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bac1023
06-08-2010, 17:08
I just picked up this full house custom 1911 build by Evolution Gun Works on a Caspian frame. Some may remember me mentioning it at times in my other 1911 threads. I've had it waiting for me a long while now, but since it was sure thing, I held off picking it up until today. Now that I really have a chance to analyze it, I'm wondering why in the hell I waited so long. :shocked:

Although he got his start in the custom 1911 world, George at EGW now only sells parts. However, I was lucky enough to get this one. Its actually the last one built at EGW. It was built for the owner of my favorite local gun shop. Anyway, the wait was nearly three years and in that time, he decided to go with something else for carry and sold me this brand new. He paid EGW $3000 or so for the build, but sold it to me for $2500. I really made out, especially considering the $3000 he paid was at a dealer discount on all the EGW small parts. It would have cost me at least grand more to buy from EGW.

Its got the E-Treat finish, which is awesome and about the same consistency and texture as Black T, but a shade lighter in color. Its a full size frame and a 4" Storm Lake bull barrel. As you can imagine, the lockup is incredibly tight. This gun screams quality in every way and without even shooting it, I can tell this has bumped another 1911 off the top 5 list of models I own.

I'm not real big on flat triggers, but this one is amazing. It also doesn't have the ugly "E" cutout that many EGW triggers have. My dealer specifically requested the trigger to not be cut, so its an E Trigger without the "E". ;)

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

The magwell and plunger tube are part of the frame, which I love. In fact, it has the same Caspian frame as my Nighthawk Enforcer. With the exception of the Ed Brown grip safety, virtually all parts were built in house at EGW and they build some of the best 1911 parts on the planet. They just happen to be only 15 minutes from my house. :tongueout:

Here's the only other model I currently see for sale online. They're very hard to come by.

http://www.gunsamerica.com/938281534/Guns/Pistols/1911-Pistol-Copies/9x23_Coustom_made_by_EGW.htm


I'm thinking about changing to a flat mainspring housing, but I'll see how I shoot it first. I'd like to keep the arched for something different. It is very comfortable in my hand.

Anyway, I now have a small collection of custom 1911s and really enjoy the uniqueness of them in comparison to all the run of the mill semi customs I own from Brown, Baer, Wilson, Nighthawk, etc.

Enjoy the pics. Its certainly different. I love the combination of the naked slide and bull barrel. Its a very clean looking gun. The grips are classic double diamond cocobolo with a nice grain visible. They fit this 1911 very well.

The only thing I would have ordered differently is the front sight. While it gives a great sight picture, the green fiber optic doesn't really blend with the rest of the gun's sleek looks.
Regardless of that, I love the appearance of this 1911. :hearts:


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/016-3.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/022-1.jpg

bac1023
06-08-2010, 17:08
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/021.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/019-2.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/014-5.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/026-1.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/028-1.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/030.jpg



I expect this to be one hell of a shooter and if it shoots as good as it looks and feels, I may just make it my new carry 1911. Seriously, why am I carrying a Kimber CDP, when I could be carrying a top of the line full house build like this?

From the amount of pics I took, you can probably realize how much I love this 1911.

What do you think?






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Tactical black
06-08-2010, 17:09
Damn that's fine :supergrin:

Hokie1911
06-08-2010, 17:14
WOW that thing is awesome! Congrats. :wow:

(totally agree about the fiberoptic FS)

Tactical black
06-08-2010, 17:17
I agree the front sight could be changed.



once you get the Mark Morris you need to get a full house customs family photo.:supergrin:

bac1023
06-08-2010, 17:28
I agree the front sight could be changed.



once you get the Mark Morris you need to get a full house customs family photo.:supergrin:


Funny you should mention that. I was probably snapping this pic as you were typing. :supergrin:

Here's my small custom 1911 family, consisting of three full house models from Pistol Dynamics, EGW, and Infinity, and one retro from Ted Yost.


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/042.jpg



The Morris will make it five and that may just be enough. That's five of the best 1911s in the world and that's good enough for me. The Morris will also be hard chromed, so the Liebenberg isn't the odd one out anymore. :rofl:

As I'm going to explain soon, I think I'm going to go a different direction with my future 1911s.

