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Al's gunshop 1911 wadgun??

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Post by gordon bryan Thu Jun 06, 2024 2:23 pm

Hello everyone,
 I bought a colt early 70's series 1911 that was gunsmithed into a great wadgun. Full bomar rib, pre-stippling on front straps and a small hole in the main spring housing where with an allen wrench I belive one can adjust the trigger pull.  The slide has the name Al's gunshop.
Does anyone have info about this gun??
Thanks

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Post by james r chapman Thu Jun 06, 2024 6:45 pm

Dinan?
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Post by kc.crawford.7 Fri Jun 07, 2024 3:29 am

Al Marvel out of MD?
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Post by chiz1180 Fri Jun 07, 2024 4:09 am

I thought Al Marvel was “Marvel Custom Guns”
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Post by kc.crawford.7 Sat Jun 08, 2024 4:20 am

chiz1180 wrote:I thought Al Marvel was “Marvel Custom Guns”
He is, but the only thing I could think of.
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Post by NukeMMC Sat Jun 08, 2024 7:53 am

I thought Dinan went by Alton, not Al. Got a picture of it?
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Post by Wobbley Sat Jun 08, 2024 9:30 am

Alton was his name he used in publishing, but I think he would answer to Al. But…this being a series “70” gun, I’m not sure when Dinan quit gunsmithing. Certainly not far into the 1970s…

Update Al Dinan was killed in an automobile accident in 1977, he was 60.

I would also like to say the Al Dinan was likely the best source for 45 accuracy loading techniques. He preferred a ROLL crimp on his 45 ammo. And he preferred a softer alloy to cast his bullets.
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Post by james r chapman Sat Jun 08, 2024 6:56 pm

and his front sights had 3 distinct holes thru them as I've heard.
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Post by JimH Sun Jun 09, 2024 4:43 am

james r chapman wrote:and his front sights had 3 distinct holes thru them as I've heard.
and Dinan stamped on the front of the barrel bushing

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Post by Dcforman Sun Jun 09, 2024 7:55 am

Google found Al Greco out of PA? Al's Customs. Been building 1911s since 1985? Fits the timeframe.

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