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Pleased with my Warrior!

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I've had the warrior now for about 2 months and have put at least 500 rds through the gun and had maybe one (maybe none) FTF with assorted 185 & 200gr LSWC's with charge weights varying from 4.5 to 5.0 grs of Bullseye. No Problems. Maybe I have to start shooting 230gr hardball and see if I get a FTF?

Also, I need to make a couple minor changes to make it perfect. 1) have Ed Brown install a Memory groove Grip safety 2) have either Ed Brown or Kimber put some checkering on the frt strap and install a Mag well.

Questions will arise as to why I didn't get a TLEII RL because that gun has the checkering but I don't like that one because I absolutely hate the meprolight sights that they put on those guns. The Novaks or imitation Novaks on the Warrior are exactly the style I want.

Question: I plan on having Ed do the strap and beavertail and have Kimber refinish the gun. Has anyone had Ed do checkering on their gun? Impressions of his work?

I actually had a somewhat negative experience with the Kimber custom shop as I had my Tac Custom II fitted with an Ed Brown safety and got it back with a ding in the corner of my magwell. Not bad enough to make me send it back, but it does tell me they were not terribly careful with my gun. It also made me question whether Ed Brown would have possibly fitted the safety BETTER than possibly Kimber did (since it's their safety)

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Nice Warrior. Looks like they're becoming a hot seller for Kimber. My friend John Harrison just finished tuning one up for his customer. He dehorned the entire pistol, checkered the front strap, installed and blended a Smith & Alexander magwell and did a trigger job. There may be other internal upgrading of parts as well. The customer requested Black T finish as well. Here are a couple of pics.


 

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Nice Warrior!

Ricky,

Thanks alot for posting the pics. That's about exactly what I want to do with my gun along with an Ed Brown beavertail safety. The checkering looks different somehow in that it stops short of the base possibly? Anyway, it looks very nicely done.

Any contact info on this gunsmith? Is he well known? member of the pistolsmith's guild?

Also, what do you think about Mr Birdsong's black-T from a durability standpoint?

It doesn't appear the factory applied KIM-PRO is worth anything as I've babied this gun for 6 months and have shot ot twice and am seeing wear on the thumb safety.

Thanks!
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I suggest that you contact Mr. Brown to see if he is able to do the work you are interested in having done. If I remember correctly, several months ago I saw a notice that he was not taking in any new pistolsmithing work due to the attention his pistol manufacturing efforts needed. This may not longer be the case so a call will be in your best interest. Also, if he is not taking in new work you might ask him for a recommendation.
 

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John is a moderator here in the gunsmithing forum. He is not a member of any guild, but that doesn't diminish his skills, knowledge or ability. He is a member of www.louderthanwords.us. His website is:
http://www.precision-gunworks.com/Home.aspx

I believe his customer asked for that style of checkering. Please read my sticky (courtesy of Terry Peters) in the Wilson Combat forum on the comparison of the various polymer finishes.
 

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Thanks

Thanks Ricky for the info. I have contacted John and hopefully will get my gun done as well. From the photo's, his work appears to be 1st rate.

I am in EAGER anticipation of getting these mods done on MY gun! I think the checkering in the photo is 20LPI, but can't tell for sure. Does anyone find this checkering density bothersome? I only have a Kimber Tactical Custom that is checkered and I think it's 30LPI?

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I am in EAGER anticipation of getting these mods done on MY gun! I think the checkering in the photo is 20LPI, but can't tell for sure. Does anyone find this checkering density bothersome? I only have a Kimber Tactical Custom that is checkered and I think it's 30LPI?
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I suggest that you visit your local Springfield dealer and handle a TRP or Trophy Match, an indoor range that will let you rent one will be even better. For these pistols Springfield uses 20 PLI checkering, usually with very sharp points. This way you can see for yourself. This is what the FBI wanted, and some people really like the coarse checkering, others like the coarse checkering if the points are broken, and some really do not like it at all. your results will vary.
 

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Thanks Ricky for the info. I have contacted John and hopefully will get my gun done as well. From the photo's, his work appears to be 1st rate.

I am in EAGER anticipation of getting these mods done on MY gun! I think the checkering in the photo is 20LPI, but can't tell for sure. Does anyone find this checkering density bothersome? I only have a Kimber Tactical Custom that is checkered and I think it's 30LPI?

Thanks !

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You have to see John's work in person to appreciate the details. I have handled that Warrior prior to it being sent to Black T/Birdsong. The checkering appeared to be 20LPI, I don't remember what John told me. Checkering treatment is very personal from shooter to shooter, and from pistolsmiths. Some shooters can handle 20LPI just fine, they are course and can be very sharp. I've handled a couple of Springfield's factory 20LPI and thought it felt like grabbing pine cones. Some shooters think the 30LPI doesn't offer enough traction. I'm happy with the middle ground, I like 25LPI. Other treatments to consider are scalloping and serration. I've been going away from checkering as they are a bit more expensive, my last custom pistol from John has 25LPI serrations. They offer great traction, doesn't snag on concealment garments and less costly.
BTW, Kimber's checkering are 30LPI.
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personally one of my favorite features of the warrior is the grips, and that seems to be the first thing everyone wants to change!?!?!?!
if anyone has any warrior grips they want to sell shoot me a PM or email
 
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