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TRIGGER WORK:

TR01 – Trigger job with Ultimate commander ring hammer, sear, disconnector and hammer strut, 4 to 6 lbs with full power springs (trigger not included) 220.00
TR02 – Trigger job with Ultimate commander hammer (skeletonized hammer), sear, disconnector and hammer strut, 4 to 6 lbs with full power springs (trigger not included) 220.00
TR03 – Trigger job with EGW Lightened Hammer, sear, disconnector and hammer strut, 4 to 6 lbs with full power springs (trigger not included) 220.00
TR04 – Trigger job using your existing hammer, disconnector & strut (Colt & some other hammers are usable, MIM hammers are not). Includes new tool steel sear (Series 80 pistols also require TR10 to adjust safety levers) 130.00
TR10 – Series 80 pistols – adjust safety levers for proper function. 15.00
TR11 – Bob spur hammer to eliminate hammer bite 45.00 TR20 – Solid aluminum match trigger installed – smooth, short length with permanent overtravel stop 55.00
TR21 – Solid aluminum match trigger installed – smooth, long length with permanent overtravel stop 55.00
TR22 – 3-hole aluminum match trigger installed – serrated, long length with adjustable overtravel set screw. 55.00
TR23 – Custom solid aluminum trigger with smooth, slightly curved trigger shoe – short, medium & long lengths 72.00
Note: adding a commander hammer to a standard Government Model grip safety requires GR01 for hammer clearance

BARRELS, BUSHINGS & ACCURACY WORK:

AC01 – Match grade bushing installed – EGW thick flange bushing with carry bevel (blue or stainless). 70.00
AC02 – Match grade bushing installed – Standard GI thickness bushing (blue or stainless)
70.00 AC03 – Long nose recoil spring plug to match a thick flange bushing (smooth) 15.00
AC04 – Standard recoil spring plug to match standard GI bushing (checkered) 15.00
AC10 – Install Kart carbon steel match barrel & thick carry bevel bushing (5″ Govt Model, unramped .45 ACP). Includes barrel, bushing, link & pin. Installation includes reaming chamber, shaping & polishing the frame’s feed ramp. 360.00
Note: Barrel bushings are fit “finger tight” so they can be removed from the slide without a bushing wrench. Tighter fits are available upon request.
AC20 – Mill frame for ramped barrel 115.00
AC21- Re-crown muzzle, standard “GI” style 25.00
AC22 – Reverse muzzle crown – deep crown, barrel flush with bushing & polished 50.00
AC30 – Tighten slide-to-frame fit – laser weld frame rails & re-fit slide 250.00
AC31 – Fit oversized frame & slide 125.00

RELIABILITY & FEEDING:

RELIABILITY INSPECTION & TUNE: Inspect and tune the pistol for 100% reliable feeding including the following: Inspect barrel for proper chamber dimensions and throat; ream and correct if necessary and polish. Check extractor hook geometry & tension, adjust if necessary. Inspect & polish feed ramp. Inspect & polish breech face, deburr firing pin hole. Chamfer and/or polish all necessary surfaces in the cartridge feeding path to ensure 100% reliable feeding. Inspect the barrel timing, lug engagement, barrel crown, plunger tube, extractor, ejector, slide stop, all safeties, link clearance in frame, “bow tie” relief on the vertical impact surface and all springs. 95.00

Based upon the inspection, your pistol may require additional work such as installing a new ejector, machining the feed ramp to the proper geometry, machining the bow tie relief cut, increasing the link clearance, re-crown barrel, lowering and/or flaring the ejection port and replacing springs. Some Springfield Armory pistol will require drilling and installing a pin to secure the ejector. Springfield Armory GIs, Colt Series 70s and other pistols with a high ejection port will require SL01 to lower & flare the ejection port.

