Custom work on 1911 Pistols, Browning Hi-Powers and Smith & Wesson Revolvers 




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1911 custom pistols are a specialty in which I take great pride.  Custom 1911 work can be performed on your quality base pistol (Colt, Kimber, Springfield Armory, etc.) or oversize frame (Caspian, Les Baer, STI, Wilson Combat).  Only the highest quality parts are used and precisely fitted.  Services can be performed as listed below or a complete full custom 1911 pistol can be built that is tailored to meet your needs.  All  full custom 1911's are quoted in complete detail so you will know exactly what you are getting.  A tremendous amount of effort is directed into handcrafting every 1911 to give you a truly personalized and professionally fitted handgun.


1911 Pistol Action Work

Standard Carry Trigger Job (Series 70/80): 4 4 1/2 # (uses stock parts if suitable; recommended for defense guns)


Match/Competition Trigger Job (Series 70 Gov't Models only): 3 # (replacement of factory trigger, hammer, sear, disconnector, sear spring and hammer spring may be required pending inspection and are not included)


Fit Match Trigger



Reliability & Function

Reliability Package

Detail strip, clean & lube; gauge chamber dimensions; polish feed ramp; throat barrel chamber; debur, chamfer & smooth breech face; polish slide disconnect rail; debur firing pin hole; chamfer, polish and set extractor tension; inspect ejector; inspect plunger tube; check thumb, grip & disconnector safeties; test fire for function.


Detail Strip, Clean, Lube & Inspect


Polish Feed Ramp & Throat Barrel Chamber


Chamfer, Polish & Tune Extractor


Install Extended Ejector


Install Extended Magazine Release


Install Ambidextrous Magazine Release


Install Oversize Firing Pin Stop


Detent Slide Stop


Flush Cut Slide Stop Pin and Countersink Frame *$45.00



A precision fit match grade barrel and match grade bushing will give the greatest accuracy improvement in a pistol.  I use  methods of fitting I learned from Master Pistolsmiths' Jack Weigand and Jim Stroh using precision measuring instruments in conjunction with machine work and final hand fitting.

Tighten & Lap Slide to Frame Fit (carbon steel frames only)


Fit Match Grade Barrel (standard non-ramped)


Fit Match Grade Barrel (ramped) (does not include machining frame for ramp)


Fit Match Grade Bushing


Fit Match Grade Barrel (standard non-ramped) & Bushing


Fit Match Grade Ramped Barrel & Bushing (does not include machining frame for ramp)


Machine Frame for Ramped Barrel


Recrown Barrel Muzzle



Frame Modifications

Bevel Magazine Well


Install & Blend Smith & Alexander Magazine Well


Stake and Loctite Plunger Tube


Tighten Loose Ejector $10.00
Recontour Front Strap for High Grip


Bobtail Conversion **$125.00



Beavertail grip safeties are precision fitted and blended into the frame giving a very comfortable grip that fits well in the hand.  Springfield Armory frames (and some Caspian frames) require a .220 radius (Smith & Alexander or Wilson Combat) grip safety for best fit due to the Springfield tang configuration.

Fit & Blend Beavertail Grip Safety (Commander style hammer required)


Fit Extended Thumb Safety


Fit Ambidextrous Thumb Safety



Slide Modifications

Lower and Flare Ejection Port


Machine Slide for Reverse Recoil Plug *$25.00
Mill Front Cocking Serrations (to match rear)


Mill Flat & Serrate Top of Slide 30 or 40  LPI



Sight Work

Note:  Sights will be installed to centerline of slide unless test firing is requested.

Mill Slide for Bo-Mar Style Adjustable Rear Sight (low mounted) *$100.00
Mill Slide for Novak Lo-Mount Rear Sight *$65.00
Mill Slide for Heinie Rear Sight or Novak Competition Rear Sight *$75.00
Mill Slide for Dovetail Front Sight *$35.00
Install Stake-On Front Sight *$20.00
Install Factory Type Replacement Front & Rear Sights (direct replacement)


Widen Rear Sight Notch $20.00
Test Fire and Zero Sights to Point of Aim at 15 yards with FMJRN commercial ammunition.  Actual cost of ammunition used will be added. $35.00


The Art of Metal Work

All checkering/serrating is performed entirely by hand.
Due to the difficulty and amount of work associated with hand checkering,
it is only available on full custom pistol work.

Hand Checker Front Strap - 20 LPI (add $25.00 for stainless)


Hand Checker Front Strap - 30 LPI (add $25.00 for stainless)


Checker Bottom of Trigger Guard (30 or 40 LPI) *45.00
Dehorn Entire Pistol for Carry (lightly radius all sharp edges for smooth, no-snag, no-cut feel; done entirely by hand)


Serrate Slide Rear 40 LPI


Checker Slide Rear 40 LPI


* Minor refinishing - will be cold blued.             ** Complete Refinishing Required.

All prices listed in the service schedules are labor only for work performed on your firearm and do not include parts or materials unless noted otherwise. All prices and specifications are subject to change.


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