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Just wanted to give everyone an update on the upcoming pistolsmithing class year.
In normal times, the 2021 schedule would be set and filled by now, and all parts, including slides and frames, would be on order.
Covid-19 brought normal to a screeching halt.
I have two classes from the spring of this year (2020) still on hold. The nature of the work we do puts us in very close contact with each other for days. There is no way to maintain social distancing while in this classroom setting.
My plan is to get through these two holdover classes as soon as we safely can before I add any future class dates.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you'd like to get advance notice of future class dates, drop me an e-mail and I'll add you to my contact list.
The registration fee is $200.00.
This non-refundable fee will be applied against the tuition total after you send in your deposit.
Please get in touch with me BEFORE you submit your registration fee to make sure the dates you want are still available.
I will contact you in late Summer/ early Fall for the class deposit ($2500.00).
Please make sure your state will allow the importation of the completed pistol (California, for instance will not, LE are exempted).
I'm sorry, but I'm no longer accepting any work.
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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