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My newest project 1911

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by Nickb, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    Shooting .45 acp a lot is expensive, I don't care for many pistols other than 1911s. So I stumbled upon a 1911 chambered in 9mm. Picked it up online for $340 shipped. Then I was amazed that I had to pay a transfer fee and have a background check done before leaving The gun shop. I was out the door for under $400.
    Anyways, it's a Citadel 9mm 5" barrel 1911, it was cheap and I'm a sucker for workin on these damn things.
    First impression... very impressed, it's tight, smooth and the barrel locks up tight. I will eventually change everything on this besides the frame, slide and barrel. So I have a good fitting base to work from.
    I shot a few hundred rounds out of it and now it's in pieces... my project has started.
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    I have a barrel bushing on the way from EGW (first thing I do on all my 1911s). They cut it to your specs, for something like $27.
    While I'm waiting for that and bullets to show up I undercut the trigger guard and started checkering the front strap.
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    Should be finished with the checkering tomorrow, barrel bushing will be in next week and I will flush cut and crown the barrel to the new bushing.
     
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  2. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Checkering looks to be a good start. I sold my jig off awhile back, and now finally working on finishing a commander build dangit.
     
  3. Nickb

    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    Thanks, i got a dang ol double line right in the middle. Starting the vertical lines is the hardest part IMO. I will try to get rid of it before I have it cerakoted.
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    Done with the pattern file, going to depth with the riffler.
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    Done with horizontals, starting to go to depth on the verticals.
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    The line in the middle looks real ugly, but I'm still learning this checking business.
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  4. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    Great gun to learn on! Hours put in make for a reward!..... One day I'll be able to put in the time I need. Lol
     
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  5. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    Very interesting. I've kinda been keeping my eye out for a commander sized Ruger SR1911 for some ideas I have bouncing around in my head that I'd like to try too.

    Perfect wintertime project.
     
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    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    My Ruger CMD that I've done a little work on. I've been shooting this pistol for uspsa and steel challenge matches, along with carrying it everyday. I still have some final clean up work to do in this one as well.
     
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    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    Aww dammit Nick, you stole my idea!! :s0012: That's pretty much what I had in mind. Beautiful work sir. :s0152:


    Ed Brown jig and MSH?
     
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    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    Thank you. I wanted a Dan Wesson but couldn't afford one. I could afford a Ruger and the time to put into it.
    Yes it's an Ed Brown MSH, and I used the Ed Brown jig to drill the new hole.
     
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    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    Oh, and I have those very same grips on my Kobra Carry. I love the way they look on a stainless gun, but even more than that, the way they feel.

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    This must mean great minds think alike. :D
     
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    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    I love the operator 2s. I like the thin profile.
     
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    bellarum beaverton Well-Known Member

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    They both look awesome! Nice work!
     
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    Gun Mechanic Portland Active Member

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    Nice work! Thought about doing the same thing. Can't wait to see it finished. With your skill level I'm surprised you don't reload .45. I've got a box of 50 rounds down to about $6.60 reusing casings.
     
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    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    I reload, but I shoot 2000+rounds a month. I think I figured 9mm to be about 6 or 7 cents/round cheaper to load than 45.
    Also I will never have to buy brass for the 9mm. I can pick it up all day at the range.
     
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    I had perfect timing when I ordered my barrel bushing from EGW. I called on Wednesday afternoon and they were running bushing Wednesday night. It showed up today, I ordered a .701 o.d., .579 angle bored bushing. Perfect fit on the barrel (it measures .5787), the fit in the slide was a little "snug", I could fit a .7005 precision pin into the slide, so .701 was right where I wanted it. A little fine lapping compound and a bushing wrench was able to work the bushing into the slide, a few turns with the wrench, took the bushing out, cleaned everything up and put it all back together.
    I will flush cut and re crown the barrel in the morning.
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    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking forward to seeing that.

    :s0152:

    That was another idea I was kicking around.

    How about a recessed slide stop?
     
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    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    I prefer a flush slide stop,'but they are a pain in the butt to put together.
     
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    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    I didn't get the barrel all the way flush. It's kind of a measure and cut once deal, dialing in the lands and grooves is kind of a pain.
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    balline36m3 Yakima WA Active Member

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    You doing this gun at work? I'll have to come over and see it if you do
     
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    Nickb Moxee Active Member

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    Yea, I usually have it down there. If you come check it out bring some work with ya.
     
  20. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    You better be careful Nick. Bill Wilson or Ed Brown may see this. Then you'll be doing stuff like this full time.

    Seriously, this is beautiful work. Thanks for posting.
     
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