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Old 07-08-2016, 10:47 AM   #1
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New look for my bird with history.

Hah! Made ya look!

The History of my bird:

Anyway, if some of yaz recall, when I'm bored, I tinker.
After I got my Stainless Steel Kimber Raptor Pro, I thought all flats where polished like the full size. I decided I wanted mine that way too.

After about 24 hours of sanding, more sanding and polishing. I got it looking good. Except! Kimber must stamp or engrave the wording on the slide. I thought they used a laser.

After getting rid of the satin finish on the slide, I found it was hiding imperfections in the metal around a lot of the text. Mainly on the left side. I could not get it out by sanding if my life depended on it. So I glass beaded both sides. This gave it the satin look again. So back to sanding and polishing. It finally looked good. BUT, I got tired of seeing so many finger prints. So I gave it a brushed finish on all flats. After a coat of Ren Wax, it looks great.

Afterwards, I added a SS Chainlink MSH to give it more of a consistency which is on forward side of grip.

Oh! Did I mention out of all my 1911s, this bird is a bitch to rack, especially when my arthritis acts up.

I also got a great deal from a fellow on here for a 22 conversion kit. Looks great on this bugger.

Last week I decided to add a flat wire kit and full length guide rod. I also bought a range of WC and Wolf hammer springs to see if I could lighten it a tad. It helped!

And finally, I think I'm done customizing this bugger. Not!!! I decided I wanted to preserve the wood grips. I installed all new bushing and Striker Industries stainless steel torx screws to hold on my new Duo Cobra 2 tone aluminum Valkyrie Dynamic grips. So yea, that's it I hope. I don't think I spent this much tweaking on any of my 1911s But this one got some nice upgrades and I love it more than any of my 1911s...,

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Old 07-08-2016, 10:53 AM   #2
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Wow, beautiful work John, she's definitely a head turner, I really like those grips.
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Old 07-08-2016, 11:04 AM   #3
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Very nice!!!!
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Here is other side.



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New look for my bird and history.

Chuck, maybe you can give me some insight. The screw wells are not as deep as the wood ones. I have to use o-rings to keep this on. As a result, I can only tighten screws down so much before the rubber starts squeezing out side as well as screw heads are a tad above surface.
Not really too noticeable but more of just a peeve. Any thoughts?

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Well done!
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Nice looking bird :-)
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Originally Posted by bhunted View Post
Chuck, maybe you can give me some insight. The screw wells are not as deep as the wood ones. I have to use o-rings to keep this on. As a result, I can only tighten screws down so much before the rubber starts squeezing out side as well as screw heads are a tad above surface.
Not really too noticeable but more of just a peeve. Any thoughts?

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If those grips are as thick as your wooden grips then it shouldn't be a problem to countersink the holes a little deeper. I'd suggest using a drill press where you'd have more control, set a stop to keep them even and you don't accidentally take any of them too deep.
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Originally Posted by Chuck43 View Post

If those grips are as thick as your wooden grips then it shouldn't be a problem to countersink the holes a little deeper. I'd suggest using a drill press where you'd have more control, set a stop to keep them even and you don't accidentally take any of them too deep.


No drill press, yet. I was kind of hoping there may be thinner rings or something.


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Do the screw heads go fully into the grips without the o-rings?
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