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1911 Spec Sheet River Styx
The 2016 class dates are:
March 21-26 (one opening)
April 17-22 (filled)
May 16-21 (one opening)
June 13-18 (filled)
Please click on the Pistolsmithing Class link for complete information.
Due to a large backlog of work in my shop, I'm unable to take on any more major projects or complete builds at this time. My focus continues to be on 1911 pistols of original caliber and design. I am only accepting work from current, verifiable NRA members.
Please note: Any gun shipped to me "blindly," that is, without prior approval, will be refused and will be returned to sender--package unopened.
Welcome to my shop. If you’re a first time visitor, come on in, join the gang, and feel free to make yourself at home and have a look around. My work is constantly evolving as I seek better methods, parts, and refinements to improve my custom pistols. You’ll notice I don’t offer “pattern” pistols; those are readily available from semi-custom shops. Each pistol I build is distinctive, truly custom, a blending of my experience and abilities based on my client’s needs. While I certainly have strong opinions about the workings of a 1911 pistol, I am more than willing to accommodate a shooter’s wishes as long as they don’t affect function or safety. If your present gun needs smoother action, accuracy or other work, I also offer services like trigger jobs or reliability packages to adjust John Browning's classic design to fit your needs.
1911 pistol is the result of a melding of parts, often supplied by various
vendors. Typical suppliers include Wilson, McCormick, Brown, Kart, Caspian,
Novak, Smith & Alexander, Cylinder & Slide, Bar-Sto, and Heinie.
It goes without saying that the pistol as a whole can only be as good as
its weakest part. For that reason I insist on using the finest components,
those that have withstood the test of time. These parts must be fit together
to act as a unit that functions reliably and is pleasing to both the hand
and the eye.
I confine my work to traditional steel Government and Commander-length single-stack frames in .45 ACP only, suitable for concealed carry, home defense or combat performance. I prefer to work on well-made pistols produced by makers like Colt, Springfield Armory, Kimber, Wilson, Brown, and Baer. When possible, every detail of every gun I build is accomplished by hand. My philosophy on reliability and aesthetics is really pretty simple: You won’t get it if I wouldn’t carry it. If a pistolsmith doesn’t ache just a little when a gun is delivered to a customer, he probably didn’t pour enough of himself into it. Bob Rodgers, pistolsmith
"In my not so humble opinion...there are less than 10 guys, worldwide, that have elevated custom 1911 work to the next level. Bob Rodgers is on that short list. His attention to detail is only exceeded by his desire to produce the 'best'."
Prescott Valley, AZ
"I see lots of guns coming through classes on a continual basis... after a while the trends pointing to a fabulous pistol smith begin to emerge. Bob Rodgers’ guns WORK! They are also in a class of their own cosmetically. The attention to detail is stunning--refined, but tasteful. He builds the type of guns that I like.
Randy Cain, Director
Cumberland Tactics Firearms Training
"I've had pistols built by some of the best pistolsmiths in the world. Bob Rodgers builds a true fighting 1911 where form follows function and They
Work. In my opinion, no one does it better!"
Irv Lehman, Director
Southern Exposure Firearms Training Facility
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