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Somebody asked to see examples of bad checkering. Here are some pics of when a hand checkered frame gets an OPPS. All the frames were goofed by a well known smith.



 

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Looks like a Tequila job! I guess it goes to show that even famous smiths get hangovers from time to time.

Thanks for the pix, Son.

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I wish I had those frames, I need to make up some dummy guns for training.
 

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Son, When did you take up pistolsmithing


The one on left doesnt look like checkering, nor does it look like stippling... looks like "pimpling"
 

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If your assignment was to find bad checkering, I'd have to give you an A+ for this class.....
 

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Looks more like the works of Mike Benedict.


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I don't know, Ricky Tick. I can't see, taste, or smell any BBQ sauce on them!


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I just get SO upset when folks 'dis my
checkerin'.....



[This message has been edited by pistolwrench (edited 05-30-2001).]
 

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Son, You are Very good with a camera! Very.

This is a little side bar but these frames can be saved. We have don the checkering inserts on frames that have broken through. (20 and 30 Lpi) Not that our resident gunsmith guys would ever have a problem
but Just thought it worth mentioning. Aside from the soilder seam at the mag well and the fact that you could not get the top line perfect with no border you can not tell.
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Son & Pete,

How did you get those frames? I thought I'd destroyed all evidence of my early days (before I switched over from a chainsaw to a checkering file).
Is this where plausible deniability comes in to play?


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Holy cow, and I thought my first attempt at checkering was bad. Could you tell me if the person who did this ever perfected his technique? THanks for posting the photos. It's interesting to see other's work while learning.


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Hi Precision Gunworks,
These frames were given to me to repair by different smiths through the years, I repaired some, but don't have time for this crap lately. One of the frames the smith tried to fill-in with solder and re-checker, I have more than this, the Springfield Son photo'ed, chrome frame, blue slide was a frame like these with a slide to match built for my brother, maybe Son can put the link up so you can click and compare, Metal Smith
 

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"....suddenly, the alley was quiet. In the dead midnight air, the gunsmoke hung, thick and unwilling to be gone, like an uncouth joke at a five-hundred-dollar-a-plate fundraiser. Ned Danger wasn't sure if the fifteen swarthy thugs were all down for the count or just taking a break, and he didn't really care. He took advantage of the lull, deftly inserting a fresh clip (AAargh!) of .45 Rhino cartridges into his highly customized Government Model. The most valuable custom feature at a time like this was the cutaway frontstrap; there simply was none. The front edge of the clip (AAargh!!), once inserted, formed the forward edge of the big pistol's grip. He twirled it twice, contemplating some of his more sissified fellow men of action, who favored frilly, checkered frontstraps. He jacked the slide several times, just in case this was a TV show, and was again ready for action...."

[This message has been edited by Ned Christiansen (edited 05-30-2001).]

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I know a lot of people in the Kimber forums tend to recommend buying the stock pistols and having them customized, but this is exactly why I went with the CDP. Anybody can claim to be a gunsmith, and unless you already know and trust one, this is the kind of work that can result.

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That's one of the reasons that makes forums like this great. You find out which smiths/businesses are the real deal and not a one night wonder.
 

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Wow, those are bad!

Hey Metalsmith,
How about one of your superb posts on how that happens? I've checkered more than a few in my day and I have never come close to that. (Thank goodness, knock on wood)
 

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Ned,...ROTFL...

You know that second pic is kind of interesting.It resembles threads.That should provide a good grip...just screw it into your hand.
 
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