RE01 – Fit oversized firing pin stop with choice of standard or small radius on bottom edge 35.00
RE02 – Bar stock extractor installed and tuned 70.00
RE03 – Install bar stock plunger tube with frame holes properly chamfered & secured with loctite 40.00
RE04 – Machine frame’s feed ramp to proper dimensions & polish (non-ramped barrels) 50.00
RE05 – Machine vertical impact surface in frame with “bow tie” relief cut 35.00
RE06 – Extended ejector installed (5” Government Models without live cartridge relief at front of ejection port) 60.00
RE07 – Extended ejector installed plus relieve front of ejection port to allow ejection of live cartridge (for Commanders & shorter slides) 100.00
RE08 – Drill frame and install ejector pin (Springfield Armory pistols) 30.00
RE09 – Install steel feed ramp insert in aluminum frame 135.00
RE10 – Machine Bob Marvel disconnector ramp in slide 40.00

SIGHTS:

SI01 – Stake-on front sight installed – labor only 30.00
SI02 – Machine slide & install pre-made dovetail front sight, pinned to slide – labor only 50.00
SI03 – Machine slide & install Novak-type dovetail front sight blank, cut to correct height, serrated & pinned to slide – serrated black 85.00
SI04 – Machine slide & install SDM dovetail front sight blank, cut to correct height, serrated & pinned to slide with dovetail blended to slide – serrated black 130.00
SI10 – 14K gold bead added to front sight 60.00
SI11 – White plastic dot added to front sight 40.00
SI12 – Tritium installed in front sight with white ring around the tritium 50.00
SI14 – Tritium installed in front sight without white ring 45.00
SI20 – 10-8 NM rear sight installed, fits in standard Colt/GI rear dovetail 70.00
SI21 – Harrison retro rear sight, fits in standard Colt/GI rear dovetail 75.00
SI30 – Novak low mount rear sight installed (black, .125 or .140 square notch) 120.00
SI31 – Heinie Slant Pro rear sight installed (low mount cut – plain black serrated) 124.00
SI32 – Harrison HD-04 low mount rear sight installed, plain black serrated 140.00
SI33 – Harrison HD-04 T1 low mount rear sight installed with 1 tritium dot (no white ring) 175.00
SI34 – Harrison HD-04 T2 low mount rear sight installed with 2 tritium dots (no white rings) 200.00
SI35 – Novak low mount rear sight installed, 2 tritium dots with white rings. 175.00
SI36 – Heinie Slant Pro Straight 8 tritium rear sight (low-mount cut, no white ring) 165.00
SI37 – Harrison fixed rear sight installed in Bo-Mar or LPA sight cut POR
SI38 – Bo-Mar style (Kensight) adj. rear sight installed in standard low-mount cut. (price varies depending on sight blade options) Prices start at: 190.00
SI39 – Bo-Mar style (Kensight) adj. rear sight installed in “melted” low-mount cut. (price varies depending on sight blade options) Prices start at: 220.00
SI40 – Bo-Mar style (Kensight) adj. rear sight installed in forward “protected” position. This is a “melted” low-mount cut moved forward from the rear of the slide. (price varies depending on sight blade options) Prices start at 250.00
SI60 – Widen rear sight notch 25.00
SI61 – Narrow front sight blade 25.00
SI70 – Test fire and zero sights with 230 gr. FMJ factory ammo 55.00

SLIDE MODIFICATIONS:

SL01 – Lower & flare ejection port 60.00
SL02 – Flare ejection port – for slides with ejection port already lowered 20.00
SL03 – Relieve front of ejection port to allow ejection of live cartridge (for Commanders & shorter slides) 40.00
SL10 – Serrate rear of slide 55.00
SL11 – Serrate rear of spare extractor 25.00
SL20 – Flatten & serrate top of slide 40 LPI, serrations end in square pattern at front sight 120.00
SL21 – Flatten & serrate top of slide 40 LPI, serrations end in pointed pattern at front sight 120.00
SL30 – Ball cuts on front of slide 100.00
SL31 – Front cocking serrations added to match rear serrations 100.00
SL32 – French borders on slide 90.00
SL40 – Hi-Power cuts on front of slide (should be done with ball cuts) 90.00
SL41 – Carry cuts on front of slide – same as Hi-Power cut but the angle at the rear of the cut matches the grip angle (should be done with ball cuts) 100.00

THUMB SAFETIES:

