Firearm & Gun Forum - FireArmsTalk.com > Gunsmithing & Do-It-Yourself Projects > DIY Projects > SD retirement 1911

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-16-2010, 09:10 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
TheDaggle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Solvang
Posts: 982
Liked 39 Times on 25 Posts
Likes Given: 20

Default SD retirement 1911

My dad retires from the Sheriff's Dept. this November, and I'm thinking of getting everybody to pitch in, maybe build him a custom 1911. I've been looking at caspian frames and slides. He isn't a fan of shiny things, so I will probably want to get a non-reflective finish put on if we do this. Does anyone have suggestions for finishes, and how will this affect the fit of the gun? Can a finish be applied to a SS surface or do I have to get Carbon Steel? Are 1911 guts interchangeable, or will I have to get all-caspian or go to a gunsmith? I'm kinda jumping in head first here, so any help is appreciated.

__________________

"Always carry a small flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite. Furthermore, always carry a small snake." W.C. Fields

TheDaggle is offline  
 
Reply With Quote

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today - It's Free!

Are you a firearms enthusiast? Then we hope you will join the community. You will gain access to post, create threads, private message, upload images, join groups and more.

Firearms Talk is owned and operated by fellow firearms enthusiasts. We strive to offer a non-commercial community to learn and share information.

Join FirearmsTalk.com Today! - Click Here


Old 05-16-2010, 09:18 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
DrumJunkie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Here in the holler....
Posts: 4,823
Liked 1616 Times on 944 Posts
Likes Given: 1894

Default

1911 parts will work across different companies with the exceptin of Llama and star parts. But You wont want those anyway. Al;so parts for Para Ord LDA pistols the triggers are different. But I don't remember seeing those kind of parts listed with 1911 parts. As long as you are buying parts for 1911 and clones you should be fine. Most wilkl say they fit Government models, Commander, officers models or the like.

As for finishes there are several out there. I'm a pretty big fan of Dura-Coat just because it's what I've used and seen most. It seems to hold up to holdter wear better than most others that I've had the chance to see and the application is reall easy.

__________________
DrumJunkie is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-2010, 09:54 PM   #3
Retired
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
danf_fl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: LA (Lower Alabama),FL
Posts: 10,138
Liked 2759 Times on 1598 Posts
Likes Given: 1205

Default

I've dura-coat and Gun-kote with some decent results. Gun-kote requires baking to cure correctly. Fusion firearms offers kits on gunbroker.com or get with Ted Yost and the ltw crowd (google). Your only limits are how much you want to put in such a project. Does Dad have a brand preference?

__________________

Amendment II:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Life Member NRA
Life Member NAHC
Former President of the ECPT (Eifel Combat Pistol Team)

danf_fl is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-23-2010, 10:54 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
TheDaggle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Solvang
Posts: 982
Liked 39 Times on 25 Posts
Likes Given: 20

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by danf_fl View Post
Does Dad have a brand preference?
Dad isn't going to know! As for 1911s in general, he has never owned one. I don't even know if he's ever shot one. He's been a revolver/polymer man as long as I can remember, but I am certain he would appreciate a 1911 for all of it's virtues, and it is certainly the custom gun platform of choice.
I just found out he's staying on until January to take advantage of a better insurance program being implemented next year, so I have some extra time, and I've been in contact with a Lt. who has agreed to ask around and drum up some helpers in the dept.
Thanks, guys. If this works out, I'll post progress reports. I think it would be a pretty neat gift.
__________________

"Always carry a small flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite. Furthermore, always carry a small snake." W.C. Fields

TheDaggle is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2010, 03:12 AM   #5
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
CA357's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 19,871
Liked 1174 Times on 510 Posts
Likes Given: 2978

Default

Please keep us in the loop. It certainly sounds like a thoughtful gift.

__________________
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”Samuel Adams
CA357 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2010, 03:42 AM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
canebrake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: 150 miles NE of Sloppy Joe's Bar
Posts: 21,941
Liked 1419 Times on 808 Posts
Likes Given: 1290

Default

Here's a start, might as well go with the best. If you go with someone like Ted Yost, remember it will be over a year to completion.

+1 danf_fl

Actions speak LOUDER THAN WORDS

__________________
http://i695.photobucket.com/albums/v...brake02jpg.jpg

http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/...ps18cfbeae.jpg

Get her dirty, then clean her so she starts to respect you. When her trust is complete, she will serve you well for a lifetime!

"...if doves shot back, there wouldn't be a need for a bag limit."
- orangello
canebrake is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2010, 05:38 AM   #7
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Alaska
Posts: 2,323
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts

Default

I'm intrigued by what I've heard about Ro-Bar's NP3 finish. Through the gun in a dishwasher, wipe it with a paper towel.

__________________
freefall is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2010, 06:32 AM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
TheDaggle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Solvang
Posts: 982
Liked 39 Times on 25 Posts
Likes Given: 20

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by canebrake View Post
Here's a start, might as well go with the best. If you go with someone like Ted Yost, remember it will be over a year to completion.

+1 danf_fl

Actions speak LOUDER THAN WORDS
We (I) don't want to spend TOO much money, and my dad is the kind of guy who would rather have a $1200 gun built for him by amateurs who care than a $4000 gun built by a masterful stranger. The more we can do ourselves, the better.
__________________

"Always carry a small flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite. Furthermore, always carry a small snake." W.C. Fields

TheDaggle is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2010, 08:17 AM   #9
Retired
FTF_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
danf_fl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: LA (Lower Alabama),FL
Posts: 10,138
Liked 2759 Times on 1598 Posts
Likes Given: 1205

Default

Have you considered getting with a Trophy shop? Buy a true blue 1911 with minimal markings on the slide, and have an engraver put something on (opposite of the ejection port). The engraver may have an idea how to make the statement in gold/bronze. Put some sort of white grips on (modified to have a small shield imbedded). Make a shadow box. It's a thought.

__________________

Amendment II:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Life Member NRA
Life Member NAHC
Former President of the ECPT (Eifel Combat Pistol Team)

danf_fl is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Firearms Forum Replies Last Post
Retirement plan‏ opaww The Club House 1 04-16-2010 03:32 PM
Subject: Goverment Programs 4 Early Retirement IGETEVEN The Club House 4 11-07-2009 12:10 AM
The Retirement of Benning Boy: Dillinger The Club House 49 08-06-2009 06:25 PM
If you could own any 1911 what would it be? XDGirl 1911 Forum 14 08-24-2008 02:56 AM