Tactical black
06-08-2010, 17:33
Funny you should mention that. I was probably snapping this pic as you were typing. :supergrin:

Here's my small custom 1911 family, consisting of three full house models from Pistol Dynamics, EGW, and Infinity, and one retro from Ted Yost.


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/042.jpg



The Morris will make it five and that may just be enough. That's five of the best 1911s in the world and that's good enough for me. The Morris will also be hard chromed, so the Liebenberg isn't the odd one out anymore. :rofl:

As I'm going to explain soon, I think I'm going to go a different direction with my future 1911s.


Very cool I can't wait to hear about it.

Hokie1911
06-08-2010, 17:35
Man, I LOVE the simplicity of the Yost. Very clean. Simple. Elegant.



As I'm going to explain soon, I think I'm going to go a different direction with my future 1911s.

Don convinced you to start using pink grips didn't he? Fess up.

drc767
06-08-2010, 17:47
That is slick....What kind of hammer is that? I agree with you on the front sight and the flat MSH. Other than that, that is about as sweet as you can get. Nice find!!

Cerebrus
06-08-2010, 17:52
Damn Bac...:shocked:
aside from being a little speechless.. I would keep that arched msh on that egw.. it just really completes it imo..

Cobra64
06-08-2010, 17:53
I expect this to be one hell of a shooter and if it shoots as good as it looks and feels, I may just make it my new carry 1911. Seriously, why am I carrying a Kimber CDP, when I could be carrying a top of the line full house build like this?

From the amount of pics I took, you can probably realize how much I love this 1911.

What do you think?

Holy crap, that's pretty! Congrats!

The bull barrel and tailored slide are wonderful! I didn't know anyone made a 1911 without all the advertising on the slide. And with a flat mainspring housing it will be more balanced aesthetically.

Can't wait to see it the next time we pass through PA. :wavey:

BlayGlock
06-08-2010, 17:55
Very Cool. :wow:

Cobra64
06-08-2010, 17:57
Funny you should mention that. I was probably snapping this pic as you were typing. :supergrin:

Here's my small custom 1911 family, consisting of three full house models from Pistol Dynamics, EGW, and Infinity, and one retro from Ted Yost.


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/042.jpg



The Morris will make it five and that may just be enough. That's five of the best 1911s in the world and that's good enough for me. The Morris will also be hard chromed, so the Liebenberg isn't the odd one out anymore. :rofl:

As I'm going to explain soon, I think I'm going to go a different direction with my future 1911s.

If you keep buying these lovely 1911s, I won't need the GPS to get to your house to check out your custom 1911 builds. :supergrin:

Russ424
06-08-2010, 18:45
Actually I don't mind the front sight. However although I wouldn't have ordered that gun with the arch housing I think you should keep it on there as it is something different. Quick question though, what is up with the mag release. Is it blued? It really stands out not being the same color as the frame.

glock2740
06-08-2010, 18:50
Very good looking gun my friend. :thumbsup:

SouthpawShootr
06-08-2010, 18:52
I looked at the picture first. I was thinking it might have been something you ordered and maybe we were seeing some of Quack's influence with that flat trigger. Good looking piece. I was going to ask about that arched mainspring housing. Seems most these days prefer flat. I think only one of my 1911s is wearing an arched housing. That hammer is interesting.

bac1023
06-08-2010, 18:57
If you keep buying these lovely 1911s, I won't need the GPS to get to your house to check out your custom 1911 builds. :supergrin:

:rofl:

bac1023
06-08-2010, 19:02
Actually I don't mind the front sight. However although I wouldn't have ordered that gun with the arch housing I think you should keep it on there as it is something different. Quick question though, what is up with the mag release. Is it blued? It really stands out not being the same color as the frame.


Russ, it is plum blued. I'm not sure exactly why it wasn't E-Treated with the rest of the gun. I could have it done, but I actually don't mind it. It sort of matches the grips. ;)

I also may just keep the arch housing. I really like the way it feels in my hands. It also gives it unique character. :)

bac1023
06-08-2010, 19:06
I'm not really sure I want to alter this gun at all, to be honest. After all, it came from EGW this way. I may just change the fiber optic in the front sight to red, as I own several 1911s with red fiber optics, including the Infinity pictured in this thread.