TS01 – Wilson Bulletproof bar stock thumb safety installed 93.00
TS02 – EGW bar stock thumb safety installed, lever narrowed & reshaped 140.00
TS03 – Novak bar stock thumb safety installed & lever reshaped 125.00
TS04 – Colt “Commercial” standard thumb safety installed 65.00
TS10 – Wilson Bulletproof ambi thumb safety installed 190.00
TS11 – Wilson Bulletproof wide ambi thumb safety installed, lever narrowed & reshaped 250.00

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GRIP SAFETIES:

GR01 – Modify your GI-style grip safety for use with Commander hammer 40.00
GR02 – S&A or Les Baer beavertail grip safety installed – (S&A must be used on Springfield Armory pistols & Caspian frames) 141.00
GR03 – EGW bar stock beavertail grip safety installed 160.00
GR10 – Tune existing grip safety to unblock trigger sooner (labor only) 15.00
GR11 – Weld & re-fit existing grip safety arm to block trigger (labor only) 35.00

FRAME MODIFICATIONS:

FR01 – Ultimate forged slide stop (flat lever) installed including groove for easy installation 60.00
FR02 – Ultimate forged slide stop (curved lever) installed including groove for easy installation 60.00
FR03 – EGW bar stock slide stop installed including groove for easy installation 70.00
FR04 – Add groove to slide stop for easy installation & avoid idiot scratch 15.00
FR10 – Shorten slide stop pin & chamfer hole on right side of frame 75.00
FR11 – Add plunger detent to slide stop 10.00
FR20 – Mag catch installed, standard length 20.00
FR21 – Extended mag catch installed, .060 longer than standard 25.00 read more

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Meusoc”New Version” (M45) Replica

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The MEU(SOC) “New Version” replica is a patterned after the current pistol used by some Marine Corps Special Ops units (now known as the M45 pistol).  This pistol started out as a 1911 that was built on GI frames by the Armorers at PWS in Quantico, VA using Clark grip safeties, Kings ambi safeties and a rear sight made in-house by the USMC Armorers.  With input from operators in the field, that pistol evolved into the modern fighting pistol that is currently being used.

MEU(SOC) NEW VERSION SPECS:

– Forged frame with standard GI radius under the trigger guard
– Forged slide with angled front and rear cocking serrations
– Stainless steel match barrel, blackened
– Standard thickness match barrel bushing fit finger tight to the slide
– Caliber: .45 ACP
– Oval commander hammer, sear, and disconnector
– 3-hole aluminum Videcki-style trigger and a 4 to 4 1/2 lb. trigger job
– Novak plain black front and rear sights.
– Ed Brown ambi thumb safety
– Ed Brown grip safety
– Lowered and flared ejection port
– Beveled mag well
– Flat serrated steel mainspring housing with military-style lanyard loop
– Bar stock extractor and an oversize firing pin stop
– Bar stock ejector tuned to allow ejection of a live round
– Bar stock plunger tube staked with the frame holes properly chamfered
– Tested and tuned for complete reliability with factory ammo
– Pachmayr black rubber wrap-around grips
– 2 7-round magazines
– Mild dehorn keeping the gun’s lines intact
– Wolff springs including an 18 lb. recoil spring
– Slide, barrel hood, grip safety, mainspring housing and both safety levers stamped with the last 4 digits of the frame’s serial number
– Blackened parkerizing (manganese phosphate) with blackened barrel

OPTIONS: 

– Long solid match trigger (no charge)
– Commander ring hammer (no charge)
– Spare extractor fit to the pistol +$50
– Arched checkered mainspring housing – no charge
– EGW hardened pin set +$25
– “High grip” relief cut under the trigger guard +$65
– Stippled front strap with borders +$90
– Serrations on front strap, 20 LPI +$100
– Scalloped front strap +$150
– Checkered front strap 25 LPI +$235
– Satin black melonite for carbon or stainless steel pistols – no charge

Suitable base guns include Colt Series 70 and 80 1911’s, 1991’s, Springfield Armory Mil-Specs, GIs and similar pistols.

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AFP (Advanced Fighting Pistol) – Modern Self-Defense Pistol

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The AFP (Advanced Fighting Pistol) is my idea of a modern self-defense pistol.  This 1911 is built to be reliable, accurate and ergonomic.  This pistol has heavier chamfering on the edges than my other pistols but it still retains the classic lines of the pistol and is not “melted.”  Here are the standard specs for the pistol and plenty of options are available to customize it to suit your tastes.

AFP Specs:

-Forged frame
– Bar stock slide with angled rear cocking serrations
– Ultimate ignition parts including an Ultimate hammer, sear, and disconnector
– 4 to 4.5 lb. trigger job
– Solid match trigger with the permanent overtravel stop in your choice of length and texture.
– Harrison rear sight
– Dovetail tritium front sight with a white ring
– Stainless steel match barrel.
– EGW thick barrel bushing with beveled edge, fit finger tight to the slide
– Muzzle cut flush with bushing and crowned
– Ultimate forged slide stop
– Tuned for reliability with a bar stock extractor and oversized firing pin stop
– Bar stock extended thumb safety.
– Beavertail grip safety
– Beveled mag well
– Scallops on front strap
– Flat steel mainspring housing with scallops
– Lowered and flared ejection port
– Bar stock ejector tuned to allow ejection of a live round
– Bar stock plunger tube properly staked to the frame
– Wolf 16 lb recoil spring and heavy duty firing pin spring
– G10 grips
– Heavy chamfer on external edges while maintaining the original lines
– Matte blue with the sides of the slide polished
– Includes 2 stainless steel magazines

Options include:

– Government Model, Commander or Bobtail Commander
– Long or short smooth trigger
– Harrison rear sight without tritium or with 1 or 2 tritium dots
– 10-8 rear sights also available
– Front sight having tritium with a white ring, tritium without white ring, gold bead or plain black serrated
– EGW or Wilson bar stock thumb safety, Wilson bar stock Ambi thumb safety
– Berryhill Ultimate forged slide stop with flat or curved lever, EGW bar stock slide stop
– Ultimate ring hammer instead of skeletonized hammer
– Light chamfer on the edges of the pistol instead of heavy chamfer

– Round butt
– Cut slide stop pin flush with frame and chamfer the frame hole
– Extra extractor fit and tuned
– Front cocking serrations
– Ball cuts on front of slide, cut to line up with end of frame
– Stan Chen MSH with deep mag well chamfer

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Finish Option Includes:

– Matte blue with the sides of the slide polished
– Hard chrome with satin finish
– NP3
– Tungsten DLC

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BFP (Basic Fighting Pistol)

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The BFP is a basic practical pistol built on a standard Government Model that the customer provides. I’ve taken the Jeff Cooper “minimalist” concept of having improved sights, thumb safety, and trigger and added my own preference of a commander hammer. The pistol is tuned to increase reliability while also improving accuracy and ergonomics. The end result is a functional, reliable pistol that looks great and all sharp edges are removed while maintaining the classic lines of 1911.

My goal with this pistol is to minimize the cost and turnaround time by doing just the work necessary to improve the pistol and limit the options that are available. A separate waiting list will be kept for BFPs and I will build them between full custom pistol projects.

Accuracy:

The BFP starts with improvements to the sights. The rear sight is the same one that I used when building the MEUSOC replica. This is a simple, rugged, high profile sight that fits in a standard rear dovetail. The .135 wide square notch gives a little extra light on both sides of the front sight in your sight picture. I feel that this helps in acquiring a rapid sight picture without sacrificing accuracy. This is paired with a black serrated dovetail front sight that is secured to the slide with a rolling pin.

A match barrel bushing is fit to your factory barrel. This is probably the single greatest accuracy improvement that you can make to a stock 1911 pistol. The barrel bushing is finger tight so it can be removed without a wrench. I use the EGW thick barrel bushing with a “carry bevel” and a standard thickness bushing is optional.

Ignition:

Berryhill Ultimate ignition parts are installed with a crisp 4 lb trigger pull. A traditional commander ring hammer is standard but a skeletonized commander hammer is optional. The Government Model grip safety is modified to work with a commander hammer by cutting a circular relief on the top, similar to the grip safety used by Colt on their Commander pistols.

An oversized trigger is fit to the frame with a minimum amount of vertical movement. My triggers have a permanent overtravel stop that will never come loose and are available in short or long lengths.

