TO: NRA School Participants
FROM: Lassen Community College NRA Gunsmithing School
SUBJECT: GSS 98.08 Custom Built 1911

Welcome to the NRA seminars for Customizing Colt type Auto Pistols.

This is going to be a very busy time for us all and I want to let you know what you will need for the class so that we can get a running start at things.

You will need to bring a Colt or Springfield Armory auto pistol. We suggest that you stick with Colt or Springfield Armory If you can, other brands have often been found to be off dimensionally making fitting much more difficult. I want you to bring a complete pistol since this is what you will see most often come through your shop for customizing.

If you have any particular problems or concerns please call me at 847-487-7776.

The tools and supplies listed below are available from Brownell's current catalog or MSC.

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

-OPTIVISOR (#3 POWER) WITH OPTILOUPE-SUGGESTED OPTION
-EACH STUDENT MUST HAVE HIS OWN HAND TOOLS, AS WELL AS AN ASSORTMENT OF FILES and STONES.
-POWER HAND TOOL OF SOME SORT (DREMEL OR FOREDOM) AND A GOOD ASSORTMENT OF GRINDING AND POLISHING (CRATEX) WHEELS. I WILL ALSO HAVE SOME AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN CLASS THAT I PARTICULARLY LIKE.
-1911 AUTO LOWER LUG CUTTER- BROWNELL'S # 964-300-187
-NOWLIN BARREL ALIGNMENT GAUGE- 654-102-000
-BROWNELL'S FRAME AND SLIDE KIT- 080-786-001
-KREBS EB/SA GRIP SAFETY FIXTURE- AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE FROM ME AT THE SCHOOL AT JUST ABOVE COST
-BUSHING WRENCH-080-045-045
-4 OZ BALLPEEN HAMMER- 956-100-004
-60 DEGREE COUNTER SINK (MSC)
-60 DEGREE X .300 DOVETAIL CUTTER- 080-621-300
-65 DEGREE X .330 DOVETAIL CUTTER- 080-621-330
-20 LPI CHECKERING FILE- 360-310-401
-3/8" DOUBLE END ENDMILL (MSC)
-1/4" DOUBLE END ENDMILL (MSC)
-NEEDLE FILE SET-259-210-010
-LATHE FILE -191-076-570
-SCREW MANDREL-257-125-401

REQUIRED PARTS

1. N.M. TYPE BARREL 5-6" LONG. (OVERSIZED IN ALL AREAS HOOD, LUGS, ETC) (HEINIE)
2. BEAVERTAIL GRIP SAFETY (ED BROWN)
3. THUMB SAFETY (AMBIDEXTROUS ED BROWN)
4. STI HAMMER
5. STI SEAR
6. ED BROWN GUIDE ROD AND PLUG
7. VIDECKI TRIGGER
8. HEINIE CROSS DOVE TAIL FRONT SIGHT WITH MATCHING REAR SIGHT
9. WILSON MATCH BUSHING

I LOOK FORWARD TO A BUSY AND PRODUCTIVE SESSION.

KREBS CUSTOM INC.
1000 RAND ROAD, UNIT 106
WAUCONDA, ILLINOIS 60084
PHONE: 847-487-7776
FAX: 847-487-7778

Thank you for your interest in taking this class. I hope you will find it rewarding and informative. In this letter I will explain briefly my background in gunsmithing, recommended pistols to work on and those to avoid, and the topics the class will cover.

In class we will focus on accurizing your pistol and how to obtain an optimum trigger pull on the gun you are using. We will also discuss reliability and what sights and optics are appropriate. Compensator installation and fit, tuning and ergonomics will also be covered.

In order to streamline the class time, please fax to me a description of the specific project you want to work on and a list of the parts you may already have. This will be to insure that you have all the required parts to do the job. If a fax is not available, please call. Before calling please prepare a list of parts in advance in order to save time. I will have available in class for you to purchase Krebs Custom barrels in either 40 or 45 ACP and Krebs Custom compensators. I will also have Videcki triggers. These parts will be offered at my cost.

The correct pistol to bring to class will be almost any model 1911 or 2011 that you would like to accurizing and tighten. I recommend any of the Colt or Springfield Armory or Kimber models, anything with a Chip McCormick frame, any model 2011 such as STI or SVI.

Pistols to avoid include any Essex frame, any Ranger model, early models of Auto Ordnance, any Safari Arms or AMT.

I earned my professional gunsmithing certificate from Lassen College, training with Mr. Bob Dunlap. I am pleased to be offered this opportunity to come back here to teach this class. Since the time I graduated from Lassen, I have worked for fourteen years as a general gunsmith and six additional years custom pistolsmithing. I specialize in USPSA and IPSC model 1911ís for competition. I am also a member of the American Pistolsmithing Guild.

It is my hope you will enjoy and benefit from this class as much as I will.

Sincerely,

Marc. K. Krebs