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bac1023
06-13-2010, 10:27
I got a chance to shoot my new Guncrafter No Name yesterday afternoon. It was a great day and I took this 1911, along with my new Desert Eagle 1911, and a few other handguns to the range.

I had 200 rounds of 45ACP with me, and 150 went through the Guncrafter, along with one mag of Remington Golden Sabers. The gun performed flawlessly. I was extremely impressed with everything about it.

I usually do comparison range reports, but I was low on ammo and I also wanted to put a box through the Desert Eagle.

Anyway, here's a breakdown of my impressions of the Guncrafter. I felt it prudent to give a more in depth perception of this gun, because they don't have nearly as many guns on the market, or in GT member's hands, as other high end 1911 builders.

Accuracy: This gun impressed from the first shot to the last. I shot at 15 yards, 25 yards, and a two mags at 50 yards with this 1911. I don't pretend to be an overly great shot, but this gun did very well for me. On a hand rest at 15 yards, my groups were 1 to 2", at 25 yards, I stayed within 3" or so. That's good for me and about as well as I can do with any of my 1911s or target pistols. At 50 yards, even though the sight nearly takes up the whole target, I was keeping my shots on paper and many in the black. In the hands of a better shot, this 1911 could really impress. I'd also like to see what it could do from a Ransom, because I shoot this about as well as my Baer SRP or RRA. Both of which have 1.5" 50 yard accuracy guarantees. I'm not saying the Guncrafter will do this, but it didn't show me any signs that it couldn't.

Trigger: In a word, fantastic. The trigger breaks clean. If I were a guessing man, I'd say 4lbs. No creep, 'nuff said.

Build Quality: Second to none. The solidity of this gun reminds me of my Baer SRP, Rock River Limited Match, and Unertl DLX, which means its a step up over Ed Brown, Wilson, and Nighthawk, in this aspect. Its extremely tight and sturdy and the lockup is like a bank vault. Nothing moves, period. Like the Baer and RRA, a wrench is required to turn the bushing. The thumb safety requires a hefty push to engage, but its not to the point of being a nuisance. Some 1911s scream "high end quality" the minute you pick it up, and this Guncrafter is certainly one of them.

Reliability: I'm not sure 158 rounds allows me to comment, but the gun did not hiccup once. I fired 150 FMJ and 8 JHP. As with other 1911s in its class, you don't feel the slide cycle while firing.

Appearance: This is not a flashy 1911 and its not supposed to be. What it is, is a very clean, business-like 1911. There are no billboards and no frills, other than top slide serrations, which I love. Even the recoil plug is smooth. I also love the look of a solid aluminum trigger.

Finish: Like I said, there is no flashy finish here. The black Melonite it has is very fitting a 1911 with this intended use. This is a duty focused gun and the finish further spells that out. I've been told that its very wear resistant. Its completely matte in appearance, almost like a parkerizing.

Features: The sights are Heinie Slant Pro night sights, that incorporate a two dot system. I've got used to that over time. Some may find it tricky at first. The checkering is a coarse 15lpi. However, the spikes are not as deep as you might think, and, while I'll say up front that I like coarse checkering, it didn't bother me in the least. The grips are OD Alumigrips with the Guncrafter logo. Between these grips and the checkering, my hold on the gun was totally secure even with sweaty palms on a hot day. The radius under the trigger guard has been tightened to a degree for a higher grip. The slide release is the shelf style, but much more subtle than some others.

Exclusivity: This is something I love about the gun, in that there aren't many on the market. Like Luke Volkmann at Volkmann Custom, Alex Zimmermann at Guncrafter has only been at this a few years and neither has an operation even close in size to Baer or Wilson. I will need a couple of you to get one of these though. :supergrin:





Summary: What more can I say? As you've noticed I couldn't be happier with this 1911. Its both unique and plain at the same time. As I mentioned yesterday, I'm so glad Guncrafter brought a gun to market that passed all my crazy 1911 collection criteria and enabled me to own one. While this adjective is used frequently in the 1911 forum, this gun is SOLID. You could hammer nails with this thing. I highly recommend a "No Name" for somebody who wants a 1911 as clean as possible, and built as well as any semi custom on the market. Guncrafter is the real deal.



For those looking for target pics, you're going to be disappointed, as that's not my style. I haven't posted one target in the six years I've been a member here. I will, however, post one pic of a dirty gun, which I never have before. :)

Its a big step for me. :faint:

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/001-8.jpg

bac1023
06-13-2010, 10:27
Here are my obligatory standard pics of the Guncrafter No Name. Enjoy.