Red will also look nicer cosmetically compared to green.

awpk03s
06-08-2010, 19:09
That's a fantastic pistol. Congrats. Shoot the hell out of it and carry it!

bac1023
06-08-2010, 19:12
That is slick....What kind of hammer is that?

Dave, its an EGW low mass Koenig hammer.

http://egw-guns.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79&products_id=28

Its the same one Smith & Wesson uses on their Performance Center 1911s. EGW makes them. :cool:

SouthpawShootr
06-08-2010, 19:43
Did it come in a cardboard box? :supergrin:

I would vote for keeping the gun original. Looks good. I said only one of my 1911s has an arched mainspring housing. It also has a long trigger in it. I kind of like the overall feel of the gun set up like this.

Is that beavertail a bit longer than usual?

GlocksterPaulie
06-08-2010, 19:49
Bac,

Great choice, I am still a huge fan of the Liebenberg.

Paulie:wavey:

Patriot78
06-08-2010, 20:17
Ya know Brian , I'm not big on the wealth / class envy thing but sometimes you just piss me off. Just kidding. That's one damn fine piece. Wait, am I having deja vue or have I made this exact same post in the past? ......... : )

deadite
06-08-2010, 20:24
Awesome! I sort of like the arched MSH.

deadite

handyman
06-08-2010, 20:37
That is very nice.

bac1023
06-08-2010, 20:53
Is that beavertail a bit longer than usual?

No, its a standard Ed Brown beavertail.

CanIhaveGasCash
06-08-2010, 21:01
It's an inch short, a rarity in your extensive collection.

BOGE
06-08-2010, 21:20
Geo. Smith is a super fella & and machinist extraidonaire IMO. His answers on the 1911 Forum are always straight up and bottom line. His parts are the best IMO.

Sweet gun, Bac. :cool:

The_Drizzle
06-08-2010, 21:27
Arched MSHs rule!!

A very fine 1911. How do you like the flat trigger?

gruntmedik
06-08-2010, 21:44
I think it's great just the way it is. I don't mind the arched MSH.

Aren't you 'bout out of room in the safe? :rofl:

Steel Head
06-08-2010, 22:01
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/026-1.jpg

SOOOOO PRETTY:wow:

bac1023
06-09-2010, 03:42
It's an inch short, a rarity in your extensive collection.

Well, its my 8th 1911 that has a barrel shorter than 5".

Its only my second with a barrel shorter than a commander. However, I've always said that 1911s I buy have barrels lengths between 4 and 5" and full size frames.

This meets that criteria. :)

bac1023
06-09-2010, 03:43
Arched MSHs rule!!

A very fine 1911. How do you like the flat trigger?


Thanks.

I like the flat trigger, actually. Though if you look closely, its not quite flat. ;)

bac1023
06-09-2010, 03:45
Man, I LOVE the simplicity of the Yost. Very clean. Simple. Elegant.


Thanks!





Don convinced you to start using pink grips didn't he? Fess up.


:animlol:

check 6
06-09-2010, 04:38
Great looking pistol, still searching for my next one. Fiber optic or colored night sights are a must for the front sight. Any eye problem requires that I have the color contrast for quick pick up. The light green seems to be the best. I like the bobtail treatment also.

BuckyP
06-09-2010, 04:55
Very nice score. EGW builds (built :crying:) an incredible gun. I have a few IPSC guns he built for me.

I do like the built in plunger tube. Didn't know Caspian did that on their single stack frames (I know the wide bodies have them). Wish more manufacturers would do that.

Bac - Do you have any wide body 1911s in your collection?

CMG
06-09-2010, 05:19
It appears to be well-made. :supergrin:

Very nice.

bac1023
06-09-2010, 06:09
Great looking pistol, still searching for my next one. Fiber optic or colored night sights are a must for the front sight. Any eye problem requires that I have the color contrast for quick pick up. The light green seems to be the best. I like the bobtail treatment also.

Green fiber optics do seem to pick up the most light. I just think red looks better, so I may switch to a red rod.





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bac1023
06-09-2010, 06:21
It appears to be well-made. :supergrin:

Very nice.

Extremely.

Its a match for any of my others from that standpoint.

MD357
06-09-2010, 09:20
Seriously, why am I carrying a Kimber CDP, when I could be carrying a top of the line full house build like this?


How many times have I said this?!!

