Here are two quick pics. I hope to get out to the range this weekend, but my honey-do list is pretty big.
My initial impressions on external fit and finish. My comparisons are to my only other semi-custom a 2006 SACS Custom Carry:
1) This pistol is solid -- slide to frame fit is incredible and nothing moves when you shake it: Feels like shaking a piece of bar stock steel. Tighter than my CC.
2) Rear slide to frame fit is very well done -- on par with earlier SACS work.
3) Trigger is nice -- just about right for me in weight for a defensive pistol, breaks cleanly and only exhibits a touch of creep that is inconsequential. Not quite as good as my CC, but it will do just fine.
4) Pistol unlocks with only a bit more effort required than on my CC. This was a surprise to me. I have read how insufferably tight some Baers are and that you darn near need a mallet to unlock them. This pistol is far from that. All I can say is that this pistol is tight, but not so tight I cannot hand cycle it easily.
5) Thumb safety is firm. I am not sure this will "break in" but it is manageable as is. It certainly won't get knocked off easily by accident. My CC has what I consider the gold standard of thumb safety fit -- with a nice snick on and off and one that can be managed with just the shooting hand thumb to engage/dis-engage. To re-engage the TS on my Baer, I need to use my support hand. We will see how it is after a few hundred reps.
6) I specified a plain/blackened rear sight and tritium front post. The sight is a Kensight knock-off of a Novak low mount. I will probably put a 10-8 on it. Front Tritium is marked Ameriglo and is nice and bright.
7) Hand checkered 30 LPI front strap is well-executed and straight. The terminations on the sides and top and bottom are uniform and nicely done.
8) BTGS is nicely shaped for a high grip. The fit/blending is good, not quite as nice as my CC, but nicer than other semi-custom offerings out there. It will be just fine.
9) Stocks are of the slim variety and look very nice and offer a good purchase. Since the Baer frame is a touch bigger front to back, the slim profile works well with my hand. This pistol feels different in hand than other 1911s I have -- but in a good way. Shooting grip feels very solid. I will stay with these grips for a while and see how it goes.
10) Pistol arrived in the standard cardboard box with standard accouterments (3 magazines) and the 1.5" group target cut-out. Would love to see this pistol arrive in a soft-sided gun rug, but I know this wishful thinking. The pistol was packaged up soaked in oil and sealed in a plastic bag which is just fine with me.
Overall impression: This pistol seems born to work hard and I can't wait to wear the bluing off of it. Of course, the proof is in the shooting -- and I will get a report out on that ASAP. I plan to shoot about 500 rounds through it with Wilson 47D and ETM HD/+P magazines before I strip it for its initial cleaning. Will keep it lubed generously throughout.