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/005-8.jpg

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/010-6.jpg

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/006-4.jpg

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/009-5.jpg


Once again, many thanks to drc767 for making this possible. He pulled some strings to get the gun to my house in time for this range trip. Great service, great price.

Thanks again, Dave, and I hope you keep one of these for yourself. You won't be disappointed and neither will anybody else who gets one.

Thanks for your interest in my report.







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Quack
06-13-2010, 10:48
NICE!!!

so far it sounds like a good cherry poppin gun weekend :)

I will, however, post one pic of a dirty gun, which I never have before. :)

Its a big step for me. :faint:

:rofl:

glock2740
06-13-2010, 10:51
Awesome. I want one BAD. I figured you'd really enjoy shooting it. When I was talking with Alex awhile back on the phone about the gun, he invited me out to shoot it. I must take him up on his offer. I'm glad it's a real shooter. I figured it would be. Congrats again on a great gun. :thumbsup:

Ruggles
06-13-2010, 10:55
Nice indeed. Nice looking 1911. How did the Desert Eagle do?

bac1023
06-13-2010, 11:03
Nice indeed. Nice looking 1911. How did the Desert Eagle do?

Thanks Ruggles.

The DE was flawless, though it was only 50 rounds. Of course, the Guncrafter stole the show, as it should.

I'll give my impressions of DE separately in another thread.

drc767
06-13-2010, 11:46
Great range report, Brian. I am glad it shoots as good as it feels in the hand. I have not had a chance to shoot one yet (this was my initial order with GI), but I do have the other No Name and an American that should be here next week. If one of those two sit around here too long, I may end up pulling it out of the "sale safe" and transferring it to the "personal safe"....:) Not to beat a dead horse, but I really liked what I saw with this pistol. I got the only two No Names Alex had in stock, but I will probably place another order soon, maybe with a standard NN, a Bobtailed NN and a Commander NN. If I don't keep the NN I have coming next week, I will definately keep one from the next order. Alex is really easy to deal with and really bent over backwards on your pistol to get it to me on Thursday so you could shoot it this weekend. So far, I am all thumbs up for Guncrafter and am happy I decided to take on this line of pistols. They are a high quality pistol for a reasonable price.

Ruggles
06-13-2010, 11:56
Thanks Ruggles.

The DE was flawless, though it was only 50 rounds. Of course, the Guncrafter stole the show, as it should.

I'll give my impressions of DE separately in another thread.

OK thanks, something about the Desert Eagle keeps drawing my attention to it. I guess I might as well go ahead and give in and look at getting one.....:)

bac1023
06-13-2010, 13:13
Great range report, Brian. I am glad it shoots as good as it feels in the hand. I have not had a chance to shoot one yet (this was my initial order with GI), but I do have the other No Name and an American that should be here next week. If one of those two sit around here too long, I may end up pulling it out of the "sale safe" and transferring it to the "personal safe"....:) Not to beat a dead horse, but I really liked what I saw with this pistol. I got the only two No Names Alex had in stock, but I will probably place another order soon, maybe with a standard NN, a Bobtailed NN and a Commander NN. If I don't keep the NN I have coming next week, I will definately keep one from the next order. Alex is really easy to deal with and really bent over backwards on your pistol to get it to me on Thursday so you could shoot it this weekend. So far, I am all thumbs up for Guncrafter and am happy I decided to take on this line of pistols. They are a high quality pistol for a reasonable price.

Absolutely Dave.

I haven't talked to him personally, but Alex seems like a great guy to do business with. Maybe you could send him a link to this review of his 1911.

ijacek
06-13-2010, 13:33
For those looking for target pics, you're going to be disappointed, as that's not my style. I haven't posted one target in the six years I've been a member here. I will, however, post one pic of a dirty gun, which I never have before. :)

Its a big step for me. :faint:

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu324/cutillo_2009/001-8.jpg

How are you not ashamed of that dirty, nasty carpet? Bac you slipping! :supergrin:

bac1023
06-13-2010, 13:35
How are you not ashamed of that dirty, nasty carpet? Bac you slipping! :supergrin:

:rofl:

That's a rag, my friend. :embarassed:

gruntmedik
06-13-2010, 13:55
Nice review. :thumbsup:

ijacek
06-13-2010, 14:31
That's a rag, my friend. :embarassed:

Well, from my angle it looks like one of those cheapo outdoor type carpets. One that has been walked on a lot.

