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Has anyone heard of him? If so, what have you heard/seen/talked about?

I am interested in this gentleman's history, apparently he was quite a seminal pistolsmith.

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Circa 1960s???? Vague memory of the name and for some reason I associate revolvers with it. I'm not sure that is anywhere close and I would have to search my papers to see if i have anything.
 
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I think 1960's is correct, because a friend of mine had a Hi Power custom made by Frank Paris that he carried with him in Vietnam.

But I believe he was a 1911/Hi power specialist. I may be wrong on that, though.
 

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As I said, it was a very fuzzy memory, especially the revolver part. Perhaps I saw a revolver he did back in the day. At least I had the right era. Accuracy work was his forte - again, if memory serves.
 
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Oh, no, every piece of info I can get is good. Thanks for the input. If you run across any of your articles on him, post it up here please. Some of the old school guys I know remember him, but not a lot of info is forthcoming.
 

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Hello. I think that this might be his current work address:

Frank J. Paris
17417 Pershing St.
Livonia, MI 48152-3822

It is the only "Frank J. Paris" I could find doing a search under that name that is associated with gunsmithing.

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Frank Paris passed away a good many years ago. He was a good friend and I have him to thank for making me the shooter I am today. He did not consider himself a gunsmith as he did not do work on all guns. His speciality was automatics, mostly 1911s and hi powers although he did machine his own systems for many race guns. He did not routinely work on revolvers. As a gift to me, he took my revolver to magnaport and had them create a 3.5 second pin gun out of it.
Frank was buried with his wife's ashes in the coffin, with him. An incredible story of love.
 

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Hello, I just joined this forum after I Googled Frank's name after telling some buddies about him and saw this thread. In the late 80s I was a budding personal 1911 pistolsmith and competitive shooter. I met Frank after I had him do some work on a Series 80 Colt .45 Auto I was shooting at the time. Frank realized I had interest in smithing 1911s and opened his shop door in Redford to me whenever I was able to stop in and learn. He was a phenomenal pistolsmith and an even better person. I have continued to build guns to this day using the knowledge I gained from many hours watching Frank work and listening to his explanations for his modifications and his history in the business. I owe much of what I know about the 1911 platform to Frank J. Paris. God rest his soul!
 
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