Ok, everybody can come out of their rooms now. See, that was easy. :smile:
I am indeed now the pic posting fool! I'll do some internal pics of the gun this weekend and post. Here is a pic of some 1" steel barstock (from Brownell's) that I used for checkering practice:
I think the 1911 front strap is closer to a 7/8" diameter rod (anyone?), so I may try that. Dlask Arms is also selling rough frame forgings, and I bought three for $25 each to use for more practice. I refuse to have a crappy looking front strap b/c I was impatient. I ditched the first MSH that I did, was not pleased with it. The current one can stay for a while.
The beavertail was the hardest, and I'm not 100% pleased with the gap. The beavertail was grossly oversized in the trigger block extension (everyone calls that arm thingie something different) and the two tabs that interface with the MSH. Had I known to cut those down for fit FIRST, I wouldn't have gotten as nuts on the frame tangs. Barrel fitting remains a bugger, and I've avoided much by staying with "drop in" tolerances. Attention to detail as far as polishing and contouring all the little parts was important, and in studying posts over at the 1911forum, I've found that many people seem to want to gloss over the little stuff. In studying other's work, it's absolutely the little stuff that separates the men from the boys. Without attention to detail, it'd just be a pile of new parts that left their little baggies behind to hold hands.
Fitting and tensioning the extractor was easier with the use of the Weigand fixture and tension gauges. All beginner brain surgeons and gun hacks should have them. With the gauges, you can develop the "feel" for a properly tensioned extractor. It's not as hit or miss.
Front strap: it's smooth for now. I hate stippling, don't want to outsource for scallops (my sweat is cheap, scallops cost money!), and don't feel ready to cut the 20 lpi checkering that I love. I'll leave it smooth for now.
CMC trigger: I love its aesthetics, it's more zoomy than the traditional 3 hole triggers. Can't speak to durability, the gun only has about 1000 rds thru it. Price was right. I'll probably get a few more to put away, since my then-favorite Vic Int'l flat trigger got discontinued years ago.
My gun work allows me to totally relax and unwind, and has taught me much appreciation for the talents and gifts of the REAL gunsmiths among us. Also, since I carry a 1911 for a living, I feel responsible for knowing how the heck it works!