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Great read LDD. Much like with Rick I was fortunate to spend a couple of days with Bruce back in December at the class in Mesa. Did you know he hadn't been back in 10 years?

It was an experience I will never forget.
 
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Very good interview, Bruce is a wellspring of insight.
 
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Hmmmm. Wonder what's under the towel? Secret Volcano Base stuff, no doubt. Smile


Bruce's porn stash



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Great interview LDD!

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Bruce: "I just decided I’m going to go all-out, all-in and do the absolute best work I can completely by hand—everything on the gun from sight installation to barrel fittings, to slide-to-frame-fitting and all the cosmetic work, completely done by hand. I’ve used the milling machine to straighten out a couple of lines externally, everything else is by hand."


That ought to be quite a 1911. What kind of time does hand-fitting every part of a custom 1911 take - if you have an idea? I know of some who have been calling for a gunsmith to make a truly custom 1911 with a real Damascus steel slide for magazine articles. Have you thought about whether you would use old school deep bluing or something else? Is your vision in more of a classic style - if you even know yet? I presume function and accuracy would be first concerns. There just aren't too many examples of that kind of work around or able to be produced anymore. What watchmakers, jewelers and gunsmiths were able to do with just hand tools in the past has been amazing. Good fortune to you along the way.


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I'm more interested in whats hiding under the paper towel in the first picture. Wink

it looks small. Maybe Bruce is working with Keltec for a 10mm subcompactBig Grin






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I also notice that maybe his extension cord behind him on the wall is a little frayed?
 
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Great interview. Thanks for these interviews LDD, I and everyone really appreciates them.

I think Bruce has been making a classic mistake that is super common among the self employed, myself included. Bruce has been charging too little. If his overall profit margin is only 10% or so, a small price increase would double or triple the profit margin. Often small, moderate cost shops eventually close down because they do not charge enough.


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It's nice getting to know Bruce. Thanks, LDD.




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LDD, it looks like the end of the interview got cut off... can you check it out?

Thanks!
 
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LDD, it looks like the end of the interview got cut off... can you check it out?

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It was there before and now it's cut off.

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want to buy.

There are very few companies that guarantee the way things we do. We guarantee our work on somebody else’s gun, for life. We can do that, we stand behind it and we don’t regret it. It is a business.

USPSA and IPSC declined for a while in this country largely because people spent an awful lot of money on equipment that did not work and it drove them out of the sport. And we saw that in the early to mid 90s with the rise of all these people building really expensive open guns that did not function. With people constantly having nothing but malfunctions and jams and giving the entire concept of the 1911 a bad name.

These are things that I think people need to realize can still happen. It’s a testament to the quality of production pistols that are out there now that they’re as good as they are and don’t require as much work as what we had in the past. Building 1911s we used to make everything by hand. Now you can buy a trigger kit of a Glock or go to Randy Lee and get great stuff for the M&P, and be down the road and have pretty good assurance you stuff is going to work. But once you step beyond that, you have to be careful.
 
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Great Job LDD and thanks to both of you.



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Another great interview! Thanks to all
 
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Thanks! Very cool.


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Nice work, LDD. I really enjoyed the read. Thank you!
 
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Part III is now up.
 
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Very good interview LDD . Bruce you are one interesting man. I love the three guns you did for me , even if I am one of those 9 months deal . WELL WORTH IT WILL DO SOME MORE.

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Wow, he is so humble. One to learn from for sure.





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Great interview! I am looking forward to the parts Grayguns is making. Bruce's integrity and character shine through.


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Great interview and glad Bruce is resource for Sig.
 
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