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I couldn't leave well enough along last week.
i saw a pic of "meltdown" , and kind of liked it.
sooooo... figured what the heck, i have everything I need to file, sand, polish and refinish, as well as a second 1911 I bought to do what ever mods I took a notion to try...AND I was bored

so...down to my dungeon i crept.

File, DA finish sander, dremel and dozens of sheets of sand paper in various grits on hand, I started swimming in uncharted waters on this dehorn on steroids.

Welp, now I thinking of going into the REAL deep side of pool and add a bobtail.
I see the Ed Brown BT MSH from Brownells
Also took a look at Jerry's BT SIG

Question.. what parts do i need other than the BT MSH?

Do I need all new parts inside, or can some parts from my stock GI MSH be used?

Can it be done with out the extra cost of the $42 dollar jig?

Thanks

..l.T.A.
 

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The parts come with the ed brown housing so you don't need to reuse anything. The parts are the same as for the officers msh so you couldn't reuse at least the spring anyway, I don't know, off the top of my head, if the other parts are the same between the full size and officers. Think of it like an officers that has a piece added to the bottom rather than a full size that is cut down.

Yes, you can do it without the jig you use the msh as the jig. I just prefer to use it, have not done it without it, this was not my first and probably won't be my last. I also don't have a drill press and don't want to chance getting the hole in the msh off a bit drilling into it.

If you are using it as a guide to drill through from one side to the other, don't forget to take the parts out first. I know you are not dumb, sometimes it's easy to forget the simple stuff.:)
 

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I believe the MSH from Brown comes with the guts. If you order from them directly, there are several texture patterns available, don't know about Brownell's. I know of two guys who cheaped out and tried to drill the hole without the jig by measuring, you can guess what happened. If I were you, I'd see if there is anyone on the forum that would loan or rent you the jig.

I love my Bobtails, I'm up to three now.
 

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Thanks Jerry/AZ

BTW, AZ, Brownells also offers the Ed B BT in several texture patterns.

They don't show pics of each style though.

Not sure which one I want.

Since this project started out as a melt job, I'm leaning toward the smooth one.
But I've never shot a bobtailed gun and don't know if i need the fuction of the available textures

..L.T.A.
 

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The majority of my grip comes from the front strap and the MSH. I'd certainly get something back there, depending on your plans for the frontstrap if any. The snakeskin I've got on my Kobra Carry is wonderful. It allows a directional grip. Your hand can slide up into place, but is held firmly against sliding down. If you decide to go smooth on the front and back, carefully choose some grip panels that will provide traction.
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It doesn't matter where you get the msh, it comes with the spring, etc. One think to keep in mind also is that you STILL have to measure to drill the hole even with the jig, it guides the bit once you go through but it does not guide you on the outside. I just want to make sure that is clear.:



I like the smooth bobtail housing if the gun has the front strap checkered, if it is not I go with something else. The smooth does not snag at all on clothing (obviously) and I personally prefer the traction on either the front or back but not both. When I had the cbob 10mm I got to really like the smooth one.

For carry, on a gun with a smooth front strap, I go with a textured one but I prefer chain link or cobraskin as it's less abrasive and does not snag clothing as much as checkering. I think I actually like chain link better.

What you prefer can be different totally, everyone is different.

This thread has a chain link one in it that I put in an oacp:

http://1911auto.org/forum/showthread.php?t=887



This is the cobraskin I put in a colt lwt xse but not a great shot of it:

 

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Thanks for advise/guidance, Gents

i just ordered the Skake Skin
and the jig
few other goodies too
most notably, Kuhnhousen's manual.
I have plans for other projects down the road, and hopfully the manual will help


Thanks again for your help

..l.T.A.
 
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