and concentrate on ARs.

Edit: I actually had Chuck work on a Baer I bought used. He took off the Bomars and re cut the slide and fitted Novaks, then cleaned up the trigger and re blued it.

ronin.45
02-19-2010, 12:21
C.T. Brian does some nice work.

Everybody from LTW should be included.

itsgottabeapit
02-19-2010, 12:35
C.T. Brian does some nice work.

Everybody from LTW should be included.

Went through the LTW list and added them, thanks.

dnuggett
02-19-2010, 12:49
Great idea, good start on the list!

itsgottabeapit
02-19-2010, 12:58
Great idea, good start on the list!

Yeh, now if I could only convince everyone on the gunsmith list to send me a sample of their work so I could rank them....:faint:

pistolwrench
02-19-2010, 15:41
Don't forget my brother Bob Rodgers.
www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com (http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com)
:cool:

ronin.45
02-19-2010, 16:00
I don't know Wrench we don't want any nepotism around here. :whistling:

pistolwrench
02-19-2010, 16:12
Good thing free internet week at the Public Library is over.
or we would have pennypincher nominating Taurus.

glock2740
02-19-2010, 16:13
Don't forget my brother Bob Rodgers.
www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com (http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com)
:cool:

Is that brothers by different mothers?:rofl: You 2 guys are great!

Jason D
02-19-2010, 17:09
I am surprised Ed Masaki didn't make the list.
He can make a hardball gun sing.

ronin.45
02-19-2010, 17:23
Good thing free internet week at the Public Library is over.
or we would have pennypincher nominating Taurus.

If anybody did that we would have to get Eric to boot them off the site. We don't need any crazy people on here. other than me of course.:supergrin:

Cobra64
02-19-2010, 18:09
Ted Yost


http://www.heirloomprecision.com/

Bac, check this link. Second from the top. https://severnscustom.com/New_1911s_For_Sale.html


Again, it dispels the rumor that the CBOB has been discontinued from the Dan Wesson 2010 lineup. As I've mentioned in previous threads here, the CBOB is in production but for the CA market. :)

bac1023
02-19-2010, 19:45
how about Marc Morganti http://www.geminicustoms.com/
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The next custom build I order will be from Marc. :)

pistolwrench
02-19-2010, 21:23
bac,
you're a bit older and in the mood for some bling?

bac1023
02-19-2010, 21:32
Vic Tibbets is Wilsons top smith I believe.

Yeah, he was one his own for a while too.

There's a nice Tibbets gun on Gunbroker.

bac1023
02-19-2010, 21:42
bac,
you're a bit older and in the mood for some bling?


Not too much Chuck.

I'm thinking of keeping it fairly low key. I like Marc's Diamondback model, but with some conservative grips.

Here's the Diamondback. Mine would be full size though. These are commanders. Also, these grips are a bit too much for me. I would tone them down somewhat.


http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/DSC_0018.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/DSC_0002.jpg

itsgottabeapit
02-19-2010, 21:42
I am surprised Ed Masaki didn't make the list.
He can make a hardball gun sing.

I did some searching and it looks like his website is no longer up. I saw his Dragon gun on youtube, very interesting.

bac1023
02-19-2010, 21:44
Don't forget Chuck Warner. :)


http://www.warnerpistols.com/index.html

itsgottabeapit
02-19-2010, 21:47
Not too much Chuck.

I'm thinking of keeping it fairly low key. I like Marc's Diamondback model, but with some conservative grips.

Here's the Diamondback. Mine would be full size though. These are commanders. Also, these grips are a bit too much for me. I would tone them down somewhat.


http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/DSC_0018.jpg

http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n5/bac1023/DSC_0002.jpg

I don't think I really care for the rear slide serations on the Diamondback. I think it makes it a little much. But it's probably hard to tell unless you see it in person. I think 40lpi would look cleaner.

