In order to build my own functional U.N.C.L.E. Special, the first thing I had to locate was a worthy specimen to modify. I realize there are undoubtedly some who will consider the conversion process a mechanical form of blasphemy; to some extent I can relate—having been taught the value of collecting original firearms and striving to keep them in their OEM configuration. It helped me develop not only the knowledge and respect associated with the hobby, but to develop the heart of a collector as well. Regardless of the collector's blood running through my veins, my interests in custom firearms ranges somewhere between Doctor Jekyll and Frankenstein.
While gathering research for this project, I came across several online sources including Larry Green Productions. In addition to selling various forms of movie and TV memorabilia, Larry also sells Walther P1s converted to U.N.C.L.E. Specials. For someone interested in purchasing a functional pistol variant it might be worth considering. However, after a significant amount of deliberation and additional research, I passed on purchasing one for two reasons: Post-war P38 variants, such as Larry's, have aluminum-alloy receivers. In an effort to provide the most stable platform for the carbine stock I narrowed my focus to the different WWII-era, steel-framed models. Second, Green's P1s contained a feature different from what I wanted. What was it, and what changes did I have in mind? Check back soon and find out.