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Hello. I recently decided to build a longslide 1911 and ordered a Caspian frame and slide. The frame is the cast version (been shooting one similar for twenty years) and has 20LPI checkering. The slide has the Bomar rear sight cut and the Novak front dovetail cut. Has the serrated top and no front slide serrations. Barrel is a Kart EZ-fit.

So far, about 40 hours has the slide fitted to the frame and the barrel fitted to the slide and the bushing fitted to the slide.

The slide moves like glass with no perceptible vertical motion and very, very, very little horizontal. There is zero slide-to-barrel movement.

Hopefully this thing will be ready to shoot in a week or two.

These are not the greatest pictures in the world as I just took 'em inside and with the flash thing, but you at least get sort of a look.

Here's the top of the slide. It's still got oil all over it, but it was cleaned up by lots of draw-filing, flat-stone work, and then 1200 grit wet/dry sandpaper.

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Those are not scratches on the feed ramp. Debri, hair, I don't know. Anyway, the fit is exactly as I want it between the slide and the frame.

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Zero movement between the barrel and slide and the lugs are in full engagement. Looking through the rear of the slide through the firing pin channel with an empty sized case in the barrel, the flash hole is perfectly centered in the firing pin hole.

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The bushing can barely be moved w/o a wrench. Took a while to get that fit, but it was worth it. The edges of the bushing have barely been "broken" as will be the edges on the front end of the slide. It's already been done to the dust cover.

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Slide, barrel & bushing, and frame with slide stop pin in place. Hold the gun rearward forty-five degrees and the slide will fall to its rearmost position. Hold forward the same amount and it will fully go into battery and still w/o movement in barrel and slide. Several hours were spent bringing slide rails to desired specs and then more time spent hand-lapping the slide to the frame.

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Sounds nice Stephen, can't wait to hear how it shoots. What do you plan on usining for most? Hunting?

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Hello, and thank you. I plan to use it quite a bit at the range, but do plan to shoot critters with it as well. It will not be a safe queen.

It's diet will most likely be a passle of 200-gr. Precision CSWC over 5 grains of Bullseye and a dab of 200 and 230-gr. Hornady XTP's over 7.2 and 7 grains Unique, respectively.

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Hello. Finally got the thing completed except for sticking on the Bomar rear and Novak front sights. Some cosmetic work still to be done and it will need to be refinished.

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The gun's still in the "white", but the trigger has very, very little take up and overtravel is non-existant. I'll simply remove the set screw as it's not necessary. The grips are some plain old things just to slap on it for shooting.

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The Ed Brown safety was fitted to the frame yesterday and that took most of it for me. I also blended the rear of the slide to the frame.

The gun still doesn't have sights on it, but I fired it for function today using the following ammunition:

Remington 185-gr. Flat Nose MC

Sellier & Bellot 230-gr. FMJ

200-gr. Precision Cast SWC/5.0-gr. Bullseye

200-gr. Speer JHP (old style)/7.2-gr. Unique

Remington 230-gr. Golden Saber

Once you got the hang of how to "look" or "quasi-aim" the gun, I did 4" groups off-hand at 15 yards with the pistol. I tried it on 6" steel plates at 7 yards just pointing; 6 for 6, but this was NOT fast shooting.

The pistol was tried with a McCormick Powermag and a MecGar 7-rnd magazine. Both worked fine.

The gun failed to feed one Speer 200-gr. JHP off the fully-loaded 8-rnd when it was being chambered by hand.
A retry and it worked fine. This was the only malfunction and occurred very early in the testing and not at all when firing.

Ejection was positive and consistent.

Other than the one failure to feed mentioned above, everything else worked 100%.

I'd estimate the trigger at 4 to 4 1/2 pounds. It is clean and requires no further work. I got lucky there. The thumb safety is quite positive on or off.

So, after about 150 rounds to see if it functions, I'm satisfied that it does.

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Hello. I got lucky. I called my gunsmith yesterday to see when he was going to blue guns. He said, "Today." I took my Caspian Longslide to him. Less than 24 hours later....

Taaaa Daaaa!

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The range was flooded due to heavy rains, but I did shoot it at 10 and 20 yards and popped some small targets lying on the berm at about 40 yards. The thing ran fine with ball, SWC's, and handloaded XTP's. Windage = perfect. Elevation was 2" high at 20 yards, but I didn't touch it today. This one will probably be sighted in dead-on at 50 yards.

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