1911Junkie wrote …

Work in progress. I machined a frame from a raw casting and fitting the 6″ Caspian slide, in old-fashioned way (but with modern digital calipers and micrometers :).

I really love this photo. Somehow it echos everything I love about this hobby. Until other sports and hobbies, we have the ability to build everything from scratch. I have never seen a tennis player make a modern tennis racket from scratch, a runner make shoes from scratch or a baseballer/footballer make a (safe) helmet from scratch.

On a side note, if you want a decent caliper without paying iGaging Absolute Origin caliper. They cost around $40 but are very close to Mitutoyo calipers in terms of accuracy, resolution, build and features. I can’t recommend them enough.



  • Nashvone

    I can’t wait to see more pictures of this build.

    • 1911Junkie

      I’m afraid you will have to wait a little while 🙂 As of today, I merely got the slide past the frame bridge. Sometimes I wonder how did JMB make his guns without any modern gizmos, digital calipers and micrometers, CNC machines, sear jigs, etc.

      • Phil Hsueh

        I’m guessing by your response that building a 1911 is not as simple as building an AR, is it?

        • Grindstone50k

          ARs are typically plug-and-play when it comes to parts. Most 1911s nowadays use hand-fitting.

  • Aurek Besh

    I’ll second the recommendation for the iGaging calipers, they are more or less the highest quality that you can get without dropping 2-3x the money. If you’re a serious hobbyist or want a cheap but decent caliper to abuse, these are perfect. My only gripe is that the sensors in them are sensitive to contamination despite the IP54 rating. Getting even a little oil, coolant, chips, or dust onto the sensor will give you bad readings and may require disassembly for cleaning if the contaminants stick or leave a residue.