FAQ

Rob Schauland, the founder and chief architect of Alchemy Custom Weaponry, is a world class gunsmith whose outstanding body of work and pedigree in the realm of handcrafted, custom firearms have earned him a devoted and loyal following.

One of the top 1911 experts in the field, his faithful yet innovative redesign and painstaking reproduction of the John Browning classic have resulted in a set of handmade, hand-fit guns that are every bit as precise and reliable as they are stunning.

A master of Old World Craftsmanship, Schauland’s artisanship is a prime example of American exceptionalism at its finest and is matched only by his superior work ethic, dedication to perfecting his craft, and adherence to uncompromising standards.

You can place an order for your Alchemy Pistol through our website or by calling us at 724.767.1911

Once you pay your deposit we will begin your build which can take between 3-6 months based on the pistol and options selected.  After your Alchemy is complete, we will send a final bill and ship your gun to an FFL (Firearms Dealer) that you select.  They will do the transfer paperwork (for a small fee) and you can take your pistol home.

You can also check our dealer network to see if they have any Alchemy 1911’s in stock.

The delivery time is from 3 to 5 months from the time of order.  Your Alchemy Custom 1911 is built just for you.

Alchemy Custom Weaponry pistols are guaranteed to an accuracy of better than 1.5 inches at 25 yards. Accuracy of any 1911 is dependent on the quality and consistency of the ammunition used

Our pistols are built for .45 ACP, 9mm and 38 super

No. Rob Schauland does not accept gunsmithing requests on third party pistols. Mr. Schauland dedicates his time to designing and building his vision of the 1911, the Alchemy Custom Weaponry 1911 ’s found here on this website.

ACW frames and slides are unique! ACW frames and slides are designed by Master Gunsmith Rob Schauland and incorporate both traditional styling cues with ergonomic features such as a high cut front strap designed for both comfort and control perfected over many years of building custom 1911’s. ACW frames and slides are not used by any other 1911’s! ACW frames are made from U.S.A. forgings and machined here in America to our proprietary ACW print specifications. ACW slides are constructed in the U.S.A. from bar stock steel to ACW print specifications.

Mr. Schauland has either designed or hand-picked each and every component that goes into an ACW. All components are made in the U.S.A.  See more specifics on individual components here in the FAQ below.

The ACW grip safety is machined from USA sourced 4140 grade bar stock steel.

ACW barrels are made in the USA from 416R certified hammer forged stainless steel. Bushings are turned from 416 SS bar stock stainless steel.

ACW ignition components are constructed in-house from 420-grade stainless steel billet. The hammer, sear and strut are made precisely using EDM Wire technology machining. Disconnectors are constructed from tool steel.

The trigger used in an ACW 1911 is the best available trigger, at any price, according to Master Gunsmith Rob Schauland and a favorite among elite custom gunsmiths. The trigger design allows for a set screw set at the back of the trigger pad so there’s no hole in the face of the trigger to irritate your trigger finger.

ACW pistols use a Cylinder & Slide Single thumb-safety.

The ejector and extractor are made from 4140 bar stock steel. Both are made in the USA from an industry supplier considered to be “the best money can buy.”

Yes, magazine well is beveled. ACW pistols are meticulously gunsmith crafted 1911’s!

The Inside of an ACW frame where the plunger tube is installed is countersunk for strength and the plunger tube is staked.

The trigger pull weight is set at 3.5-4# or higher if desired. A 4.5# trigger is available for duty/carry use.

Of course! Barrels are hand fit and the rear of the frame and slide are blended by hand.

The front strap and mainspring housing are checkered at 25 LPI.  The checkering is designed for “carry comfort” with checkering at the middle smoothing to lines at the edges.  Just another unique design detail only on an ACW pistol and a trademark design of R. Schauland.

No. The only available options are those listed on the product page.  Please do not email us to ask for options not listed.  If you do not see it offered here, it is not available.

In general, Rob recommends a good quality C.L.P. such as MPro7 or Breakfree. In lieu of those, Mobil 1, Royal Purple, Redline, and Lucas Oil make fine products for keeping your gun properly lubricated. Lighter oils work best on tight guns. Thicker lubes slow down components and can lead to failures.
 
Rob Schauland indeed builds ACW pistols but has also trained other high-skilled and experienced gunsmiths that work by his side. Every ACW pistol is extensively reviewed and test fired and inspected by Master Gunsmith Rob Schauland. Including Rob Schauland, there are only two gunsmiths that build ACW pistols and respectively have 25 and 30 years of experience. Each gun is built by a Master!
It has been reported that Rob Schauland’s diet is American AF and consists entirely of bald eagle protein shakes and steroid fortified bacon.  This is 100% true and verifiable! Sincerely, Rob Schauland.