Either way, that is highly unacceptable. You don't have a "Range only carpet" ? Don't your guns deserve a soft, plushy lining when they go out to play? :rofl:

drc767
06-13-2010, 15:05
Absolutely Dave.

I haven't talked to him personally, but Alex seems like a great guy to do business with. Maybe you could send him a link to this review of his 1911.

I will do that....I have to call him tomorrow, anyway.

bac1023
06-13-2010, 15:20
Well, from my angle it looks like one of those cheapo outdoor type carpets. One that has been walked on a lot.

Either way, that is highly unacceptable. You don't have a "Range only carpet" ? Don't your guns deserve a soft, plushy lining when they go out to play? :rofl:

:animlol:

bac1023
06-13-2010, 15:20
I will do that....I have to call him tomorrow, anyway.

Great news Dave. :)

Tactical black
06-13-2010, 15:34
I'm glad to hear it went well that ones captured my attention it's a great looking gun with simple features just the way I like a 1911 to be and it sounds like the quality is high so maybe in the near future I will own one.

glock2740
06-13-2010, 15:45
I'm glad to hear it went well that ones captured my attention it's a great looking gun with simple features just the way I like a 1911 to be and it sounds like the quality is high so maybe in the near future I will own one.
Ditto, but I would have to go hardchrome. If GC isn't willing to work with you on the hardchrome, then I'd just drive up the road and drop it off at Metaloy. I'd also ask Alex if they couldn't flush crown the barrel too.

bac1023
06-13-2010, 15:46
I'm glad to hear it went well that ones captured my attention it's a great looking gun with simple features just the way I like a 1911 to be and it sounds like the quality is high so maybe in the near future I will own one.

If you're in the market for a top notch duty 1911, I recommend a No Name. Its awesome. :)

Tactical black
06-13-2010, 15:47
If you're in the market for a top notch duty 1911, I recommend a No Name. Its awesome. :)

It certainly has my attention :cool:

bac1023
06-13-2010, 15:47
Ditto, but I would have to go hardchrome. If GC isn't willing to work with you on the hardchrome, then I'd just drive up the road and drop it off at Metaloy. I'd also ask Alex if they couldn't flush crown the barrel too.

Yeah, hard chrome would be nice, but I also like a finish like this on a tough duty gun like the No Name.

Tactical black
06-13-2010, 15:48
Yeah, hard chrome would be nice, but I also like a finish like this on a tough duty gun like the No Name.

I kinda like the finish myself but I'm sure a HC version would be cool also.

Rinspeed
06-13-2010, 15:53
Nice review and pics Brian, I really like that 1911 and it doesn't surprise me that you think it's as well built as your other high end semi-customs.

Dean22
06-13-2010, 16:16
Really happy to see all went well at the range. Pretty deadset on this being my first 1911. Time to start slowly getting approval from the wife :)

glock2740
06-13-2010, 16:22
Yeah, hard chrome would be nice, but I also like a finish like this on a tough duty gun like the No Name.
Very true, but if I ever get one, I'll have it HC'd. Now, if I can somehow ever afford 2...:whistling: :supergrin:

drc767
06-13-2010, 17:04
Really happy to see all went well at the range. Pretty deadset on this being my first 1911. Time to start slowly getting approval from the wife :)


......I always found it was better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission. That was with my first wife......:)

lawdog734
06-13-2010, 17:32
......I always found it was better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission. That was with my first wife......:)
That's my plan.

Dean22
06-13-2010, 17:42
......I always found it was better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission. That was with my first wife......:)

:rofl:

We'll see if I get a Xmas bonus this year, I can always pretend like it cost a lot less. :whistling:

jjdubious48195
06-13-2010, 17:59
That is a BEAUTIFUL weapon. I am getting a matching pair in JANUARY. I will either get the NO NAME or the AMERICAN. No matter what, it will be a WIN WIN.

bac1023
06-13-2010, 19:29
......I always found it was better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission. That was with my first wife......:)

:rofl::rofl:

bac1023
06-13-2010, 19:31
Really happy to see all went well at the range. Pretty deadset on this being my first 1911. Time to start slowly getting approval from the wife :)

That is a BEAUTIFUL weapon. I am getting a matching pair in JANUARY. I will either get the NO NAME or the AMERICAN. No matter what, it will be a WIN WIN.

