Mark Morris Custom

June 5, 2010

He runs a one man shop and he charges top end prices for his work. Is the work worth the price?  Is a Porsche worth the extra $ when a Kia will do? That’s a decision only you can make.

There’s many more beautiful picture of beautiful guns at


D & L Sports

May 29, 2010

Another man to consider for the once in a lifetime 1911. Another APG member.

Courtesy of D& L Sports

Cylinder and Slide

May 1, 2010

I have read many articles about the output from Cylinder and Slide over the years.  They appear to be a one stop shop for custom work on many different guns rather than focusing solely on 1911s as many other smiths do. That has its advantages and disadvantages.

One disadvantage is that as a generalist, you don’t get the reputation as being number one in a particular category like a specialist would. Case in point. Would you rather have a Liebenberg 1911 or a Cylinder and Slide 1911?

The advantage is that as a generalist and for the customer, once you know what they can do and do it well, you know who to go to for other types of work.

Anyway, Cylinder and Slide has grown over the years and so has their website.  One service they now offer and I’m glad is engraving. Engraving is always good!

Larry Vickers 1911

March 27, 2010

Larry Vickers is another individual who has been rated as a top 1911 smiths.  His production was always limited and it’s even rarer today if not altogether ceased.

Pistol Dynamics Combat Special

March 20, 2010

Paul Liebenberg ranks as one of the best 1911 smiths.  He’s also closely associated with the Pachmayr Combat Special and his shop  Pistol Dynamics is putting out a faithful reproduction.

Peacemaker Specialist

January 28, 2010

Another smith that can turn treasure into trash.  I envy guys with skills.

Garthwaite Custom Pistols

January 19, 2010

A top gunsmith who has earned the accolade of Pistolsmith of the Year