Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch is a gun guru extraordinaire. The gravelly voiced trainer is famous for his take-no-prisoners take on armed self-defense.
From his Oregon Eagle’s Nest (I’m Jewish, don’t judge), Mr. Smith unleashes a fantastic farrago of firearms videos. So, you wonder, what does Mr. Smith carry for personal protection? And the survey says! . . .
A Jason Burton custom 1911 built on a co-branded Colt Series 70 pistol. Ironically enough –given the popularity of a certain Austrian handgun — Mr. Burton’s company is dedicated to perfection. Like this:
There is a sign that hangs in my shop with the following quote:
“Strive for perfection in everything. Take the best that exists and make it better. If it doesn’t exist, create it. Accept nothing nearly right or good enough.”
Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls Royce
That quote, the sentiment behind it, and the desire to create something perfect speaks to me. My desire and passion to constantly strive for perfection drives my work and vision for my craft.
I believe that with every gun I build I have a duty to contribute to the tradition of exceptional handcrafted custom guns and the goal of perfection is the guiding light for everything I do.
Well he certainly brings the noise to Thunder Ranch’s jefe, creating the The Clint Smith Signature Government Model. It’s an all steel 5” Government Model chambered in 45ACP. Here are the specs:
Colt Commercial style thumb safety
Kart match grade barrel with stainless barrel bushing
Hand-cut 30lpi checkering front and rear
Beavertail grip safety
Standard length magazine release
Short length solid aluminum trigger
Beveled magazine well
Rear sight modified for one-handed operations
Heirloom Precision Gold Line front sight
Polished blue finish
Thin-line VZ Diamondback stock panels (ivory stocks optional)
What’s more . . .
These pistols are further enhanced with modifications such as a weld-up frame and slide fit, flattened and serrated slide top with 3-point curved arrow pattern, detailed frame and slide with all lines straighten and trued, rear slide serrations, best quality trigger job, and bordered slide amongst many others.
This is not the first time Mr. Smith or his proxies have created a gun.
Smith & Wesson sells the PERFORMANCE CENTER® Model 325 Thunder Ranch: a matte black .45-caliber Scandium-framed revolver, complete with a gold bead sight and undersnout picatinny rail (not shown for some reason). That bad boy msrps at an eye-watering $1,329.00.
As for the price of Mr. Smith’s carry gun, if you have to ask you can’t afford it. (Think $10k and up.) And if you can afford Mr. Burton’s Thunder Ranch 1911, you’re going to have to wait. A long time.
Such is life.