I haven't made it to Daytona to spend money the last couple of years, and have been putting all my extra income towards another firearm build. The 1911 is my favorite pistol platform, but in its traditionally chambered .45 ACP, it's a bit much for a long day of shooting or for some women and younger people I take to the range. So I decided I'd have my dream gun built. I have three of the biggest names in the industry working on different parts of this gun, and it will be a one of a kind heirloom.
I started with a 30 year old Colt government model, chambered in 9mm:
I wanted Chuck Roger's golf balls as the grip texture. Most everyone who has handled one has said it is the most comfortable grip made that won't get slippery. Here's an example of his work:
Typically, custom shops "checker" the front straps of 1911's, which I like fine, but it will start removing some skin from your fingers and palm after a lot of rounds. For comparison, here is one of my other guns with traditional checkering:
Here is my gun after having the texture applied:
So basically, these dimples are put where the rough checkering usually goes. You probably wouldn't notice much difference shooting one magazine, but after a couple hundred rounds, the controls and grip area of checkered guns can get abrasive. And I think the golf balls look pretty cool, too. More to come.