Looks like Guncrafter will be selling some No Names. :supergrin:

drc767
06-13-2010, 20:23
Looks like Guncrafter will be selling some No Names. :supergrin:

Group buy? :)

Dean22
06-13-2010, 20:25
Group buy? :)

Gives me another excuse :)

bac1023
06-13-2010, 20:26
Gives me another excuse :)

For sure. :)

You guys will not be disappointed with this 1911.

GVFlyer
06-13-2010, 20:46
Nice gun, Brian. Good review as well.

Quack
06-13-2010, 21:00
Group buy? :)

if the price is right :supergrin:

glock2740
06-13-2010, 21:17
Group buy? :)
A No Name hardchromed Commander? :whistling:

bac1023
06-14-2010, 17:21
A No Name hardchromed Commander? :whistling:

That would look nice, especially with a bobtail. :)

glock2740
06-14-2010, 19:44
That would look nice, especially with a bobtail. :)
Quit giving me ideas:)

bac1023
06-14-2010, 19:47
Nice gun, Brian. Good review as well.

Thanks!

bac1023
06-14-2010, 19:47
Quit giving me ideas:)

:tongueout:

Quack
06-14-2010, 19:49
:rofl:

glock2740
06-19-2010, 21:52
I just read the original post by BAC again...twice :supergrin: I can't wait until I get mine. I ordered the Commander and am starting to lean towards a bobtail. I didn't order it with a bobtail, but still have plenty of time to make up my mind. Great range report BAC. :thumbsup:

Chonny
06-20-2010, 15:41
Yeah I was thinking about a Wilson or a Baer but when I saw that thread I because highly interested.

I love the style of the pistol everything down to the 15 lpi!

I'll have to keep it covered when its around my STI so I don't traumatize it and then send it into a rage... (Yep the gun)

jjdubious48195
06-20-2010, 17:00
I have got to say that I am so jealous, you have got the ULTIMATE collection. My two Favorites are the Pistol Dynamics and My soon to be Guncrafter Industries. You must be rich, well anyways you are the MAN.:supergrin:

glock2740
06-20-2010, 17:26
I have got to say that I am so jealous, you have got the ULTIMATE collection. You must be rich, well anyways you are the MAN.:supergrin:
:rofl:No. BAC isn't rich. He just spends all of his money on guns and actually lives in a van down by the river. A van that has wall to wall carpeting. :rofl:

bac1023
06-20-2010, 19:24
I just read the original post by BAC again...twice :supergrin: I can't wait until I get mine. I ordered the Commander and am starting to lean towards a bobtail. I didn't order it with a bobtail, but still have plenty of time to make up my mind. Great range report BAC. :thumbsup:

Thanks! :)

bac1023
06-20-2010, 19:26
:rofl:No. BAC isn't rich. He just spends all of his money on guns and actually lives in a van down by the river. A van that has wall to wall carpeting. :rofl:

:rofl::rofl:

...I also eat cat food for dinner. ;)

glock2740
06-20-2010, 19:37
:rofl::rofl:

...I also eat cat food for dinner. ;)
And cheap cat food at that.
:rofl:

bac1023
06-20-2010, 19:51
And cheap cat food at that.
:rofl:

Yeah, Fancy Feast is a bit out of my price range after buying that "No Name". :supergrin:

drc767
06-20-2010, 20:35
Yeah, Fancy Feast is a bit out of my price range after buying that "No Name". :supergrin:

......oh Brian....that is cold.....:)

Hokie1911
06-20-2010, 20:51
......I always found it was better to seek forgiveness than to ask permission. That was with my first wife......:)

I went with that philosophy this week and ended up with a Kimber. :supergrin:

Hokie1911
06-20-2010, 20:56
OK thanks, something about the Desert Eagle keeps drawing my attention to it. I guess I might as well go ahead and give in and look at getting one.....:)

Ummmmmmmm that's easy Ruggles...

DESERT EAGLE 1911G

Chonny
06-20-2010, 21:20
Don't mess with a guy with a 1911, don't mess with a guy with a Deagle.

Double whammy.

JayAK
06-21-2010, 03:01
nice pics!

:cool:

bac1023
06-21-2010, 03:31
Ummmmmmmm that's easy Ruggles...

DESERT EAGLE 1911G

:rofl: