Re: Any advice about getting a custom built 1911?
Dutchboy, you ask very good questions, however some things are just cosmetic and others really make a difference on functionality. If you are left handed an ambidextrous safety is almost a must. A beveled magazine well is a must. A beaver tail grip safety is a must. A dove tailed front sight is a must and me personally I like green fiber optic over any thing else. An extended King style safety is a must. The gun should be ported and polished feed ramp. Decent grips that help you hold the gun is a must, smooth ivories and fancy smooth woods are cool by not worth a dam on a gun that you may have to defend your life.
Now as to things that are really cool but add little to funtionality. I just last week got back my Kimber that I sent to Nighthawk for some custom work. It already had most of the above utilizing a Pacmyer grip that has finger grooves ahead of the front of the magazine well (cost $30.00). I had those grips removed and checked the front of the mag well and add gator back grips. I had them checker the back of the slide, and grove the top of it. They added a rear night sight and completly refinished the gun in a two tone black and green. I also had them put their long aluminum trigger replacing the long plastic one. Total cost was $1,012.00 which included the shipping. All of this on a gun I paid $600.00 for years ago. If you bought a Wilson with all this stuff it would cost $3,000.00 plus. Just my opinion I would make no accomodation for a flash light, to me having a flash light on a gun would be like wearing a hat with a small speaker screaming shoot here, shoot here.
I will post some pictures in a few minutes.
Last edited by muddober; 02-19-2012 at 10:00 AM..