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Old 03-09-2014, 10:52 PM   #21
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Shockey 1911

I just picked up a 1911 that was done by R.L. Shockey. Does anyone know about this man and his work. The gun is a nail driver and has a 3.5 lb. trigger.
 
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:39 PM   #22
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R. L. Shockey was based in El Reno Oklahoma.
He was best known as a bullseye pistol builder and was mostly considered to be a second tier builder below top builders like F. Bob Chow, Clark, Frank Pachmayr, etc.
 
Old 03-12-2014, 04:11 PM   #23
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Holy thread resurrection! This things been dead for nearly 12 years!
 
 
Old 03-12-2014, 04:54 PM   #24
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Yes, but this forum has problems with old threads and new members.
Gater is new and had a question.
 
Old 03-12-2014, 06:45 PM   #25
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Not a complaint, just an observation! It's an interesting thread and I probably wouldn't have read it had it not popped into the new posts. I enjoy reading about the old Swensons, Novaks, Clarks, et al. I like seeing the pics of some of these old work horses too, with the original solutions to modern "improvements" some of us newer shooters take for granted.
 
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I'm glad this came back because I'm a real fan of the old stuff and try to collect them if I see something old.

I haven't seen a Swenson gun for sale in a long time. Shockey sold a lot of guns through Gil Hebard (as did Clark) and he had some strange mods like a mousetrap spring on the recoil spring plug that was supposed to improve accuracy.

F. Bob Chow was prolific and I have a couple of his guns. His barrel welding skills left much to be desired.

One name not mentioned much anymore was John Giles (Giles .45 Shop, Odessa, Florida) who had a very smooth slide/frame fit.

One of the best in terms of pure accuracy was Bob Day from San Antonio.

One of the sad things is that a lot of good gunsmiths didn't mark their guns.
 
Old 03-27-2014, 06:57 PM   #27
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Yeah, I appreciate the old thread this time around. Doesn't usually bother me, but it made me look up some oldies.

I wonder who will be the best ones from the current generation that people will be looking for generations to come....
 
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