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Old 03-06-2014, 8:44 AM
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Default My second Heirloom Precision 1911

After a 2 year wait, my second Heirloom Precision 1911 was just delivered. For this build I decided to go a different route. My first build by Heirloom is a beauty queen:

Built from a Colt WWI replica by Ted Yost


For this second build I decided I wanted a finish that could stand up to some abuse. Even though I said my first HP build was to become a shooter I couldn't bring myself to shoot it every range trip because of potential for wear
on the pretty blued finish. Just for fun I decided to have a different HP smith work on it -- this time Jason Burton.

I'm primarily a collector, so I love the look of the old school Colt markings. Since my first gun was built off of a Colt WWI replica, I decided to have the second gun built of a Colt WWII replica. This is what the gun started out as:



The Colt WWII replica was released in the 90s, but was not a popular seller. This was Colt's first replica in a long time, and they did not get the look of it quite right. Specifically some of the markings are in the wrong font, and the trigger is completely wrong. But for me that's fine since the trigger is getting replaced anyways. Also the modern replicas make for great base guns because the metallurgy is much better than say a real WWI or WWII gun.

I consulted with Jason and ultimately we decided on a IonBond DLC finish. Unlike spray-on paint-like finishes like Cerakote, Ionbond is applied in a vacuum chamber using an electrical process that essentially bonds the finish at a molecular level. "DLC" stands for diamond like coating, which is a reference to it's hardness. Jason told me that overall DLC is VERY wear resistant and should hold up well over a long time.

With the decision to use IonBond, the rest of the overall theme kind of fell into place. This gun was going to be a matte-black "tactical" pistol.



You can see all the custom work put into this gun. Notice how everything fits together so nicely.



M1911A1 U.S. Army


Dat Gap - or rather, lack of it. Slide to frame fit is excellent.


Flattened, serrated slide top. Kart NM barrel


This one built by Jason Burton


the complete list of work put into this gun


I'm totally happy with the way this one came out. and to answer your question, YES I WILL SHOOT IT! I WILL SHOOT IT A LOT!
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Old 03-06-2014, 5:27 PM
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Beautiful.
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Very cool
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Old 03-06-2014, 7:56 PM
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Looks great. You just have to break down and shoot them.
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Gorgeous
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Old 03-06-2014, 8:52 PM
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Beautiful work.
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Old 03-09-2014, 7:52 AM
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Wow! Good looks & history!
Glad to hear you will shoot these.
Very cool!
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Awesome!
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Beautiful shooter
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Just beautiful!
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Both of them are incredible.
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Oh wow.... I wonder how much all that cost.
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Nice... sorry to thread jack but how about a real colt m1911a1
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real Colt M1911A1 needs real grips
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real Colt M1911A1 needs real grips
lol I have the real grips but I dont like the way they look
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Very nice!
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Beetle , those are some sweet 1911's
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Beautiful.
I'm jealous for sure.
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Looks great!
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I need a cigarette now.
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Beautiful.....absolutely beautiful.
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That is a fine looking pistol. I like that it's simple and sleek, but with some very fine features incorporated into the build. It looks like a real shooter! I hope you enjoy your pistol. Cheers! --1911ShooterPhil
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Best of both worlds I would have a hard time shooting the first one also I don't think I've ever seen a gun that look THAT good. Second one looks amazing too but more usable. Got me thinking about a build now
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My first build by Heirloom is a beauty queen:

Built from a Colt WWI replica by Ted Yost


I'm primarily a collector, so I love the look of the old school Colt markings. Since my first gun was built off of a Colt WWI replica, I decided to have the second gun built of a Colt WWII replica.
The WWI and WWII replicas I would have left mint. From my past experiences, I use to go and fancy up all my Colt Governments but back then we do not have all the 1911 clones we have now. So basically I am saying when you add additions to a Colt you really are not bring the value up. JMHO
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Nice... sorry to thread jack but how about a real colt m1911a1
Looks like what was issued to me as a USMC Military Policeman in the 1970s. Some of us senior Sergeants had really nice wood grips too.
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The WWI and WWII replicas I would have left mint. From my past experiences, I use to go and fancy up all my Colt Governments but back then we do not have all the 1911 clones we have now. So basically I am saying when you add additions to a Colt you really are not bring the value up. JMHO
I'm a Colt collector so I actually agree with what you say. For collectibles your best bet is to leave them stock.

However, I personally don't consider the WWI reproduction and WWII reproduction to be very collectible. It's a matter of perspective. I have real WWI and WWII colts, so these repros were bought with the intention of being shooters. A way for me to customize a gun, have the look of my favorite colts, but not feel bad about messing with a classic collectible.

the custom gun along with the gun it was modeled after -- a real, all original, untouched Colt from 1917.

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What's that type of work cost? Couple grand?? Looks fantastic!
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Gorgeous pieces, I really enjoy these posts detailing things I appreciate but can't afford lol.
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Man, beetle has the coolest toys. Another beautiful pistol customized by HP to add to your collection. I can only dream!
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Very nice beetle! Love both of 'em!

And you are going to shoot it a lot, I read...
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Sooooo, did you eva shooot dat thing!?!?
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The WWI and WWII replicas I would have left mint. From my past experiences, I use to go and fancy up all my Colt Governments but back then we do not have all the 1911 clones we have now. So basically I am saying when you add additions to a Colt you really are not bring the value up. JMHO
Stock WWI and WWII replica models may go up a little over time but those HP builds are worth 4 to 5 times a stock model and will increase in value at a faster rate IMO.

Beautiful guns that very few will ever have the pleasure of owning.

So like the bump poster asked...have you shot them?
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Pretty sure I just experienced a small orgasm.

Yup, I did.................

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I shoot the black one quite regularly. As you can imagine it is one SWEET shooter. And the IonBond DLC coating has held up amazingly well. Looks just as good as when I first got it with no signs of wear.

Have not shot the Blued one yet. Too pretty.......
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Beautiful
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I shoot the black one quite regularly. As you can imagine it is one SWEET shooter. And the IonBond DLC coating has held up amazingly well. Looks just as good as when I first got it with no signs of wear.

Have not shot the Blued one yet. Too pretty.......
Awesome, glad to hear you're putting it through its paces.

As a side note, I'm consistently impressed by your photos. Fantastic lighting, comp, and clarity Nicely done
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Any more pics of the WW2 piece? Two of my Colts are @ HP right now, one for Ted (due in July), the other for Jason(due next June 2016)
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Beetle,

Looks like you are still collecting classics. Wow, they are beautiful.

I really enjoy looking at those pictures! Keep up the great work and we'll see you in the South Bay sometime.

Take care,

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