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Old 11-30-2008, 12:42 PM   #1
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Default Alchemy Arms Spectre - Why'd It Fail?

Hello,

I was looking through some old gun rags I have laying around. I came across an ad for an "Alchemy Arms Spectre," which looked like a 1911 crossed with a Glock.



I think it looks kinda' cool, and it could be had in .45acp.

What I'm not understanding is, why did this design fail? The Springfield XD has a pivoting trigger, something some 1911 enthusiasts hate, and it has only the grip safety.

The Spectre thing, if it functioned well, looks like it should have been at least as successful as the XD.

I can't find much about these on the 'net? It looks like Alchemy Arms has gone under (no web page any longer), and the only real info is on someone's blog, here: http://bewaryandcarry.blogspot.com/2005/05/alchemy-arms-spectre.html

What can you tell me about this thing, and what happened to it?

Thanks,

Josh <><

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Old 11-30-2008, 07:06 PM   #2
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Poor marketing, bad trigger design, ahead of it's time? Could be any number of things.

Looks like Alchemy was in business from '99 to '06. It really sounds to me like a small start up company that never got off the ground.

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Hey my Uncle was the creator and "founder" if you would of this gun/ company. I used to go to work with my dad when he worked there. My uncle got a new job managing gun ranges for the government in the U.A.E (United Arab Emerits), its over be Saudi Arabia. And from what my dad said and my Uncle said he sold his shares, which was like 51% of the company or something like that, to a guy that lives in Texas i think. And i dont know if it was the design failed as much as they just didnt have the financial backing that you would need for a new business. I can try and find out more.

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Looks like a Glock crossed with an XD merged into a 1911 variant.
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Desi,
Hope you will post more details, it will be interesting reading. I remember when the Spectre was introduced, and it did receive some favourable press. After a short period it just disappeared.

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Hey my Uncle was the creator and "founder" if you would of this gun/ company. I used to go to work with my dad when he worked there. My uncle got a new job managing gun ranges for the government in the U.A.E (United Arab Emerits), its over be Saudi Arabia. And from what my dad said and my Uncle said he sold his shares, which was like 51% of the company or something like that, to a guy that lives in Texas i think. And i dont know if it was the design failed as much as they just didnt have the financial backing that you would need for a new business. I can try and find out more.
We would love to hear more about this gun. Anything you can add will be appreciated.

Was the receiver polymer? If you look at this photo I found it sure looks glockish!

Sans the safety's and the highpointie trigger, it's a block of glock.
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I will buy something like this.

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I'd love to hear more about this. I'm not all that sure I like the handgun...But I do like a good story It does look thinner than most poly frame weapons though..

Maybe it has 1911 envy and well..imitation is a form of flattery

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I was a spectra owner also. This pic is my gun I posted about when I got it years ago. Im trying to find William.. Anyone know how I can locate him?

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We would love to hear more about this gun. Anything you can add will be appreciated.

Was the receiver polymer? If you look at this photo I found it sure looks glockish!

Sans the safety's and the highpointie trigger, it's a block of glock.
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Look at the muzzle,they added a little beretta to it too.

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