John — If you follow the link, which I admit is to a very long thread that will require a lot of time to read and follow, you’ll see that this project sort of took on a life of it’s own once it reached Riehl’s shop.
I’m confident in the SIG. As someone who actually worked there during some of the worst days in terms of QC, that confidence had to be earned before I’d put down cash for a new gun. What Riehl did was just above and beyond and demonstrates what happens when you hand a gun nut rocket surgeon your pistol and ask, “Can you do a trigger job and refinish this for me?”
I’m with Rick on this. Running a near-totally customized piece that I can’t duplicate for any price won’t tell me anything about whether I need to risk my own $1k on a SIG. It’s kind of like a TV reality show – interesting to watch the pretty things, but not really relevant to anything. Maybe you should consider maintaining Moran as a forever pistol for its eventual residence in the NRA museum and using a different one – closer to stock – for the 50,000 round test.
That really isn’t a custom piece. It has all SIG parts, and not a single part was altered more than 0.0015in. In fact, aside from the finish, I doubt SIGs gunsmiths would be able to quantitatively tell the difference.