I'd also like to see this gun with some aggressive grips to match the diamond design. Maybe something like the VZ Tactical Diamonds, or Aliens.

pistolwrench
02-19-2010, 21:52
Nepotism.....ya. Sure. No doubt.

http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com/smAmH1.jpg

pistolwrench
02-19-2010, 21:55
The work shown above is as good as it gets.
But it somehow 'don't get it done' for me.
I like to build very serious fighting guns.

itsgottabeapit
02-19-2010, 21:56
Nepotism.....ya. Sure. No doubt.

http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com/smAmH1.jpg

I really like the bowtie shape on the rear cocking serations.

itsgottabeapit
02-19-2010, 21:59
I like to build very serious fighting guns.

That is what puts your guns at the top of the list for me.

bac1023
02-19-2010, 22:04
I don't think I really care for the rear slide serations on the Diamondback. I think it makes it a little much. But it's probably hard to tell unless you see it in person. I think 40lpi would look cleaner.

I'd also like to see this gun with some aggressive grips to match the diamond design. Maybe something like the VZ Tactical Diamonds, or Aliens.

I probably wouldn't get the rear of the slide done at all. I'm thinking maybe not the top of the slide either.

itsgottabeapit
02-19-2010, 22:09
I probably wouldn't get the rear of the slide done at all. I'm thinking maybe not the top of the slide either.

I think you're right. I was thinking the same thing. I think it's awesome that the designs can be done. But you can only do so much before it's overdone. I know the look like it is will appeal to some people, but I think dressing it down just a little would make it look a lot nicer.

bac1023
02-19-2010, 22:12
I think you're right. I was thinking the same thing. I think it's awesome that the designs can be done. But you can only do so much before it's overdone. I know the look like it is will appeal to some people, but I think dressing it down just a little would make it look a lot nicer.

Yeah, the top and the back of the slide are too much. I may ask him to checker the rear and use serrations up top.

ronin.45
02-19-2010, 22:25
Yeah, the top and the back of the slide are too much. I may ask him to checker the rear and use serrations up top.

Agreed. I think it is a bit much going on.

The work shown above is as good as it gets.
But it somehow 'don't get it done' for me.
I like to build very serious fighting guns.

That's why we love your style so much Wrench. In a world of bling you stay focused on bang.

brisk21
02-19-2010, 22:45
Im sensing a sticky for this thread.

Cobra64
02-19-2010, 23:04
Im sensing a sticky for this thread.

I was thinking the same thing when it was first posted. It will come in handy for a lot of us.

CanIhaveGasCash
02-19-2010, 23:10
The work shown above is as good as it gets.
But it somehow 'don't get it done' for me.
I like to build very serious fighting guns.

When I have a little more extra cash laying around and you are taking work I am definitely going to send a gun you're way. Your "Tier One G" is one of the cleanest custom 1911's I've seen.

Im sensing a sticky for this thread.

I certainly hope not, most of these guys aren't taking work as is. We need to hide this thread so some of us can get work done :tongueout:

MD357
02-19-2010, 23:36
The work shown above is as good as it gets.
But it somehow 'don't get it done' for me.
I like to build very serious fighting guns.

.... that just happen to be gorgeous when you're done. :cool:

Cobra64
02-19-2010, 23:58
No apology necessary. I just wanted to make sure everyone understood this list is not the definative on the best "x" number of 1911 gunsmiths. I just wanted to get contact info and names of the best of the best. If it ends up being 200 that's fine.I love it! I'm getting a Colt 1911 and plan on having some work done on it and your list, along with other contributions will help me explore possibilities.

Thank you. :)

Cobra64
02-19-2010, 23:59
Yeh, now if I could only convince everyone on the gunsmith list to send me a sample of their work so I could rank them....:faint:

Just visit Bac's place.