Looks really good, I'd have to change out the MSH for a flat one for carry but that's just me. Looks like you graduated to the flat trigger?? :supergrin:

Cerebrus
06-09-2010, 09:25
I think it's great just the way it is. I don't mind the arched MSH.

Aren't you 'bout out of room in the safe? :rofl:
I dont think he has a safe.. I am thinking its more of a "room" :supergrin:

bac1023
06-09-2010, 10:21
How many times have I said this?!!

Looks really good, I'd have to change out the MSH for a flat one for carry but that's just me. Looks like you graduated to the flat trigger?? :supergrin:


Thanks MD.

I never tried carrying a 1911 with an arched housing, so I'm not sure. :dunno:

I do really like this trigger though. :wavey:

Tactical black
06-09-2010, 12:49
Thanks MD.

I never tried carrying a 1911 with an arched housing, so I'm not sure. :dunno:

I do really like this trigger though. :wavey:

I don't see how the arched housing could make too much deference.

What type of holster do you carry with?

MD357
06-09-2010, 13:04
I don't see how the arched housing could make too much deference.

What type of holster do you carry with?

It makes a big difference depending on your grip preference and hand size. :supergrin:

Goldendog Redux
06-09-2010, 13:09
The arched MSH and the honking flat trigger look nasty together. The rest of the gun is nice though.

Please post a pic of your RRA or Colt to make me feel better.

MF

bac1023
06-09-2010, 13:27
It makes a big difference depending on your grip preference and hand size. :supergrin:

Very true.

I have no problem reaching the trigger with a comfortable grip though.

den888
06-09-2010, 15:41
Congrats !!!

bac1023
06-09-2010, 16:22
The arched MSH and the honking flat trigger look nasty together. The rest of the gun is nice though.



I actually like the look.

The arched MSH is actually true to 1911-A1 specs. :tongueout:

The flat trigger is growing on me.

MADBMW
06-09-2010, 20:10
I don't think it's cool at all, I think you suck :tongueout:. In all seriousness, that is a very nice custom. You really do have a taste for the ultra rare, don't you?

Quack
06-09-2010, 20:15
Very nice!!!

that almost flat trigger looks longer than the Wilson and 10-8 flat triggers.
instead of the shortest part of the long curved length it's the longest part length.

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/019-2.jpg

http://i14.photobucket.com/albums/a317/Quackzilla/Guns/DSC_2313.jpg

RMTactical
06-09-2010, 20:18
Bac, you are my hero. :)

Quack
06-09-2010, 20:20
Don convinced you to start using pink grips didn't he? Fess up.


i just know were to find them :tongueout:

bac1023
06-09-2010, 20:24
I don't think it's cool at all, I think you suck :tongueout:. In all seriousness, that is a very nice custom. You really do have a taste for the ultra rare, don't you?

What could possibly make you think that? ;)









:rofl:

Don Glock
06-09-2010, 20:43
very nice, bac. :)

is the slide also caspian? and the barrel maker?


that thing's built like a tank with EGW's solid billet HD parts!

Chonny
06-09-2010, 20:58
Have you carried it ?

bac1023
06-09-2010, 21:07
Have you carried it ?

No, I need some range time first. :)

bac1023
06-09-2010, 21:08
very nice, bac. :)

is the slide also caspian? and the barrel maker?


that thing's built like a tank with EGW's solid billet HD parts!

Slide is Caspian, barrel is Storm Lake.

It is built like a tank. :)

Tactical black
06-09-2010, 22:34
Very true.

I have no problem reaching the trigger with a comfortable grip though.

What type of holster are you currently carrying does it have a good cant?

Don Glock
06-09-2010, 22:44
Slide is Caspian, barrel is Storm Lake.

It is built like a tank. :)


coolness. you will not wear that one out in your lifetime :supergrin:

okie
06-10-2010, 01:44
Looks awesome, Brian:thumbsup:

bac1023
06-10-2010, 03:39
coolness. you will not wear that one out in your lifetime :supergrin:

That's for sure. :)

bac1023
06-10-2010, 03:45
What type of holster are you currently carrying does it have a good cant?

I use a DeSantis IWB, but I may look for something else.

I've had it a while.

bac1023
06-10-2010, 03:45
Looks awesome, Brian:thumbsup:

Thanks Okie. :)