Gentlemen, that beauty with the Cocobolo grips and the scalloped frame is my Kimber! :smile:.
I own both a Baer and a Wilson. They are fine pistols, but they are assembly line products. Semi-custom, to be accurate. A semi-custom gun can be a terrific gun, but your preferences are limited. You can't have it built your way. You often can't personalize the product during it's manufacture. Also, if one member of the assembly line is having a bad day, you may not be pleased with the end result.
Kimber slides and frames are essentially the same as Wilson's. They are made at the same Jericho facility. Kimbers are production pieces, even their upper custom tier of pistols. Wilson's are semi-custom.
What I wanted for myself was a true custom pistol, with MY personal preferences, built by ONE craftsman who will stand behind his product. I wanted it built by a someone who was an accomplished shooter in his own right, because that unique characteristic gives you valuable insight to what works, and what does not work on a fighting pistol. I wanted someone who was accessible, and who would put up with my numerous questions during the buildout of this project. I also wanted someone with experience with modifying Kimbers in particular. That is the reason I chose Dane to customize my Kimber.
Dane, the gun looks awesome. I know it will shoot even better than it looks. And I know you will stand behind it. Gentlemen, I won't tell you the price of this project, but it is NO MORE than the cost of a entry-level Wilson or Baer, including the cost of the base pistol. Dane even surprised me by throwing in a few features on this piece for no additional charge. I can't wait to get my hands on this gun. My children (two daughters) will treasure it in the future. In essence, it will become a family heirloom. In my mind, any piece of equipment that you depend upon night and day for your personal protection is far too important to be "just a tool". It is a personalized weapon that says a lot about the individual who owns it, the craftsman (dare I say artisan :grin
who builds it, and the people it protects (namely, my family).
Again, Dane forgive the incessant pestering. I am thrilled to finally see it. Thanks for the care and skill you have put into it. I know I'll treasure it for a lifetime.