Build No. 1: Part 7

I’ve fallen a little behind in documenting progress because I’m having so much fun seeing the pistol start to look like a pistol! With some help from a friend, I have the slide cocking serrations cut. And after a lot of filing have the ejector fit to the slide.

Rear Cocking Serrations
Rear Cocking Serrations

The Caspian slide was ordered with a ball end mill cut radius to the dust cover and Novak front and rear sight dovetails, but no cocking serrations. Lucky for me I have a shooting buddy with a Bridgeport vertical mill and he was willing to show me how to cut cocking serrations. So I watched and he worked. These are cut with a 3/32″ ball end mill leaving 3/64″ lands between the grooves.

Assembled, But Not Completed.
Assembled, But Not Completed.

The EGW HD Extractor is advertised to be oversized in all directions. They are right! It took a great deal of inking, filing, and fitting to get it down to size allowing smooth side action. When I thought I had it right, I put the slide together only to find out the the inside of the extractor needed to be narrowed to clear the firing pin stop. More filing!

With the slide on and the rest of the parts installed, it looks like a 1911! But there is still plenty of work to be done. The plan right now is to finish-ream the chamber, confirm headspace, and then take it to the range for some basic function testing. After that, I’ll work on fixing anything exposed by the testing and then get started on the blending and final clean-up.

If you’ve started partway into this series, you can find the beginning here. And you can continue with Part 8.

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