Cobra64
02-20-2010, 00:04
I think you're right. I was thinking the same thing. I think it's awesome that the designs can be done. But you can only do so much before it's overdone. I know the look like it is will appeal to some people, but I think dressing it down just a little would make it look a lot nicer.
That's sort of the appeal to a Volkmann and the Valor. Clean.

kirgi08
02-20-2010, 05:08
I don't know if this has been done before but I thought it would be neat to put together a list of the top "x" number of 1911 gunsmiths. I thought 10 wouldn't be enough and 100 would be too many so 20 it is. It would be nice if you give a gunsmiths name that you also leave some kind of contact for that smith (website, e-mail address, phone number, etc)

I'd like to nominate

Chuck Rogers http://www.rogersprecision.com/

His guns are the best looking I've seen. Who else should be on the list Baer? Brown? Do tell. Maybe this will be something to sticky later?

This list so far. Of course this is just opinions, but it's fun. Obviously there is no real way to rate the top "x" number of gunsmiths, so there are no wrong answers. There are some beautiful guns to look at if you follow the links. Alphabetical order by first names..

* ADDED, as it has been mentioned by PlasticGuy, I want it to be known that some of the top gunsmiths on this list actually have other worldclass topshelf gunsmiths that work for them and I'd like to give them all credit for the excellent work that they do that is sometimes not thought about when you think of the manufacturers.

Top 1911 Pistol gunsmiths
> Bill Wilson http://www.wilsoncombat.com/handgun-index.asp
> Bob Miller http://www.millercustom.com/photo.htm
> Bob Rodgers http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com/
> Chuck Rogers http://www.rogersprecision.com/
> Chuck Warner http://www.warnerpistols.com/index.html
> C.T. Brian http://www.ctbrian.com/
> Dane Burns http://www.burnscustom.com/
> Dave Erickson http://www.conditionone.us/Gallery/index.php
> Dave Severns www.severnscustom.com
> Dave Williams www.Springfield-Armory.com
> Don Williams http://www.theactionworks.com/
> Ed Brown http://www.edbrown.com/
> Hilton Yam - Contact Info?
> John Harrison http://www.harrisoncustom.com/Home.aspx
> Larry Vickers http://vickerstactical.com/
> Les Baer http://www.lesbaer.com/
> Marc Morganti http://www.geminicustoms.com/
> Mark Morris http://www.morriscustompistols.com/
> Ned Christiansen http://www.m-guns.com/
> Paul Liebenberg http://www.pistoldynamics.com/
> Richard Heinie http://www.heinie.com/index.php
> Stan Chen http://www.chencustoms.com/
> Ted Yost http://www.heirloomprecision.com/
> Victor Tibbets http://www.wilsoncombat.com/about_us.htm#Victor_Tibbets

Top 1911 accessory manufacturers
> Virgil Tripp http://www.trippresearch.com/ Magazines
> John VanZyck http://www.vzgrips.com/ Grips

Pistolwrench is my vote.After I saw what he did ta pugnose one.:faint:. I'm pulling all strings/giggalo ta convince my wife ta let me get one,I got the base ta use.'08.

ETA.I ain't read the whole thread.Nuff said. :supergrin:

bac1023
02-20-2010, 05:48
Just visit Bac's place.

:rofl:

kirgi08
02-20-2010, 06:05
BAC,I hold you as guilty.Youse done and done it.'08. :wavey:

txleapd
02-20-2010, 09:02
No Dave Dawson?

The guy only invented the tool-less guide rod, The Ice magwell, the light rail used by the entire U.S. Special Forces, and the STI Edge.

Dawson Precision (http://www.dawsonprecision.com/)

Don-wayne
02-20-2010, 10:16
No Dawson would not be in my top 20.

pistolwrench
02-20-2010, 11:02
Jim Garthwaite
Bob Hunter
Steve Morrison
Bill Laughridge
Neil Keller

txleapd
02-20-2010, 12:00
No Dawson would not be in my top 20.

Okay... Why not?

itsgottabeapit
02-20-2010, 14:19
Okay... Why not?

