I built this gun specificly for IDPA competition. My main goal was to minimize muzzle flip as much as possible. I used a Commander length slide because the slide stroke is shorter on a Commander than it is on a GM. Also I wanted the slide to be fairly light in weight so that it would cycle quickly with 125 power factor loads. That is why I used a Commander slide and then also lightened it with the slide cuts. I did not feel that with the close shots required in IDPA that I would be at any disadvantage with the shorter slide. At the NRA Range I shoot at 50 yards quite a bit and this gun is no harder to shoot than my 5" Super.Originally posted by blinder:
Tim, very nice work but I have a question. Why did you build it on a Commander frame vs. a full size? Also, what mags are you using and did you have any trouble getting it to run reliably?
I have no first hand info on this although I'm sure there are those on this list who do. I know that originally Colt lightened the slides on their National Match pistols to help them cycle with light match loads.Originally posted by BBBBill:
Gorgeous work. Do you have any info on why Colt lightened there 9mm Cdr slides internally on some and not on others? At first, I thought this was just on 9mms, but I've seen it on 38Super Cdrs also.
I agree the slide cuts look good but I can't take the credit for the design. Fred Craig of Craig Custom has built guns with this type of cut for several years and I copied the idea from him. The cocking serrations are all mine. I have yet to see anyone else cut them the way I do, especially on the left side were I border the thumb safety notch with them.Originally posted by ociebell:
Very creative machine work on the slide. Looks like your having great fun with your milling machine. Did you buy the slide minus the front scallop cut?