Reliability:

A properly tuned bar stock extractor is installed along with an oversized firing pin stop to keep the extractor from moving or “clocking.” A bar stock ejector is fit and tuned to allow the ejection of a loaded cartridge. The feed ramp is cut to the proper depth and polished to ensure reliable feeding of hollow points. The chamber dimensions are checked to ensure that it’s not undersized. A bar stock plunger tube is staked in place after chamfering the holes in the frame to ensure that it will not come loose.  A sturdy forged slide stop is also installed. Colt Series 70s, Springfield Armory GIs and other pistols with a high ejection port require the lowering and flaring of the ejection port listed under Options.

Ergonomics:

All sharp edges are carefully chamfered while maintaining the classic lines and the rear of the slide will be blended to match the rear of the frame and ejector. Colt Series 70s and Springfield Armory GIs will have the mag well beveled. A flat steel checkered mainspring housing and checkered grips are installed to improve your grip. An arched mainspring housing and several front strap textures are available as options.

Finish:

Carbon steel pistols receive a matte blue finish with the sides of the slide polished while stainless steel pistols get a matte finish with a brushed finish on the sides of the slide. A satin black melonite finish is also available for both carbon steel and stainless steel pistols.

The standard features include: 

– MEUSOC rear sight (.135 wide notch) with black serrated dovetail front sight
– EGW thick barrel bushing fit your factory barrel. The bushing is fit finger tight to the slide.
– Muzzle cut flush with bushing and recrowned
– Berryhill Ultimate ignition parts including a Commander ring hammer, sear, and disconnector
– 4 to 4.25 lb. trigger job
– Solid match trigger with a permanent overtravel stop in long or short length.
– Berryhill Ultimate forged slide stop
– Bar stock extractor and oversized firing pin stop.
– Extended Ed Brown thumb safety.
– Grip safety modified for use with Commander hammer.
– Flat steel mainspring housing checkered 25 LPI
– Bar stock ejector
– Bar stock plunger tube staked with the frame holes properly chamfered
– Wolf 16 lb recoil spring and heavy duty firing pin spring
– Pistol tuned for reliable feeding and function
– Test fired and zeroed using 230 gr. FMJ ammo.
– Your choice of cocobolo or G10 checkered grips
– Mild dehorn – round and bevel all external edges while maintaining the original lines
– Satin blue finish for carbon steel pistols
– Satin finish with the sides of the slides brushed for stainless steel pistols
– Includes 1 stainless steel 8-round magazine

Available options include:

– Long or short serrated trigger – no charge
– Lower and flare ejection port plus bevel the mag well $85 (required on Colt Series 70s, Springfield Armory GIs or other pistols without these features)
– Ultimate hammer (skeletonized Commander hammer) – no charge
– Standard GI thickness barrel bushing – no charge
– Tritium (+$45), gold bead (+$60) or white dot insert (+$40) installed in front sight
– 10-8 NM rear sight with .140 U-notch +$5
– EGW bar stock thumb safety +$50
– Wilson Bullet Proof bar stock tactical thumb safety +$50
– Wilson Bullet Proof bar stock Ambi thumb safety +$130

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Custom Pistol Information

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As a retired police officer, my emphasis is on building pistols for duty and self-defense. Reliability, accuracy, safety, and ergonomics are the important elements of a self-defense pistol and I’ve designed these packages with that in mind.

I have chosen some of the best components available and all pistols are built by me, one at a time.  Here is some information about the modifications and parts used. Specific parts and options are listed on each package:

Barrels, Bushings & Guide Rods:

I use stainless steel match barrels for most projects but a Kart carbon steel barrel is also available. A bushing with a thick flange is used along with a standard recoil spring guide and a recoil spring plug. Barrel bushings are fit finger tight so they can be removed by hand without a bushing wrench, which makes it easier to field strip the pistol in the field. If you’d like it fit tighter, please let me know.

Ignition Parts:

My Ultimate ignition parts, which are CNC and EDM machined from high-quality tool steel bar stock, are used. I carefully fit these components to give a crisp 4 to 4.5 lb. trigger pull.

Triggers:

My triggers have solid aluminum shoes with stainless steel bows that are fit to the frame with minimum vertical play. They have a permanent overtravel that will never come loose that are installed in the rear of the trigger so there is not a hole in the front of the trigger shoe. Triggers are available in short and long lengths with smooth surfaces.