I really want to keep this thread friendly, it doesn't have to be top 20 per say. I don't want any smiths getting their toes stepped on here, this is just a friendly thread.

itsgottabeapit
02-20-2010, 14:25
Jim Garthwaite
Bob Hunter
Steve Morrison
Bill Laughridge
Neil Keller

I'll try to find contact info for these guys later and add it. If Chuck says they're good they're good. IF anyone has their contact info please share it, it'll save me time later.

txleapd
02-20-2010, 16:16
I really want to keep this thread friendly, it doesn't have to be top 20 per say. I don't want any smiths getting their toes stepped on here, this is just a friendly thread.

If someone makes such a definitive statement, they should be able to qualify it, don't you think?

itsgottabeapit
02-20-2010, 16:24
If someone makes such a definitive statement, they should be able to qualify it, don't you think?

I guess, I just hope if he responds that he keeps it to a PM, because this thread wasn't created to bash gunsmiths.

Same reason why they are in alphabetical order instead of a numerical order. It's all opinion. I just hope to keep negative ones out of this thread..

pistolwrench
02-20-2010, 16:37
Ron Philips
Dave Sams
Ken Crawley
Dave Helton
Luke Volkman
Scott Mulkerin
Teddy Jacobsen

Jason D
02-20-2010, 16:45
I did some searching and it looks like his website is no longer up. I saw his Dragon gun on youtube, very interesting.

I know he's still kicking. I got to meet him last summer at Camp Perry, and corresponded with him last fall about a hardball gun.

itsgottabeapit
02-20-2010, 16:45
Ron Philips
Dave Sams
Ken Crawley
Dave Helton
Luke Volkman
Scott Mulkerin

6 Daves and counting! Dave is a popular 1911 smith name!

I have a Ken Crawley 1911 at my FFL I'm going to pick it up Monday! :supergrin:

Rinspeed
02-20-2010, 16:57
Claudio Salassa
Matt Gish

pistolwrench
02-20-2010, 17:23
Matt Davis
John Nowlin

hilljo
02-20-2010, 17:39
Bob Londrigan

Rich Dettelhouser

pistolwrench
02-20-2010, 18:57
Marianne Carniak

Singlestack Wonder
02-20-2010, 19:10
An industry created due to the fact that Colt and others could never build a 1911 that worked out of the box.............:whistling:

Singlestack Wonder
02-20-2010, 19:12
An industry created due to the fact that Colt and others could never build a 1911 that worked out of the box.............:whistling:

We shouldn't forget Ross Carter.

Rinspeed
02-20-2010, 19:54
Pete Single
Steve Nastoff

Don-wayne
02-20-2010, 20:04
I din't mean to step on anyones toes. If I were haveing a top smith build me a pistol Dawson wouldnt be on my list. I reread it and it did come off abrasive. That was not my intent.:wavey:

pistolwrench
02-20-2010, 20:38
Alex Hamilton
Jim Stroh
Jim Hoag

itsgottabeapit
02-21-2010, 04:59
added to my original post. did I leave anything out? Of course we can still add more smiths if anyone comes to mind. If you have contact info for any that I couldn't find it for please let me know.

Conclusion. It takes years of gunsmithing experience to be considered one of the best. A background in machining and tool and dye really turns out top notch smiths. It takes fine attention to detail, anyone can put all the pieces together. It takes a top notch smith to fit them and fit them right. Details like flushing the the slide lock pin with the frame, filling the cavitiy in the beavertail to get rid of that hammer play, etc. You really get an idea of who's the best by the ammount of work they have on back order and or have to turn down. The smiths that innovate new things that improve the original design in fit and function are in a class of their own and I think truely deserve to be at the top of the list. We are truely blessed to have such a large list of talented gunsmiths.

bac1023
02-21-2010, 05:58
That's a hell of a list.

bac1023
02-21-2010, 09:30
I think we forgot Bob Marvel. :dunno:


http://bobmarvelcustomguns.com/photo-gallery.html

jjdubious48195
02-22-2010, 18:57
I think we forgot about another great Smith ( ALEX ZIMMERMANN ) :devildance:

Quack
02-28-2010, 08:05
Drake Oldham - http://www.drakesgunworks.com/
not saying he's in the top 20, but i've seen his work at a local shop and i'm impressed.
if i ever need work done, i'd probably go to him since he's local to me.

big68
03-10-2010, 17:22
No sticky for this, great info guys. Thanks!!!

bac1023
03-10-2010, 17:39
I think we forgot about another great Smith ( ALEX ZIMMERMANN ) :devildance:

Interesting first post.

