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MStarmer
02-16-2012, 14:41
Went out one day looking for a blued mil spec and ended up with the NM prefixed loaded instead. Got a great deal trading in a shotgun that my wife didn't want but then a project was born and spiraled out of control.. I fell into the MIM is garbage crowd and stripped it down to frame/slide/barrel and bushing. Plunger tube was poorly attached and somewhat bent. I went with Hilton Yam's recommendation on parts from his webpage and started ordering parts. Got a bug and wanted to try checkering too.

Wilson BP firing pin stop
Wilson BP firing pin
Wilson BP extractor
Cylinder and Slide ignition set and hammer strut
19lb mainspring
STI short Trigger (have a med length Cylinder and Slide too)
Ed Brown pin and spring rebuild kit
Ed Brown plunger tube housing
Ed Brown Grip screw bushings
Ed Brown Mainspring housing
Ed Brown Thumb safety (this is temporary and kind of crap)
Ed Brown standard recoil spring guide / plug
Wolff 17lb standard recoil spring
10-8 Slide Stop
10-8 Rear Sight
10-8 grip screws
10-8 mag catch
Dawson Precision front sight (wrong one, need a ramped)
VZ black cherry double diamond grips

I probably forgot a few things but this is the just of it. Put it together but still need it bead blasted. Ordered a Novak's thumb safety as the Wilson BP is shaped funny and gets somewhat poor reviews on finish and the EGW is out of stock till the end of time. The Novak's is the perfect shape but has the logo, but I can live with that. After sight in and I know the proper height I will order a correct front. Other than that it's pretty much 95% complete I figure.

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/Vericals.jpg
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/frame.jpg
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/Checkeringstill.jpg
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/LoadedProject.jpg
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/ProjectAlice.jpg

High Caliber
02-16-2012, 14:50
Sure finished up nice, didn't it?

Hawker Man
02-16-2012, 15:01
You need to move to Arkansas so you can checker the front strap on my 1911. That looks GREAT!!!!

MStarmer
02-16-2012, 15:30
Sure finished up nice, didn't it?

Getting closer, I think it will really look good bead blasted everywhere!

faawrenchbndr
02-16-2012, 16:03
Looks great,........I'm a bit behind schedule with my Loaded Project.

MStarmer
02-16-2012, 16:14
You need to move to Arkansas so you can checker the front strap on my 1911. That looks GREAT!!!!

Just order a file and get to it! What's the worst that can happen... :supergrin:

Actually it wasn't all that bad I can imagine the more you do they easier it gets. I definitely would do it differently on the next one as I didn't cut nearly deep enough on my verticals, should have laid out a good horizontal at the top first etc... Lot's I did wrong so there was a lot of cleanup after the fact. I took off a lot of metal above the checkering cleaning it up.

MStarmer
02-16-2012, 16:17
Looks great,........I'm a bit behind schedule with my Loaded Project.

I thought I saw a post where you bought another 1911 too? That slows you down, I ended up with a TRS last week. The only 1911 I wanted was a good Commander and now I have two 5" guns and no commander. :shocked::shocked:

faawrenchbndr
02-16-2012, 16:38
Yes,.......saw a deal on a Les Baer Concept IV.
Just HAD to get it.

steve1911
02-17-2012, 00:36
Very nice!



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RMTactical
02-17-2012, 02:43
sweet gun!

Travclem
02-17-2012, 10:08
Looks great, I did my loaded similarly.
Wilson innards
Wilson guide rod
Baer slide stop
Nighthawk trigger
Wilson barrel bushing
30lpi front strap checkering
C&S strong side safety
S&A mag guide
VZ Alien grips
Full bead blast

It was my first project 1911 and I enjoyed doing it.
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm252/travclem/83d35988.jpg

MStarmer
02-18-2012, 02:44
Trav looks good did you do the bead blast yourself?

bac1023
02-18-2012, 06:45
Very nice indeed :)

flyingillini
02-18-2012, 07:23
Details on the glass bead media ? I have some from Harbor Freight but I tend to get a very soft satin finish. I would like a more aggressive finish that I see on some factory guns.

MStarmer
02-18-2012, 12:01
What size do you get from harbor freight and what kind of setup do you use? I thought HF only had 80grit which should give you quite an aggressive finish I would think. From what I've been reading 220ish (AH or No.13) is what most use to get the soft satin polished finish.

Travclem
02-18-2012, 13:28
Trav looks good did you do the bead blast yourself?
Yes I did.
Here is a better picture (different grips)
http://i298.photobucket.com/albums/mm252/travclem/9d4c4da5.jpg

Travclem
02-18-2012, 13:55
Details on the glass bead media ? I have some from Harbor Freight but I tend to get a very soft satin finish. I would like a more aggressive finish that I see on some factory guns.
I did mine with #8 glass. It is a softer finish. If you want agressive look into the aluminum oxide media, just be careful with it. It will remove material.

faawrenchbndr
02-18-2012, 14:07
Looks great Trav'

glock2740
02-18-2012, 14:07
Looks great! :thumbsup:

MStarmer
02-28-2012, 12:57
Scheduled to get it blasted tomorrow and my Novak's thumbsafety came in. The only thing I have left is a front sight once I know the correct height.

