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Just out of curiosity, what things *particularly* appeal to you on a custom 1911? I ask partly out of curiosity, but partly to get new ideas. New ideas are dangerous -- they tend to cost money -- but I'm willing to take that risk. :grin:

I have very strong personal preferences. Some are based on experience, but alot are just subjective. No bashing on anyone else is intended here, it is just what *I* happen to like.



Aside from my desire to show off (a dangerous thing in a forum full of Dane's gun porn :grin: ), my Delta Elite serves as an illustration of what I like.

1. I like Colts with cool-looking roll marks on the slide. I get antsy if it doesn't actually say "Government Model" on the opposite side. This is shallow and irrational. And I don't care.

2. I like the pistol to look as "clean" as possible. That means solid triggers, fixed sights, no front cocking serrations, no magwells, no accessory rails, no wide safeties, and so on. On the other hand, I do like beavertails and (narrow) extended thumb safties because IMHO they are better ergonomically.

3. For me, double-diamond hardwood grips with hex-head grip screws are the end-all and be-all of grip material. Oh yeah, and regardless of the kind of grips it has I think a Delta Elite MUST have the Delta medallions in the grips or it won't look right. Again, I think this for absolutely no good reason.

4. The only frontstrap and MSH treatment that I like is serrations. I've seen some unbelieveably good checkering but the feel of it drives me bonkers.

5. Crowning of the muzzle just looks cool.

6. Finally, while I like stainless as a practical material for handguns, really deep, really black, really glossy bluing is the best-looking thing going IMHO.

Of course, I'm strange to begin with... I think S&W 610 revolvers are unbelieveably cool. :wink:
 

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I tend to agree with pretty much everything you have said and listed - with the exception of the MSH. I was always fond of serrated only as well, until I recently tried a "waved" MSH. The difference IS incredible.
 

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Aside from the obvious things that have to be on a 1911 (reliability, good sights, clean trigger, etc), there are a few touches that really get me going. These are the things that are almost never found on any production gun.

1. Everything blended together. Beavertail should be blended perfectly with the frame, thumb safety blended and trimmed with no hole showing, front dovetail sight should be blended so the edge of the dovetail corners don't stick out from the slide. All edges of the gun should be softly beveled (no extreme meltdown for me).

2. Barrel cut flush with the bushing (or slide if it's a bull barrel), and a nice deep crown. I really love this look. Check out any of Dane's full house guns, and you'll see what I mean.

3. Heinie Slant Pros. Besides having the best sight picture, I love the look of this sight. Yep, I even think they look nicer than the Novaks.

4. Nice double diamond wood grips in cocobolo, rosewood, or African blackwood. This adds a nice classy touch.

5. Serrations on the rear of the slide, and on the top of the slide. Also very classy.

6. Bordered slide. I love this a lot too. Take a look at the gun that Dane, along with Richard Heinie, did for Lou Alessi. That has some nice machined borders in it. It's amazing how such little things can really add a great deal to a nice 1911.

7. 30 lpi checkering. I don't really like this so much from a functional perpsective, but I love the way it looks. Either with even overruns, or of course, with Heinie's distinct borders.
 

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Ditto on all items that Ken listed. I also like checkering wrapped around frontstrap, capped with the grip panels. I REALLY like that snaggle-tooth, staggered upper and lower border that Ned does on some of his work (like that OACP in the above thread)- looks mean...

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In addition to the comments above I will add that my preference is for a gun that "sounds" right to me. No, not "kaboom" vs. "blam."

I want it quiet when I rack the slide back. No spring noises or metal to metal noises. Just the noise when the slide meets the limits of its travel in either direction. Ah, the sound of a tight lockup as it goes to battery.....

The thumb safety has to go "snick, snick" or it won't go in my holster.

It shouldn't rattle when shaken.

Oh yeah, a great custom gun should speak quality, scream accuracy, sing beauty and shout reliability. That "sounds right" to me.
 

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I think a pistol should be subtle. The front strap and main spring housing should be the same, be it checkering or stippling. It needs to look clean. If the pistol has front slide serrations, so be it. A none issue for me, as long as they look right.

 

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Ken sham described my ideal 1911 almost perfectly. His 30 lpi checkering does look nice but I would rather have Dane's Wave. With everything else Ken described add it all to a stainless gun with no front cocking serrations and hard crome the gun matte with polished flats and you have my ideal gun. A gun that I hope I can afford to have Dane or Heinie make for me one day. But if I do it, it must be perfect in every detail, which costs money!!!
 

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Oh yeah...Kavall mentioned something I forgot about.
I'm like to have rear cocking serrations only. And I care about how the serrations look. My main pet peeve with Kimbers is their slides. I really hate the cocking serrations. First of all, I don't like having front cocking serrations. And the serrations are too widely spaced apart for my tastes. I like thinner serrations that are closer together.
I also like a clean slide the best. A Colt rollmark (older style) would be my second choice. Kimber's logo is pretty bad to me.
 

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I can be a real picky SOB. Here are some things I do insist on:

-NO FRONT SERRATIONS!!!!!
-Perfectly blended beavertail (standard Ed Brown High Ride)
-All sharp edges broken slightly. Functionally melt jobs feel nice, but aesthetically I prefer moderate dehorning
-Dovetailed front sight is perfectly blended with top of slide.
-Rear sight aligned perfectly with rear of slide
-Generally prefer a black gun for carry
-Hex head grip screws in stainless
-Smooth wood grips over all other types except Ivory on a white non-carry gun
-Functionally, stippling over serrations over checkering (dying to try wave and scallop)
-Plain sights as opposed to any patterns (but if forced to I prefer bar-dot)
-Crowned muzzle
-Slide stop pin flushed with frame on right and slide stop pin hole chamfered
-Beveled magwell
 
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