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How to turn a $320 gun into an $850 gun thatís worth $500 #7111664
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First you start with a pretty simple pistol. I chose a browning buckmark.




Then you add the following:

Tandemkross ďVictoryĒ flat faced trigger
Tandemkross ďHaloĒ charging handle
Striplin Custom Gun Works 1911 Grip Adapters
Hogue Zombie green 1911 grips and screws
Bushnell TRS-25 dot sight
Tactical Solutions Trail-lite fluted and threaded 5.5Ē barrel
Tactical Solutions Pac-lite compensator

Once youíve done all that, you have a pistol youíve invested over $800 in that youíll never get back out of it, but will have for a very long time.





Now that all the self deprecating fun is over with. This will be my rimfire steel match pistol. Hopefully Iíll shoot my first match in April if I can make it. If not, itíll be May. North Texas Multi Gun does a steel match once a month Iím Cresson and they have a rimfire division. Iíve shot this pistol a bunch the last couple months, but havenít gotten to put a single round through it since I added the aftermarket parts. Hopefully it makes its range debut tomorrow so I can do some ammo testing with the TacSol barrel.

Iím going to get some of parts cerakoted in neon green and add some zombie style graphics somehow to it. Figured Iíd make it as outrageous as possible. Iíll drop parts off for cerakote this week. And Iíll post that final photo once I get them back.

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Re: How to turn a $320 gun into an $850 gun thatís worth $500 [Re: Tff caribou] #7111752
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I've done, and continue to do, similar tricks with some of my firearms. I figure I might just as well trick out the gun the way I want it to be. It's harmless but expensive fun!!

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I love it....looking forward to the range report... cheers


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Re: How to turn a $320 gun into an $850 gun thatís worth $500 [Re: Tff caribou] #7111836
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That pistol is just downright sexy. Like you, have done the same knowing you'll never recoup the funds if you sell. Who cares. We're having fun by golly. banana

Look forward to a range report.


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I will give you $350 for it. Provided you don't put zombie stuff anywhere near it.



Re: How to turn a $320 gun into an $850 gun thatís worth $500 [Re: mikei] #7111877
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Originally Posted By: mikei
I've done, and continue to do, similar tricks with some of my firearms. I figure I might just as well trick out the gun the way I want it to be. It's harmless but expensive fun!!


Yep. Some guns donít need to be an investment. This was already my most fun gun to shoot, and now Iíll smile even more when I pull the trigger.


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Re: How to turn a $320 gun into an $850 gun thatís worth $500 [Re: aggiehunter03] #7111878
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Originally Posted By: aggiehunter03
I will give you $350 for it. Provided you don't put zombie stuff anywhere near it.
Iím still not sure what kind of graphics. I thought about green cerakote on the charging handle and barrel, and just some green lettering somewhere that says ďzombuckĒ


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How to turn a $320 gun into an $850 gun thatís worth $500
Ain't it the truth? One of my 6.8 SPC rifles I originally built in 2010 is on it's fourth or fifth "upgrade". I originally had about $800 in the build and I don't even want to figure out what I have in it now. But, I don't plan on selling it, it's set up like I want, (for now), and when I finally check out it will probably go to my grandson anyway. Life is way too short to not enjoy and have a few things you really don't need. Enjoy the Zombie Killer.


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I need a TacSol barrel for my Buckmark


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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
I need a TacSol barrel for my Buckmark


Itís much much lighter than the factory barrel. At least mine was. I like it, but some people like a front heavy gun. So keep that in mind.


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That is a badass little pistol. Nice work Sir cheers

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Originally Posted By: 2Beez
That is a badass little pistol. Nice work Sir cheers


Thanks. Getting it cerakoted the way I wanted was ALOT more than I expected, so paint is currently drying. Iíll post pics in a couple days when itís done.


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Very simple - Take a $200 handgun and smuggle it into Canada. It has now become an honest to God $2,000 handgun on the streets of Toronto or Vancouver. Same for the ammo 1000% markup.

Oh and OP - nice work.

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I learned long ago you can't reason someone out of something they don't reason themselves into.


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HEY !!!! TFF


I'm the best at doing this !!!!

Couple more hundred you coulda bought a Volquartsen Scorpion, maybe even break even when you sell it.......maybe not


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Re: How to turn a $320 gun into an $850 gun thatís worth $500 [Re: Buzzsaw] #7113079
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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
HEY !!!! TFF


I'm the best at doing this !!!!

Couple more hundred you coulda bought a Volquartsen Scorpion, maybe even break even when you sell it.......maybe not


I love those scorpions. But equipped like mine youíre talking close to an extra $800-1000. But if you have it to spend, maybe worth it. Those are so sick.

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She shot like a dream, honest unsupported 1/2Ē 5 shoot groups at 10 yards. 10 and 15 round groups I could cover with a quarter. I shot 20 rounds from a rest and it shot 10 shot 1/4-1/2Ē groups at 10 yards. That was with cci standard velocity. I couldnít be happier. Except that I hate the paint job I did. I wanted to save some money and try to paint it myself before I paid to have it cerakoted. Iíve had good luck painting guns in the past, but a lot of these parts are anodized or some other finish that makes them really slick. Paint doesnít want to stick to it. So Iím going to send the parts to scalpel arms to get cerakoted.

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Good project

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That's great TFF

I may have to put a Buckmark on my short list since I sold my tricked up Ruger Mark III.


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Great thread title. clap

I own guns for the fun and enjoyment of it. I rarely consider investment value. They are all shooters. Your project is very cool.

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Originally Posted By: Buzzsaw
That's great TFF

I may have to put a Buckmark on my short list since I sold my tricked up Ruger Mark III.


Yes you do. Iíve shot a number of rugers, and I prefer everything about the buckmark. Ruger makes a dang fine .22 pistol. They run great. I just really like the buckmark. I loved it even before I tricked it out.


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At least you realize that your modifications don't add a ton of value to the gun. I can't begin to count the number of times I have seen someone send a Glock to a guy that takes a soldering iron to the grip and they think their $450 gun is now worth $800 because it is customized.


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Originally Posted By: VAFish
At least you realize that your modifications don't add a ton of value to the gun. I can't begin to count the number of times I have seen someone send a Glock to a guy that takes a soldering iron to the grip and they think their $450 gun is now worth $800 because it is customized.


Value of custom work is subjective. I could take all the after market parts off, put the factory parts back on and price it out for closeish to what I paid probably, but i wonít. Most guns I buy end up getting sold, this one wonít. Unless I find a smoking deal on a scorpion or something. I really love it and shoot it so well.


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That is a badass little pistol. Nice work Sir cheers


Thanks. Getting it cerakoted the way I wanted was ALOT more than I expected, so paint is currently drying. Iíll post pics in a couple days when itís done.


Say fool... How did the paint job come out grin That sounds like one hell of a shooter man.

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That is a badass little pistol. Nice work Sir cheers


Thanks. Getting it cerakoted the way I wanted was ALOT more than I expected, so paint is currently drying. Iíll post pics in a couple days when itís done.


Say fool... How did the paint job come out grin That sounds like one hell of a shooter man.


Ehh. Itís not what I wanted. Iíve got emails in to a couple of other shops to see if I can get it done for less. The parts have pretty slick surfaces and the paint didnít lay down quite like I wanted.


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