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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 5:29 am 
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I have often joked how one of my specs a custom gun has to pass before I ship it is, I can hardly bring myself to box it up because I want it for my own….. it was very much the case with this one. I was lucky here to be able to put this one together just the way I'd do it, were I doing it for myself.

Some people turn up their nose at the OACP as unreliable. I will agree that, comparing guns that are in all other ways properly set-up, the OACP’s window of function is smaller than that of a 5” gun, just as a Commander’s window is reduced to a lesser degree, and other micro-compact 1911s’ windows are reduced to a greater degree.

Keeping a few factors in mind, the OACP can be 100% reliable. Just use good magazines with good springs, maintain reasonable recoil spring vitality, and select your ammo with a little care, and you’re good, assuming all other areas are as they should be, so rarely the case out of the box, unfortunately.

From the factory my own OACP in 1985 was not reliable and not accurate, but it sure is both now. This one, I never even shot it in factory condition but it has been 100% reliable from round one since finished and I have shot some targets with it at 28 yards that have been nearly shocking….. thanks to a Wilson barrel. I was tempted to do a slide/frame weldup on it as OACPs tend toward loosey-goosey, but in the end I didn’t and no regrets. With a bank-vault barrel fit and EGW flat-wire recoil spring setup, you really have to want to find the clearance. I managed some very satisfactory groups, six of six into 1 5/8 to 1 9/16, at 28 yards, a couple of them with three touching or nearly so.

I wound up modifying the EGW flat wire recoil spring setup. Their stuff is among the best but the OACP spring setup they offer was going to shorten the slide stroke a bit and I was not willing to go along with that.
In my own OACP I have taken to using the Asym loading of the Barnes 185 copper bullet, as it is (or at least was) the mildest loading of this bullets. Barnes will tell you that beyond a certain velocity, its performance will actually be diminished—so in exchange for more noise, flash and recoil, you get—less effect. Bumping it up that high also takes us to the edge of function in a shorter gun—not where we want to be. Mild is where it’s at in the Officer’s ACP.

Accuracy wise, this OACP did not appreciate the Barnes 185 as much as mine does, but it sure took a shine to 230 Gold Dots.

This pistol is stainless with Robar NP3—it ought not rust for a while! NP3 is as slick as they say and in my several dealings with Robar over the years there has never been a glitch. They are easy to deal with and I have a high level of confidence in them and their processes.

Being stuck with my old OACP is not all that bad, I have a lot of history with it, rounds through it, and confidence in it. But I would upgrade to this one in a heartbeat if I could!

The old-timer and the new one. Mine features one of the very first Shield Driver sights, ca. 1986.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 7:06 am 
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Ned,
That's a sweet little blaster!!!
Love the simple lines blending with the notorius Bulls nose and FRAG work, all in a small package.
Now I feel pushed to dig around to find mine.. Since summer time is almost here I've been thinking to revive my own OACP just a couple days ago, as I recall, got it around 92, it was exactly as you describe it. After experimenting an some fine tunning finally fix those issues so it becomes my trusted side arms for the next 3 years, put it to rest for a while since I couldn't find a good protective finish at the time.

It's been almost 21 years now (wow), I guess is time to go for that metal detector..

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:58 am 
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Sweet! I like it a lot!

Ned Christiansen wrote:
...I wound up modifying the EGW flat wire recoil spring setup. Their stuff is among the best but the OACP spring setup they offer was going to shorten the slide stroke a bit and I was not willing to go along with that...


What mod? Different plug? I don't care much for the Clark style plug.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:30 am 
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Well the flange was going to just rest on the back of the spring tunnel. shortening the stroke by that much. The short stroke is already part of the narrowing of the window of function, so I shortened the tunnel at the back as per normal, flanged spring plugs.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 12:05 pm 
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That's the reliability heart!
Looks great in every aspect.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:07 pm 
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Great work Ned ! I am certain that the guy who got home today from work and had this little gem waiting for him is a very happy man.......... 8) Thanks !

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:47 pm 
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Did you get my address correct?

