Right now the budget is about $2000 for parts and labor exluding the gun itself or possibly gun/frame purchased.
Here is basically what I'm considering for a Springfield Mil-Spec. Still could be a Colt or Kimber.
1.)med to heavy, rounded dehorn
2.)Heinie straight Eight sights
3.)Ed Brown beavertail and ambi safety
4.)STI trigger and HD sts firing pin
6.)Tool steel hammer, sear, disconnector, strut
7.)Flat mainspring housing
9.)Heavy duty standard style spring guide and plug
10.)Schueman stainless barrel (fluted bull barrel)
11.)Serrate the rear of the slide at 40 lpi to match the Heinies
12.)Scallops on front strap and mainspring housing
13.)Slim down the frontstrap and have the
tang welded to fit an Ed Brown beavertail
14.)hard chrome or two tone
16.)flattop the slide and serrate it 40 lpi
What additional work would be necessary when comparing a purchased gun to a purchase of a slide/frame and having a Smith put in these parts? What else am I missing if the parts being replaced are equal.
It don't make much sense to me that someone purchases a gun for a custom piece (If you knew that to begin with) and then ends up replacing all the parts on that gun except for the slide/frame. With the little time I've have had to spend so far it appear (at least on the Caspian) I can get the slide/frame for a little less than the Springfield Mil-Spec. I don't know about some of the other producers. That amount goes up even more with the Colt or Kimber.
Here is the problem for today. There have to be a few smiths out there willing to tackle this budget and price list?
With a Kimber you very close on the money IMO. Heinies' full house gun is only $2600 on a Colt or Springfield.