Gun store Shooting Locations It is currently Sat Oct 23, 2021 11:35 pm


Rules Brads Guns Rainier Arms McCallen Killer Innovations Fessleman Firearms
WGO Chat Room Rehv Arms Vantage Reloading
Gear Fortis WCA 2A Ind. Pintos WAC
Calendar




Reply to topic  [ 13 posts ] 
 1911 front strap checkering + refinish inquiry 
Author Message
Online
User avatar

Location: Tacoma
Joined: Tue Nov 12, 2019
Posts: 53
Real Name: Kyle
I'm trying to track down a gunsmith, preferably in Pierce, King, or Thurston County, that could checker my Springfield MC Operator's front strap to 25 LPI (or another form of checkering) with a refinishing of the frame (such as cerakote, gunkote). This is my EDC pistol, so I'm reluctant to be without it for more than a couple of weeks, the sooner the better. Any leads you can offer would be greatly appreciated, as I'm starting to consider just buying a factory-checkered Operator and selling this one.


Sat May 22, 2021 9:37 pm
Profile
Site Admin
User avatar
Site Admin

Location: Renton, WA
Joined: Sun Mar 13, 2011
Posts: 46175
Real Name: Steve
My first stop would be Dana (WaGuns member dreadi) at Black Hammer Arms. I don't know if he does checkering or not, but he's all about 1911s and all about Cerakote!

_________________
Steve

Benefactor Life Member, National Rifle Association
Life Member, Second Amendment Foundation
Patriot & Life Member, Gun Owners of America
Life Member, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Legal Action Supporter, Firearms Policy Coalition
Please support the organizations that support all of us.

Leave it cleaner than you found it.


Sat May 22, 2021 10:02 pm
Profile
Online
User avatar

Location: Tacoma
Joined: Tue Nov 12, 2019
Posts: 53
Real Name: Kyle
Dana rocks! I remember asking if he checkered aluminum frames, and he said no. Maybe different for steel frames. But I will say that his title of Cerakote King of Tacoma is 110% earned.


Sat May 22, 2021 10:15 pm
Profile
Site Supporter / FFL Dealer
User avatar
Site Supporter / FFL Dealer

Location: Tacoma, Washington
Joined: Fri Nov 21, 2014
Posts: 7303
Thanks, guys. I’m not up to speed on checkering yet.


BLACK HAMMER ARMS
Type 07 Class 2 NFA Dealer
http://www.blackhammerarms.com
http://www.facebook.com/blackhammerarms
https://www.instagram.com/blackhammerarms
GLOCK Certified Armourer

_________________
BLACK HAMMER ARMS
Buy A Suppressor http://www.silencershop.com/blackhammerarms
Type 7 Class 2 SOT NFA Dealer
1911 Pistolsmithing
Firearm Refinishing
GLOCK Certified Armorer
CMMG Authorized Dealer
NEMO Arms Authorized Dealer
http://www.blackhammerarms.com
http://www.facebook.com/blackhammerarms
https://www.instagram.com/blackhammerarms/


Sat May 22, 2021 11:13 pm
Profile WWW
Site Supporter
User avatar
Site Supporter

Location: Mohave Valley Arizona
Joined: Fri May 20, 2011
Posts: 13009
Real Name: Casey
There are two types of checkering, usually the front strap of a pistol gets squares, not diamonds. Squares are easier to checker

Dana,
Buy some checking files and practice on small pieces, it isn't as hard you might think

I did this Ruger Blackhawk ejector rod, small area, but it turned out really nice


Image

_________________
Actor portrayal, Action figures sold separately, You must be at least this tall to ride, Individual results may vary, Sales tax not included, All models are over 18 years of age, upon approval of credit, Quantities are limited while supplies last, Some restrictions apply, Not available with other offers, At participating locations only, Void where prohibited, Above terms subject to change without notice, Patent pending.


