Excellence Defined

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From Heirloom Precision

Inspiration is a gift. Yet often, when moved to act, the result falls short of the inspiration. At other times, gifted times, that same inspiration yields art, melding with function — and you get real magic. This cased set from Heirloom Precision, made under the hand of Ted Yost there, is, precisely, a case in point.

And as we enjoy it, we need to keep a few things in mind. While our pages are often graced with stunning examples of the pistolsmith’s art, we concentrate on focusing on the examples of craftsmanship, excellence and art we have at-hand, and hesitate to ever say, “This, this very one, is the best ever.” Each deserves the limelight; each deserves recognition. Because what is the best ever? What caliber, or design, or finish or final result deserves to be labeled best?

And who says so?

Excellence is something I like to think many people try to aspire to. You only have to look at past issues of Handgunner to see example after example of that quest. But have we met the apex of excellence? Should we close our pages, saying, “There now, no use going on, as nothing could ever be better than that one” and simply put a period on it? Of course not. There can and always will be something else, something different, something better, something even more compelling.

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Building the tools from raw stock meant lathe work and plenty of hand work too!

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No, it’s not machine checkering!

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Ted painstakingly arranged the tools and gun to best make use of the case.
His work was simply flawless and truly showed what we all call “Old world craftsmanship.”

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The ball cuts on the forward part of the slide were done manually in a mill. No CNC here!

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Once the layout was completed on the case, Ted cut each division out by hand on the jigsaw.

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Again, all by hand, Ted reshapes the dust cover.

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To get those “flats” Ted relies on a surface grinder, but pays close attention.
Even though a machine is involved, it’s all about set-up and care.

Other Delights From Heirloom Precision

A tasty sampling of other work done by the Heirloom Precision shop. You can see they are not limited to a palette of 1911s, but enjoy work on High Powers and revolvers too, among others. Being a true custom shop, you can literally have your dream come true with the team there. Their benchmark might be called “minimalist” perfection!

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