It’s a Border Thing

Custom Silver Handgrips For One of My 1911s. Sheriff Jim WilsonThe first ornamental metallic pistol stocks that I ever saw were those that came out of Mexico. Metal overlayed with gold and silver, these Mexican stocks were usually adorned with the Aztec calendar or the Mexican eagle & snake symbol that is featured on their flag. When I was a young man they were quite popular with lawmen and pistolians on both sides of the Rio Bravo. For some reason, they just never caught on with Glock shooters, though.

Over the years, I have owned several sets of these gold & silver stocks for various 1911 pistols. However, the last few sets that I have examined showed a real lack of quality. The metal was thin and flimsy and the stocks did not fit the pistol very well. Given Mexico’s crazy attitude towards guns, the reduction in quality is not all that surprising.

Fortunately, we have a number of craftsmen in this country who are keeping the tradition alive. More importantly, they are also keeping the quality high. One of these is Kevin Johnson, of Clarendon, Texas (806-205-0435). Kevin has engraved guns and stocks for a number of discerning pistol toters, including quite a few Texas Rangers. Kevin also has a Facebook page and, from time to time, shows some of his work on that page.

The 1911 stocks that Kevin made for me are metal with silver-scroll overlay. In my advancing age, I decided to forgo the addition of gold to the mix as I was afraid it might look a bit too gaudy. In the center of each stock is a duplicate of my old cinco peso badge. Most importantly, Johnson’s metallic pistol stocks are sturdy and they fit perfectly. And they are certainly an attractive addition to my Colt Lightweight Commander.

I am reminded of something I once heard Ranger Capt. A.Y. Allee say… ”It would almost be an honor to get shot with something that pretty!!!”

These silver 1911 stocks arrived just in time to help me celebrate yet another birthday. I like the idea of celebrating the border lawmen who have gone before. I was raised in the Southwest, have lived here all my life, and will undoubtedly die here, too…………… Not anytime soon, though.

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185 Responses to It’s a Border Thing

  1. Hoss Dugger says:

    Always wanted a set of silver stocks just never did it. It just might be time…

    • kevin johnson says:

      Adrian Burdett, as the maker of these stocks, I can assure you that these are VERY reliable and practical to use on an everyday bases! They are a hollow one piece construction, with silver overlays, and a red brass spacer for the grip bushing. The use of non-ferrous ,material, keeps them for scaring your pistol. Plus the base stock is 16 gauge thick, and makes for a very strong and sturdy feel, without the weight. These stock only weigh about 3.5 oz.

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  5. Scott Tschirhart says:

    I think I’ll give Kevin a call today and see if he can do a set for me with my old cinco peso badge on it. But I’m thinking I’ll go with the gold highlights. Thanks Jim!

  6. Cameron Ammerman says:

    Sadly I learned of Kevin’s work on this page almost a year ago. He probably does fantastic work but I placed an order for a Cinco Peso Badge and have yet to receive it. I have message after message claiming by Kevin its on its way. To no avail it never arrived. I understand the man is probably busy but if that’s the case you should not take on and agree to the order. I only post this here because this post is where I heard of Kevin’s work. I’ve been a policeman since 2001 and have every message backing this statement. As of right now I cannot recommend or share the Sheriff’s experience with Kevin Johnson.

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