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Shadyscott69
02-15-2012, 18:36
Thought some might be interested in a review of the custom 2011 USPSA Limited gun I am having built by Jeff Abernathy.

It started it's life with me as a used STI Eagle in 40 S&W.
http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0445.jpg
http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0505.jpg
While the gun ran well, I thought there was room for improvement. I started my search for a reputable 2011 expert on the east coast. After much research, and seeing a custom build in this months Combat Handguns I contacted Jeff Abernathy in Mt. Holly NC.

http://abernathygunworks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Abernathy-Precision-Gun-Works/164135597035219


Jeff was very personable and invited me to come visit his shop about 1.5 hours from me. I took him up on his offer. I am glad I did. No CNC machines, just a basement shop in Mt. Holly NC. Now this shop is filled with Bridgeport Mills, lathes, and all the finest machine shop equipment money could buy... in 1952. I LIKE it. It was then, that I found out Jeff was the son of the famous Tommy "Tommy Guns" Abernathy. He took over the business when his father passed in 2008. Enough bio, on to the guns.

Shadyscott69
02-15-2012, 18:48
Did I mention Jeff has a pistol range out the back door of his shop? More on that later.

So, he tears into my STI and without pushing, starts making suggestions on making a good gun better and more reliable.

Trigger was about 3.25#'s and not so crisp. So he replaced the hammer with a Ultra Low Mass Koenig Hammer. A new EGW sear, SVI Titanium sear spring. All perfectly fitted. The trigger is now a super crisp 2#'s It has to be felt to be believed.
He also fitted a new Wilson Safety, Dawson Mag catch and EGW slide lock.

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/ThumSafety.jpg

Did I mention that while he was working on my gun, I was in the back yard shooting about $30,000 worth of custom guns? Including the gun featured in Combat Handguns.

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/abernathy-custom-40.jpg

Oh yeah, he provided the ammo too. He just told me to take what i wanted out of the safe and "have at it". I like this guy!

Shadyscott69
02-15-2012, 18:55
I asked Jeff what he suggested at this point to improve the gun. He suggested we lighten the slide to reduce the camming acting of the slide over the shooter hand. Ok! They he proceeded to set up the mill to tri-top the slide.

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0520.jpg

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0521.jpg

BAM! Perfect Tri-Top Slide!

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/tritopslide.jpg

Cont:

Shadyscott69
02-15-2012, 18:59
Then Jeff set the mill up for the lightening slots we had agreed on.

This is the slide after the lightening slots...

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0524.jpg

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0523.jpg

As of today, the gun went off to hard chrome. Should have it back next week. Then I will be doing some custom grip work and a few more things. I will post the final product pics when it is done.

bigdough666
02-15-2012, 19:42
That's awesome, one day I'll get around to building custom handguns instead of rifles and shotguns

D3S3RT_P3NGU1N
02-15-2012, 19:48
Very cool :thumbsup:

Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

Shadyscott69
02-15-2012, 19:53
That's awesome, one day I'll get around to building custom handguns instead of rifles and shotguns


I wish I had the equipment and the talent.

bac1023
02-15-2012, 20:25
Very cool indeed :cool:

Ruggles
02-15-2012, 20:31
Gonna be a sweet shooter indeed :)

USMCgs3
02-15-2012, 20:32
It's a shame I have all the same machines at my disposal but no knowledge. That's a sweet gun man, keep the pics coming!!


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Shadyscott69
02-15-2012, 21:32
Gonna be a sweet shooter indeed :)

I forgot to add, he also refitted the (bull)barrel. It now has one of the best lockups I have ever felt. :supergrin: Should be a tack driver!

steve1911
02-16-2012, 01:31
Very cool!!



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craig19
02-16-2012, 07:11
That looks awesome, can't wait to see it finished.

Glock30Eric
02-16-2012, 08:27
tagging this thread.

Oso
02-16-2012, 17:40
Sounds like you had a blast! (pun intended) Can't wait to see the finished product and hear the review of how it shoots.

WiskyT
02-16-2012, 18:11
PM me when you pick it up. If I'm off from work we can hit the range at my club. Jeff is a member and I've heard all kinds of good things about his work. He does a lot of the members' bullseye guns.

Shadyscott69
02-16-2012, 18:49
PM me when you pick it up. If I'm off from work we can hit the range at my club. Jeff is a member and I've heard all kinds of good things about his work. He does a lot of the members' bullseye guns.

Will do. We actually have him doing three guns.Two Limited guns and one Open gun. This is the Open gun.It is already done and at hard chrome. It was in the white in this picture.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/399965_164143450367767_164135597035219_243854_1142797607_n.jpg

NeverMore1701
02-16-2012, 19:26
Very cool!

