Last year, I bought a couple PSA frames, slides and barrels with the intent to do simple builds, make some mistakes, and gain some skills. The plan was to source a bunch of cheap components and play. Well, that didn't work out as planned. Once I finally started in on the build, I had changed my mind about the detail at least a few times. With quite a bit of help and guidance from Phil at Raceguns, here is what I ended up with. The only part of the original plan that didn't change is that I used the PSA SS frame. The only modification made to the frame was drilling and tapping to attach the scope mount. The scope mount is from Weigand. The back part of the mount was cut off and reshaped to eliminate all of the excess. I didn't need the full length rail to mount the short Vortex Viper Red Dot. The slide started as an STI Classic with no sight cuts, serrations, or logos. I marked it up with a Sharpie and Phil went at it with the mill. Lots of lightening, flat top, and cocking serrations on the rear. The barrel is from Clark Custom Guns and came with the bushing and compensator. Phil took care of properly fitting the barrel/comp to the frame/slide. The Mag-Guide is from S&A and started with a smooth / flat rear surface. The rear cuts were done on a mill. We tried a bunch of different cuts, angles, and tools using some scrap material till we found something I liked. Maybe Phil remembers the details of what was finally used the get the final pattern. The rest of the components are a mix of high quality stuff from Wilson, Ed Brown, Nowlin, Infinity, Cylinder & Slide, Smith & Alexander, and VZ. I was able to fit all of these small parts with just file and stone work. Surprisingly, no parts were ruined in the fitting process. After the initial fitting was complete, safety checks done, and test firing a box of ammo, it was time for the finishing to start. Phil applied Sniper Grey Cerakote to the frame, slide, compensator, and scope mount. I polished all of the exposed SS components to nearly a mirror finish. I had a chance this weekend to visit the range with the final product. It went bang every time. No jams or other troubles. Recoil is very gentle. Since the Red Dot is mounted to the frame, you never loose the sight picture as the slide is cycling. The dot moves around a little while the slide is cycling but it's very close to being back on target a soon as the slide returns to battery. Also, the slide cycle time should be a bit shorter than normal since the slide is lightened. Next time I am shooting outside, I plan to get a slow motion video of this setup and a standard 1911 to compare. It should be interesting to see the movement during firing. The only thing I plan to change is to order another set of the same VZ grips but in Grey. I just temporarily borrowed these from another gun.