Custom 1911s

Custom 1911s

Thank you for visiting my custom 1911s page.  I spent more than a decade carrying a gun every single day, professionally.  I believe this choice had a great influence on my work as a gunsmith.  I knew that my pistol had to work each and every time, at a moment’s notice, or I may not get home to see my family at the end of the day.  It wasn’t just my life that hinged on the reliable function of my pistol; it was the lives of the police officers and citizens with whom I worked with and for whom I performed my services.  Their lives, just like mine, depended on having a pistol that ran 100 percent, 100 percent of the time. 

With that in mind, I primarily focus on building 1911-pattern pistols for defensive use, both as a police duty weapon and as a self-defense tool for armed citizens.  Of course, such pistols can also be used for practical competition.  Regardless of the application, the 1911s I build are meant to be used hard and shot often.  My prospective clients measure their annual ammunition consumption in the thousands of rounds. 

I will never build a pistol that I would not put in my own holster and carry myself and trust my life with.  Because of this commitment to quality, there are some things I refuse to do when building a 1911-pattern pistol.  For one thing, I will not use substandard parts, or parts from unknown sources.  For another, I will not remove or deactivate ANY safety device.  Given the liability associated with modifications of this type, you should never want them in your carry gun. 

Typically, I perform any and all of the modifications listed on the individual services and packages page.  If there’s something else that you require or want, just drop me a line and I may indeed be able to work with you.  All services not listed on the site are gladly considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Every part of every pistol that I build and install is fitted to exacting standards.  When I fit the frame to the slide or the barrel of a 1911, they lock up VERY solidly and smoothly.  They are not, however, obscenely tight.  The slide will feel like it is on ball bearings; the barrel will lock up like a bank vault.  Straight out of the box, the slide will reciprocate easily with hand pressure and it will run with 100% reliability.  My guns have NO break-in period.  They are completely reliable from the start. 

Results like this are one benefit of the hard-fit method I use.  There’s just no way a large manufacturer or even a semi-custom shop could fit parts using the methods I employ, because they simply don’t have the time or the manpower to make it profitable.  For me, it's a passion, money is secondary.  Doing things by hand isn’t cost- or time-effective for a large shop – but it’s the only way that I will do things, and you will reap the benefits of my commitment to meticulous quality.  In addition to my hand work, I only concentrate on one pistol at a time.  Granted I may send one off for specialty finishing and start another project while I'm waiting for it to come back.  However, from the first time I open the box with your parts, I will not work on another build until your has been test fired and de-horned. 

As I’ve said, my first concern when building or modifying a pistol is 100% reliability.  I use a proven test-firing procedure to make sure your gun is working properly before it is shipped back to you.  When you do receive it, you can rest assured that you can depend on that pistol to save your life if, God forbid, such a self-defense scenario ever presents itself. 

The other aspects of building a custom 1911 I address in no particular order of importance, but you can rest assured that I perform due diligence in all respects.  Equal consideration is given to ergonomics, accuracy, and aesthetics.  The gun must be comfortable to shoot and carry, or it simply is not nearly good enough.  

While surgical accuracy is not paramount in a carry gun, it is very important in some applications.  One of the ancillary benefits of my accuracy enhancements is that they enhance the durability of the 1911.  When the parts are fitted correctly, it makes the pistol less “sloppy” during cycling, and this improves the overall lifespan of the pistol. 

Finally, while aesthetics are perhaps the least important feature of a carry gun, why would you spend your hard-earned money on a custom 1911 if that pistol looks like it’s been dragged behind a truck down a gravel road?  There’s no reason your carry gun cannot be something your proud to own and show off.  I’ll make sure of it.  I polish each part, including pins, grip screws, and other components, and I do it all by hand with an emery cloth.  Then, each part is blasted to an even matte finish.  Not only does this prevent the parts from reflecting light, it helps the finish adhere to the metal more robustly. 

That’s it; that’s my commitment to you and your 1911.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me using the contact us page of this web site.  Also, if you just have a couple modifications you want to make to your 1911, see the link to the Individual Services page below.  There are also detailed descriptions of each modification I perform on there, it gives you a better idea of what I do and how I do it. Thank you for your time, and thank you for considering me for your pistol work.  

Please contact me before placing an order for any 1911 work so I can give you a current turn around time and so we can discuss your project in detail!

For examples of my work, please visit McLeod Firearms Blog, Custom 1911 Builds.


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