Grip Safeties:

The Chip McCormick safety is similar in shape to an Ed Brown grip safety. This is a MIM (metal injection molding) but is high quality and very consistent. Other grips safeties are sometimes used such as those made by S&A and EGW.

Thumb Safeties:

Ed Brown, EGW, and Wilson Bulletproof safeties are used. The Ed Brown is a cast part and the EGW and Wilson Bulletproof are machined from bar stock.  These parts are strong and straight.  The EGW safety comes with a wide lever that I narrow and reshape.  I can cut the rear of the lever at an angle, which is similar in shape to an Ed Brown tactical safety or I can cut a radius on the rear of the lever, which leaves more of the lever intact.  The Wilson safety has a contoured lever that has a lower profile that is more snag resistant.  For those that desire an ambi safety, I prefer the Wilson Bullet Proof.  This is a sturdy part that is stronger than any other ambi that I’ve seen.

Grips:

I have traditional double diamond checkered cocobolo grips and G10 checkered grips. If you have a choice that is not listed here, please let me know.

Front Strap Textures:

Front straps are available with scallops or 25 line per inch checkering.

Mainspring Housings & Magwells:

Choose from flat mainspring housings with scallops or checkered 25 LPI. Stan Chen’s excellent mainspring housing is also available. The shape of this mainspring housing allows the magazine well chamfer to be cut deep into the mainspring housing giving the widest opening available without adding a mag well.

Sights:

I use the rear sight made by pistolsmith John Harrison.  This site is nicely shaped and has a ledge that allows you to cycle the slide by pushing it against a solid object but does not have any sharp edges to snag your hand.  This site has a square notch that is .135 wide which allows a little more daylight on both sides of the front sight for a fast target acquisition.  It has fine serrations to eliminate glare and is available without tritium or with 1 or 2 tritium lamps.  Hilton Yam’s excellent 10-8 rear sights are also available.

All front sights are dovetail mounted and secured to the slide with a rolling pin.  Front sights are available with tritium surrounded by a white ring, tritium without a white ring, a gold bead or plain black with serrations.

Slide Options:

Front cocking serrations, ball cuts, and French borders are available options.

Finishes:

Bluing, melonite, hard chrome, NP3 and Tungsten DLC are all available. All pistols receive a “dehorn” where the sharp edges are chamfered and rounded while leaving the pistol’s lines intact.  A light or a heavy chamfer can be applied to the pistol.

Price Quotes & Ordering:

The web page for each pistol has a link for an order form at the bottom of the page and the order form contains a complete list of features, options, and prices. Please send an email or call if you have any questions.  If you would like to discuss your pistol and place an order by phone please give me a call at 512-246-0803. I’ll be happy to discuss your ideas and answer any questions that you have.

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Traditional Model – Classic Looking 1911

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The name says it all. The Traditional Model is a classic looking 1911 with top quality parts, built to be accurate and reliable. This pistol has GI-style vertical cocking serrations, 25 LPI checkering, one of my Ultimate ring hammers, an extended thumb safety and mild dehorning to keep the original lines intact. The following specs are standard but plenty of options are available to customize the pistol to suit your tastes.

Traditional Model Standard Specs:

– Forged frame
– Bar stock slide with GI-style vertical rear cocking serrations
– Ultimate ring hammer, sear, and disconnector
– Solid aluminum short or long match trigger with permanent overtravel stop
– 4 to 4 1/2 lb. trigger job
– Lower & flared ejection port
– Stainless steel match barrel
– Thick barrel bushing with beveled edge. The bushing is fit finger tight to the slide
– Harrison rear sight in low-mount sight cut
– Dovetail tritium front sight with a white ring.
– Bar stock extractor & oversized firing pin stop fit tightly to prevent clocking
– Front strap checkered 25 LPI.
– Flat mainspring housing with 25 LPI checkering
– Forged slide stop
– Bar stock extended thumb safety
– Beavertail grip safety
– Beveled mag well
– Double diamond checkered wood grips
– 2 stainless steel magazines
– Tuned and tested for complete reliability with factory ammo