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Old 05-09-2014, 10:03 PM   #1
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But I said I would not do this again...

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Old 05-09-2014, 10:08 PM   #2
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Cool Nice!!!!

Nice job!!! I'll tinker with the insides of pistols, but I don't have that much guts!!! That is pretty much permanent!!! I give you 50 extra points just for COJONES!!!

YOU DA MAN!!!! A.K.A. THE FILE KING!!!!
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:56 AM   #3
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It looks good Mike, can you tell us something about it. What's the frame you're checkering, how long does it take etc.
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Was it smooth to start with? Is that steel or aluminum? It looks very bright...will it be finished with a color?
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I was smooth and is stainless steel. Not totally to depth yet. Shiny spots are fresh cuts. It will all bet bead blasted when done.
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:29 PM   #6
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Nice. What gun is that on?
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Old 05-10-2014, 06:04 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Insta-Gator View Post
Nice. What gun is that on?
It's actually a Smith&Wesson that a friend owns.
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Can that be done on an aluminum frame?
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Old 05-10-2014, 06:51 PM   #9
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Yes alloy frames can be checkered. If anodized it is best to strip it first since it will be acid dipped prior to re anodizing which may dull the points. 20 line per inch on alloy would make it pretty susceptible to damage/ bending due to the height of the point. Some I have seen were 25 lpi. If the frame was being Ceracoated the bead blasting should suffice.

Most alloy frames are done in 30 lpi for that reason and due to the thickness and strengths of the frontstrap in the valley of the checkering. Aluminum also tends to gum up hand files terribly. I was taught to never use stones or files on brass and aluminum. I have not done any alloy frames and think most people will only machine cut them but I may be wrong.

Hopefully this is my last as I plan to get a mill soon and will try my hand at machine cutting and some other patterns. I have a new in the box stainless Custom II waiting as a project gun. I wanted to start with a base model.

As far as hand checkering I would say I put in 8-12 hours on one depending on the borders, height and if the trigger guard radius is reduced and cut higher. I am sure there are those that do it much faster.
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Originally Posted by Mike240 View Post
It's actually a Smith&Wesson that a friend owns.

Mike, I'd love to have a friend like you........ buddy.
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