Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

1911 Build #2

Custom re-build and conversation of a Springer 1911-A1.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

They Multiply

New toys arrived today, adding a 60 and 70lb kettle bell to the collection.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Found in my office

40 rounds of .303 British on stripper clips, in web pouches. Now I can be tacti-cool circa 1940.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

No Apparent Situational Awareness

Going shooting today,  we stopped at the Stop-n-Rob for drinks. The Sheriffs Deputy on the way out noticed my 1911, traded 'good morning' and left.

Clerk #1 noticed my spare mag and commented ' you've got a clip'.

Clerk #2 ' What's that for?'

Me 'My pistol' indicating the 1911 on my belt.

Clerk #1 'Cool man'

Clerk #2 'Oh' visibly surprised.

I'd only walked past Clerk #2 three times before this exchange. Clerk #1 picked it up on the first pass.

Carry your guns and stay safe.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Prevent Violence

Weerd proposed that today we light a candle to prevent gun violence, and make sure to include a means of actually preventing violence in the picture.

I couldn't find a candle, but figure that _building_ a means to prevent violence should be a good substitute.

The details on this build are: started with a Springfield 'National Match' GI model, replace all of the fire control parts, flat trigger, new sights, beaver tail safety, undercut trigger guard, checker front strap, add ambi-safety and one piece mag well/main spring housing.

As is clear its a work in progress, but the list gets shorter every weekend. I need to finish blending the undercut job, and do the checkering, then its off to machining for sights and re-finishing.

Stay Safe,

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Finished 1911

We got the slide back from the good folks at Coal Creek Armory, with their Isonite finish. A little final fitting, and adding the sights later...

Here is the finished gun.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Shooting with Mr. Murphy

Since we couldn't make it to Jay's get together again LadyElf and I decided to go try our luck at the local bowling pin match.

To say it went poorly would be an understatement, between the two of us we had more ammo or gun related problems in the course of 150 rounds then I have had in the previous 18 months and 10K rounds.

Things that worked:
The truck, and the pizza place we stopped at on the way home.

Things that mostly worked:
The Kimber digested all but the most horribly malformed reloads.
My experimental 'U' notch sights were only 4" off at 7 yards, but the basic principal seems to work.

Things that did not work:
The STI Escort, it will get a detail strip and full check over, but I suspect crappy reloads had some influence here.
My TFO tritium/fiber sights, the fiber fell out of the front blade. I've had them on for about 6 months, trying to decide if they were rugged enough to survive life near me, and the answer is No.

Aside from finding Mr. Murphy then putting two rounds in his chest, then one more in his head just to be sure; I'll be detail stripping and cleaning everything. Some of the problems were clearly ammo, I've been cycling out my cache ammo of reloads, and it looks like I have a bad batch in there. Given that I've changed several things on my setup and not had trouble with any recently loaded ammo I'm not too worried.

On the sights I'll be ordering a set of 10-8 'U' notch sights, and sending them off to have tijicon inserts installed. Much as the TFO is a nice combination of Triji and fiber, its not very robust, and the green on green does not draw attention to the front sight. Triji green front and yellow rear, with a white outline on the front is not as bright, but it works well in all light, and doesn't fall apart.

Stay Safe,