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Congratulations!

That is an awesome Colt and I know you'll always be glad you have it. I sent Don my Colt Mark IV Series 70 about 20 years ago and it is still my favorite gun to shoot.
 

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Exceptionally nice execution-your conceptualization and collaboration set the stage for the result. One very minor non-operational aesthetic detail you might want to consider; replacing the OEM length recoil spring plug with a suitable long-nosed one so that the front is flush with the end of the bushing flange-EGW has 'em, as does Wilson Combat. That'll provide you with a seamless marriage between the plug nose and the flange on what looks to be an EGW extended/thickened bushing.

Best, Jon
 

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Exceptionally nice execution-your conceptualization and collaboration set the stage for the result. One very minor non-operational aesthetic detail you might want to consider; replacing the OEM length recoil spring plug with a suitable long-nosed one so that the front is flush with the end of the bushing flange-EGW has 'em, as does Wilson Combat. That'll provide you with a seamless marriage between the plug nose and the flange on what looks to be an EGW extended/thickened bushing.

Best, Jon
I will look into it. I am sure I if I want one I can add one. Looks like EGW has a checkered one in Blue which would work until I can get it refinished in Ion Bond.
 

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I will look into it. I am sure I if I want one I can add one. Looks like EGW has a checkered one in Blue which would work until I can get it refinished in Ion Bond.
To throw in my 2 cents, I prefer the shorter spring plug with the thick bushing as it gives it a stacked appearance. Heirloom Precision does their pistols this way as well.

Don did a great job with this build!
 

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To throw in my 2 cents, I prefer the shorter spring plug with the thick bushing as it gives it a stacked appearance. Heirloom Precision does their pistols this way as well.

Don did a great job with this build!
I am torn. I think both look good. I sent Don an email and we will discuss. I might get one to have on of each. :)
 

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Well the Colt has been dropped off by Fed Ex. As expected it exceeds my expectations in terms of fit and finish. Don and I worked for almost 8 months refining this build. Lots of refinements from the original built spec. Added a few things and removed a few things. I ended up going for DLC Ion Bond over blue because this gun will be for shooting not just for looking at. I have not been able to shoot it yet. I am trying to get to the range this afternoon or tomorrow and will post a follow up range report. At this point the gun is super smooth and the trigger breaks a hair over 3lbs 8ozs.

The gun is beautiful. It is the an example of a true craftsman's work. It is exactly what I wanted. It is a blend of classic 1911 features and modern refinements. For me the highlights are the Stan Chen Gen 2 magwell and the Ghost Arrow pattern on the top of the slide. The Stan Chen magwell is thing of beauty. It adds no length or width to pistol. The funnel is huge but is truly not wider than the Spegel grips. The frame was machined so it isn't longer than a standard 1911 frame. https://store.chencustom.com/product_p/gen2.htm The Ghost Arrow pattern is a Don Williams personal touch. It is hard to capture its elegance in a picture. It has a movement to it as your eye goes down the slide to the sight.

Link to Don Williams website. I recommend considering him for your 1911 custom work.
http://www.theactionworks.com

This is the the final build spec IIRC.
Deluxe Trigger Job with Harrison hammer, sear, disconnector and trigger
Smooth out and Dehorn
Bevel Magwell Machine cut @ 15
Stan Chen Gen 2 Magwell checkered @ 30 LPI
True, High Cut & Checker Front Strap @ 30 LPI
Machine French Cuts on Slide
Machine Ball Cuts on Slide
Flattern & Serrate Slide Top in Ghost Arrow Pattern
Furnish & Install EGW Slide Stop
Furnish & Install Harrison Exterme Service Beavertail Grip Safety
Furnish & Install Action Works Custom sights with U notch and Gold dot front sight
EGW HD Low lever Thumb Safety
Furnish, Fit and install Match Bushing
Spegel Grips
Ionbond DLC with polished flats



















that is nice
 
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