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/NovaksThumbsafety.jpg

faawrenchbndr
02-28-2012, 13:16
Lookin good!

MStarmer
02-28-2012, 15:26
Thanks wrench, I'm wondering if I will like it more than my Baer just because of the work I did myself or if it will just be a back up... I never really ever intended to start this one but like so many projects they just take off. I have a complete back up AR when my wife surprised me with a Zombie lower (stripped) from Spike's and instead of just swapping out my old Olympic Arms lower I ended up building a whole complete gun...

Travclem
02-28-2012, 20:40
Thanks wrench, I'm wondering if I will like it more than my Baer just because of the work I did myself or if it will just be a back up... I never really ever intended to start this one but like so many projects they just take off. I have a complete back up AR when my wife surprised me with a Zombie lower (stripped) from Spike's and instead of just swapping out my old Olympic Arms lower I ended up building a whole complete gun...
I definitely take a lot of pride in the ones that I did the work on.



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okie
02-29-2012, 08:09
Looks good my friend:thumbsup:

ca survivor
02-29-2012, 18:02
when can I send you my RO? you did a great job!

MStarmer
03-02-2012, 18:04
Well here it is less the correct front sight. This one will be filed down to POA/POI and then either replaced with a Dawson Fiber optic or a Tritium dot. Just got it back together after bead blasting and looked pretty good. There were a few tool marks I guess I could have worked out a little more but all in all it's pretty good. I've put together a few of these but this was the first one I really put any thought and time into and didn't hack anything up not knowing any better.

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/LeftSide.jpg
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/RightSide.jpg
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/FrontStrap.jpg
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/thumbsafety.jpg
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/Thumbsafetyoff.jpg
http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/Blend.jpg

Travclem
03-02-2012, 19:52
Looks fantastic! Good job!

clos1084
03-02-2012, 22:07
Looks awesome!

Wyoming
03-03-2012, 09:49
You did good! :thumbsup:

MStarmer
03-03-2012, 10:43
Thanks guys, I already want to do another one...

dakrat
03-03-2012, 14:58
outstanding job Sir. good job on the front strap checkering :)

MStarmer
03-03-2012, 16:36
Next front strap I do I think I will do in 25lpi, and also take pictures as I go then look later at the flaws. After awhile you go "snowblind" looking at the checkering and start to miss stuff.

MStarmer
03-14-2012, 13:59
Holy Cow, it actually works! Only shot about a box and a half and this target was only at about 20ft as I was shooting for function not groups. Started 1rnd, 2rnds, 3rnds etc making sure it wasn't going to follow or double. Next range session I'll shoot it 25yrds rested so I can get a front sight ordered to finish this thing up!

http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg68/mstarmer/SpringfieldAlice.jpg

Wyoming
03-14-2012, 18:08
Thanks guys, I already want to do another one...

Okie and I will send you a Springer to have the front strap checkered. :whistling:

nastytrigger
03-14-2012, 18:26
I need my Loaded Park front strap checkered too. I'll pay to have it done eventually.

You did a great job on your Loaded! Lookin' good!

MStarmer
03-15-2012, 15:43
Okie and I will send you a Springer to have the front strap checkered. :whistling:

If it were only that easy... :) Even if someone was close I'm not sure I'm ready to hack on someone else's toy. I may just have to buy another one and try 25lpi!

Wyoming
03-15-2012, 18:42
If it were only that easy... :) Even if someone was close I'm not sure I'm ready to hack on someone else's toy. I may just have to buy another one and try 25lpi!

I like 25 LPI. You said the next one you do you will post picture as you go along. I will be looking forward to that.

BTW, I think you are brave to "practice" on a real one. I would have tried to find demilled scrape 1911 frames to learn on.

harrygunner
03-16-2012, 12:20
Nice job! Wish I had the patience to 'smith a gun.

nathanours
03-16-2012, 12:26
This one started out as an NM mil-spec. I didn't do the work myself though. Yours turned out great! http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss199/glock19_9mm/IMAG0200-1.jpg

Jim S.
03-16-2012, 12:43
What size do you get from harbor freight and what kind of setup do you use? I thought HF only had 80grit which should give you quite an aggressive finish I would think. From what I've been reading 220ish (AH or No.13) is what most use to get the soft satin polished finish.

I use a 60 grit Glass Bead. It is a nice matt finish on Stainless or Carbon.
Not at all rough, but a nice satin matt.