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1911 Beavertail Frame Jig

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by RVTECH, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Ok - I am about to take the 'plunge' and modify my frame for a beavertail safety. Now I assume the jig is nothing more than two .50 hardened steel disks with a pin through them to shape the frame right? Reason is I want to make my own jig on my lathe and oil harden the disks. Thanks.
     
  2. Samurai

    Samurai Monroe, Wa. Member

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    Actually, the Ed Brown jig for a beaver tail is to re-locate the hole for the mainspring housing pin. The only jig for re-shaping the frame is the actual bobtail mainspring housing!
    Jason
     
  3. Samurai

    Samurai Monroe, Wa. Member

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    It sounds like you already know what the jig looks like, but I had one laying around so I snapped a couple cell-phone pics.

    The jig itself
    IMG00281-20101009-1003.jpg

    On a Rock Island frame
    IMG00282-20101009-1005.jpg

    Hopefully this helps.
    Jason
     
  4. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Yes that does help. Now just so I am sure - the diameter is exactly .50 right? I mean obviously it must be to make the .250 radius but I want to be sure. Thanks.
     
  5. Samurai

    Samurai Monroe, Wa. Member

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    My calipers put it at .501.
     
  6. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    Perfect! I'll be chucking up a piece of round stock soon. Now what what would be the 'best' GS for my first fit project?
     
  7. Samurai

    Samurai Monroe, Wa. Member

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    My opinion is Ed Brown, just cause I like all of his stuff. It depends on what you want for grip height, 'speed bump' or not, etc. I like the high grip that the Ed Brown safeties get you and the speed bump.
     
  8. OregonJohn

    OregonJohn Sutherlin, Or Bronze Life Member #1 Lifetime Supporter

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