1967 Colt 1911 by Santa Barbara gunsmith John Spilborghs. Spilborghs immigrated to the US from Belgium in 1967. He was an accomplished machinist and crafted some of the finest custom 1911s in the late 70s and 80s. It seems like there was an awful lot of talent in Southern California in those years. Kings, Pachmayr, Swenson, Hoag, Jean St Henri (grip maker)…all legends, all from Southern California. It’s ironic that the most influential 1911 smiths in the world came from a state that now hates guns. This beautiful example in high polish blue over hard chrome checks all the “forever gun” boxes. Swenson thumb safety, Hoag grip safety, Barsto barrel, Bomar low mount sight, and checkering virtually everywhere. The Belgian broke his knuckles on this build. How’s it shoot? Lights out. Complete because I finally found them —slightly beveled, magwell, ambi, double diamond grips by Craig Spegel.