360 Water Tower Road
Home, AR 72653
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seen examples of machine checkering that are breathtaking in their precision
and greatly admire the people responsible, whose talents on a mill cannot be denied.
Hand checkering is a laborious, repetitive, skill-intensive operation that
eventually exacts a terrible toll from practitioners. Hours spent laboring
towards perfection result in cramped hands and ruined elbows. That said,
I will continue to hand checker my pistols for as long as I am able. At
the risk of sounding slightly mystical (a description those who know me
would howl at), the knowledge that a person put so much of themselves into
such a small area carries, for lack of a better word, significance.
Hand checkering evokes images of a different era, when the pace of life was slower and hand work was recognized as the epitome of a craft. It carries its own signature, much like a hand-thrown vase by a particular potter, or an original piece of art. The very fact that the work is accomplished by hand makes it absolutely unique, as distinctive to each pistol as a fingerprint is to an individual. The owner can be assured that the frontstrap on their pistol is theirs alone, and can never be duplicated.