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Thread: 1911 Build Part 2

  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrettID View Post
    Has anyone dehorned (correct term?) all the sharp machined edges off of frame/slide? If so what was your process? Materials used? Pros, cons, cautions?
    Thanks.
    I use a flat jeweler's file.
    Hawkmoon
    On a good day, can hit the broad side of a barn ... from the inside
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    I'm about 25ish hours into the build so far. Not trying to keep an exact count as I probably don't really want to know. Kinda like the first day I had to teach myself how to read a micrometer again. Not having used one in over a year is my excuse. Not my age. No sir.

    I don't have the experience or knowledge of some folks here. But what I would like to pass on as advice is to; walk away when frustration sets in. You can remove metal. But you sure as heck can't add metal. I took a break early yesterday afternoon.

    Blending the top of the frame tangs to the grip safety went easy and well. There were only tool marks and it was close to matching. As far as how much metal to remove.

    The bottom of the frame tangs; the manufacturer left plenty of metal to work with. Kudos. The complexity of the angles and curves is more than meets the eyes. Knowing what I know now I probably would start with something bigger than a swiss file. The ones I bought (thanks Niemi24S) work better than I have ever used before in my life (no more harbor freight needle files for me). But with the amount of surface area, which is a lot for a swiss file, is a lot of metal. Whenever I would get close to a point where I wanted to check my work, I would polish with 6000 grit. Imperfections show up well. After hours of sitting with the parts in a vise, my eyes seem to magnify the work. I could see divots and high spots. Like hammered metal. Granted they are very tiny. But I could see them. I was running out of metal and couldn't for the life of me find the correct angle or stroke to "level" the metal. As I said that shape under there is complex. So I took a break. I'll return in a day or two.

    Anyhow, I took a couple pics. One pic I took still had the tool marks. Hard to take a picture under fluorescent lighting with a high shine. Thought I'd share. Cheers all. Afterall I don't know anybody 'round these parts that tinkers on guns in general, let alone 1911's for fun.

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    I "finished" blending the grip safety. More like I stopped at this point. Being my first "full" blend I'm ok with it. Didn't quite turn out for what I had pictured in my head. But at least a part of my quest has been filled. Before my first build I set out on a quest to find out why a high end 1911 cost as much as they do; Skill level and craftmanship. And a lot of it.


    Anyways, I thought I'd share what my skill level produced. It won't stay shiny. Once the build is complete the plan is to bead blast to a desired sheen. I have a media picked out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon View Post
    I use a flat jeweler's file.

    I did the same thing on a stainless Colt LW Commander.
    I lightly beveled all of the sharp slide edges except the muzzle edge right in front of the FS, and it came out very well.
    "Sights are for the unenlightened."

    Rick

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    "Sights are for the unenlightened."

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    An ambidextrous safety is a bit more of a pain in the @$$ to fit.

    There I said it. I admit it. First step in recovery.
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