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Birddog 1911
August 10, 2013, 18:54
Got my Colt Wiley Clapp back from Alchemy, and I'm blown away at how nice it is! Rob did a fantastic job; I can't say enough good things about him and his shop. Now, I just have to figure out which grips to run with!

Flush cut and chamfer slide stop pin and hole
Flush cut and crown barrel
New S&A grip safety and fitting w/hand cut 25lpi serrations
Hard chrome frame and lower parts

I'll have to take some better pictures of it, but here it is:

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Clyde the Pointer
August 10, 2013, 19:05
I can't say enough good things about what those guys did for my Les Baer. That is one quality shop that deserves recognition for their excellent handiwork.

You can count on Alchemy.

MAINER
August 20, 2013, 11:24
Quote;
"Flush cut and chamfer slide stop pin and hole"

Q, Why?
Not trying to be critical, just curious, does it serve a function or just look cool?

It IS a very good looking 1911 by the way. :bow:

stitcher
August 21, 2013, 17:37
It looks great!

bubbaguns
August 21, 2013, 17:55
What makes it a Wiley Clapped model? The thumb safety looks small, kind of like the original safety.

chet
August 22, 2013, 13:23
Quote;
"Flush cut and chamfer slide stop pin and hole"

Q, Why?
Not trying to be critical, just curious, does it serve a function or just look cool?

It IS a very good looking 1911 by the way. :bow:

I'm a lefty and have pushed mine out with my weakside thumb a few times as the slide is cycling. Normally, it just causes a malf but one time, it broke off at the portion that is normally behind the slide as it went back into battery. That wasnt cool.

Flush cutting and chamfering would have solved this. However, I took an even cheaper route: I put it a Wilson Bulletproof slide stop and put a small tear shaped recess in the end for the plunger detent. That is not really the correct solution for the problem I had, but I think increased engagement of those surfaces provides enough pressure to overcome whatever I was doing with my thumb. Havent had a problem since - but I would happily get the same thing done as the OP if I was getting another custom gun.

Evoskoot
August 22, 2013, 16:19
Chet,

I shoot r&l but haven't had the problem with pushing the slide stop. I did have an armorer at an MTU machine a detent like you did and never even thought about it again. Nice mod and can be repeated on any stop installed.

chet
August 23, 2013, 11:09
Chet,

I shoot r&l but haven't had the problem with pushing the slide stop. I did have an armorer at an MTU machine a detent like you did and never even thought about it again. Nice mod and can be repeated on any stop installed.

Yep. Judging from the lack of wear on the end of the slide stop pin itself, I dont push too hard on it too often.

I think it is just one of those things like breaking the collet bushing on a Series 70: It doesnt happen very often but when it does........:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Evoskoot
September 15, 2013, 16:43
Just finished reading the piece on Kimber's Master Series in The American Rifleman. Grip mounted laser sights are standard, and they have flush-mounted the slide stop pin. Looks like that allows unobstructed laser path (though not mentioned in the text). You might be further ahead than you thought!