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...,
Here she is:
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