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Old 02-19-2002, 10:13 AM   #1
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I have come across a 70 series Colt that has been accurized by Jack Best, seem to have had several other things done, Bomars, solid vidicki trigger, match bushing etc
Anyone know of his work?
 
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Old 02-19-2002, 10:25 AM   #2
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Yeh. Jack was on of the less known old timers from the generation of Jim Clark, EdSabo, etc. He built a lot of bullseye type guns for military match shooters. I know of a few that are still running. Worked on a couple too. He died a couple/three years ago if I recall correctly. If you need more info, I can get up with a couple of his old friends who still shoot his guns.
 
Old 02-19-2002, 06:31 PM   #3
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Jackie Best was one of the best armorers/pistolsmiths to EVER build guns for the Army MTU at Ft. Benning...SEVERAL National Championships were won with guns he built over the years. Yes, Jackie DID pass a few years ago...as BBBBill said, a contemporary of Clark, etc. FWIW, last I checked, one of Jackies' "proteges" was STILL building .45's in or around Columbus, GA...his name is Jack Maple...semi-retired, a real WHIZ with a "Bullseye" .45, IF you can find him and IF you can persuade him to do work for you!!!....mikey357

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Old 02-19-2002, 09:48 PM   #4
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The gun is actually my uncles, that he let me borrow. It is marked on the barrel hood
Best 9-89 and under it 159.
Built on a 70 series GM, fit is extremely tight, same with the barrel and bushing.
You can see where he lowered the ejection port, and the front strap has been stippled, a smooth style.
Gun is dead nuts accurate.
Thanks for the info
 
Old 11-07-2015, 07:14 PM   #5
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Hey, Y'all,
I just wanted to chime in about the inquire into Jack Best, the pistolsmith. Jackie was a friend of mine and he taught me as much as my brain could hold on accurizing and shooting a 1911. He truly was one of the Best. I was at stationed at Ft. Benning, and I was a competitive shooter with all guns, but I shot mostly for AMU as a 3 gun shooter. Jackie took me under his wing and showed me how to make a hardball gun shoot a group that, to me, seemed impossible. There were/are some of the best gunsmiths in the world at AMU, and I had the privilege of serving with them from '75 to '81. If you have one of Jackie's builds, consider yourself a lucky individual. I'm Tommy Loomis and you can reach me at teloomis@cs.com.
 
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Hey, Y'all,
I just wanted to chime in about the inquire into Jack Best, the pistolsmith. Jackie was a friend of mine and he taught me as much as my brain could hold on accurizing and shooting a 1911. He truly was one of the Best. I was at stationed at Ft. Benning, and I was a competitive shooter with all guns, but I shot mostly for AMU as a 3 gun shooter. Jackie took me under his wing and showed me how to make a hardball gun shoot a group that, to me, seemed impossible. There were/are some of the best gunsmiths in the world at AMU, and I had the privilege of serving with them from '75 to '81. If you have one of Jackie's builds, consider yourself a lucky individual. I'm Tommy Loomis and you can reach me at teloomis@cs.com.
Hello Teloomis,
I have sent you emails but never got a reply. I have a Colt GM70 built by Jack Best 1979. It is my pride a joy - an amazingly accurate piece of work. He engraved his signature and date on the barrel. I still have his signed test target, 10 shot group @ 50 yards with standard military hard ball - 2.05”.*My father gave me the CGM70 for my 16th birthday. It was new in the box and in factory condition was pretty loose. Later I met a friend in college who shot competitively and knew Jack while he was the military smith at Ft. Benning. I was interested in competition so he offered to inquire if Jack would accurize my gun as a special favor - which he agreed. I couldn’t afford all the bells and whistles so he gave me just the basics that I could afford. If I only knew how special this was at the time, I would have begged and scrapped more funds to go all the way. Any way since then, I have never met anyone who personally knew him so it would be a pleasure to chat sometime and learn more about him.

Kind regards,
JWhite
 
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