Nothing is better than homemade bread, pies or guns! Guns? Sure- there’s no better way to get just what you want, for a lot less (usually) than store-bought. So here’s one of my favorite recipes, and the finished product:
- Take: 1 early Essex frame (stainless), 1 GI slide and barrel.
- Add: Your favorite parts and accessories- here, I’ve used an assortment of Wilson Combat, STI and Carbon Creations.
- Mix: Using assorted files, stones, vises, punches and abrasives, to your personal taste.
- Finish: Sand-blasted, and baked in a coat of Norrell’s Moly-Coat.
This of course, is not meant to be a “how-to”; there are sources on the internet for all of that. I re-crowned the barrel, fitted it with a match bushing and over-size link, and slid in the slide.
I removed the slide serrations and cut stippled panels into front and back. I also did a complete trigger job, set for a clean, crisp 4lb pull. I contoured and finished the safeties and slide-stop by hand.
After countouring with hand-files, I finished the frame by sand-blasting. I blasted and finished the slide with Norrell’s Moly-Coat. I did the inletting of the slide for the Colt rear sight just to see if I could. There are many better choices available (involving a lot less work).
With simple hand tools and whole lot of time, it can be a lot of fun to build your own custom gun. While it won’t be possible to match the finish and precision of cnc machining used by today’s professional gunsmiths, the finished product won’t cost $2500. [ED: depending on how you value your time.] I built this bad boy for just over $400. And nothing can beat the satisfaction of firing a gun made by your own hands.