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 Who makes the best .22-caliber 1911 pistol? Not just conversion kit.
EPD1102  [Member]
5/19/2010 8:18:29 AM
I'm looking for a good .22-caliber 1911 to practice with but I want to buy a complete 1911 in .22, not just a .22 conversion kit. The only way I'd be interested in the conversion is if I were to buy a complete lower and make a complete gun. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg but I want something that is going to be accurate and will run well. I appreciate any advice you guys can give me.
Moderators: I didn't know if this thread would be better in the rimfire forum or the 1911 forum so I posted it in both. I hope that's okay.
Thanks

Edited to add that I like the look of the Kimber 1911 .22. I looked at the Tactical Solutions conversion kits to go with an appropriate frame but the rail on top of them makes them look like they won't fit in a regular 1911 holster.
Thanks Again
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22LR  [Member]
5/19/2010 10:54:04 AM
there were several made, but only a few currently.

Chippa, has introduced a 1911. if you try using google or the search function here, you will probably find something on them. price isnt that bad, but you get what you pay for too. dont have one (yet?) but its on my list, but at the bottom.

Colt 80s ACE. be prepared to spend about 1k for one in good/great shape. the last batch had the floating chamber and ime has leading issues, but some people have had good luck with preventing it. its more or less heavier then the 1911 since the barrel is much thicker for the 22lr. the one i have is really nice, but unless youre willing to spend the $$$, chances are you wont touch one since they arent made anymore.

Argintine ACE. more or less a copy of the Colts.

Kimber. All aluminum pistol. they made 2 versions. iirc a standard and "target" version. dont know how well they shoot but they are on the lightweight side.

imo, youre better off with a conversion since there are alot of choices to choose from.

GunnyG  [Team Member]
5/19/2010 11:09:39 AM

Originally Posted By 22LR:
there were several made, but only a few currently.

Chippa, has introduced a 1911. if you try using google or the search function here, you will probably find something on them. price isnt that bad, but you get what you pay for too. dont have one (yet?) but its on my list, but at the bottom.

Colt 80s ACE. be prepared to spend about 1k for one in good/great shape. the last batch had the floating chamber and ime has leading issues, but some people have had good luck with preventing it. its more or less heavier then the 1911 since the barrel is much thicker for the 22lr. the one i have is really nice, but unless youre willing to spend the $$$, chances are you wont touch one since they arent made anymore.

Argintine ACE. more or less a copy of the Colts.

Kimber. All aluminum pistol. they made 2 versions. iirc a standard and "target" version. dont know how well they shoot but they are on the lightweight side.

imo, youre better off with a conversion since there are alot of choices to choose from.


Agreed. Another plus to using the conversion is that the trigger and grip will be 100% exactly the same as the pistol you are training for.



I paid $375 for mine, and it migrated over a couple of my 1911s before I settled on using my Combat Elite almost exclusively as a .22, since it mirrors my GCNM so well.




BTW... Here's one for sale: http://www.jgsales.com/product_info.php/m/colt/p/colt-22lr-conversion-kit-ace-w-magazine-excellent-to-like-new-condition-/manufacturers_id/32/products_id/3090?SID Somebody needs to jump on this before I get a second one.
EPD1102  [Member]
5/19/2010 6:22:59 PM
I saw a Chiappa today at a gun shop for $260. It felt decent for the price as a plinker and practice-gun.
They said people usually call them a Chalupa or a Chia-Pet. I thought that was funny.
I'm kind of looking for a Kimber if I can find a good used one or maybe building a pistol with a frame and a conversion kit.
wetidlerjr  [Life Member]
5/21/2010 5:56:17 PM
Colt Service Model Ace

usmcchet9296  [Member]
5/23/2010 1:45:41 AM
I have a Kimber Rimfire Target and cant say enough good things about it
I have heard people have had feeding and extraction issues with theres but after a short breakin I have had almost "0" FTE or failure to go to full battery
I think any problems people have had is because the plastic magazines will ride up in the mag well and drag on the bottom of the slide with may cause the slide not to go too full battery
Now I dont hold the pistol in the palm of my free hand so I dont run into this
I have also heard that you can use a Criener (sp?) metal mag and have no problems
as for how it shoots well here is a standing 7 yard grouping I did the first day I got it

and this was at 25 yards
Combat_Diver  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 6:40:20 AM
When I was in high school (early 80s) had a friend that got a used Colt Service Ace, Outstanding pistol! After GW1 I purchased a used Colt .22LR conversion kit. Still shoot it often but getting tired of swapping uppers. Looking a purchasing a new frame and building a complete pistol now. As a side note a few years ago found out that my wife's great uncle was David M. Williams the designer of the of the floating chamber in my Colt and designed the M1 Carbine (which I'm getting a CMP one for my wife)



Its not the most accurate .22 pistol but I use it as a training pistol for my 1911 that I carry and trained both of my boys at a early age to shoot it.

CD
GunnyG  [Team Member]
6/5/2010 4:44:03 PM

....Its not the most accurate .22 pistol but I use it as a training pistol for my 1911 that I carry and trained both of my boys at a early age to shoot it.

CD


Ditto!

yumbeef  [Team Member]
6/14/2010 10:42:48 PM
if i had the scratch, i'd get a marvel unit 1 conversion and slap that baby on my rock island armory tactical.
http://www.marvelprecision.com/unit1.php
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