Anyone know how many 1911's Gunsite built using Caspian frame/slide combo? I have serial #008 and have had ZERO problems with it and it sits in my duty holster everyday. I noticed that they are back to using colts. Just curious and thanks for any help.
I bought mine with the bar/dot night nites, ambi safety and shark skin strippling. I love it. It has been a great gun and have shot it at Gunsite, Thunder Ranch and several other schools and have never had a problem I can not trace back to ammo or one bad mag.
We are still building them. I don't have an exact count, since we often do custom serial numbers. Gunsite 24 is still in the shop, complete and for sale, that's the highest number still in stock. All the Cooper 80's were built on Caspian components as well. I've got 3 steel frame Commanders with custom numbers in process right now, along with 10 aluminum frame guns of various sizes.
We did about 40 Colt 1911's up as GSP's to try and shorten the wait and lower the price. Since they arrive as complete working guns, there's a bit less time involved fitting them up. This was to hold us over on the class packages until the Colt Gunsite Pistols arrived. Now that they are in stock, we use them for the class package and build the Caspian guns as custom systems. That way someone can sign up for the class package just days before the class. The Colt factory guns aren't perfect, but they function great and have the basic features needed to complete the classes without the gun being a hinderance to learning.
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Gunsite Academy, Inc.
Thanks for the information. I thought you guys had stopped building the Caspian guns. I am glad to hear you still have them. I would love to get one built on an officers size frame one of these days. Maybe later this year. Thanks again
My camera doesn't take real good closeups. I think the sharksin is probably my favorite frontstrap treatment for carry. It has a very nice aggressive grip and doesn't get hung up on clothing. The white you see on the front strap isn't from bluing wear, that's actually skin (I have really dry skin) - - like I said it really GRIPS.