This build started life as a Springfield Armory Black Stainless. While it was a unique finish and a striking pistol, it was a bit too flashy for my tastes. I prefer a more subdued pistol and utilitarian finish. The build list consists of the following parts.
Novak .190 White Outline Tritium Front Sight.
10-8 .156 Rear Sight, 10-8 Gen 2 Slide Stop.
Cylinder & Slide Tactical II Hammer, Sear, and Disconnector, Long Aluminum Match Trigger, Tactical Safety.
Wilson Combat Bullet Proof Extended Magazine Release, Firing Pin Stop, Extractor, Pin Set, Recoil Spring Guide and Plug.
Wolfe 18 lb. Recoil Spring and Extra Power Firing Pin Spring.
Smith & Alexander Magwell.
VZ Tiger Strip Double Diamond Grips.
All the parts were hand fitted and the pistol was dehorned. The area that needed the most attention was the bottom edge of the slide on each side in the area of the rear cocking grooves.
I blended the Smith & Alexander Magwell with the frame as well as contouring the rear corner of the magwell. Careful initial fitting with a Dremel and then final fitting with files and various grades of emery cloth yielded a nice fit. I contoured the corner to remove the sharp edge as well as the checkering which goes to the bottom edge of the stock magwell.
I beadblasted the slide, frame and magwell. I blued the magwell with Brownells Oxpho- Blue cold blue, however I degreased the magwell, then heat it to 200 degrees and warmed the bluing solution. I then dip the part in the solution followed by polishing with 0000 steel wool and repeat the process until the desired color is reached.
The feed ramp, breech face and take up rail were polished after the beadblasting to restore their smooth surface.
After careful cleaning to remove the blast media, the frame and slide were coated with Militec Lube which darkened the color and adds corrosion protection, as stainless steel is not completely rust proof.
The pistol functions 100 % with 200gr. LSWC , 230gr. Ball and my preferred carry ammo, Corbon DPX. And as can be seen by the above photo, is more than accurate enough.