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GoCougs
February 04, 2015, 18:40
Some of you may be familiar with Rogers Precision out if Arizona. I was fortunate enough to have him preform some work on my Colt carry piece. One request for some front strap golfball work led to another bit a work and onto full customization. Now a year and some odd months later it's finished and I can't be more please with the out come. Here are some pictures Chuck sent me of the work. Just thought I would share and give credit to a phenomenal gunsmith and all around great guy.

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z228/pistolwrench19/2-1-15Officers/101.jpg~original
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z228/pistolwrench19/12-15-14Tristan/808.jpg~original
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z228/pistolwrench19/2-1-15Officers/106.jpg~original
http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z228/pistolwrench19/2-1-15Officers/105.jpg~original

brunop
February 05, 2015, 00:43
THAT is bad ass!!!

Nice rig, pal. Thanks for the photos and the recommendation.

4x401
February 05, 2015, 00:59
It's very nice for sure...But "A year and some months" to get it back.:confused:

What did you carry in the mean time, a Glock?:rofl:

hueyville
February 05, 2015, 03:05
Thats some fine looking work. As to over a year to get it back, not completely uncommon in smaller high end gun shops. I remember when Wilson's used to be a true ultra high end gunsmith. Back in the late 1970's and into early 1980's you could call and talk to Bill about your pistol and mostly you sent him a 1911 or Smith wheel gun, specified what you wanted and using Swenson parts he returned a fine pistol built by him. By the late 1980's wait times were long, employees hired and by 1997 into Y2K he had a team building guns and was selling his own line of parts.

Am not bashing Wilson Combat at all as its fine product but I consider it an assembly line custom gun that you can walk into a gunshop and buy off the shelf. Top notch guns but if you buy a company model, off the shelf and without ever calling to discuss features, what pistol your sending how custom is it? Now they are a small high end manufacturer or large production custom shop however you want to define it. Tight tolerances, super nice guns but I wonder what percentage of guns carrying his name actually are built by Bill now. Managing employees, negotiating with vendors, doing public relations work is probably a full time job. Wait time for a Wilson? Just ride to a dealer and buy it off the shelf. Of course, on some models customers can make some modifications to parts and finish selection which adds lead time.

While happy for Jim, but AlphaPrecision has closed their doors. Jim Stroh was one time president and two time winner of the American Pistolsmiths Guild "pistolsmith of the year". Called recently for some tools to find that at 76 he has hung up his apron and going to spend his time shooting instead of smithing. He made some of the finest pistolsmithing tools you could buy. I need a jig he sold and had never purchased. He told me would pilfer his shop and see what tools he might still have and be willing to sell. When you bought one of Jims guns, it was built by Jim. I also discovered my F class rifle builder is retiring. Going to try and get him one or two more rifles to run in before he hangs up his apron. Some of his rifles were well over a year wait but worth every minute. His semi custom work where he took majority of the clearences out of a mostly factory rifle took a couple of months or so.

Custom work usually takes time. Off the shelf is a production model. Albeit some production models are first rate. Can buy a Korth wheel gun off the shelf but a finer wheel gun is hard to find. But when you find a small true custom shop where the man who's name on the door does the work and has an international following, wait time is part of the game. Its a two year wait on a Randal knife now and Bo nor his son are doing the work now. I gave all my Randals away to family members going to the sand pit and am now waiting two years to get myself another knowing it will be built by an employee.

GoCougs
February 05, 2015, 07:40
It's very nice for sure...But "A year and some months" to get it back.:confused:

What did you carry in the mean time, a Glock?:rofl:

Haha well conveniently my employer gave me something a beretta 92 FS and an M4. Also kept me occupied for the majority of that time so I was alright with the wait.

I didn't realize at the time when I spoke to Chuck his reputation and standing within the 1911 community. I honestly had just casually emailed him after seeing his golfball stippling on a couple other websites. So I am very fortunate to have even had the work done as I know in the year or so now that he's had the pistol his website has advertised that he is over booked.

Below is a link to the build thread, you can see what the pistol looked like when it went in to include the rough finishing from colt and poor fitting grip safety that was on there.

http://https://www.1911addicts.com/threads/random-recent-pics-from-the-bench.18919/ (http://www.1911addicts.com/threads/random-recent-pics-from-the-bench.18919/)

MJ1
February 10, 2015, 23:01
Handsome 1911.....

nearmisses
February 12, 2015, 23:12
He must have one heck of a CNC set-up to do that Golf ball pattern. De-horned too! Interesting piece. It's quite appealing. The light Gray finish is superb.

Parga
February 15, 2015, 03:29
Chuck is a great smith and a heck of a nice guy. He's a mad man when it comes to machine work...no CNC

Sagerider
February 16, 2015, 08:58
That is a true work of art right there. Beautiful :)

GoCougs
March 10, 2015, 21:28
It's very nice for sure...But "A year and some months" to get it back.:confused:

What did you carry in the mean time, a Glock?:rofl:

Ha well employment kept me busy so an M9 and an M4 were all the carry I needed. :whistling: