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Old February 22nd, 2017, 09:00 PM   #1
 
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While the older P-Series are tough & reliable they have always left me "flat" in the aesthetics dept. Picked up/installed some LPA 3 dot adjustable sights (used) to start.
So then I pulled out my files and went to work. Hacked on the grips some. Lost the billboards ( including the warning on the frame). Rounded off the trigger guard. Changed the angle on the slide's "carry cut" so then the frame had to coincide with it. Oh no, the dust cover looks out of place now so I shorted it, squared it up and flattened (goodbye angle) the underside also. All this was done with files/sand paper only.
Wait.... well you've done it now dummy, time to break out the dremel and continue the ball cut to meet the new position and angle of the dust cover. Done? Uh......maybe.
Then it dawned on me, I personally have never seen a comp (not that it NEEDS one) on one of these. After drawing up a scale idea/design I took the pistol to my smith. Showed him....he giggled (always does to my ideas) but as before... always comes through. THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. BENSON !!!
Now after getting it home it would not run so some tuning had to be done to make it cycle (haha). Ended up with a 8# recoil & 19# hammer springs, runs like a champ again.
What now ? Try and (fluff & buff) trigger/sear and related fire control group. Perhaps some hand checkering on the front and back straps and final clean up of marks/scratches before I coat it.
My apologies for the long post and if I have offended any purist on the changing of the classic P85 refined lines.
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Nice job, on a now classic. I am a purist on my p series collection, but I would add one of those to my collection. I like it.
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Why thank you for your kind words. Trust me it made for some sore fingers and hands so my deeds did not go unpunished. Haha
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While the older P-Series are tough & reliable they have always left me "flat" in the aesthetics dept. Picked up/installed some LPA 3 dot adjustable sights (used) to start.
So then I pulled out my files and went to work. Hacked on the grips some. Lost the billboards ( including the warning on the frame). Rounded off the trigger guard. Changed the angle on the slide's "carry cut" so then the frame had to coincide with it. Oh no, the dust cover looks out of place now so I shorted it, squared it up and flattened (goodbye angle) the underside also. All this was done with files/sand paper only.
Wait.... well you've done it now dummy, time to break out the dremel and continue the ball cut to meet the new position and angle of the dust cover. Done? Uh......maybe.
Then it dawned on me, I personally have never seen a comp (not that it NEEDS one) on one of these. After drawing up a scale idea/design I took the pistol to my smith. Showed him....he giggled (always does to my ideas) but as before... always comes through. THANK YOU VERY MUCH MR. BENSON !!!
Now after getting it home it would not run so some tuning had to be done to make it cycle (haha). Ended up with a 8# recoil & 19# hammer springs, runs like a champ again.
What now ? Try and (fluff & buff) trigger/sear and related fire control group. Perhaps some hand checkering on the front and back straps and final clean up of marks/scratches before I coat it.
My apologies for the long post and if I have offended any purist on the changing of the classic P85 refined lines.
Cheers
As Tacky stated I'm more a stock type when it comes to the P series. Yours however has some nice lines to it. I had to put a picture of mine next to yous to compare them. If you have an "original picture" please post it so we can compare them. Good job ... It's a keeper for sure!
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Very nice work! Im a bit of a purist too, but my P-series collection has a couple duplicates...Hmmmm.
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rmichael63. Unfortunately I do not have any original pictures, I just dove in head first. There are plenty of lines, marks and scratches that still need cleaned up before it is finished. Yes, a keeper it is since my wife has claimed it . Haha
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Oldster. Wow, followed by "what the h*** are you doing?" Was the statement by my wife and one of my friends as the heavy files first hit the pistol.
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Boxo53. Thank you so kindly but still has some "clean up" to go before it is done. Plenty of time invested doing this by hand although you could always have someone mill these changes. If going with the comp route please be aware that your slide will have to be bored out to accept the .625 cone (smallest dia on this particular pistol) and obviously non reversible. 1/228 threading of barrel, Comp is 1.12 length by .972 width. 30 baffle .370 primary bore (closest to crown).420 (outside) secondary bore. IIRC.
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I love it. The p-series is often considered to be a "utilitarian" pistol. Not sexy, but very functional. Yours brings good looks to the game too. I am very impressed.
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Thank you for the kind words. Plenty of file work by my own hand changing the overall look.... but the comp ( many thanks again Mr. Benson) is what really makes it stand out. I myself had/have NEVER seen a P-Series pistol with a comp, so just had to make it happen. Ha
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.... I myself had/have NEVER seen a P-Series pistol with a comp, so just had to make it happen. Ha
GP ... A very impressive result. I too had not previously seen a P-Series pistol with a compensator (nor had I ever envisioned one). Well done! A unique pistol indeed .
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I just now saw this.

Impressive.
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