Can't believe I never showed pics of the Beastbob!
First of all, my apologies to Dave Severns for taking my sweet time in getting the pics of this wonderful piece up on the forum. Iíve had this in my hands since June of 2010.
The Beastbob project started in my head when I picked up a second CBOB Ė a 2009 that joined my existing 2007 Ė and then started wondering what I would do if I could do anything I wanted to a CBOB. I contacted Dave, and of course in his usual helpful way, he gently steered the exuberant gibberish spouting forth from my piehole into identifiable ideas and the methods and means to make it happen. After that phone call, my 2007 CBOB was destined to become the beauty that you see in the pics. I couldnít wait to get it on itís way to Dave, so he could start on it. The only part that I sent to him in addition to the pistol, was the Ed Brown snakeskin MSH that I had laying around.
Probably the most striking aspect of the Beastbob is Daveís proprietary Hard Hat treatment, which is a rich black, black, contrasted along the sides in areas that he ground through the now toughened metal, making the slide sides stainless again. This is something heís sworn never to do again, as it took him hours to grind through the hard hat and expose the stainless again. This dramatic change is highlighted by the press check (or carry cuts to some) detail on each side of the front where the black returns. Itís probably my favorite part of the work. He flattened and grooved the slide top also, again adding to the aesthetic appearance of the pistol. Dave had literally Carte Blanch to run with whatever he felt would look good on this project, and one of his touches was to jewel small areas of the stainless parts like the slide stop, the mag release (which he also reshaped with an angle to the front) and both thumb safeties. This detail really looks good in person and adds a little ďblingĒ without being over the top. Those of you that know the DW CBOB, know that up to midyear 2009, the frontstrap checkering often ran past, leaving vertical lines past the finished checkering. I originally thought that I would have Dave remove those, but then decided that it fit the whole theme and asked him to leave them alone.
Another detail that I asked Dave to incorporate was angle the front of the slide below the muzzle a little bit. Iím so glad I did as it really draws the eye and gives the pistol a very unique look. Dave went the extra mile and found a locking plug and bushing that fit the bill perfectly and then jeweled the plug also. That along with the crowned barrel is a very cool look in my eyes.
Of course, Dave didnít forget the inner workings and gave everything a thorough once over inside too. He did his reliability package and replaced parts as listed below. The trigger is an unbelievably crisp 3.75 break with NO uptake or creep whatsoever. Absolutely perfect.
We switched the sights to my favored two color tritium mix, and switched the trigger to my ďstandardĒ STI long carbon trigger, and added ambi safeties.
Dave is a hugely talented gunsmith, but perhaps one of his greatest skills is knowing what the customer wants to end up with, and figuring out ways to incorporate that into the project, NOT simply plugging in what he can do, or what HE wants. I could have gone to a gunsmith who would have fit my project into what his outlook was, or his ďstyleĒ but Dave made MY desires come to life by taking the time to understand MY vision and letting it grow into a finished project. The Beastbob is perfect in my eyes, and I canít thank Dave enough for making it happen. This is something that will be in my family hopefully for generations to come. Itís something that will bring happy memories of shooting with Dad into my kids minds and hearts long after Iím gone. I hope my grandchildren will hear stories of how their grandpa owned this pistol as they learn to shoot with it. You canít put a pricetag on stuff like that.
Anyway, itís late, and Iím rambling, so hereís the list of what Dave did, and new parts that he used (aside from the EB MSH housing that I sent).
I hope you enjoy the pics, and again, THANK YOU DAVE!
45 degree flush crown barrel
Level II de-horn of pistol
Trigger job Ė set to 3.75#
Fit and install EGW locking barrel bushing/guide rod plug set
Press-check detail on slide
Countersink frame and flush cut slide stop pin
Angle-cut frame dust cover nose and guide rod plug
Flat-top and serrate slide
Fit and blend customer provided MSH
Fit and blend ambi safety
Hard Hat pistol and polish slide side flats
Blend grip safety to frame
Beastbob logo engraving
Remove and install replacement replacement front sight
SC logo engraving and snakeskin treatment on small parts
EGW locking barrel bushing/plug set
STI Long carbon trigger
C&S Tactical II ignition parts set
Ed Brown mag release
Ed Brown ambi , stainless thumb safety
Ed Brown grip screws and bushings
Ed Brown firing pin oversize
Trijicon front sight and pin
A beautiful piece there Sarge.
I have seen it, but I'm glad to see it with a little wear on it now. ;)
Sarge43: Sir, that is one fine looking firearm:)
Thanks for sharing all the information, pictures:)
Thanks guys! I think she's just about perfect. That doesn't mean I'm not still buying others though. :D
That's a nice'un ya got there:D
"Dat is purdy!!" :eek: :D
I keep seeing the title of this thread and reading it too quickly and thinking it says something about "breasts" then am disappointed to realized its about a gun.
BTW, beautiful gun!
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