Anniversary Limited Edition
Hi to all !
We have finally completed assembly of the first 25
visible base magazines! They are way cool and way expensive! I
have no doubt why Colt quit making them very early on. They were
losing money on every one they made! The simple change of placing the
floor plate inside of the tube on the 2nd version of the 1911
magazine eliminated the need to machine the shape of the front of the magazine
body on the floor plate. That had to save huge amounts of time.
The riveting of the bases to the tube of the magazine had to be very labor
intensive back in the day. I was very fortunate to find a spin riveting
head to do the rivets with.
I have been surfing the web and finding pictures of the
type 1 magazines. I have not found one yet that did not show file marks
on the sides of the base plates and the rivet heads. It is obvious to me
that each magazine had to be finished by hand filing the base plate to match
the tube and knock off some of the rivet head thickness so that the magazine
would fit into the pistol and fall freely when released. Our magazines
will NOT show any file marks so I guess that they wonít be exact
reproductions. If you really need to have a correct magazine we will be
happy to put some file marks on it before we blue it for a nominal fee.
For those of you who would like to purchase some of our
reproduction parts I have attached a price
list of the parts. I hope to have them available sometime in
February. I have to reserve the first batches of them for the guns.
Once my initial run of parts is exhausted it will probably be some time before
I make another run. The minimum number of parts that I have to order for
items like the one piece trigger, wide spur checkered hammer, thumb safety,
slide stop, and short tang grip safety requires quite an investment. If
I donít think that I will sell them fairly quickly I will have to wait until
I have a sufficient number of parts on back order before I can make a new run
Check out my web site next week as I will have some
digital images of the sample guns that I will have at the Shot Show. The
pictures are digitally redone as I am a crappy photographer so the color of
the bluing is not exact and doesnít do justice to the actual charcoal bluing
that Turnbull is putting on them for me. The heat blued parts color
isnít exact either. I will have some professionally done photos done
after the Shot Show and post those as soon as I can.
Sales of the pistols are moving along very well and I
hope to sell the rest of them at the Shot Show or the Safari Club
International show in Reno the week after the Shot Show.