my current backlog, I am only
accepting orders for full house
the book 1911
First 100 Years
Tim and I have this friendly
rivalry-complaint going on
a number of years; Tim is extremely fond of, and is noted for, his
Browning Hi-Power treatment of the 1911 slide. Me, I'm not
fan of it, so when it came time for him to send me a gun to
made sure that the one he sent was a "BHP slide" gun.
The best way to describe a CT Brian
gun is "radical traditional".
He does a
the bottom of the
which results in an almost beveled edge. That and the
borders set off a flat, square, perfectly
buffed slide flat,
scalloped edges to the cocking serrations.
On top, a detail of the top flat serrations that might
at the first viewing: he does interrupted line patterns in
serrations. The resulting pattern forms three arrows,
toward the muzzle, to help direct your eye to the front sight.
A beveled barrel bushing, with a concentric-crowned barrel, allows
the accuracy the tube (and ammo) is capable of. A huge but
competition-sized magazine funnel and a flat mainspring housing
wide side-grooves complete the pistol.
The matter of
housing patterns is a discussion of long standing between
gunsmiths. In the old days, we'd simply cut cross-grooves
checkering file, using the existing checkering on the mainspring
housing and leave the outermost grooves double-wide pyramids.
Now, custom gunsmiths often make their own mainspring
from scratch (easy enough, with CNC machining stations) and then
the checkering pattern they want into them. So if you have
have something out of the ordinary, ask.
The grips are smooth, highly figured, and with an inlet CTB
Tim does only full-house guns. However, within the
build you do have options. Don't like the Hi-Power flats?
Tim can be talked out of them. Want straight lines,
inset arrows? Again, Tim can be talked out of them.
seems kind of pointless to go to a guy who does perfect polishing,
matte work, borders and grips, and not him do those things.