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  1. 45 acp carbine

    Yeah I saw one guy point the gun at his own feet at least 3-4 times
  2. 45 acp carbine

    John the mags are getting fixed. The stock is now fixed so tools are required to move it. The grip has been switched to a compliant one.
  3. 45 acp carbine

    I've been pining for a good 45 carbine semiauto for decades. When I saw the Flint River Arms CSA-45 I had to have it. It's a gas operated, rotating bolt system, like the AR. It differs from most ARs in that it uses a short stroke piston. From what I can tell, it's a very high quality gun. I haven't shot it yet as I've just received it and the Leupold Deltapoint Pro red dot mount I have is too low. A taller mount is on its way. Sorry about the lack of pix. Photobucket kaboshed the internet. I still haven't found a photo host. https://flintriverarmory.com/
  4. SW M642 Airweight Revolver

    Nice. Airweights are easy to carry, which means she won't be inclined to leave it behind as often.
  5. Wife's 9mm range gun build

    Well it got finished in time for Christmas. She was tickled that I spent the time to build this gun for her. She had been coached by our self-defense shooting instructor that she should get a 1911 after him having stopped our class and taken my Gold Cup NM and given it to her and gave me the Sig, then resumed the class. I was publically poked at over the range PA system about giving my wife the second rate equipment, including the holster she had. So, I went overboard. The gun started as a 9mm Springfield 1911 shown above. The frame, slide, barrel, full length guide rod, thumb and grip safeties, were all that remain factory. Although all have been modified, shaped, blended, etc., in some way. The functional mods are: Dawson Precision fiber optic front and LPA rear sights, custom fitted barrel bushing, o/s slide stop, polished feed ramp, 30 degree crowned barrel, fitted/tuned EGW extractor, fitted o/s EGW firing pin stop, Cylinder & Slide Ultra Light tool steel ignition kit (hammer, sear, disconnector, sear spring and hammer spring), STI short trigger, OEM Springfield titanium firing pin, titanium hammer strut, titanium mainspring cap, Wilson extended magazine release, Wilson semi-extended slide stop, The "gingerbread" mods include: checkered front grip strap, weld-on custom shaped magwell, flat topped slide with diamond checkering, reshaped thumb safeties for comfort, blended and reshaped factory beavertail grip safety, fully chamfered corners on the whole gun, custom thin grips with monogram in glitter, custom mixed purple metallic Cerokote on the frame, and black graphite Cerokote on the slide and controls. The purple metallic frame and glitter monogram grips are a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun after hearing my wife and another gal at the range talk about "girl guns" and equipment. I did all the work except for the frame front grip strap checkering, which was done by Dave at Evolution Armory in New Hampshire, who stepped up to turn it around in short order to make it in time for Christmas. In addition, she got a new custom made leather steel reinforced combat holster and mag carrier, their Gunsite Omega model from Davis Leather in Arizona, purple gun rug and range bag, and 4 extra Wilson ETM magazines. She made out pretty well this Christmas.
  6. Wife's 9mm range gun build

    John, I had this vision of glitter inlaid in the grips and a plan to fill laser engraving. I called the VZ Grips guy, Justin, and he and I planned how to do it. I bought some EnviroTex Jewelry Resin and some glitter dust. Justin deep laser engraved the grips to maybe .020 deep. I practiced on a block of wood. I mixed some colors of glitter and settled on this. I used a small syringe, with the tapered plastic tip cut to the right size. C'mon Braz, it's lavender. LOL I wanted her to have a seriously accurate, reliable, and well feature equipped gun, and then had some fun with it a bit. She'll get a kick out of it.
  7. Wife's 9mm range gun build

    With the gun off to the Cerokote guy, I'm still not done. This was today's work. I'll put some finish on the grips to darken them evenly. Gotta have some bling.
  8. Wife's 9mm range gun build

    The VZ Slim 320 grips came in today. I really didn't like the Briley magwell shape, but I didn't want to do anything until I fitted the grips. I fitted them up pretty quick (for me) and started marking the magwell. I don't know about the rest of you, but it takes me quite a bit of time to figure out how I want to sculpt something like this. Sometimes it just kind of develops. I started with a 12" disk grinder and got the big stuff off. Then I picked up a file. First thing that struck me was the pretty checkering that was gonna get gouged up. I put a strip of duct tape on it. Still worried. I have a huge 18" wide roll of .010" aluminum adhesive tape. I cut a tiny piece for protecting the checkering. You can see the file marks in it. This is the shape I ended up with. I'm not very good with organic shapes. But I really pleased myself with the shape. It had to have a forward extension from the frame since the well has some chamfer forward. I'm never happy with my file work. I'll hand sand it to remove the file marks and smooth it tomorrow and get to the inside again. I had my friend TIG it again on the inside after I ground about thru all the welds. I really gotta kick it in gear and get this to the Cerokote guy tomorrow afternoon. Sneak peek still has the mask on it from the laser engraver. I have a plan for this.
  9. Wife's 9mm range gun build

    Uh oh...
  10. Wife's 9mm range gun build

    Wait till I'm done before you commit to that. I'll post a picture of it completed soon. You might change your mind.
  11. Wife's 9mm range gun build

    John , tinkering with stuff and especially guns is a form of therapy for me. As they say: 'everybody needs a hobby'. It's gratifying when something turns out nice.
  12. Wife's 9mm range gun build

    John, I know you being a 1911 guy will appreciate this level of customization. I'm keeping it legal for IDPA ESP just in case I can convince her to shoot a bit of that. Our self-defense pistol instructor curriculum brings you thru a series of classes that give you enough to step into IDPA or USPSA. We have a couple more classes and I thought this gun would be nice for her in case she gets the bug. She has already told her friends and relatives she's been having a great time shooting in these classes. I paid a smith in NH to checker the front strap a week or so ago. Got it back and I'm running out of time. But, I have a goal of making this a Christmas gift. I've started into some of the more labor intensive work. I'm doing this more to put my personal touch on it and make it unique for her. I find it always gets more appreciation from my wife when I make or do something for her, rather than just buy something. The frame got a magwell from Briley welded on. It still needs a lot of shaping. I'm not so happy with the shape. More shaping and polishing before off to the Cerokote guy. Then I wanted to flat top the slide and do something unique, so I decided to checker it. Lots of mill setup and run time. It still needs deburring and chasing the checkering with a riffle. But I'm pretty happy with the effect. It's going to be a crunch to get this done for her Christmas present.
  13. 2016 Laws - Now What?

    OK, a year ago it was funny. Not so funny since Brown signed the July laws. What's the direct effect of registering an AR as a AW? Limitations on use, etc.? Is going with a stock "...uglier then me!!" a better avenue for the sportsman? Is anyone getting rid of their ARs? Posted November 18, 2015 ยท Report post Hahahahaha, yeah, I understand the ignorant laws they are trying to skate around, but I refuse to shoot anything uglier then me!!! And that's say a LOT!
  14. Wife's 9mm range gun build

    Hard to argue against that. I'm in favor of 45s as well. However, I've standardized the house with the Sig 40s in consideration of my wife's ability to use them. That may change if she takes to this 1911 and gains proficiency with them. I'm also looking at getting an Aero Survival carbine in 45.
  15. Wife's 9mm range gun build

    John, Agreed. This gun won't be used for self-defense. It's purely a range gun for fun. The Sigs are for that job. Besides, I'm not a big fan of 9mm as an intentional choice for a home D gun.