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To build the ultimate Carry pistol, Bill’s Custom uses Titanium receivers. Our Titanium receivers drastically reduce the weight of the pistol making them much more comfortable to carry. Due to titanium’s unique inertial characteristics, these receivers also help reduce felt recoil. Bobtailing the receiver and combining it with a Tri-Topped slide produce the ultimate in light, shooter friendly carry guns.
In the past, one complication with titanium guns has been the friction problems that occur when trying to rub two different metals together. (Carbon or Stainless Slides against the Titanium Receiver) Other builders have used coatings to counteract this problem with mixed results. In many cases those coatings were either inadequate or broke down over time resulting in failure.
Bill’s Custom Automatics permanently eliminates this problem by installing Accu-Rails in all of our Titanium guns. This system works by installing a stationary rail in the frame rail slot and milling a corresponding track in the receiver rail. With this installation, the receiver has an absolutely zero tolerance fit with the slide, but the slide is only contacting the Accurail which is made of a compatible metal. The result is a perfect slide to frame fit that doesn’t have the negative friction characteristics of other dual metal guns. An add benefit of this solution is the ability to quickly and inexpensively replace Accurails as they become worn restoring your slide to frame fit to like new condition. (Traditional slides and frames must undergo expensive and risky welding to accomplish the same restoration)
If you’re looking for the ultimate in 1911 carry pistols, the BCA Titanium Commander is a light comfortable, “World Class” solution.
When a guns’ slide and frame are made of different metals, the potential for metal galling is a real danger to the guns reliability. To eliminate this threat, Bill’s Custom Automatics uses the Accurail system in all of its titanium based guns. This system literally puts the slide and receiver on a rail system that is custom machined for each pistol. This rail system completely eliminates the potential for galling and makes the slide and frame smooth as glass and perfectly fit.
Many improvements to the 1911 over last few decades have resulted through feedback from professionals who carry and use these pistols every day. Carrying a 1911 attached to your body during stake outs, undercover operations, and tactical assaults reveals what works and what doesn’t. Bob Tailing is one of the most popular modifications being performed to 1911 carry guns today. Bobtailing involves cutting and reshaping the back edge of the pistols grip and mainspring housing into a smooth rounded shape. Reshaping the grip in this way helps minimize the guns footprint during concealment and also makes it more comfortable to sit in a chair or car seat while carrying. The BCA Titanium Commander comes Bobtailed to improve its comfort and concealability. This feature is available on all BCA Government Model and Commander sized guns regardless of their frame composition.
Fire Control System
Some people call it a Trigger, but they’re missing the target. A great feeling trigger is the result of six parts that must work together like the components of a Swiss watch. Each of the components in BCA’s fire control system are hand fit to engage each other in perfect timing and balance. Our fire control systems minimize trigger take-up and provides just enough over travel to ensure the trigger resets rapidly and reliably. This hand tuning produces a crisp, quick, response that makes activating the trigger a precision movement which can’t be adequately described by using the word “Pull”.
Grip Safety and Mainspring Housing
The grip safety and mainspring housing are the components that have the greatest contact with the shooters hand. A “World Class” gun must provide the shooter’s hand a world class grip. Your hand should mate up with the gun like a custom fit driving glove. To achieve this union, the grip safety must be fit to near zero tolerance. The upper portion of the grip tang must be ground for the highest possible grip while maintaining a natural symmetrical contour. The mainspring housing must be fit for absolutely zero movement vertically or horizontally. The frame from top to bottom should meld with the contour of the grip safety and mainspring housing as if they were made in one piece. BCA guns deliver the best fit to your hand achievable so you and the gun can function as one.
In addition to its primary role as a safety device, the Safety Lever serves as the resting place for your thumb. With a proper grip, your thumb presses against the Safety Lever and provides much of the leverage necessary to control the gun under recoil. If the safety doesn’t mate with your thumb properly, or has sharp edges, it makes the gun difficult to control and painful to shoot. Bill’s Custom Automatics takes great care to de-edge and re-shape the safety into a comfortable platform that won’t gouge or bite your thumb. All Titanium carry guns come configured with strong side safety unless otherwise requested.
