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Deep River Customs, a maker of 1911 pistols, is proud to sponsor Bob Marvel, who will be teaching custom 1911 courses in Asheboro, NC, beginning in April 2015.

Bob Marvel is nationally and internationally acclaimed for his craftsmanship in building exceptionally reliable and accurate 1911 pistols. In the past thirty years he has built national championship and world championship winning pistols, as well as pistols for the military, law enforcement, and for civilian use. Bob is well known for a series of .22/1911 conversion designs, 1911 design improvements, and products for the 1911, as well as being a consultant in the firearms industry.

The classes will involve supervised “hands-on” training, lectures, class discussion, trouble shooting, range time and reviews. At the end of the course, each student will walk away with a custom built 1911 pistol, knowledge of how the pistol works, and how to build and repair 1911 pistols from the training acquired in class.

Detailed information can be found at: www.deeprivercustoms.com
 

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I may have to start saving bucks for this one. Sounds interesting but my bet would be it is going to either be too expensive or too technical for me.
 

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It seems I was right, this will be an expensive event:

The cost of the ten day class is $3995.
That class fee added to travel, lodging and meals is probably cost prohibitive for me but probably is a decent deal for those who can afford it. If I get lucky and can save enough, I may see if I can attend. The webpage for it does not mention anything about technical expertise (I have zilch when it comes to machining things) and if that is not an obstacle then it is still possible I might attend one of the classes. It would sure be a vacation of a different sort and would be nice to own a 45 that I built myself. Then again, unless I could rent the use of a machine shop, I imagine I would never build another.

All the best,
GB
 

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That is expensive!
 

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It seems I was right, this will be an expensive event:



That class fee added to travel, lodging and meals is probably cost prohibitive for me but probably is a decent deal for those who can afford it. If I get lucky and can save enough, I may see if I can attend. The webpage for it does not mention anything about technical expertise (I have zilch when it comes to machining things) and if that is not an obstacle then it is still possible I might attend one of the classes. It would sure be a vacation of a different sort and would be nice to own a 45 that I built myself. Then again, unless I could rent the use of a machine shop, I imagine I would never build another.

All the best,
GB
You don't necessarily need a machine shop to produce a custom pistol. You don't have to have a lot of "technical" expertise to attend the class. Of course, a certain aptitude with firearms and tools will help.
 

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That is expensive!
Considering that, in addition to the education on pistol building from a Master Pistolsmith, you also take home a custom pistol that you built that would cost more than the price of the class to purchase.
 
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