See my blog: http://tincanbandit.blogspot.com/


Sun May 23, 2021 7:38 am
Profile WWW
Site Supporter
User avatar
Site Supporter

Location: Oly
Joined: Thu Oct 4, 2012
Posts: 960
If you want to hit the ever elusive sweet spot on the 'quick, good, cheap' scale of texture and refinish of a gun, consider sending it off. These folks do good work, at a reasonable rate.

They don't hand checker anything, but they've quite a few interesting patterns.

https://www.precisioncustomguns.com


Last edited by Stokes on Sun May 23, 2021 11:22 am, edited 1 time in total.



Sun May 23, 2021 9:21 am
Profile
Online
User avatar

Location: Tacoma
Joined: Tue Nov 12, 2019
Posts: 53
Real Name: Kyle
Thank you for the tip, Stokes. I will definitely look into them. If anyone else knows some good checkering smiths in WA, though, I'd still love to hear them.

Tin, that checkering looks nice and sharp, very nicely done.


Sun May 23, 2021 11:18 am
Profile
Site Supporter
User avatar
Site Supporter

Location: The banana belt of Sequim
Joined: Thu Feb 25, 2016
Posts: 1891
Real Name: Jay
JPL Precision checkers 1911's. And he is extremely precise and detailed about it.

http://www.jplprecision.com/

_________________
MadPick wrote:
. . . and the more I lubed it, the better it did.


Thread all the things and suppress all the threaded things.

Jay
I'm not interested in how or where a weapon is made, as long as it does the job it needs to do and I know how to use it.
As long as it fires ammunition and you've got lots of it, that's all you should be concerned about.
Andy McNab, SAS


Sun May 23, 2021 11:29 am
Profile
Online
User avatar

Location: Tacoma
Joined: Tue Nov 12, 2019
Posts: 53
Real Name: Kyle
Awesome recommendation, Isildur. I take it you've had some work done by him? If so, what's his turnaround time like?


Sun May 23, 2021 11:32 am
Profile
Site Supporter
User avatar
Site Supporter

Location: The banana belt of Sequim
Joined: Thu Feb 25, 2016
Posts: 1891
Real Name: Jay
I have had several 1911's built by him and all were as good as or better than Wilson, Nighthawk etc.
For work like checkering I have no idea what his time is right now, best contact him.

_________________
MadPick wrote:
. . . and the more I lubed it, the better it did.


Thread all the things and suppress all the threaded things.

Jay
I'm not interested in how or where a weapon is made, as long as it does the job it needs to do and I know how to use it.
As long as it fires ammunition and you've got lots of it, that's all you should be concerned about.
Andy McNab, SAS


Sun May 23, 2021 11:39 am
Profile
Online
User avatar

Location: Tacoma
Joined: Tue Nov 12, 2019
Posts: 53
Real Name: Kyle
I greatly appreciate the recommendation and will try to get ahold of him soon. In the meantime, I think I'm going to try to learn to love the smooth front strap. I just can't stand the grip tape on the green frame.


You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.


Sun May 23, 2021 12:44 pm
Profile
Site Supporter
User avatar
Site Supporter

Location: Pierce County
Joined: Wed Aug 14, 2013
Posts: 20
I have use Dave Nielson of South Ridge Arms for 1911 work in the past for both checkering and refinishing. He does good work at a reasonable price, shop is over on Meridian Ave in Edgewood - Here is one he Flat-topped, 25 line checkered front strap and refinished.

Attachment:
IMG_2173.JPEG


You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.


Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:22 am
Profile
Site Supporter
User avatar
Site Supporter

Location: Arlington area
Joined: Sun Aug 19, 2012
Posts: 1703
^^
What was the cost of that ?

Clean looking work.


Mon Oct 11, 2021 11:31 pm
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Reply to topic   [ 13 posts ] 

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum



Rent Me Pintos NRA SAF CCKRBA
Aldersons e-arms.com


Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group
Designed by ST Software for PTF.
[ Time : 1.346s | 16 Queries | GZIP : Off ]