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cadre308
10-21-2005, 01:06 AM
Cool, wanna customize my 1911? Hilton Yam has like a year waiting list and charges too much. I am a regular shooter myself and compete in IDPA.

Haha...I hope you are not serious...What all do you need done to your 1911? I wish I can consider myself a professional like Hilton to take you up on your offer...lol... but I don't consider myself at that competency yet for the privilege of working on The Will Brink's 1911. I mainly like custom work that are practical, nothing fancy.

I wish I could do what Hilton does for 1911, although I am still learning. I don't know where you are on his waiting list but I think it's two year plus wait time now for Hilton's work. I do admire his work, ideas, and thoughts, which he learned from Larry Vickers and John Miller of the AMU (Army's Marksmanship Unit).

I did the work on my own Springfield Mil-Spec 1911 Govt. Model based on alot of Hilton's ideas and from others like John Miller, Larry Vickers, Chuck Rogers, Dane Burns, etc. I would like add Burns Custom Ignition set to my 1911 but at $199 :eek: for unobtanium alloy hammer, sear, and disconnector, I'll have to wait a little bit.

Tools and machinery do get pricey and costly along the way and I am just slowly building up to get more tools but only using what I have. I more or less still consider myself new to 1911 custom work but I mainly know more of AR-15 / M-4 / M-16 series of rifle.


You should never stay away from this forum for too long!

I do my best to come back here more often... :cool: I know this is a post for supplements and shouldn't wander off on another topic like shooting sports...lol..

To balance the time b/t full-time college in health profession (nursing) and time for custom work on my 1911....jeez I wish there were more time in a day...lol...hence me searching for this product mentioned in SOTECH's article (Full Force Focus Intensity Formula)

cadre308
10-21-2005, 01:12 AM
Will, I do believe I saw your post on Tactical Forums one time...said to myself, "cool, Will Brink's on here!"...

I think it was in one of Pat Rogers' post but it was awhile back that I saw your post there.


regarding:
That's the idea for that formula, well researched stuff that is in the correct amounts to actually have an effect.

My point exactly in buying the product mentioned b/c I don't wanna spend all my time fumbling to get the exact dosage/amount among those ingredients mentioned in the SOTECH article, in order to have the synergistic effect.

Do you recommend or can link any discussion on this particular issue of mental alert and awakeness?

WillBrink
10-21-2005, 02:32 PM
Haha...I hope you are not serious...What all do you need done to your 1911? I wish I can consider myself a professional like Hilton to take you up on your offer...lol... but I don't consider myself at that competency yet for the privilege of working on The Will Brink's 1911. I mainly like custom work that are practical, nothing fancy.

Nothing fancy needed, anything that improves reliability and such. I have an SW1911 government and a SW1911SC scandium which are both great out of the box. Hilton considers the SW a good base gun for build up. See:

http://www.signaturegrade.com/sg/baseguns.html

Though neither gun really needs any improvements (like when did that ever stop us?) Hiltons 10-8 carry package would be nice, though perhaps a little over kill:

http://www.signaturegrade.com/sg/10-8.html



I wish I could do what Hilton does for 1911, although I am still learning. I don't know where you are on his waiting list but I think it's two year plus wait time now for Hilton's work. I do admire his work, ideas, and thoughts, which he learned from Larry Vickers and John Miller of the AMU (Army's Marksmanship Unit).

Hilton is the top gun smith on the planet, or so they say, so I would not feel bad you are not quite up to his standards.



I did the work on my own Springfield Mil-Spec 1911 Govt. Model based on alot of Hilton's ideas and from others like John Miller, Larry Vickers, Chuck Rogers, Dane Burns, etc. I would like add Burns Custom Ignition set to my 1911 but at $199 :eek: for unobtanium alloy hammer, sear, and disconnector, I'll have to wait a little bit.

What did you do to your Springfield?


Tools and machinery do get pricey and costly along the way and I am just slowly building up to get more tools but only using what I have. I more or less still consider myself new to 1911 custom work but I mainly know more of AR-15 / M-4 / M-16 series of rifle.

Other then how to do the basic cleaning, I don't know all that much about them.

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b374/willbrink/M4Heaven.jpg



I do my best to come back here more often... :cool: I know this is a post for supplements and shouldn't wander off on another topic like shooting sports...lol..

To balance the time b/t full-time college in health profession (nursing) and time for custom work on my 1911....jeez I wish there were more time in a day...lol...hence me searching for this product mentioned in SOTECH's article (Full Force Focus Intensity Formula)

Get back with me in a few weeks and I might have more info for you on that.

cadre308
10-22-2005, 05:34 AM
What did you do to your Springfield? I hope this is what you are wanting to know... :D

Parts fitted and added:

fitted Nowlin match bushing (416 stainless) to replace factory crappy bushing
replace factory slide stop and added EGW oversized checkered slide stop
replace the factory ILS (internal lock system) mainspring housing proprietary system (mainspring, ms housing, ms housing cap, and ms cap pin) with Wilson Combat's slainless ms housing cap and stainless cap pin and ISMI chrome silicon 19# mainspring
added S&A mainspring housing with 20 lpi checkering and slim magwell but haven't blended in yet.
replaced thumb safety and fit with Mueschke ambi thumb safety
replace factory grip and screws with VZ grip 320 Black/Red Linen Micarta and SLEX (SLotted and hEX head) stainless grip screws
utilize Wilson Combat #47D 8rd magazines


Work done so far

Used the #7 rubbing compound and smooth the barrel-to-slide and slide-to-frame rail fit (basically smoothes and loosens the slide action for reliability reason).



