Three of my favorites bullseye guns left to right—DW King, Bob Chow, and RL Shockey. Back in the day, this is how competitive shooters got down. So what happened to bullseye shooting? Well, as it were, it was (and is) as boring as watching paint dry on a wall, so it’s much sexier sister (combat shooting) virtually killed it dead in its tracks. It’s why Dinan, Shockey, and Giles guns can be bought for relativity nothing and you have to take a second mortgage out on your house to buy a Swenson or Hoag. I personally love BE guns because they are function over fashion, purpose over pretense, and engineering over aesthetics. They are the rat rods of the 1911 world, and they are always tight and always incredibly accurate. They didn’t have much to work with back in the day, so they achieved these benchmarks with ingenuity and old school gunsmithing…a dying art.
The King gun I can live with, but oh boy, those other two pieces may be the ugliest 1911s I’ve ever seen. I guess with looks like that they had to be incredibly accurate.
Grips like those are a lost art as well. Very nicely done.