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OK guys, don't beat me up to bad on this as it is my first post. I recently picked up a stainless SVI frame kit from a local gun shop. It is old but was never built. It has the plastic grip and it came with a new Les Baer .45 slide and a new Bar Sto .45 barrel. I am pretty sure that I want to send the frame back to SV to have them build it. Should I sell the barrel and slide or should I build another pistol. Hi cap or standard? I have a Para p-16 so I would be set with the .40's. I have been reading about competitions but have never shot one.

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You should just send it to either Roy Neal or me. I think between the two of us, we don't have enough SV pistols.

Call Brandon at SV. He is great.

But be advised, you are on a journey that will not be cheap but immensely rewarding. SV are a real joy to own and shoot. Their parts are worth every penny.

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What was your intention when you bought the frame? Open gun maybe? unless you have a use for the .45 barrel and slide I'd sell them and keep the frame.

I originally thought that I would build it as a .45 to use as a limited gun. I load for .40 and that seems to be the way to go because of mag capacity.

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You should just send it to either Roy Neal or me. I think between the two of us, we don't have enough SV pistols.

Call Brandon at SV. He is great.

But be advised, you are on a journey that will not be cheap but immensely rewarding. SV are a real joy to own and shoot. Their parts are worth every penny.

I have talked with Brandon and he has been great with all my questions and build sheets that I have had. I think that I have decided to go with a 5" Duotone in .40. Just wanted some additional opinions first

I knew this would be a good forum, you are already offering to take stuff off my hands that i don't need.

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Bennie Hill does good work, and he's always turned my stuff around pronto.

Several options,

Set it up as a L10 with .45. Could be a back up for Limited. This option allows all kinds of enhancements also.

Save the .45 stuff for later and get a 9mm or .40 Slide/Barrel for a Limited Gun. 9mm is an interesting option and could be used for Steel or Bianchi Cup and would be a fun change of pace for a Limited gun.

Though if you want a competitive Limited gun you might stay with a .40, I've had all 3 STI, Caspian and Para and liked them in that order.

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If you're going to spend the cash to have SV build a gun you're better off selling the parts you have an just let them build one from with a new frame, their slide, etc. Cost is probably going to be about the same when you get done with it.

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If it send it to Brandon, the whole gun would be an SV and built by them which I would think would probably be the best. It does have the plastic grip but I could change that out later if I really wanted to. At first I thought about just buying all the parts from them and having someone else put it together for me. I just feel that if I go that route I might regret it later. I probably will just sell the .45 frame and slide.

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If you don't need the money right away, hang onto the spare parts for a little while. As for the SV, I wish I could play with one of those. Talk to Brandon, have patience, and fun will be in your future for you.

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Do what PJ said.......sell it to me.........so that Brandon can build me another pistol............I am thinking about an IMM.....hmmmm.

I am glad I was not brought into this conversation till after you talked to Brandon yourself. The doutone's are hot but he hates doing them due to the attention to detail required.....he knows I love mine and let folks shoot it to test it out so that they want to order one. I get blamed for it all the time.......but that's ok.

Make the commitment to the gun and SV will build you a masterpiece. Welcome to the Blue Team.......

Roy Neal

Team SV Infinity

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Do what PJ said.......sell it to me.........so that Brandon can build me another pistol............I am thinking about an IMM.....hmmmm.

I am glad I was not brought into this conversation till after you talked to Brandon yourself. The doutone's are hot but he hates doing them due to the attention to detail required.....he knows I love mine and let folks shoot it to test it out so that they want to order one. I get blamed for it all the time.......but that's ok.

Make the commitment to the gun and SV will build you a masterpiece. Welcome to the Blue Team.......

Roy Neal

Team SV Infinity

I can just add to my comments "Like Roy's"

They are beautiful guns. Got any pics of yours?

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Wow.........try something else. You want Brandon to like you, not just put up with you.....hahaha......

Pics of the guns are here in the gallery section and better ones are on my FB page and through the Infinity page on FB. Tiffany posts all the new pictures of interesting new projects there. Just a warning-it is true gun porn as some of the products are breath taking. And will make you want to either change your current order weekly or just keep ordering more of them. Then you know that you are truly afflicted like the rest of us......

Roy

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Wow.........try something else. You want Brandon to like you, not just put up with you.....hahaha......

