can't help with your frame question, Jerry
but i have a big buck carpet cleaning wand that's made of all titanium.
(my biz is carpeting cleaning, so if ya'll have any questions about carpets and upolsterly, I can help:biggrin
anyway, I've cut and notched the wand to easily accept different tool heads.
Ti is hard material, but from my experience cutting/shaping the Titanium used for the wand, all the "normal" metal cutting tools worked fine
I'm thinking a titanium frame would make a good carry gun as it's about 5 ounces lighter than steel and tough stuff. It might be ok to work with, just a little more effort. The thing is I bobtail with a hacksaw, file and sandpaper so it would make more difference than someone that used power stuff.
I don't know if the ti used on my wand is much different/harder than a Caspian frame, but the wand could of been cut/worked with hand tools.
matter of fact, if I'm not mistaken, I used a hack saw to make the rough cut notch cause I kept binding/breaking dremel cut off wheels
It's hard, but not hard like hardened tool steel.
I think the a ti framed gun would be the rasberries for carry.
It's has the weight like alluminum, but much stronger.
I think we'd see more Ti carry guns if not for cost.
Like many metals, I hear Ti went thru the roof in cost too.
(and it was already expensive compared to steel and alluminum)
The wand i bought I bought 3-4 years ago cost $900 bucks.
They discontinued it when the Ti prices sky rocketed.
Then re-introduced it last year.
Now it's MUCH thinner, cheaper made, (and probably in China to boot) and sells for $1300
Hey Jerry, Is this by chance what got your wheels turnin' on the Ti train?
I like the notion very much myself for a "When I get my wish" project. I think a Damascus slide would be the perfect cherry on top too. That being said though, the color of Ti would look great as a two-tone with a Black Slide. Tungsten DLC, Severns Hard Hat, EGW E-Treat etc...
I think a good way to go would be to get a ti frame, send it to bob (if he does stuff like that) to fit a fusion slide and barrel to it and then finish the rest myself. I think they have to carbonize the ti rails and I have no idea what that entails.