Finally ,some real good advice from all who answered this post. I am an NRA Certified short term instructor in the art of the 1911 pistol. I am a self trained pistolsmith because the schools know very little about 1911 work. I have no interest in trying to figure out 10,000 types of firearms and would rather be a specialist.I only know one or two men who make any kind of a living building 1911's. I know a lot of men who make big bucks selling parts. That is where the money is. Building 1911's is a nightmare job and I'm very glad I gave it up sometime ago except for serious men who won't let me quit. When you hand someone a $3000.00 1911 and they say " Hey, nice grips" you will understand what I mean. The customer who buys a $3.00 magazine at a gun show and then calls you and says his gun won't run right. Try it as a hobby. I'm talking with Gunsite to see if starting the classes is viable but haven't got serious yet. There are so many good guys out there doing this work that you would have a tough row to hoe.