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Howdy All :)

For those of you who are interested in Mark Craig's Crossbreed IWB holster, here's a little tip for ya. When you order, its probably best to do so by phone. He's very friendly and a live one-on-one chat will help to firm up exactly what you are wanting from your custom holster and which model is best for you. Make sure that he knows its for an M-A1 and not an M. The turnaround time was 3 weeks, which is precisely the time it took to arrive at my door. In fact, it would have been there a bit sooner, but I asked him to postpone it for a few days because I was called away and couldn't be there to receive it. The quality was good and the end product is very light and comfortable. There was but one problem and it involved the M-A1 Picatinny rail slot near the muzzle...it was catching the Kydex on the draw and would have been disasterous if I had needed to draw my M357A-1 in a pinch. I just cut the forward portion of the rail off and filed it smooth. (I actually like it much better now and won't miss a minute of sleep over the new profile. <shrug>) The M Series would have no issue since it lacks the slot. Here's a pic showing the area of concern.





Below is a pic of my new M-A1 right side profile with the forward portion of the Picatinny rail having been excised, filed and polished. I'll never be able to mount a flashlight or laser sight conventionally speaking, but oh well...such is life ;) After seeing the results, I considered cutting even more off, but the serial # would be part of the removal and I'm really not wanting to get into that part of firearm registration policy.<shrug>





Here is my new IWB Crossbreed rig minus Mark's fine craftsmanship. Its not a good representation of his finished product to your door. In my excitement, I failed to take any pics before I started hacking away. It was very nicely hand crafted and the pistol fit like a glove. I've never been one to simply settle for custom without having a hand in what is custom for me, particularly when my life may depend upon improvisation and unencumbered reaction time. I've reangled the Kydex pieces to optimize the ergonomics and imprint for my body and recut the leather backing to help with my draw. Also, I had to remove the rivets he uses and these aren't near the quality that Mark uses in his holster making.





All things being what they are, I'm quite pleased with the end result. A special thanx to Mark Craig of Crossbreed for his help in this project and for a good product, exceptional service and all for a very fair price. I encourage you to visit Mark's website and view what he has to offer at:

http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/


If ya talk to Mark, please tell him Wulf says howdy and thanks again. :)

Thanx people. :)
 

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Picatinny Trim

Hiya Cov :)

Yeah, I'm sure most people would think my approch to the problem and its solution radical, but I don't expect anyone else to handle the situation in the same manner that I would. My solutions are more permanent, however. I was always a bit weary of the sight rail for precisely the reason in question, "will it hang up on something". The situation with the Crossbreed brought it to reality. I never have bought a plastic pistol thinking it would retain its resale value so I must keep it pristine. Hell, all my pistols are shooters and are therefor subject to my modifications. If the serial # wasn't located where it is, I'd probably cut more of the rail off...the frame has enough material to sustain it. I'll never put a flashlight or laser on it. I considered the M and S Series but the M-A1's have a nicer grip for me. A good set of adjustable night sights I would jump at, and I'm sure they will become available in a short time. But other than that, a slimmer profile and an added max-capacity are 2 goals for its evolution. The trigger, sights and grip brought me to the Steyr M series to begin with. There are other plastic pistols to choose from...more all the time, but I liked this one in particular. I don't like the trigger on the M&P. It reminds me of the Desert Eagle 40's trigger and pinches the lower part of my trigger finger. After a long day of shooting, my Walther P99 kinda does, as well, only not as much. If it didn't shoot so darn well, I'd have traded it on something else. I actually shoot it better than my M357A-1, but I think it has something to do with the trap sights but I've shot heaps more 3 dotters. I have a Springfield Champion at the gunsmith's right now having a set of tri-traps being put on. The slide is having to be dovetailed to receive the front sight, the back can be shimmed a bit. What can I say except that I like tinkering and I've never had any complaints for the outcome. <shrug> Maybe others on the forum are more conservative about cutting and refinishing their plastic pistols...tayloring them to their personal preferences. And, there's nothing wrong with that. Its good to be cautious about modifying a firearm. :) Thanx for reading my posts. I wasn't sure I put it in the right place, but somehow it seemed more than just the "Holsters" topic. Hava good week.

Wulf
 

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Hiya Guyver :)

Thanx for your response. If I were dealing with a Kimber or a Wilson or a Caspian, I wouldn't even consider making any permanent changes to the firearm. It would indeed devalue its resale value. But, I'm not looking to purchase or collect firearms for their resale value. <shrug> My interest lays in the performance of the firearm and what they can do for me. I don't consider a new $400 pistol a collectors item. I am very involved in the pistols that I have selected for purchase. Each has a good reason for me to shell-out my hard- earned dollars, especially in todays firearms market. Choices are convaluted and endless. There is indeed a place for the Glocks and the Sigs and the HK's, but after careful evaluation of each of them that are of interest to me, I chose the Steyr. I consider them the best bang for my buck...for personal reasons. After I have my new firearms in my possession, I consider them mine to do with as I please and it pleases me to make them more to my liking. I gather that you aren't afraid to do the same, having read your post and fully understanding the need to "own" a pistol in its entirety. Purchasing a Steyr M or S or M-A1 is a very safe bet in todays market, they have been innovative and built to a very high standard of excellence for many years. Their inability to properly market their products in the USA has been a major setback for their popularity. Furthermore, if they would manufacture an M45A-1, all Hell would break loose for many American firearms manufacturers, IMHO. Glock has its G36 that has more recently hit the market and is doing very well and its not a 9mm or a 40 S&W...its a 45 ACP! I'm sorry for getting so long-winded. I just hate to see Steyr and their supporters bogged-down in some European quagmire deciding what calibres are desireable for the American market and limiting variations on its products. I do have a feeling that they will come around when its politically correct to do so...their way of thinking, or some new backer will step-in and takeover. <shrug> Oh well, thanx again and I'd love to have a go with your custom firearm. Variety and specialization are 2 of life's spices...that I consider quite patatible. ;)

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Removing Serial # ?

Howdy All :)

Might as well push this rail removal to the max. Anyone here can tell me, "What are the circumstances surrounding the modification of a firearm and the subsequential removal of the serial #, legal-wise?" Cov, MrAp?...Anybody? Plz advise ASAP...PM me or post it to add to the Steyrclub database for other members to view. Otherwise, a point in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanx in advance.

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Hiya Scott :)

That was precisely what I wanted to know. Thanx for posting. Now, that having been said, the more concise question would be, "Can the s/n be removed, carefully and without damage, the pistol carefully altered, and the s/n reinstalled in precisely the same place, unaltered?". That's a tricky one, I realize, but I'd like to know how people might interpret,

"...Sec. 5842. Identification of firearms

(a) Identification of firearms other than destructive devices.:Each manufacturer and importer and anyone making a firearm shall identify each firearm, other than a destructive device, manufactured, imported, or made by a serial number which may not be readily removed, obliterated, or altered, the name of the manufacturer, importer, or maker, and such other identification as the Secretary may by regulations prescribe.

I'm not sure how Steyr would interpret it for warranty sake so I guess I will contact them this evening and see if the warranty would be voided. I'll post what Steyr has to say about this proposal. Thanx again, Scott. You're my hero! ;)

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M45A-1

Yeah, Baby! :)

If the Steyr mags can be slightly modified, and I'm sure they can, there may be an M45A-1 sooner than we think! I wonder how difficult it would be to add a drop-in 45 ACP bbl for the M and M-A1 40's? I would think IGB or Bar-Sto could whip somethin' up PDQ. Hmmm, this thread appears to be getting farther away from maintenance and tweaks. Perhaps its time for the Pub. <shrug> ;)

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