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Posted: 6/3/2002 5:05:13 PM EDT
I have a fullsize Springfield 45 and was wondering if I could purchase a commander style slide and barrel and put this on the frame? Kinda new to this and wondered if it was possible?
Link Posted: 6/3/2002 10:38:34 PM EDT
It would probably work but look weird as the dust cover on a govt model is longer.
Link Posted: 6/4/2002 7:54:32 AM EDT
It won't work as a drop-in conversion.  A gunsmith could do the work to make everything fit and function properly, but it would be more cost-effective to just sell the 5" pistol and buy a commander-sized one.
Link Posted: 6/4/2002 9:33:31 AM EDT
The fullsize and commander frames are the same size... dustcover, gripframe, everything. The hammer might be different between the two (colt comes to mind). Commander size slide, barrel, and recoil spring is what you need to do the conversion
Link Posted: 6/4/2002 10:04:35 AM EDT
YngSAR1- is correct the frames are identical, you should be able to have a complete commander slide group and drop it in. for complete reliability you should fit the barrel and look at the feed ramp make sure the barrel doesn't overhang you frame.

Link Posted: 6/4/2002 12:37:12 PM EDT
Well, it's a drop in if you don't mind the overhang at the front of the frame.  If you do mind it (I would), just go ahead and grind off that extra 3/4 inch off the front;  but before I did, I'd make darn sure that the Commander size was really what I wanted.

If you do the conversion, put the full size barrel and slide assy up for sale on the equipment exchange board here. I'm sure you'll find someone who'll want them
Link Posted: 6/4/2002 9:53:04 PM EDT

The fullsize and commander frames are the same size... dustcover, gripframe, everything

I believe if you'll check, you'll find the dust cover is indeed smaller on the Commander frame.
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