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New Project Colt finally finished...

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Good afternoon all...
I've spoken of this project before, much earlier this year. I'm pleased to report it's finally complete. For the last 9 months it's been a slow going process and is finally done.
Last January I ordered a New Moldel O Government Series 70 .45 ACP 5" Blue from Colt.
Here are the specifications/modifications...

Slide and frame Hand fitted/lapped
Slide and frame tastefully dehorned by hand, slight in some areas but in my opinion perfect.
Lowered and flared ejection port w/ scallop (also tastefully accomplished)
Extractor - Ed Brown Hardcore hand fitted and tuned
Ejector - Ed Brown Hardcore hand fitted and tuned
Mainspring Housing - Ed Brown Hardcore smooth arched
Beavertail Grip Safety - Ed Brown Hardcore Memory Bump hand fitted and blended
Thumb Safety - Ed Brown Hardcore Tactical hand fitted
All ignition parts - Ed Brown Hardcore hand fitted (Commander Hammer)
Slide Lock - Ed Brown Hardcore hand tuned
Barrel/Bushing - Kart National Match hand tuned/fitted
- Polished throat
- Crowned Muzzle (Don't recall the degrees... I think it's 42)
Magazine Release - Ed Brown Hardcore
Trigger Solid adjustable travel - 10-8
- Trigger hand fitted polished consistant pull average of 10 pulls 4.1 lbs. Breaks like glass...
Guide Rod - Full Length 2 piece Ed Brown hand polihsed
Recoil Spring - Wolff progressive rate

Sighting System
Novak X Rear
- Tritium Bar
Novak Gold Bead front sight

Grips
- Mil Tac G-10 1* embossed black/grey panels

The finish was completed by hand rubbed and fine glass bead blasted. Some imperfections were found from Colt's shop and removed.
This gun is blued with a high polish on the flats and very fine bead blasting on the rounds. The rounds have a very slight matte finish.

I must say the action and slide on this weapon is smooth as silk and the trigger breaks clean and crisp very consistantly. All in all it's incredible to feel and and a joy to run.
There were some very specific reliability modifications I requested, that took some time to perfect. This is a working gun, as a P.O.S.T. firearms instructor I was very specific about it's future use.
Upon receiving it yesterday quite frankly it's far more handsome than I expected it to be.

All the hand fitting and work was performed by my smith and close friend Lon Tuttle of Tactical Solutions here in Boise, Id. Folks, this man did a phenominal job on this weapon!!! I can't say enough about his work.

It will currently be carried in a Milt Sparks holster 55BN with shark trim. I have on order a couple of different rigs from Milt in Elephant. Upon arrival I will photograph them also.

I'll spend some time this evening cleaning it up from my grubby mitts and get some photographs posted.

Hooo Aaaah!!!!

Thank you Lon for all your hard work and dealing with my OCD issues on this weapon! You've exceeded my dreams and goals and made this weapon a reality that I will cherish and use for the rest of my days.

Thank you...


David Sidwell
Boise, Id.
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Dutch That must have set you back a pretty penny :shock: I hope the gun justifies the cost of all the work. Let us know how it performs. :)
 

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Hmmm well before you go down that road consider this. She performs flawlessly.

Now... as far as the cost.
New Colt seris 70 Model 0... 850.00
Parts list... well I don't fully recall, but it was roughly 250-300.

The work was done for trade of a stainless colt series 80 that I built in his shop. My first project, he asked for it in trade for his work. All that was required was the waiting period a laundry list and purchase of parts.

All in all... I couldn't have done much better.

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congratulations on a handsome firearm! Very tasteful. I gotta ask though, what is the 1* symbolic of? I notice it in your signature and on the grip of the gun...
 

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Dutch please don't think that I'm questioning the money you invested in your 1911 I'm not. Hell the money Ive spent on motorcycles would make your toes curl. What I wanted to know was the cost worth the difference in improvement. ;)
 

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No offense taken my friend.

We all have our vices in life.

Knowing that this firearm is a one of a kind hand made by a close friend to my personal detailed specifications... money wasn't the object of the game.

Every penny was well worth it... the wait on the other hand lol...

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f150guy said:
congratulations on a handsome firearm! Very tasteful. I gotta ask though, what is the 1* symbolic of? I notice it in your signature and on the grip of the gun...
1 ass to risk for the thin blue line amongst a field of chaos...
 

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Dutch,

that is an awesome job. I have a series 70 repro that I'm thinking of having much of the same things done to it as you had.

Its just that most smiths are so backed up that I don't know if its worth it to send off or just leave as is and buy another Baer/Brown/Nighthawk.....
 

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Well that all depends...

What are your goals? Do you want, have always wanted a full house custom job that NO ONE else has?
I did...
Wanted one for years.
Finally found myself in a financial position where I could easily make that possible at the blink of an eye. It was my first priority.
However, Once I had the money, the laundry list took me 4 months to put together. I didn't just simply say "I want a custom" and walked away, I gave him exactly what I wanted and HOW I wanted it. I put a lot of time and effort into the combination of parts, type, make up and orientation.
It was a "labor of love" if you will.
Through the process I acquired several books and many magazines, not to mention the countless hours online looking a pics and doing research on parts.
I didn't want anything "Fancy with Frills" however what I do have I know no one else has. It's truly a one of a kind and built on the frame I've always wanted with the technology of today backing it up.
It's "Old School" in many respects... as in... I got a lot of comments on the gold bead. Even shooters that had been shooting for years hadn't heard of gold bead sights.
I could go on and on...
Lay out your plans, budget, goals and desire. If you want a weapon from a top name smith... GO FOR IT! I had initially decided on Novak. Then Lon got after me, I hadn't hit him up because I knew how busy he was with Tactical Solutions. But to have a weapon "Hand Built" not on a machine, by a close friend... priceless...

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Well done Dutch. I think any of us would be proud to own that piece. It's hard to fault a man that decides on exactly what he wants and then gets it
 
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