JASON BURTON – CUSTOM GUNMAKER
- The Clint Smith Signature Government Model -
Clint Smith Signature Government Model shown with optional ivory stocks.
"The Burton 1911 works the way a handgun is supposed to,
as the pistol functioned flawlessly, without any effort, every time I shot it."
Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch, Inc.
American Handgunner Magazine May/June 2009
With over 40 years of teaching people to stay alive in a harsh world Clint Smith, director of Thunder Ranch, Inc. and International Training Consultants, has seen allot of guns come though his schools. Throughout this time Clint’s first-person observations of tens-of-thousands of students has given him a front row seat to see what works and what doesn’t in both theory and actual application. Knowledge such as this can’t help but draw to conclusions… so when it was time to have a new 1911 crafted the configuration was an easy choice; an all steel 5” Government Model chambered in 45ACP.
I first met Clint in 2003 when I attended my first class under his instruction. Since that time Clint has been an invaluable mentor and friend who has helped shape my philosophy on carry guns and gear. This philosophy carries through into my work and it is my pleasure to individually handcraft each pistol that will be built as part of this special limited run of guns.
The Clint Smith Signature Government Model is built to the same spec’s as Clint’s personal Colts, the same guns he carries on a daily basis. These guns represent the ultimate combination of an elegant carry gun and optimal fighting pistol with key functional detail features including:
- Colt Commercial style thumb safety
- Kart match grade barrel with stainless barrel bushing
- Hand-cut 30lpi checkering front and rear
- Beavertail grip safety
- Standard length magazine release
- Short length solid aluminum trigger
- Lanyard loop
- Beveled magazine well
- Rear sight modified for one-handed operations
- Heirloom Precision Gold Line front sight
- Polished blue finish
- Thin-line VZ Diamondback stock panels (ivory stocks optional)
These pistols are further enhanced with modifications such as a weld-up frame and slide fit, flattened and serrated slide top with 3-point curved arrow pattern, detailed frame and slide with all lines straighten and trued, rear slide serrations, best quality trigger job, and bordered slide amongst many others.
Each pistol is individually handcrafted to represent Clint's idea for the pinnacle of carry guns featuring unsurpassed quality and attention to detail. These guns are an investment in quality as well as the linage of pistol craft and each is accompanied by a numbered build sheet signed by Clint Smith and Jason Burton and bearing both the Thunder Ranch and Heirloom Precision logos.
Read about the Clint Smith Signature Government Model that started it all