Dang, Mike454! That color is extremely deep and eye-catching. That's a nice charcoal color. I may have to consider that on a custom someday.
Has anyone here ever worked a Norinco frame from back in the day? I heard they were good starting points for a custom, and I may have a shot
Here's my favorite 1911. It's a bit of a mutt...it has changed some over the years. The stripped Caspian receiver was bought in 1989 and I built the original pistol at Poway Gun Works. Last thing I did was replace Hogue camo grips with VZ grips.
USGI slide w/flared ejection port and milled for low mount Bomar BMCS rear sight.
Ed Brown barrel w/fitted bushing
Ed Brown recoil spring plug
Wilson Combat recoil guide rod
Wilson Combat recoil spring
Wilson Combat firing pin/spring/extractor
Caspian receiver w/hand stippled front strap
Videcki speed trigger
Wilson Combat sear spring
Ed Brown main spring housing
Wilson Combat beaver tail grip safety
Wilson Combat extended thumb safety
Chip McCormick hammer/sear/disconnector group
Hogue hex head grip screw sand bushings
Other misc usgi prts
Keeing me company during my morning Joe
Next to a plain jane Auto Ordnance 1911 with no mods
I added a similar front rail to my early CZ 75 clone. If I had a 1911 without a rail I would get a Recover grip/rail setup like I have on my Berettas. Not having the option of a light, laser or easily attached optic rail is just silly these days.
At one time, I had about a dozen 1911s, 1911 commanders, OM Enhanced, NM, 1911A1 (issue). The only pics I can find are for this one Commander with stag grips and for my US Property ones. I'll go back in my picture library further and look. I did have one bright blue, Commander with Ivory grips in 38 Super that I loved! (1951 vintage). Rig is EPS Tom Threepersons, of course.
I finished wringing out my single stack Commander sized Caspian / Springfield .357 Sig build. WOW! It's becoming my fave 1911, she eats anything I feed her... It's as heavy as a full size but it carries AIWB on my crotch rocket where a full size does not.