I have been out of state on a 3 day live fire military range, and didn't have a chance to write this until now.
No offense taken at all, but I think there may be some misinterpretation of what's actually in the pics here.
The "surface rust" is actually just fine sawdust from my shop as the pistol had just come in from there immediately before the pics. I can understand how you would think it was rust though. You can see the lint in the pics from the rag I used to try to hastily wipe the sawdust off of the rest of the pistol, but I obviously missed some.
There is no "pitting" in the rear of the slide. That is merely the texture of the the duty coat (same finish as is used on the Valor).
The firing pin isn't off center (I pulled it out again to make sure). I think this is due to a shadow on one side which may make it look like it is though. I'm not a photographer, that's for sure......
I'm not sure where you see the canted extractor, but if you and/or others see it that's fine.
Overall, holding it in my hand, I am VERY impressed with both the quality and finish of this pistol. She's a keeper for sure!
Everyone is fully entitled to their own opinion, but I just wanted to clear up anything that may have simply been due to my lack of photography skills and haste to get the pics taken with a wood dusty weapon.
Originally Posted by crockett007
Based on these pics, I would send the pistol back. Mainly due to the unsatisfactory appearance of the rear slide face around the ejector area. It looks like typical cast metal pitting and lack of fill in the investment cast slide. It would be a different story if this were a $400 1911, but for the price these people are asking, for me, the quality needs to be a little better than what we see here.
It looks like you already have some surface rust around the trigger guard and mag release screw, as well as at the base of the front strap. Interesting that an unfired brand new "high end" pistol finish would have this already. Coupled with the slightly off center firing pin to firing pin stop fit and the obvious canted extractor fit in the slide, I would have to pass.
I'm not bashing you or your gun. I know you are excited, and to each his own. I'm not drinking the kool aid, however. In the same vain I mean no disrespect. The simple fact is that there are like priced pistols out there that use superior materials and finshes.
If you are satisfied that is all that matters, everything else is just internet noise. I 'm just offering an honest opinion that I wouldn't be happy with this product.