Angry Fist
02-16-2012, 19:32
Serious sweetness. Some guys have all the fun....

Shadyscott69
02-19-2012, 18:48
Jeff just sent me these pics of the slide on the open gun, above. Look cool with the flats polished and hard chromed.

Should have the limited slides back next week.

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/RickHCSlide.jpg

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/RickHCSlide2.jpg

Glock30Eric
02-19-2012, 19:00
Jeff just sent me these pics of the slide on the open gun, above. Look cool with the flats polished and hard chromed.

Should have the limited slides back next week.

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/RickHCSlide.jpg

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/RickHCSlide2.jpg

Man! That's gonna be on the cover of several gun magazines!


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Shadyscott69
02-19-2012, 19:32
Man! That's gonna be on the cover of several gun magazines!


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Thanks! It was in the USPSA magazine "Front Sight" last month.

Shadyscott69
02-21-2012, 18:33
Jeff just sent me this picture. The Open gun is back from hard chrome and ready to be picked up. All I can say, is WOW!

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/OpenFinished.jpg

NeverMore1701
02-21-2012, 19:38
Jeff just sent me this picture. The Open gun is back from hard chrome and ready to be picked up. All I can say, is WOW!

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/OpenFinished.jpg

That's a slick pistol!

Could you put something like a Doctor Optic or FastFire II on it?

Shadyscott69
02-21-2012, 20:22
That's a slick pistol!

Could you put something like a Doctor Optic or FastFire II on it?

You could, but I am not sure why you would. Cmore's are the world standard in optics for Open class guns. I have a FFII and there is no comparison for a pure game gun. The field of view is much larger on the Cmore. The DR is about the same as the FFII.

blueorb
02-21-2012, 20:42
Jeff is a great guy. He did some minor work on my Para 1911 a while back.

Shadyscott - care to give a round about number on what a limited gun costs from Jeff if one were to supply a used gun (as opposed to a straight up custom build)?

NeverMore1701
02-21-2012, 20:44
You could, but I am not sure why you would. Cmore's are the world standard in optics for Open class guns. I have a FFII and there is no comparison for a pure game gun. The field of view is much larger on the Cmore. The DR is about the same as the FFII.

I don't know much about game guns, I just assumed the FFII type would be lighter. Thinking about it a little more, doesn't seem like weight is a concern :cool:

Shadyscott69
02-21-2012, 20:59
Jeff is a great guy. He did some minor work on my Para 1911 a while back.

Shadyscott - care to give a round about number on what a limited gun costs from Jeff if one were to supply a used gun (as opposed to a straight up custom build)?

You would really have to ask him. I will venture a guess based on the price he gave a friend of mine. To do a full house limited gun with Jeff providing everything, the range was between $2500 and $3000. Since a bare STI slide and frame run about $800 I would think probably between $1500-$2200. Once again, that's just a guess.

Shadyscott69
02-22-2012, 08:21
I don't know much about game guns, I just assumed the FFII type would be lighter. Thinking about it a little more, doesn't seem like weight is a concern :cool:

Luke, The Cmore on this gun is actually plastic so it weighs very little. Other than field of view, which on this particular gun is limited by the Cheeley 90* mount(Prevents ejection problems) the big advantage of frame mounted optics is that they don't "ride" the slide. They stay in position with the frame during recoil. Most people, including me, find this to be much better.

Should have something ready for you shortly. :supergrin:

NeverMore1701
02-22-2012, 08:28
Luke, The Cmore on this gun is actually plastic so it weighs very little. Other than field of view, which on this particular gun is limited by the Cheeley 90* mount(Prevents ejection problems) the big advantage of frame mounted optics is that they don't "ride" the slide. They stay in position with the frame during recoil. Most people, including me, find this to be much better.

Should have something ready for you shortly. :supergrin:

I gathered that the frame mount would be superior for that reason, just didn't know about the optic :cool:

ranger88
02-22-2012, 09:30
Those are some AWESOME looking guns!!! Wish I was at a point where I could afford one, but then I would have another mouth to feed too. Oh well, adding it to the list of someday...:faint:

In the meantime, ENJOY!!! :supergrin:

Shadyscott69
02-22-2012, 09:44
Those are some AWESOME looking guns!!! Wish I was at a point where I could afford one, but then I would have another mouth to feed too. Oh well, adding it to the list of someday...:faint:

In the meantime, ENJOY!!! :supergrin:

You are right down the road. You are welcome to come and shoot them anytime you like. :supergrin: All the fun without the expense.

ranger88
02-22-2012, 10:18
I'll have to take you up on that sometime! I've got a little stockpile of .40 S&W that deserves to be shot out of a quality gun. At least that's what I'm telling myself...

