I am not one who posts on forums much, I mostly lurk. However, I'm rather impressed with my new prime and I figured those of you waiting on your order, or considering placing an order, might find this helpful.
Story time: I turned 31 at the end of January and, having never owned one previously, found myself thinking "I should buy a 1911." The question then was where I should plunk down my hard-earned cash? I looked at the usual suspects, Wilson, Nighthawk, Dan Wesson, etc., but nothing really resonated with me. During that time, I kept running across people suggesting Alchemy. Being a complete 1911 noob, I found their website and started digging around the forums. I liked what I saw. Rob's sense of style and "retro" look resonated with me.
I also spent quite a bit of time looking through old forums posts where Rob discusses his build philosophy and what he considers important in a 1911. At that point I decided to go ahead and place an order. They have an excellent website with detailed, high resolution photos of their products so you know exactly what you are getting into. I placed my order and deposit on 2/3/20 and Patty (who is fantastic and very helpful by the way) sent me my build invoice that same day. A few days later they sent a coupon for a free Alchemy hat while my build was in process, a nice touch. My estimated delivery date was 7/3/20, and I’ll be damned if it didn't arrive at my FFL on exactly 7/3/20.
I added the less than 1” guarantee to my build. Not because I’m capable to shooting to that high a level at 25 yards, but because I wanted the extra time and attention spent on fitting the bushing and lower barrel legs to the slide stop. I also secretly hoped Rob would also put his initials on the fitted parts, but alas none were to be found. Your Alchemy will arrive in a very nice soft case (made in the USA), 2 8 round ACT mags, a plastic bushing wrench, a test target, and a manual and some other literature.
As to what I’m capable off, here’s a pretty typical 25 yard target for me: offhand at 25 yards at ~1shot a second cadence (2” dot for reference)
Aim small, miss small at 10 yards
To be continued...