Nathan Heading to Vicker's Tactical Full 1911 Gunsmithing Class

Nathan S
by Nathan S

If it were not for the fact that I work in the industry or that I am blessed to be able to write about a hobby and technologies I love, I think I would qualify for the derogatory version of “Gun Nut”. With the day-job firmly established, my chosen “vacation” is to head out to Larry Vicker’s full-week 1911 gunsmithing and hand-fitting class being put on my Mile-High Shooting Club in Erie, Colorado.

I’ll do a general write-up on the class (not spilling any of LAV’s secrets), but looking at critical functions for the 1911 and a review of the handgun that I will ultimately create. IF there are any questions that any would like me to ask, I will track them in the comments below.

Author’s note- This is a personal endeavor.

The class description:

1911 gunsmithing; – 6 days – This picks up where the armorers course leaves off and allows the student to build a complete custom 1911 from a box of oversize gunsmith fit parts; complete details of fitting an oversize match barrel, slide to frame fit, fitting and blending thumb and grip safeties, trigger job, complete blending of all components for a custom pistol are covered. In addition metal checkering is discussed and practiced on a limited scale. Recommended parts and sources are also covered. This is the complete package and is a great start to anyone wanting to do get into building custom 1911′s. Students of this course have had very positive comments thus far. Max class size is 7 and a specific tool and part list (student supplied) is part of this course.

Nathan S
Nathan S

One of TFB's resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR's, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.

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  • Will Will on Sep 15, 2015

    Video of you shooting the pistol you build would be a nice lucky dog you!!!

  • Standard Velocity Standard Velocity on Sep 15, 2015

    Better idea. Nathan enjoy your vacation and rescind your kind offer to share it with the readers of TFB.

    Let all of the naysaying asshats who cannot get over the idea that canola oil is probably a pretty good lubricant continue their Fireclean-and-anyone-who-ever-used-it sucks tirade.

    I hope Firclean is both canola oil and proven to be a top notch lubricant. Do you think Larry Vickers or any other endorser of these products ever did more than use the product? Canola oil probably makes things slick after all. Was Larry in his home lab testing and evaluating dozens of products before signing up for Fireclean? No. And if you think any other celebrity endorsement was based on more than who had the biggest number at the end of the contract you are a rube.

    • Grindstone50k Grindstone50k on Sep 15, 2015

      @Standard Velocity You missed the point entirely. Nobody said Fireclean sucks, just that it's rebranded canola oil. But if you're that invested into it, why not just send in an application to their PR department?