TACTICAL PISTOLSMITHING SCHOOL
school package (Pistol, Parts, Tools & Tuition) $2,492.27
for Fremont, Nebraska and $2,792.27 for Out of
here for Dates and Locations
Tactical Pistolsmithing School
is a three day hands on class and is designed to teach
the student specific modifications that would be
commonly found in a modern high quality tactical model
Students will receive instruction in basic
operating function of the 1911 style pistol through each
individual part design and function in relationship to
other parts during the firing cycle.
Instruction and hands on skills will cover basic
maintenance through complete preparation of a pistol
with the installation of the proper premium after market
accessory parts needed to produce a high quality
following subjects will be covered in class.
Shop work safety rules
Series 80 System
Internal Polish and Deburr of all Critical Areas
Ejection Port Modifications
Beavertail Grip Safeties, Installation of
Fitting Standard or Ambidextrous Thumb
Safeties to the Frame and Grips
Fitting the extractor
Fitting the barrel link
Fitting a barrel bushing for accuracy and
Throating the Barrel & Frame
Fitting the trigger to the frame
Sight Fitting, Basic
Recoil Spring Weights and Their Function
Carry Beveling the Complete 1911 Pistol
Magazine Well Beveling
Proper Lubrication of the 1911
Ambidextrous Thumb Safeties will only be covered if at
least one student in the class chooses that option.
2. These topics while part of the curriculum may be
presented as a “demo only” due to time constraints.
and Slide will provide all tools and parts to build your
pistol in this class other than a few items that
students are required to supply.
will be performed on a Springfield Mil-Spec M1911A1 that
will be provided through us.
will have a choice of either a Standard Thumb Safety or
Ambidextrous Thumb Safety.
Amby Safeties are available at an additional cost
pistol you build during the class would cost you
approximately $1800.00 if we were to build it for you.
This is a Headband
Magnifier that provides 1¾X at 14” magnification.
Greatly aids in detail type work especially for
This is a standard item in our Custom
Pistolsmithing Classes but is offered as an option in this
Additional cost is $45.95.
guarantee that you will get your money's worth in this
course. If we need to work for 9-10 hours a day in order
to cover everything, that is what we will do.
will need to transfer your pistol to an FFL Dealer after
it is finished.
Please have your local Dealer send us an FFL
noting that it is for you. We will send our FFL with the
gun so he will have a copy.
Please contact us for further details.
Shop Manuals Vol I & Vol II on the 45 is highly
recommended (but not required) as a primer to this
There are many good general pistolsmithing tips
and techniques contained in these books. This will give
you a good base to start from.
Vol II contains drawings of the various parts of
the 1911 with dimensions included. This information will
be invaluable in trouble shooting the various problems
encountered when you start to work on a pistol that has
had previous work done and does not function properly.
Cylinder & Slide, Inc. has both of these books
available for sale.
is highly recommended that each student practice filing
before they attend this class.
You will be file fitting almost every part on
You must be able to handle the file to fit your
parts correctly. You need to get a small odd shaped
piece of cold rolled soft steel from your local machine
shop. Take your file and try your best to file a perfect
cube from the piece of steel. The cube only needs to be
about 1" square. This will teach you to file
straight and true to another surface. If you learn to
file before you arrive, you will have much more time to
learn the subject matter rather than concentrating on
learning to file. For more information on filing see our
web site at www.cylinder-slide.com under technical
information, click on "An introduction to
As part of
this class you will purchase all parts and tools to
build your pistol from Cylinder & Slide.
The reason we require the student to purchase all
the parts and tools from us is because it would be
impossible to teach six students with six different
tools to do the same job. This would cause a time delay
that we cannot afford.
There is more course material to teach than there
is time to teach it in.
It's sort of like trying to put 10 pounds of
"STUFF" in a 5 pound sack to teach this much
course material in 3 days.
be supplied by the student
bring the following items with you the first day of class)
Cleaning rod and patches for 45 Auto
Roll of 1" wide masking tape
Safety glasses with side shields
Mini Mag flashlight
Shop towels (Minimum 4)
Black magic marker
Crescent wrench, 4" or 6"
Paper type dust mask
Old long sleeve shirt to protect arms from metal
Sharp pointed scissors (not your wife’s good
Small needle nose pliers
speed Dremel or Foredom tool with 1/8" collet.
(If you are
tool with flexible shaft you must bring the tool
hanging stand on which to hang your power tool.
This stand must clamp to the bench.)NO
Battery Powered DREMEL Tools are allowed in class.
High speed variable speed drill (must have
a trigger lock button).
We highly recommend the Hitachi Model D10VH
available through Lowe's or Home Depot.
Caliper _ must be made of steel, not plastic, electronic
okay but not recommended.
do not purchase inexpensive steel calipers designed
for reloading use.
We have found that they are not accurate for our
use and tend to come apart.
We recommend you purchase 6" Starrett dial
caliper for approximately $125.00 or 6" Mitutoyo
caliper for approximately $100.00.
If you are unable to find these let us know and
we will purchase them for you.)
3/8" x 7"
Mild Steel Rod with 1½" long slot cut in one
1/8" x 3"
Mild Steel Rod with ½" long slot cut in one
3/16" x 3" Mild Steel Rod with ¾"
long slot cut in one end, centered
Mild Steel Rods can be purchased at any hardware store
or from Brownell's.
You will need to cut the slots yourself before
you come to class as we will not have time in class to
following pricing does not include transportation,
lodging or meals.
school package (Pistol, Parts, Tools & Tuition) is $2,366.85
for Fremont, Nebraska and $2,666.85 for Out of
that are taught Out of State will have additional
shipping charges which are not included in the above
This is to cover the cost of shipping the school
package to the out of state school site.
deposit is required to hold a class spot which is due at
time of class sign up.
We will need to have final payment before class
You can make payments monthly if you wish so as
not to hurt the pocketbook all at once.
Just call and let us know.
register for the class and then are unable to attend the
following will apply:
If you cancel more than 45 days from the start of
the class we will refund your $500.00 deposit.
If you cancel in less than 45 days of the course
starting date, your $500.00 deposit on the course fee may
not be refundable. We will try to fill your slot with
another student so that you can get a refund, but we
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
If we are unable to fill your spot then your
deposit is non-refundable.
you are unable to attend at this time, but would like us
to advise you of future course dates, please let us know.
You can contact me and I will put you on our contact list.