:welcome:

DaBigBR
03-10-2010, 23:10
FWIW I had heard on fairly good authority that Matt Gish (Professional Gunsmithing) was going to be closing up shop and moving out east to work for one alphabet-soup agency or another doing 'smith and armorer work. Don't know if that ever came to fruition and/or if it has anything to do with his website being down, but figured that I would at least put it out there.

I would add Jason Burton (also of Heirloom Precision) to the list as well. Anything that he may lack as a gunsmith (and I don't really think there is anything) he makes up for in taking some damned good pictures.

ronin.45
03-10-2010, 23:32
I'm a big Defensive Creations fan. Dave Laubert isn't top 20 yet but he does great work.

djackson
07-29-2011, 16:39
digging up old threads, sticky yet?

polizei1
07-29-2011, 17:02
It should be a sticky, but needs to be updated with contact info.

silversport
07-29-2011, 17:47
I have had quite a few different pistols worked on by Teddy Jacobson and trust my life to them...not a single bobble in any one of them...1911 pattern pistols, Smith Centennial, SiG Sauer P Series, Seecamp...all sweet shooters too...

Bill

okie
07-29-2011, 18:04
I have had quite a few different pistols worked on by Teddy Jacobson and trust my life to them...not a single bobble in any one of them...1911 pattern pistols, Smith Centennial, SiG Sauer P Series, Seecamp...all sweet shooters too...

Bill

I shot a Kimber worked over by, Teddy Jacobson. It was sweet for sure:thumbsup:

20South
07-29-2011, 18:23
John Jardine

http://www.jardinescustom.com/

fnfalman
07-29-2011, 23:39
If I were to have custom work done for either M1911 or revolver, I'd go with Gary Reeder. The man is not just a craftsman but an artist as well.

glock2740
07-30-2011, 00:05
Don't forget my brother Bob Rodgers.
www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com (http://www.rodgerspistolsmithing.com)
:cool:
The Rogers/Rodgers brothers. :) What a dynamic duo gun that would be. :thumbsup:

glock2740
07-30-2011, 00:07
If I were to have custom work done for either M1911 or revolver, I'd go with Gary Reeder. The man is not just a craftsman but an artist as well.
I am interested in seeing some of his work. He has a son that does some work too, IIRC.

Shasta McNasty
07-30-2011, 01:41
No vote for Larry Vickers or Mark Morris yet?


larry vickers? seriously? :wow:

BuckyP
07-30-2011, 04:41
Derek Janowicz of Millennium Custom. Though more known for IPSC style guns, he's built quite a few sweet single stacks.

http://www.mcguns.com/

packsaddle
07-30-2011, 21:09
I've used both Alex Hamilton in San Antonio and Hank Fleming in Austin.

Both are outstanding.

http://tenring.com/

http://www.hankgun.com/

bladeandbarrel
07-31-2011, 17:32
Chuck Rogers
Ted Yost
Paul Liebenberg
Johnny Lim
Jerry Keefer
John Harrison
CT Brian
Jim Garthwaite
Jim Hoag
Richard Heinie
Bruce Gray

TKR Reptiles
07-31-2011, 17:55
Mike Cyrwus at Accurate Iron does great work. He is local to me.

http://accurate-iron.com/

Buckfever4life
08-01-2011, 05:32
I am suprised that I do not see Dustin Bonar's name from L.S.T. Firearms. He is the son of the late and great Joe Bonar from Novaks. If anyone has owned a Novak Custom, chances are it was from Joe or Dustin Bonar.