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Old 06-05-2008, 04:05 PM   #1
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I have a Springfield MilSpec that I had worked over by Springfield Custom and I also had Novaks install fiber optic sights. It's a terrific pistol, smooth, accurate and reliable.

But I've been wanting a more custom 1911 for a while, however custom guns can be priced pretty steep. I don't want a race gun, just a good solid first class 1911.
Last weekend I spotted a Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special tucked away at the gunshop where I work part time. The owner gave me an outstanding price break, and I can pay it off as I go. So I took the plunge.

Here's the info from the Les Baer website:

BAER 1911 THUNDER RANCH SPECIAL
Comes With Night Sights!

The new Les Baer CustomThunder Ranch 1911 is a serious, no-nonsense self-defense pistol conceived by Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, one of the premier training facilities dedicated to teaching people how to survive in a tough, unfriendly world. Clint Smith cares about good guns and he's concerned that his students are equipped with reliable, accurate guns they might one day have to trust with their lives. That's why Clint Smith approached Les Baer about developing a dependable, combat-proven 1911 with which he and his students could feel completely confident. So, Clint Smith specified the features he wanted and Les Baer built it. The result is a distinctive yet practical 1911 that's ideal for personal defense and a source of price for the owner. Features include:

Baer steel NM frame • Baer forged steel NM slide with front and rear serrations • Slide fitted to frame • Baer forged NM barrel with stainless match bushing • LBC deluxe fixed combat rear sight with Tritium inserts • Baer dovetail front sight with tritium insert • Lowered and flared ejection port • Baer checkered slide stop • Baer extended ejector • Standard style thumb safety (extended ambi for left handed shooters) • Baer aluminum match trigger • Baer deluxe Commander hammer and sear • Crisp 4 lb. pull • Baer tuned bar stock extractor • Baer beavertail grip safety with pad • Deluxe high checkered front strap at 30 lpi • Flat checkered mainspring housing • Beveled magazine well • Polished feed ramp and throated barrel • Complete pistol rounded for tactical use • Blue finish on complete pistol • Deluxe special slim line grips with thunder Ranch logo (not available with extended ambi safety) • (3) Stainless steel 7-round premium magazines • Special Thunder Ranch logo engraved on slide • Special serial numbers with "TR" prefix

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That's a hell of a pistol you got there CA357. Les Baer is a legend in the custom gun making crowd. Granted, I think some of his best work is behind him, and his name is attached to an immediate spike in price, but the work that comes out of his production facility is top notch. I look forward to seeing some pictures and a range report as soon as you get it.

*jealousy slightly dripping into a small pool on the floor*

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Thanks J.D. If I couldn't have some time to pay it off, it wouldn't happen.

We hope to move up to Oregon by Christmas. I figure I'll have it a bit before that. Sometimes delayed gratification isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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Oh, I don't know. I bought two of my Nighthawks that way and I bought both of my sniper rigs on the payment plan, so it will give you something to lace your boots up for in the morning.

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Yup, that's true.

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I paid the Baer off today.

I still can't do the background check for another week or so because of the "one handgun a month" law in the People's Republic of California.

On the bright side, I'll have it in three weeks or so, which is much sooner than I had thought.

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I paid the Baer off today.

I still can't do the background check for another week or so because of the "one handgun a month" law in the People's Republic of California.

On the bright side, I'll have it in three weeks or so, which is much sooner than I had thought.
The agony! It's paid off but you can't get it for three weeks?! That sucks brother - the anticipation must be killing you...

I look forward to seeing your range report and some target results in the coming weeks once the P.R.K. "allows" you your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.....

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The agony! It's paid off but you can't get it for three weeks?! That sucks brother - the anticipation must be killing you...

I look forward to seeing your range report and some target results in the coming weeks once the P.R.K. "allows" you your Right to Keep and Bear Arms.....

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Another of the reasons we're beating feet outta' here.
Stop by and let me shoot it on your way north. I've got plenty of ammo.
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I did the background check today. I can finally pick it up the 18th.

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