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Thursday, February 25, 2010
The BEST Custom 1911 Pistolsmith ever?
Jim Boland is my favorite pistolsmith and I am always looking for Boland Guns to buy. They were ahead of their time in every way. I know of no one building guns today that could duplicate his efforts. I would estimate at least 100 hours of work in every Boland comp gun like the gun shown above. Boland was the master of the welding torch-and no part was left untouched by its flame. He welded up frame pin holes and relocated them to suit his idea of where they should be. 1911 barrels were likewise welded on every conceivable bearing surface and completely redesigned. The beavertail on a Boland gun or "Spring Board Tang" as he called it was complemented by "Gas Pedals" (Welded Swenson safeties), "Mud Flaps" (Thumb Guards) and the "Jungle Lips" magwell. Add other esoterica like square wire springs, welded ejectors and mag catches and lots of machine cut checkering you have a Boland Masterpiece. RIP Mr. Boland.