Here's my homemade 1911...
Built it in 1983, started shooting IPSC in 85, put 50000+ rounds through it in 1986 alone (1000/wk practice, just ABOUT the entire year, plus matches and "playtime at the range.")
Ithaca Military slide, AMT Hardballer frame, arched military housing (I had a flat Pachmayr on it to start, but my hands prefer arched, I put pn the "cheap" military to try, and left it, lanyard ring and all!
) Pachmayr panels, with the logo cut away to reach the mag release better, stippled front strap..extended safety (Ambis are worthless, just make another thing to snag and make the gun thicker, plus I don't have a left thumb
!) Beveled well, throated, polished....
Have shot Bullseye, LAPD "SWAT" matches, IPSC, (2 leagues plus Sectionals, )Pins, NRA Action Pistol, shot in 3 State Championships, moving targets, plates, water jugs at 100 (THAT used to be fun!), and a bunch of other stuff with it!
It's on it's 4th barrel (series 70 MK IV), I shot out two (leaded smoothbores!), and for about 10 years it had a compensated 6" Bar-sto. (Which I won off the prize table for finishing 2nd in my class for one of the leagues)
It started with a High rise Bo-Mar adjustible rear when I didn't know better, after my wife dropped it off the table once when she was fixing me an early Sunday breakfast before a match and didn't tell me until AFTER I came home all POd because the "sight got bent somehow" and I didn't know it until AFTER the match
, I switched to the Wilson FIXED combat rear.
When it had the 6" I also fooled with optics, had an Armson OEG "occluded eye" scope on it then for Action Pistol (never REALLY mastered that sight, but it had promise...)
Videcki trigger, Dwyer Group gripper, Collet bushing (I found it to be tighter shooting with it than with the NM solid I started with, and have had NO trouble with it!)
It rattles like a Model T when you shake it, and the trigger is JUST about unsafe (follows once in a while letting it slam home picking up a round, if I don't hold back the trigger)
I just detail stripped it for the FIRST time in like 15 or 20 years, cleaned it, and polished and reblued the slide for like the tenth time, just tonight (It looks FINE, I REALLY need a new camera!)
It's going to the show with me the end of August, I think the old lady deserves a facelift!
I'm going to giver her a new trigger job, probably an Ed Brown drop in sear and hammer set, with a skeleton commander hammer, and a beavertail that WORKS (back in the 80s, the hot thing was to "deactivate" the grip safety
If I have any money left over I may go full length guide rod, but I still haven't decided.
I may just get back into IPSC or try IPDA with it.....