Parts to add and work to be perform in the near future, in order of significance or urgency:

Full carry dehorn and blend in S&A magwell
Mill dovetail cuts into slide for Novak tritium front sight and Novak Ghost rear tritium sight
add S&A .220" radius grip safety
replace factory sear spring and extractor with Wilson Combat bulletproof series of sear spring and extractor
replace factory recoil spring and firing pin spring with Wolff's 17# recoil spring and extra power firing pin spring
replace factory plunger tube assembly with aftermarket plunger tube assembly (Ed Browns, Kings Gunwork, etc)
replace factory firing pin stop with aftermarket (EGW oversized, Ed Brown, etc)
replace factory grip bushing with after market
replace factory short solid trigger with Burns Custom short solid trigger
hard fit either Kart NM or Barsto NM barrel
add either Burns Custom or Yost-Bonitz Ignition set (sear, hammer, disconnector)
either hand checker 20 lpi or have golf-ball surface texture on the front strap by Chuck Rogers and also have him re-crown and recess the barrel
reparkerize and Duracoat in parker color as final finish on metal and externally visible stainless parts

cadre308
10-22-2005, 05:55 AM
Get back with me in a few weeks and I might have more info for you on that.

Definitely will...thnx.




Hilton is the top 1911-gunsmith on the planet, or so they say, so I would not feel bad you are not quite up to his standards. Edited to add description 1911 to your post. :)

Larry Vickers, Dane Burns, Chuck Rogers, to name a few would be right up there with him.


Hilton's 10-8 package is very nice, albeit the long waiting list with him and others and hence my reason to do my own custom work as much as possible...lol


Did you purchased the M4 (mfg?) as is or did you added part and accessory to it?


Do you like your m4 in it's current flavor and features?

WillBrink
10-22-2005, 03:25 PM
Definitely will...thnx.

Edited to add description 1911 to your post. :)

Larry Vickers, Dane Burns, Chuck Rogers, to name a few would be right up there with him.

I have looked at a bunch. Just never really got motivated for it, costs, time, etc.



Hilton's 10-8 package is very nice, albeit the long waiting list with him and others and hence my reason to do my own custom work as much as possible...lol

Would be a great hobby to learn no doubt.



Did you purchased the M4 (mfg?) as is or did you added part and accessory to it?

It was a stock Bushmaster M4 and I added all the extras. I was at the National Tactical Officers (NTOA) show promoting FullForce and I got such good prices and or free stuff from the vendors there, I couldn't resist. I must have gotten $1000 worth of stuff for like $200. The optics of course are wrong for that platform but I like it on the 100 yard range. A red dot type scope is what I should add really.



Do you like your m4 in it's current flavor and features?

I can't say anything negative about it, though I am no expert regarding carbines. What I like more is the Colt Commando which has a 11' barrel and is full auto. Of course it's LEO only. My pals on the NEMLIC SWAT team I shoot with have all gone from MP5's to that Colt, and it's a real blast (no pun intended) to play with. Good thing they get all their ammo free as that thing goes through a 30rd mag in a few seconds. Here's me and it on the range yesterday in fact:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b374/willbrink/Willshortm4.jpg

WillBrink
10-22-2005, 03:32 PM
I hope this is what you are wanting to know... :D
reparkerize and Duracoat in parker color as final finish on metal and externally visible stainless parts
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Sounds like it will be a great 1911 when all done. Mods, if you want to move any of these posts to toehr sections that's fine (as we have gone way off the topic of the thread) or leave them here if it does not seem like an issue.

elissalowe
10-22-2005, 04:22 PM
Sounds like it will be a great 1911 when all done. Mods, if you want to move any of these posts to toehr sections that's fine (as we have gone way off the topic of the thread) or leave them here if it does not seem like an issue.
Split, moved, retitled, and otherwise dealt with. ;)

WillBrink
10-22-2005, 04:36 PM
Split, moved, retitled, and otherwise dealt with. ;)

Good choice! We were going way off the reservation in that thread and I don't wanna break the rules on my own forum! :eek:

WillBrink
10-23-2005, 04:16 PM
Will, I do believe I saw your post on Tactical Forums one time...said to myself, "cool, Will Brink's on here!"...


I check out the tactical Forums pretty regular. I am friendly with Wess Doss who has his own section on that forum. BTW, he uses and likes FullForce. Wess was here recently training the Bostin PD in non lethals, so I got to play with all that stuff but avoided the "Hey Will, let me taser you" offer. The posts on those forums from DocGR are always worth reading. There was also a great thread there from Frogman (who is an active duty SEAL I recall) where he outlined his preference for the 1911 over all others when going into harms way.

WillBrink
10-28-2005, 04:09 PM
Haha...I hope you are not serious...What all do you need done to your 1911? I wish I can consider myself a professional like Hilton to take you up on your offer...lol... but I don't consider myself at that competency yet for the privilege of working on The Will Brink's 1911. I mainly like custom work that are practical, nothing fancy.



As a follow up to our 1911 conversation, I sent my SnW SC 1911 off to Novaks for some work. Hilton Yam told me via email they were a solid custom smith for work. What I am having done is an accuracy job with Kart matched barrel and bushing hand fitted and tuned, their reliability package, a trigger job, and Novak’s low profile dot and post night sites. That should make my 1911 all that could be needed in a CCW 1911. Beyond that it would be more cosmetic stuff and bragging rights at the range, but unneeded for CCW. Anything I missed? The price for all that was quite reasonable and turn around if fast.