Brownells 75th Anniversary - A Shooting Heritage

From the Vault: Custom 1911 Carry Commander

Outside of his day job as a Brownells Gun Tech™ and reassuring presence in these videos, Steve Ostrem is also an accomplished gunsmith. Today, he reaches into his own vault to show us a custom 1911 Commander he built as a carry gun. It has a Nighthawk stainless steel frame and a Caspian slide with an Ed Brown drop-in barrel. The gun is very tight and shoots extremely well. But since Steve has access to the "world's largest" source of gun parts, he added some other goodies: Novak sights, Ed Brown beavertail grip safety, and an Ed Brown "bobtail" at the bottom of the grip frame. Steve has a confession to make about this latter item and why he likes it so much. He also installed the Cylinder & Slide Safety Fast Shooting System, which lets him carry his Commander "cocked and locked" with the hammer cocked and the thumb safety on, except... With the SFSS, the hammer spur stays forward, up against the slide, so it can't snag on clothing or holster, until the thumb safety is released. Sweet! So who wants an Ostrem Special Carry Commander 1911? Sorry, Steve is too busy working at Brownells to be in the custom pistol business, but there's a website where you can get most of these parts....

WARNING: Never attempt to disassemble or reassemble a firearm unless you are absolutely certain that it is empty and unloaded. Visually inspect the chamber, the magazine and firing mechanism to be absolutely certain that no ammunition remains in the firearm. Disassembly and reassembly should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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