It’s a particularly cold winter so far in much of our country. The time of year to sit by the fire and indulge your hobby by reading good gun, hunting, and shooting books. Or drilling on technique dry fire, or with air guns or even Airsoft. Or…to start working on “gun projects.”
Going to bed the stock on your hunting rifle? Install a new scope? Stay in where it’s warm, sit down at your reloading station, and load up the 2017 ammo supply? Customize something otherwise?
I have a couple of gun projects going on my end – both classic handguns, one a lot older in concept than me and the other a “modern classic.”
On my twelfth Christmas I received – and instantly bonded with – a Colt 1911 .45 auto produced toward the end of World War I. I still own it, and my affinity with it spawned, um, a few more. I’m long overdue to finish a “project gun” I began in the 1990s, and then dropped the ball: a Colt Lightweight Commander .45, Series ’80. I decided back then to do something I rarely do, and give it a nickname. It will be “Freddy the Forty-Five,” named after the movie character “Freddie From Elm Street,” who was said in the horror films to be “the bastard child of a thousand madmen.” This pistol will be the bastard child of a thousand gunsmiths with mad skills. Well, maybe not a thousand.
So far, Pete Single has done the gripframe checkering (superlative!) and the great 1911 pistolsmith Richard Heinie has already installed a low-profile magazine well that won’t compromise concealed carry, but will speed up reloading. Dave Lauck has provided the heavy duty fixed sights, “ledged” so that in a one-hand-only situation the slide can be racked against belt or holster. More work is due. This may well become my “retirement carry gun,” assuming I live long enough to grow weary of what I do and actually retire.
The other is a Glock 19 I earned at a pistol match. The Evil Princess and I already have “his and hers” specimens of this hugely popular 9mm compact, so this one cries out for…experimentation. I’m thinking new sights, a grip re-shaping to better fit my arthritic old hand, and…???
How about you? Any winter gun projects coming up? Maybe some plans to shoot in a Winter League? You’re invited as always to share here.