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. I’ve had this in my hands since June of 2010. The Beastbob project started in my head when I picked up a second CBOB – a 2009 that joined my existing 2007 – 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 couldn’t wait to get it on it’s 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 Dave’s 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 he’s 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. It’s 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 “bling” 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. I’m 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.