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Post by ssauer2004 on 11/22/2019, 7:51 am

I may be purchasing a .45 Cal wadcutter in the near future.  I believe the gun is based on a Springfield 1911 and includes a Kart barrel.  The gun was accurized by a gunsmith named Jack Best.  Does anyone have any info on the gunsmith?  Form the limited research I did, he's since passed and was involved in military shooting in the southern U.S.  This particular gun was purchsed in the late 80's early 90's at Perry.
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Post by Dr.Don on 11/22/2019, 8:37 am

Back in the 80's and 90's Jackie was one of the onsite gunsmiths at Perry every year.  Did a lot of work on shooters' guns, including some minor stuff on one of mine.  Had a good reputation.  I never owned a gun he built, so no firsthand experience on that.
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Post by 8at4 on 11/22/2019, 9:05 am

Here's a link to a thread I started here about Jack Best.

https://www.bullseyeforum.net/t5491-pistolsmith-named-best?highlight=piseolsmith+named+best


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Post by Jon Eulette on 11/22/2019, 9:19 am

If the pistol has never been messed with by the shooter/owner your probably fine. Jackie built pretty nice pistols. I've worked on several over the years and they are typically good pistols. Price is everything on older pistols.
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Post by john bickar on 11/23/2019, 1:03 am

Shot 2660 and 2663 with one of Jackie's guns, along with some scores in the '50s (and more in the '40s, '30s, etc.)

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Post by Founder on 11/23/2019, 8:44 am

One of the NRA Referees has Jackie Best guns and they all perform very well for him. They are prized possessions.
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