'Member that light, fluffy, easy-to-shovel snow I was talking about the other day? Well, after laying about for a couple days on the sidewalks, it's all surly and packed and doesn't like to be told to move. Ugh.
Anyhow, until I'm feeling a little bloggier, here's an excerpt from the comment thread on the Giant Cylinder & Slide "Pocket Hammerless":
Nathan Brindle: "Yummy...but IMHO way overpriced, sorry. Yeah, I understand the law of supply and demand, and the concept of limited production runs, and collector's items, and all that. But why can't a gun like this be made for the masses? JMB wouldn't have screwed around with that kind of thing, he'd have made the gun affordable."One thing I was surprised to find out in the business was how expensive handwork is as part of the overall cost of a gun. And that "Model of 2006" has a lot of handwork in it. There are hours and hours just making and fitting up the slide extension...
Me: Nope, not overpriced at all. That gun is largely handwork by a master gunsmith. The labor hours/shop time alone in fabricating, welding up, and polishing the rear slide extension would probably pay for a used Glock all by themselves, and all you'd have when you were done was a slide in the white.
If the slides and frames were sold as blanks, and with the labor done by the guy at your local gun-haus, you'd end up with a gun that cost about as much as a Brownell's-kit 1911, which is to say anything from ~$800 if your guy is cheap and you're willing to settle for CMC or generic parts, or $2000+ if you've got a top flight smith and you go the Kart/C&S/Brown route.
If a factory tooled up to produce them, however, they probably wouldn't cost a lot more than a decent 1911, although they'd have to make up for lack of volume with higher prices, since they'd have to recoup tooling and setup costs over a smaller production run. Springfield or S&W could probably bring it to market for a bit over a grand, street price.