"I have been using the services of the gunsmiths at The 1911 Academy for the last three years. Initially, I had the master gunsmith, Charles Burford, perform a minor repair on my shotgun. I, then, had a trigger problem on my 1911 that Charles corrected while I watched. Repairing, or upgrading a firearm, while you watch is not something commonly allowed in most gunsmith shops. 1911 Academy actually encourages your watching while one of them works on your firearm. Over the past couple of years, the 1911 Academy gunsmiths have upgraded two other 1911 pistols from stock firearms to a custom carry firearms. These 1911's must be shot to fully appreciate just how amazing a 1911 can be. The level of experience exhibited by the 1911 gunsmiths has led me to rely on them for advice on new acquisitions and on upgrades for better performance from my equipment. Today, I do not take my equipment to any other gunsmith shop for repairs or service. I strongly recommend them to all of my friends and acquaintances."