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The ultimate in deep concealment!
October 2001 Guns Magazine Cover
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The SideWinder may be small, but
big things come in tiny packages.
- Shock grade tooled steel
- Narrowed slide.
- Barrel throated &
feed ramp properly angled and polished.
- Tritium Bar-Dot-Bar
Extreme Low Mounted Slant Pro Fixed Sights.
- Ejection port lowered
- Match grade extractor -
recut, adjusted and polished.
- FlushFit hammer.
- FlushFit grip safety.
- Extended tactical thumb
- Aluminum match trigger.
- Trigger job (4 lbs.).
- Front strap checkered at
30 lines per inch.
- Mainspring housing
contoured and checkered at 30 lines per inch.
- Round butt of frame.
- Serrate rear of slide at
40 lines per inch.
- American border slide.
- Mill flat topof slide
and serrate at 40 lines per inch.
- Detail complete pistol.
- Master grade blueing of
slide and small parts.
- Hard anodizing of the
- Smoothed and contoured
- Thin slot grip screws.
- Special SideWinder engraving.
- Custom fitted case.
- Shock grade tooled steel internal
parts: I'm not a
fan of the MIM (Machined Injection Molded) parts that Kimbers (and a
host of others) come equipped with.
- Narrowed slide. Not enough to compromise structural
integrity, but enough to lighten and slenderize it a bit.
- Barrel throated & feed ramp
properly angled and polished: Just to make sure.
- Tritium Bar-Dot-Bar Extreme Low Mount
Slant Pro Fixed Sights: The
sights that come on an Ultra Carry are 'just OK' in my book.
These highly modified Slant Pros provide an exceptionally fast
and clean sight picture. With the addition of the tritium
bar-dot-bar inserts, you've got about the best low light sighting
system there is.
- Ejection port lowered and flaired:
A bit lower and wider -
again, just to make sure.
- Match grade extractor: Recut, adjusted and polished.
- FlushFit hammer: In my opinion, there is no need to
ever touch the hammer on a 1911 style carry gun. I'm sure this
will stir up some controversy, but if you think about it, you really
can't come up with a logical reason why you would need to be able to
manually manipulate the hammer of a carry 1911.
- FlushFit grip safety: By eliminating the hammer spur, one
can further reduce the length of the pistol by eliminating the grip
safety tang or beavertail. The FlushFit grip safety requires
quite a bit of frame modification, but in return offers an extremely
high handhold and greeater concealability. No hammer bite is
possible, and printing is less of a problem. I've always liked
the feel of a Browning Highpower in this area, and the FlushFit grip
safety captures some of that feel, albeit thinner.
- Extented tactical thumb safety: I start with a wide thumb safety,
then narrow and reshape it. When done, it just 'feels right'.
- Aluminum match trigger: Eliminates vertical movement, which
adds consistency in trigger pull. The exact same each and every time.
- Trigger job: Four pounds. Crisp and clean.
Perfect for a carry gun.
- Front strap checkered at 30 lpi:
Using a special jig that
I designed and built, I first perfect the radius of the front strap,
then machine the initial lines, both horizontal and vertical.
This makes for perfect alignment. Then, using a special
file, each diamond is individually and painstakingly brought to point
by hand. Finally, the area is gently bead blasted to take away
any sharpness of the diamonds to prevent discomfort when firing.
Time consuming, but there's just something about hand cut
checkering that machine cut checkering can't duplicate. 20 and 25
line per inch checkering available on request.
- Mainspring housing contoured and
checkered at 30 lpi: After
replacing the plastic mainspring housing with a steel one, I again use
a jig of my own design to radius the mainspring housing flush with the
frame, machine the initial horizontal and vertical lines, then bring
each diamond to point (by hand). Gently bead blasted, it
gives a very nice, but secure, 'soapbar' feel. 20 and 25 line per inch checkering
available on request.
- Round butt of frame: The bottom of the mainspring
housing and frame is an area that can 'print' under a shirt or sweater.
By carefully radiusing and rounding this area, with a file by
hand, this problem is eliminated. It also makes the shorter grip
of the Ultra Carry more comfortable when firing, too.
- Serrate rear of slide at 40 lpi:
A nice blend to the rear
sight blade, it also eliminates any possibility of sight glare.
- American border slide: A fine line is cut on the sides of
the slide where the flats meet the upper radius. One of those
aesthetic niceties that is a sharp addition to a full house custom.
- Mill flat top of slide and serrate at
40 lpi: For a little
something extra, the to of the slide is flattened and 40 line per inch
serrations are added.
- Detail complete pistol: Some call it 'melting', but I use a
file, not a grinding wheel. Every sharp edge is given an
identical angles cut. In addition, all lines are straightened and
all tooling marks are removed. The slide stop is given a
'makeover' and the slide stop hole is recessed. As with an custom
I make, attention to detail is of the utmost importance. Each and
every part is modified until it achieves absolute perfection in both
looks and feel. Anybody can install parts. The difference in my
work comes from making sure all of the parts and pieces that make up a
pistol flow together.
- Master grade blueing of slide and
small parts: No power
bluffing wheels or such 'timesaving' devices are used. Hand
polishing only. Elbow grease. The old fashioned way.
- Hard anodizing of the frame: Bead blasted to match the bead
blasted areas (non flats)of the slide.
- Smoothed and contoured grips: Thinner than the norm.
Smooth, for a more comfortable and snag-free carry. Unlike
checkered ones, these won't snag or catch on your skin, shirt or
sweater when using an IWB holster.
- Thin slot grip screws: Aligned, as they should be on any
firearm of genuine custom quality.
- Special SideWnder engraving: Including the serial number of the
200 SideWinders that will be
- Airline approved hard case.