Shadyscott69
02-22-2012, 19:20
Holy Crap! Jeff just sent me this picture of my limited gun. Woo Hoo!

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/ScottLimitedgunfinished.jpg

NeverMore1701
02-22-2012, 19:39
Holy Crap! Jeff just sent me this picture of my limited gun. Woo Hoo!

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/ScottLimitedgunfinished.jpg

So cool!

Shadyscott69
02-22-2012, 20:02
I am really excited about the Limited gun, Luke. I can't wait to pick it up Sunday.

NeverMore1701
02-22-2012, 20:53
I am really excited about the Limited gun, Luke. I can't wait to pick it up Sunday.

I'd be excited too! I've shot a few lightly built race guns, but nothing like that!

Shadyscott69
02-22-2012, 21:16
Got this in the mail today

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0013-1.jpg

NeverMore1701
02-22-2012, 21:32
Got this in the mail today

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0013-1.jpg

Yeah, well I carried in a Serpa today.....

:whistling:

Shadyscott69
02-22-2012, 21:52
Yeah, well I carried in a Serpa today.....

:whistling:

I am about to fix that. :supergrin:

NeverMore1701
02-22-2012, 21:55
I am about to fix that. :supergrin:

Which is why I mentioned it :tongueout:

Cletus
02-23-2012, 22:02
very cool guns! I'd love to shoot one that modified.

Shadyscott69
02-24-2012, 09:48
I picked the limited gun up yesterday. Ran 100 ends through it to check function. Ran great. The lightened slide makes a bigger difference than I expected. The gun is very flat with major loads.


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Shadyscott69
02-24-2012, 13:35
Couple more pics with the CR Speed Rig.

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0015.jpg

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0016.jpg

I am going to stipple the grip and give it a paint job this weekend if time permits. I will try to get some video of the gun this Sunday at our practice session.

Shadyscott69
02-24-2012, 14:12
One last pic showing the undercut trigger guard.

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0019.jpg

WiskyT
02-24-2012, 14:31
very cool guns! I'd love to shoot one that modified.

Not me, I'm perfectly happy shooting mundane guns that provide cover for my mediocre groups.

Shadyscott69
02-24-2012, 14:36
Not me, I'm perfectly happy shooting mundane guns that provide cover for my mediocre groups.


Had to make a mad dash to pick this one up. I will let you know when I am coming to pick up the other guns. Maybe we can hit the range.

WiskyT
02-24-2012, 21:08
Had to make a mad dash to pick this one up. I will let you know when I am coming to pick up the other guns. Maybe we can hit the range.

Here's a simple solution. I'll pick this one up for you, so there's no need to make any mad dashes. I'll hold onto it until you can pick it up. In fact, since I'm such a pal, I'll put a couple of thousand rounds through it on my own dime just to assure proper function. If it has any hiccups, I can take a short ride down I85 and have Jeff tweak it for you.

With gas at $4.00 a gallon, I'd hate to see you drive all the way up, bring it home, find a problem, and have to drive it all the way back up.

NeverMore1701
02-24-2012, 22:51
Here's a simple solution. I'll pick this one up for you, so there's no need to make any mad dashes. I'll hold onto it until you can pick it up. In fact, since I'm such a pal, I'll put a couple of thousand rounds through it on my own dime just to assure proper function. If it has any hiccups, I can take a short ride down I85 and have Jeff tweak it for you.

With gas at $4.00 a gallon, I'd hate to see you drive all the way up, bring it home, find a problem, and have to drive it all the way back up.

Not often one runs across fine gentlemen such as yourself these days :thumbsup:


:supergrin:

Shadyscott69
02-25-2012, 19:43
Stipple and paint is done. Gonna go put about 500 through this mutha tomorrow!

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0020-1.jpg

http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu106/shadyscott999/IMAG0024-2.jpg

NeverMore1701
02-25-2012, 19:51
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HtdlGkwqfuk/TwhrLIlZFEI/AAAAAAAAAp8/UlJdmDhRAco/s1600/me+gugusta.jpg

Shadyscott69
02-25-2012, 20:07
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HtdlGkwqfuk/TwhrLIlZFEI/AAAAAAAAAp8/UlJdmDhRAco/s1600/me+gugusta.jpg

:rofl:

Shadyscott69
03-02-2012, 19:48
Jeff just sent me this pic of my buddies Limited build. Mr. Bling.

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/64863_178480282267417_164135597035219_281025_642889645_n.jpg