I did this, how did I do?

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by jca1, May 29, 2010.

  1. jca1

    jca1 New Member

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    Not sure this really qualifies as "gunsmithing" but it was fun.

    I wanted a tailess grip safety on my Colt Ghost. I found a Wilson's drop in beavertail for a Gov. 1911. This meant the tail would already be to long for my Commander 1911, so a good way to start.

    I ground the tail off with my grinder, then rough sanded, then fine sanded and polished best I could with what I have.
     

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  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    It looks like you did a nice job. How long did it take you?
     

  3. jca1

    jca1 New Member

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    Thanks Rick. I guess it took about a hour.
     
  4. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Very Cool. It's nice to get the satisfaction of doing it yourself.
     
  5. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Looks fine, jca1. I would have finished it on a buffer with some good polish to get rid of the sanding lines and try to get it a little more even. Then again, I am a tad anal when it comes to working metal. Looks good enough to pass as almost factory. Nice job. :D
     
  6. jca1

    jca1 New Member

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    I'm going to consider that a huge compliment from you skullcrusher, especially for a total rookie like me.

    I wish I had a buffer and such, I'd sure try it.
     
  7. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    All in all it looks to be a pretty nice job. What matters most is if you are happy with it. Is so then it's as good as it needs to be.:)
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Nice job. A relatively inexpensive buffer is a Dremel or copy, with a felt polishing bob, and white jeweler's rouge. It is also the only time I will use a Dremel on a gun.
     
  9. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    But…but… a Colt Talo Ghost Commander???? :eek: One of 400, did you keep the old beaver tail safety?
     
  10. jca1

    jca1 New Member

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    Yes, of course I did.
     
  11. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    Someone get Scubie a paper bag to breath into before he hyperventilates...:)
     
  12. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

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    It looks like you did a good job to me. Congrats.