De-edging is one of the most overlooked and undervalued attributes of a handgun. This is probably because de-edging doesn’t radically change the way the gun looks or provide the shooter a gizmo he can manipulate. If so, what’s the big deal?
All production guns, and many so called “custom” guns, have sharp edges. You’ll find these edges around the ejection port, on the back edges of the slide, around the front of the frame apron, on the edges of the safety levers etc… If you undergo formal training and do “Tap-Rack-Bang” drills, you will aggressively rub your hand across these areas dozens of times. Truly “Operating” a gun in this professional manor will leave you ripped and bleeding if your gun hasn’t been de-edged. Being a “World Class” gun means these refinements have been attended to. If you operate a BCA gun in the aggressive manor that firearms professionals are trained to, you WON’T end up with scars to show for it. That’s the difference between “World Class” and the “Status Quo”
Rust never sleeps! Whether it’s between the truck seats or in contact with the salt on your skin, all guns are under constant assault from the environment. Your guns finish is its armor against the elements and will determine how long the gun lasts and how good it looks. All Titanium carry guns come with Hard Chrome slide and color matching Serracoated frame. In addition to Hard Chrome, BCA also uses Melanite coatings for people who prefer black guns, DuraCoat which can be used for multi-color finishes, as well as traditional hot tank bluing. These finishes are optional and may decrease the price slightly.
o be useful and enjoyable, your handgun must have excellent sites. Handguns are often carried in harsh environments like between truck seats or in the map pocket of a door. They’re also dropped more frequently than we would like to admit. Your sites need to be durable enough to handle the rigors of the environment. They also must be visible to “YOUR” eyes no matter how young or old they may be. Most importantly, they must actually line up with your guns point of impact so you can shoot where you’re aiming. BCA’s Titanium Carry guns employ the incredibly rugged Novak adjustable combat rear sights trusted by law enforcement and military operators around the world. The front sight is our state of the art fiber optic with user changeable filament to accommodate your eye’s color preference. (Night sights available by request)
Your 1911’s reliability and accuracy hinge on the quality of the workmanship and materials used in the guns barrel system. BCA custom guns use only Cathode Electro Discharge Machined Barrels. Made from “Barrel Grade” 416 stainless, these barrels vary less than .0002 from end to end and have an internal finish that is mirror smooth. Each of our barrel systems are COMPLETLEY CUSTOM FIT to the slide and frame. Only “True Match Grade” links and pins are fitted into our barrel systems. Radial lug engagement is kept to a maximum to provide lifetime durability and excellent lockup. Barrel chambers are headspaced on the minimum side for the appropriate platform you are shooting. All Titanium Carry guns come with standard weight bushing barrel systems to minimize weight.
1911 grips must straddle the fine line between providing a positive, no slip, grip and being gentle enough not to make your hands raw after a thousand rounds of shooting. That’s no small task. In addition, they must also be durable. They should not break down, discolor, or require constant maintenance. Grips also provide a great deal of the gun’s cosmetic flare. While there are an endless array of 1911 grips available today, very few simultaneously meet all these demands. BCA guns are available with specially selected Aluminum, Carbon, and Composite grips to meet your style preferences while delivering the ultimate performance, reliability, and beauty.
While our Tri-Topped slides are cosmetically beautiful, their form is matched only by their function. Tri-Topping reduces the weight of the slide, WITHOUT MAKEIGN IT MORE SUSEPTIBLE TO DIRT AND OTHER FORIGN MATTER. Lighter slide weight means faster cycle times and less felt recoil. Tri-Topping provides you these benefits WITHOUT the reduction in reliability that porting and scalloping introduce by increasing the weapons exposure to dirt and other contaminants.