Finally got a bobtailed 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by Hondo, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Hondo

    Hondo Active Member

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    I have temporarily suspended my search for the elusive DW CBOB, I swear it would be easier to capture a bigfoot than find one of those pistols! Anyway I decided to just have one of my 1911's converted.

    Before-Standard XSE Colt Lightweight Commander
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    After-Bobtailed, thin grips, two-tone finish, new beavertail (hated that Colt "ducktail") and a STI short trigger
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    I used to think bobtails were a passing fad, even a gimmick but this one feels so darn good in my hand I may get ALL my 1911's bobtailed now;)
     


  2. Texas42

    Texas42 TGT Addict

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    One of these days, I'll have to figure out what people mean by beavertail, bobtail, or GI.\

    PS Very nice looking gun.
     
  3. riggergreg

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    That really looks sharp. Who did your work?
     
  4. Hondo

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    Ken Crawley- Crawley Custom, Kemp TX

    Real nice gentleman, he does other firearms of course but prefers 1911's.
     
  5. F350-6

    F350-6 Well-Known

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    If I may be so nosy, what did it set you back? I've been thinking about getting the mainspring housing bobtailed.

    The two tone looks good also, but I think I would prefer the looks of the wood grips on it.
     
  6. juwaba98

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    Very nice!
     
  7. Shorts

    Shorts TGT Addict TGT Supporter

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    Ah, so bobtailing a lightweight is ok then? I remember that question coming up in another forum but never waited around for the answer.

    What finish is in the receiver? Looks nice :)
     
  8. Hondo

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    awww dang now why did you have to remind me of how much I had to pay for all that ;)

    Smooth bobtail (actual part) $52.95
    Labor $135
    Cut grips to fit bobtail $15
    Total $202.95
     
  9. navyguy

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    Looks great. You should come out to our shoot on the 26th and put it through the paces.
     
  10. Army 1911

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    Beavertail is a replacement grip safety for the standard one on the original 1911s. It was developed to prevent hammer bite which is when the hammer is recocked under recoil and pinches the flesh between the thumb and forfinger usually drawing blood. Later they were modified to allow a higher grip aiding in pointing the gun, faster target aquisition

    Bobtail is cutting the bottom rear of the magwell at about 35 degrees and rounding it. Its purpose is mainly to aid in concealment although they do feel good in the hand,.

    GI is what the original Colts looked like. I.E the Government model.
     

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