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    West Des Moines, Iowa
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    Building 1911s.
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    Chris Martin

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  1. Great advice! Luckily, I have an editor lined up. My wife has her Master's in Education, and she has a gift for finding mistakes. The book will be comprehensive. I will put everything I can think of in the book. Discussing shop safety isn't something I had considered until you mentioned it. I do think it's a good idea. I will be discussing tools, machining and the fixtures we use as well as where to get them or how to make them. Thank you.
  2. I do think a series of videos is a great idea. Bob and I have discussed doing this, and for now, that project is on hold. Our biggest concern is loss of intellectual property. Accepting something less than perfect is something I tend to struggle with, but I agree with you that perfection may not be attainable. I will do my best to obtain perfection though. A goal of 1-2 years is what I am planning on. This project is a huge undertaking. I have amassed a mountain of information. The detail that goes into one of these builds is enormous. Unless you have spent time with Bob M
  3. I wanted to start getting the word out that Bob Marvel has a book coming out, and he has asked me to write it. Some of you know that 1911 pistolsmithing has been a passion of mine since I began competing in 2004. It wasn't long until I gravitated towards the single stack .45 ACP, and I quickly wanted to learn how to put one together. After I finished my surgical residency, I signed up to take a vertical knee mill course at the JT Blong Technology Center in Davenport, Iowa. Then a forum member contacted me to let me know his neighbor was selling his Bridgeport. It was in piece
  4. I am interested in the Masterclass membership in exchange for a donation to the forum. How can we proceed, sir ? 



      I just need your full name and e-mail address.  Thank you,


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      Dave Rosen



      I will contribute to the forum ASAP



      Great, I’ll send the information to masterclass. Let me know if there are any issues. Thank you.

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  6. Edit: Content removed after consideration of the implications. Instead, please watch this Ted Talk about Covid-19:
  7. Not true! This threat applies to diabetics, anyone with high blood pressure, anyone immune compromised such as transplant patients or those on chemotherapy for cancer. And everyone can be affected if our hospitals run out of supplies and equipment. Edit: some comments removed so as to not upset anyone.
  8. I am on the Covid-19 Preparedness Committee at our local hospital, and I've lost track of how many meetings we have had. On Friday, we had a retired physician from the CDC come and speak with us. She has decades of experience, and she was intimately involved with dealing with Ebola and SARS. She mentioned something I had not thought of, and it helped explain the draconian methods being used in our country. They are trying to eliminate the threat of Covid-19 so we aren't having to deal with it year after year like the flu. They are trying to eradicate this disease from our country, and it
  9. There are many myths and misinformation being circulated regarding COVID-19. Please visit these sites for accurate and credible information: For the latest updates on COVID-19, please visit: · Iowa Department of Public Health - https://idph.iowa.gov/ · Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/ Johns Hopkins University- https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 - good site for current #s around the world · World Health Organization (WHO) - https://www.who.in
  10. I wouldn't get in the habit of putting magazines in pouches if they aren't full. I learned that mistake the hard way once.
  11. Troupe, Thank you for taking the time to post this...very helpful. I am somewhat familiar with Clark Custom. Years ago a guy I shot with asked me to do some trigger work on his Clark Custom 1911. It was one of the nicest built 1911s I had ever seen, and I ended up not doing anything to it. Everything was perfect on the gun so I put it back together and gave the guy his gun back. After reading all the feedback on this thread, I think I'm going to see about getting the breech welded up. Thank you to everyone that helped me through this. Chris
  12. I appreciate this advice. Even though I'd never sell this 1911 because it is my first one, I don't like the idea of the plug coming loose. With tig welding, I'm not sure how the gunsmith is going smooth everything out. And I don't want him changing the hood to breech dimension. I have been struggling with this decision. If the gun didn't have sentimental value to me, I'd do this. This gun has put a lot of trophies on the wall (with some help from me), and I really want to keep it as original as possible. Plus this gun runs really well and I'm superstitious.
  13. They offered to reimburse me for the repairs. I have not done this, but when I do, I will likely go with Clark Custom to have the breech drilled out and have them install a hardened steel plug. Initially I was told they could not make the repair. Then a couple of weeks later, I received an e-mail from Justin Clark indicating that he believed he could get it repair. He said he would have to see it first which I think is reasonable. The other option is to have it micro-tig welded. Option three is to send the gun back to Les Baer to have another slide fit to the gun. The gun I built is goi
  14. Winchester has finally made right on their promise to take the primers back and reimburse me. After a 4+ month ordeal of numerous e-mails and phone calls, they sent me a check in November. I greatly appreciate those that helped me through this process. Chris
  15. You would be horrified to learn how difficult it can be to stop an arterial bleed without the right equipment. A boresnake is really bad idea.
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