Seriously, Ned, stop what you're doing and go patent and trademark everything on that thing for The Ned Signature Gun. It is so clean and so NED. Just a great looking and very unique style that can only be Ned. This is what I'd want if my name came up on the Michigun Lottery. Love the pics with your original in the background just to show the heritage and also where your style and credibility came from as compared to the many, many others who build to copy someone else...and hope that it will run and shoot when they finish. Cool, cool gat on an often disparaged platform.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 11:41 pm 
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Unless my eyes deceive me there's more going on with that trigger than just the unique texturing.


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this is what happens when you cross a big imagination with a big skill set. Good work Ned.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 6:46 am 
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I always find it endearing when the spare mag is bigger than its intended host :mrgreen:

Very nicely done, clean and unmistakable you.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 8:13 am 
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Thank you so much lads.

The trigger. Bill, started out as a solid one from EGW. I sent it for NP3 after the fact, having erroneously assumed they could not put it on aluminum. The only thing different about it other than the pattern I put on it, is that the bow and shoe are lightened on the inside.

NP3 is so slick, I would not want to use it on a pistol that didn't have some kind of checkering or other grip pattern on it-- it is that "slippery" in the hand.

YK, 10-round spare / spares are de rigeur with a 1911 far as I'm concerned. One hates to fire seven warning shots and have no reload :-)

A10ACN, when my patent guy insisted on patenting Conamyds I thought it of no use but I'm glad we did. FRAG, not sure but it probably could have been awarded a patent on the application of it for frontstraps, but it's hard to patent everything. And indeed it has been "most copied", brazenly and blatantly by some places that don't surprise by doing so (offshore knockoff specialists), but also by some places here in the US that I would have thought would be above it. My friends at Guncrafter industries use a modified version with my cooperation and permission; a certain 1911 manufacturer in TX simply copied it and when I called them on it they were unashamed.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 10:21 am 
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The photos (especially the first one) make it appear that the trigger face radius is offset/biased so that the lower part is further forward than the top. Maybe just an optical "delusion". I'm a fan of the original Colt Commander hammer with either a larger hole or chamfers, however your treatment on this hammer is nice. Got more close ups?


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Great looking pistol Mr. Christiansen....


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 5:56 pm 
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Bill, it is just a tad offset to the high side. Just an experiment from some time ago to bring it up with the rest of it being high-gripped under the TG and at the grip safety. Can't say it really can be felt but I have just taken to doing them that way when I rework the trigger face as I have done here.

You are amazingly observant!


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2015 7:18 pm 
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Ned Christiansen wrote:
Bill, it is just a tad offset to the high side. Just an experiment from some time ago to bring it up with the rest of it being high-gripped under the TG and at the grip safety. Can't say it really can be felt but I have just taken to doing them that way when I rework the trigger face as I have done here.

You are amazingly observant!


Well why dint'cha say so inna first place! :mrgreen: It would be interesting to feel/compare to a standard trigger. I'm very observant. Always have been since I was a wee laddy. That's probably one reason I'm drawn to working on guns. Also probably why I ended up as an Intel officer.


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I have always been a Government Model guy... having found the large profile, balance, shoot-ability, and weight so comfortable to the point that I own no 1911s that aren't Government Models.

But this O-ACP is an outstanding example and could just help me make room for something smaller.

Awesome gun Ned!

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:56 am 
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Thanks Jason. I don't see many lightweight OACP's around but I would consider that for my next one-- or a Defender, they have been surprisingly good from the factory (but still often in need of a little tweaking).


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Ned Christiansen wrote:
Thanks Jason. I don't see many lightweight OACP's around but I would consider that for my next one-- or a Defender, they have been surprisingly good from the factory (but still often in need of a little tweaking).


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Free, most elaborate, no holds barred, custom gun for you sir if you can whoop that middle name on me in the next 90 seconds.

Everyone else has six hours and if they beat you to it, YOU owe ME :mrgreen:


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Ned Christiansen wrote:
Free, most elaborate, no holds barred, custom gun for you sir if you can whoop that middle name on me in the next 90 seconds.

Everyone else has six hours and if they beat you to it, YOU owe ME :mrgreen:



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:29 pm 
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BIG time. Thanks for being there for me!


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AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where is the notifications button!!!!! Where is a time machine when one is REALLY needed???!!!! Life is just not fair....wait, who'my kidding, I had NO IDEA what his middle name was!!!
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