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John Miller Longslide. This Colt longslide is really a “gun by committee.” The slide was made by master Jim Hoag, using a new GI Colt National Match slide. Hoag was the master of welding two slides together. His welding and machining skills were leagues ahead of anyone else at the time.

John Miller of Marietta Ohio, a former US Army MTU armorer took over from there. He fit the slide and a very scarce Smith & Wesson 6 inch NM barrel to a Colt 70 series frame. Of interest is the fact that Hoag made the front sight wider to mate perfectly with the Bomar rear .125 notch, for a perfect target site picture. Also the trigger guard was not squared in the traditional manner, but rather was done at an angle to mirror the angle of the cocking serrations and the grip of the frame.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s 1911 long slide pistols were all the rage, that is until comp guns made the scene. This is a very special gun, made by two legends. Swipe all the way to the left to see Ichiro’s Nagata’s picture of the gun as published in American Handgunner magazine. My iPhone 6 sucks but I do what I can. The cocking serrations and trigger guard are angled, so I felt the grips should be too. These stunning stocks were made by my man @seans_ugly_grips_ His hand checkered grips are everything but ugly.

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