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About BrianN

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  • Birthday 06/17/1988

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  1. Thanks for the kind words everyone. Can't wait to get the beavertail fitted, safety test, and take it to the range. Then i'll do all the cosmetic blending and ship it off the get coated. Ian, the slide to frame fit has no slop and is smooth. More importantly, the barrel locks up nice and tight. Hopefully the barrel timing is correct and it functions well at the range. Only time will tell. Now if I can actually find some time in the first place, that'd be great!
  2. Hey guys, Haven't been on the forum in quite some time. Started a new job at the beginning of the year, had relocate for the job, and life in general has been keeping me pretty busy. I have managed to sneak in some time here and there to work on my 1911 I've been putting together since August-ish. I had the frame transferred to me by Rick at OMG Customs. Cool guy that had a bunch of advice for a clueless kid starting his first project. (And the cheapest transfer in the area to boot!) Anyways, here is where I am as of tonight. Slide to frame fit took a total of about 18 hours, barrels hood, lugs, and feet fitting took about 8 hrs, barrel bushing took about 4 hrs, and trigger, fire control parts, and thumb safety fitting took another 5. All I have left to do is grind the frame tangs to fit my beavertail safety and it'll be ready to test fire. Then it will go off to Severn customs for sight installation and a coating of their super awesome Hard Hat Treatment. Lots of time, blood (a surprising amount of blood!), and sweat went into this project but I went painstakingly slow and am happy with how it has turned out so far. Thanks for taking a look. Any advice from guys who have done this before, would be great, feel free to chime in. I apologize for the crappy phone picture. My real camera is still buried in a random box somewhere from moving. If I can find my camera I'll take some more detailed pics. Thanks for looking guys. Parts List: Caspian Parts Frame, Slide Kart Parts Barrel Nighthawk Customs Parts Recoil Spring, guide rod, mainspring housing, plunger tube, hammer strut, ejector EGW Parts Trigger, barrel bushing, all pins and small springs, extractor, recoil spring plug Wilson Combat Parts Slide Stop, firing pin, firing pin stop, mag release Cylinder and Slide Parts Mainspring, hammer, sear, disconnecter, sear spring Fusion Parts Thumb Safety, grip bushings, grip screws Edit for less crappy, crappy picutres
  3. Yea I checked GB first before asking. Couldn't really find a comparable pistol so I figured I'd ask here to see if anyone has seen what these particular ppk/s's are going for. I'll have to go into full google-fu mode tomorrow when I have motivation. $700 probably isn't that far off.
  4. Hey guys, I offered to buy my friend's Walther ppk/s .22 stainless . Its a 1970's something production imported by interarms with made in West Germany on the slide which I think is the coolest part. Trying to get a fair market price on this pistol if anyone can help us out. Gun is in good to very good condition with two mags. One with pinky extension one without.
  5. Hey guys, I just got a job down in South Jersey and will be moving to the Port Republic/Galloway/Mays Landing area by the end of the month. Can you guys recommend any outdoor ranges with at least 100 yard rifle range and 25 yard pistol range (trap range would be a bonus but not a deal breaker)? What are the good ones, what are the bad ones? Why do you like or dislike them? Right now the closest ones to that area that I can find are Hutton Hill Rifle and Pistol Club and South Jersey Shooting Club. Any info you can provide would be awesome, thanks!
  6. is there a big price difference between doing this to an sks and converting a saiga? I feel like they may come out to the same price, but with the sks you can always just drop it back in the old stock and its like you have 1.5 guns for the price of one. Nice build you did there
  7. Yes, just how grandpappy carried it on Omaha beach
  8. not to get off topic, but why condition 2?
  9. haha, I was waiting for someone to chime in with a 9mm
  10. If this turns out to be true, thats pretty scary living in this state. Take it back asap
  11. 1911's with external extractors make my eyes rain
  12. I would avoid shooting it in the head if thats the route you go. You don't need to be cleaning up nervous system tissue of a rabid animal.
  13. Brownell’s complete parts list. You will learn to hate this company as all of your money will be directly siphoned into its coffers. http://www.brownells.com/.aspx/lid=10304/GunTechdetail/Building-A-1911-Part-I Watch this guys series of videos on building your first 1911. He does a great job of showing you the mistakes he made and how to avoid them. Watch them and let him make all the mistakes for you before you make them yourself Fitting the barrel. This is a series of articles of 4 or 5 parts that have written and visual details on how to fit a barrel which is the most important step in making an accurate gun. http://www.shotgunnews.com/2013/02/08/how-to-fit-a-1911-barrel-part-1-the-hood/ Learn how to assemble and disassemble from on of the best (and most expensive) companies in the industry. http://youtu.be/ZIETNijG-DM Good step by step diary of an amateur like us trying his first build, and he’s pretty funny in his descriptions too. http://how-i-did-it.org/1911-project/index.html Safety checking your pistol. Very important. Remember to also only load one or two rounds in the mag the first time you shoot your pistol in case you filed the fire control parts to short and made yourself a nice little fully auto pistol. http://www.cylinder-slide.com/1911safetyck.shtml The extractor is a main source of feeding and ejecting problems http://www.m1911.org/technic2.htm THIS IS THE MOST USEFUL RESOURCE YOU WILL HAVE. All the questions/problems you will encounter have been asked and answered multiple times over on this site. Many of these guys are top level gunsmiths or top parts companies owners and reps. This site is your friend and will keep you from blowing yourself up/creating a really expensive boat anchor. http://forums.1911forum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=18 Before you take on a build you have to accept the fact (as I have) that you will be forking over enough or almost enough money to buy a semi-custom pistol from a top manufacturer and will most likely will not have a pistol that operates like or looks as nice as one of these. What you will have is a pistol with exactly the look, feel, design, and parts you want, with a mortgage worth of your sweat equity in it. If you like working with your hands doing meticulous little things (It took me literally 16.5 hours to fit the slide to the frame because I went SLOW, which resulted in a tight fit and smooth slide action), figuring things out, and occasionally bleeding at your workbench, you will probably enjoy a 1911 build. If not, then save your money and you can get a Les Baer for the same cost, or save twice as much and get a Wilson Combat or Ed Brown, up to you. Be honest with yourself, know your skills and dedication level. Edited to add: I am not a gunsmith (clearly). I am a slightly over confident 25 year old kid who did many months worth of research before I bought a single part.
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