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If you could have made for you a pistol of ANY specifications, provided that a high-end gunsmith could reasonably do it with "only" a four-digit pricetag :grin: , what would you come up with? Would you just throw a ton of money at Richard Heinie and say "give me something in 5 years," or do you have anything PARTICULARLY peculiar/interesting/unique/dang odd in mind?

[Disclaimer: If I had the dough I just might toss a few grand at Mr. Heinie too! :eek: ]

A friend of mine has an odd duck, a Colt Gold Cup Commander *two-tone* (stainless frame and blue slide) that is about the coolest thing going. The bluing is a super-duper-deep, very glossy black that is just the bee's knees IMHO.

Where does this lead me? Well, anyone who has seen my previous posts probably knows that I have a serious affinity for Colt Delta Elites, for the deeply rational reasons that:

a) They are Colts, which I like just because.
b) They have groovy roll marks.
c) They are 10mm Auto, the only caliber that matters (ducks to avoid rotten tomatoes). :razz:
d) I've got one that Dane did a bit of work on that is, to my tiny, primitive mind very cool indeed.

So, after seeing a bunch of Dane's gun porno I've settled on the Ultimate No Kidding Dream Piece Till My Next Expensive Idea (TM). Starting with a blued "enhanced" Delta Elite, I'd have the frame hardchromed and the slide given a deep black "blued" finish with polished flats. Other peculiarities: solid long trigger, arched MSH, serrations instead of checkering on MSH & front strap, Novak sights and a bull barrel with a deep muzzle crown. Otherwise, just the usual custom 1911 stuff... extended thumb safety, beavertail, all the guts replaced with "the good stuff."

Getting such a piece would serve absolutely no purpose and there is a very good chance I wouldn't order such a thing anytime soon, if at all. But for me it is the coolest lead-slinger I can think of. What's yours?
 

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OK, I'll bite :grin: I see some pretty cool guns. My mind changes all the time on what is the ultimate. I KNOW what actually works best for my uses and this isn't it. But this is the gun I am going to build next for myself. Why? Because it is vey similar to my first custom gun...which I still own but this one will be a "new" BCP version of that gun. Kind of like a current Pachmyer Combat Special :grin:

I am such a sucker for these classic guns!

I am using a Series 70 Colt comp slide. I will start with a perfect condition Series 70 Colt frame. (this I am still looking for) French border and hand matte top end, ala Swenson. Wide, deep, square ejection ala Heinie's old style. Slant Pros, .110 front, BarSto. BCP trigger group @ 3# and BCP beavertail blended smooth with the frame and pinned. My ambi, cut and melted for carry.

Razor sharp 20lpi front strap and mainspring housing. No high grip, or high extension on the checkering. Forged mag well with a HUGE opening. Bi color finish with a highly polished flats on the slide, matte chrome on the frame.

Now this one will be hard to beat :grin:

Any one got a Series 70 they want to sell?



<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Dane Burns on 2001-09-24 00:36 ]</font>
 

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UH Dane, Checkering?
Well here's mine: (at least this week)
Wilson, or Mccormick frame w/ heinie scallops
flat mspring housing to match.
4 pound trigger with tool steel parts.
kart ezfit bar, with the egw melt bushing
heinie slant pros w/out the nite sights
wilson or brown single sided safety
standard guide and plug setup
sti/svi trigger
pak. finish both top and bottom.
Fake ivory grips with my sherrif star scrimshawed on both sides.
The best part about this is I think that with the exception of the scallops I believe I can put this gun together by myself.
Oh yeah and a caspian slide french cut no serrations and no markings whatsoever.




<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: harley45 on 2001-09-24 01:11 ]</font>
 

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UH Dane, Checkering?
Nothing gets by these eagle eyed list members :wink:

Everyone needs a fantasy gun, Harley. I already have a scalloped and "WAVE" gun. Ned's Conamids are coming soon :eek:

Never said razor sharp 20lpi checkering was practical, I just WANT one :grin:

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Dane Burns on 2001-09-24 01:33 ]</font>
 

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Dream gun? Who knows, each time I visit this forum you guys making these guns change the dream. I find one particular makers .45 I like, then someone else comes out with one I like also. Variety is a good thing but just how do you narrow particular makers and styles down when you rarely see a 1911 that does not rock your world!

Tim
 

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Ok, why the mag well, Dane?
No reason really. I don't use one....haven't for years. But a forged mag well on the original frame is very difficult to do correctly, takes a lot of time and refinish and AFAIK no one is still doing them. Heinie has, Nastoff did, as well as Ron Sharp and a couple of the S. Africans who I believe were the first.

Some times more difficult is better, just more expensive. Adding heat to a frame is not the best idea in the world but done correctly it is a very nice end result.
 

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Dane, If you decide to start doing forged wells again..I'd be interested...have always liked and appreciated the amount of work to do that style of opening...

Ron Sharp that you mention...where did he live..in Idaho???
 

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Ron Sharp that you mention...where did he live..in Idaho???
Same Ron and the first REALLY AMAZING shooter I had ever seen. A true sportsman too. He also did some amazing gun work for a short time.

Here is an original swaged mag well, nicely done, from 1983. I will be doing something similar on a limited basis in the near future.






<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Dane Burns on 2001-09-24 19:27 ]</font>
 

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Indeed he was, he quit shooting around 1986, 1987..I shot with him for a short time when I lived in Boise. I would be interested in having a frame magwell swaged open when you get to there...I have always thought it was a cool mod...just took a lot of work...and had to be done right...

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: eerw on 2001-09-24 19:34 ]</font>
 

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I don't think my "dream gun" would be anything too exotic. Maybe a Garthwaite Hi Power. Checkered front and back-strap. Novak night sights. Blue or parkerized. That, or a SOG Hi Power, just for the history associated with it.
 

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My dream pistol is KISS. Single-stack Government model, 70-Series Colt or Caspian with no slide markings and classic cut serrations. Maybe the Burns lightweight Caspian slide. Barsto barrel and frame/slide fitted right. Heinie Slant Pros for a change since my other pistols have Novaks. Brown grip and strong side safety. Maybe the Brown tactical mag release. Dehorn job that is not a heavy melt, but takes the edge off of EVERYTHING (hammer, grip safety, thumb safety, slide release, bottom edge of slide, front edge of slide, etc.). Bevel the mag well. Shorten the grip safety. Solid Videcki short trigger. Serrated flat mainspring housing. Positive safety operation. Wolf springs throughout. Reliability tuned. Everything properly fitted. Tooling marks polished out. Matte hard chrome finish. Caliber: 45 ACP.

I guess that doesn't sound simple after all. :smile:

Cheers,
Damon

<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Damon on 2001-09-24 20:42 ]</font>
 

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I would like a 1911 that is 99.9% reliable. No sharp edges. Good sights. Lightweight. Hmmm....sounds like my Glock 21. One question though, if my Glock 21 is so great, why do I keep going back to 1911's?!

David
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