Pics of the guns are here in the gallery section and better ones are on my FB page and through the Infinity page on FB. Tiffany posts all the new pictures of interesting new projects there. Just a warning-it is true gun porn as some of the products are breath taking. And will make you want to either change your current order weekly or just keep ordering more of them. Then you know that you are truly afflicted like the rest of us......

Roy

I think that I have had a picture of your gun as a background on my computer for a couple weeks now. Very nice. Thanks

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Don't send an SV frame back to SV. Sell the frame then order a complate gun from SV. SV doesn't sell and hasn't sold their frames in a very long time. They are highly sought after, very rare.

I thought about that too. Is there a difference between the old frames and the frames that they are using now? I have the plastic grip but I could change that out later without much hassle. I also thought about just using the frame for the build and having a backup grip and trigger ready to go.

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Don't send an SV frame back to SV. Sell the frame then order a complate gun from SV. SV doesn't sell and hasn't sold their frames in a very long time. They are highly sought after, very rare.

I thought about that too. Is there a difference between the old frames and the frames that they are using now? I have the plastic grip but I could change that out later without much hassle. I also thought about just using the frame for the build and having a backup grip and trigger ready to go.

You've got a few different options. SV are fantastic guns, many might argue the best. Negative is the year plus wait, that being said there are a few awesome smiths here in Florida that could turn that into an amazing gun in less than 4 months. There are also a few that will butcher it, so choose wisely. Anyways, if you decide you don't want it I can be there in an hour :)

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Thanks guys for all your help. Those of you that have or have used the signature grip, how does it compare with the polymer grip? I thought about getting it built using one of their new grips and just using my frame and possibly adding one of the new grips in the future. If I decide to go with the signature grip it would probably make more sense for me to just sell what I have and start from fresh with a complete build.

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Get the Signature Stainless Steel Grip kit..........as for the texture, that is up to you and how rough your hands are. I use the skater terrain option which works out great. Mike Dame (Madness) uses Evil Bubbles (aggressive micropockets) that can draw blood if your hands are not callused. Yeah, the name alone makes me want them though.......Evil Bubbles....how cool for your gun is that option.....

If you ask nicely, Brandon may let you in on the skater terrain tape that has the skulls on it (PJ, myself and a few others ) have that type of tape on our pistols so that you could join the Brother Hood of the Skulls. But you must ask nicely......

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Get the Signature Stainless Steel Grip kit..........as for the texture, that is up to you and how rough your hands are. I use the skater terrain option which works out great. Mike Dame (Madness) uses Evil Bubbles (aggressive micropockets) that can draw blood if your hands are not callused. Yeah, the name alone makes me want them though.......Evil Bubbles....how cool for your gun is that option.....

If you ask nicely, Brandon may let you in on the skater terrain tape that has the skulls on it (PJ, myself and a few others ) have that type of tape on our pistols so that you could join the Brother Hood of the Skulls. But you must ask nicely......

Roy, Why the stainless grip? The strength can't make much of a difference in the grip area. Is the main purpose to add weight? I saw the skulls while looking at some pictures, they are pretty cool.

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Weight/feel of the gun is the answer. I have one gun with Mobius cutout on the grip and one without (that one has the skull tape). I think I prefer the non mobius cutout but beggers can't be choosers, right? Although it does look cooler with the cutout.......

The stainless steel signature grip brings a bit more weight to the back of your hand compared to the polymer grip with the long dust cover allowing the gun to feel a bit nose heavy. Better overall balance to the gun. You'll notice is immediately.

Roy

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Weight/feel of the gun is the answer. I have one gun with Mobius cutout on the grip and one without (that one has the skull tape). I think I prefer the non mobius cutout but beggers can't be choosers, right? Although it does look cooler with the cutout.......

The stainless steel signature grip brings a bit more weight to the back of your hand compared to the polymer grip with the long dust cover allowing the gun to feel a bit nose heavy. Better overall balance to the gun. You'll notice is immediately.

Roy

Thanks again Roy. I can already see that you have talked me into a complete new build not using my frame or grip. I guess I will need to build something on what I have. What is the weight of yours? I would be doing a 5" with the short dustcover so it wouldn't be quite the same, but it will give me an idea of with the stainless frame.

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