Gun Nerd...guilty as charged. That right there is funny, as I think many of us here are gun nerds and guilty as charged!
The X-TAC treatment on top of the slide was something they started doing on the Supergrade X-TACs when they added the X-TAC grip treatment and slide cocking serrations to the Supergrades. Mine was the first XTAC Supergrade made, and has the traditional top of slide serrations, with the X-TAC rear cocking serrations and grip treatment, and several months later they came out with the X-TAC in the Supergrade lineup. Congrats on going full treatment on your X-TAC Elite. My Supergrade is in .45 ACP, but my retirement gun that I've posted about before is a comped .38 Super. I agree about how much that comped barrel adds to recovery ability for the next shot, Kudos Dub for getting the .38 Super in the configuration you did, it will be a pleasure to shoot for a very long time. The .38 Super really IS a reloader's dream.
Thank you so much for that insight and vote of confidence.
The first X-Tac Supergrade.......WOW. Now that is really special.
its funny that a several of the best cartridges' are best hand loaded. i'm thinking 44 spl, certainly 38 super, but also in rifle cartridges'. a couple favorites: 45-70 of course, but also the 7x57, and the 358 winchester. i hate to say this dub, but your build is just what i would order. except for sights. and caliber
. after all i wouldn't be best45 any more.
It is always a good feel when a fellow gun guy gives you a nod of approval on a new addition. There are a dizzying array of models and options at our disposal....it could be easy to go overboard with stuff.
My goal with my 1911s has been to only add what will stand the test of time.....provide lasting satisfaction.
My 1911 needs & wants are now in balance. I'm very grateful. Pretty much in balance on guns in general.
If I am fortunate enough to scratch future 1911 itches..... it will be to take a pair of existing Colt S70's & an older pair of 5" Springfield Armory pistolas and have some custom work done on each. Turn them into something.....more refined and with new internals, Kart barrels, Heinie sights, etc. No rushing to get started....just if and when I decided to add something else.
Dub, amazing post. Amazing photography!
What is funny is that I'm only using a cellphone camera. It is unreal what the iPhone camera can do.....I'll bet I haven't scratched the surface. I simply take the pic and possibly crop the image....done. There are a pile of other edit options that can be used....filters & such.
Looking at the pics I realize just how dusty my gun rags must be.