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Posted: 5/3/2004 7:57:01 AM EDT
does anyone know where i can buy a 1911 parts kit online.i can find lowers but no complete parts kits thanx Bently
Link Posted: 5/3/2004 10:52:33 AM EDT
I've seen some in sportsmansguide catalogs.  try thier website.  www.sportsmansguide.com  ?

Sarco usually has them in shotgunnews, as does Federal Arms co.  Federal Arms has a website, but I can't remember what it is and can't search for it right now- office firewall
Link Posted: 5/3/2004 11:18:22 AM EDT
MRW, thanx sorry about the firewall that must suck.im on vacation this week so im at home.im going to check them out.have you ever built a .45 from scratch? im thinkin i can do it.thanx Bently
Link Posted: 5/3/2004 11:52:59 AM EDT
All you ever need to know is www.brownells.com

As for building your own 1911, unless you're a machinist, I wouldn't attempt it.
Link Posted: 5/3/2004 1:44:03 PM EDT
why do you say that bob?i graduated from the colorado school of trades about 12yrs ago but i havent worked in a gunsmith shop in about 8 years.i work offshore making twice what i went to school for(gunsmithing)so i may be a little rusty but i think i can handle it.do these kits require alot of fitting?thanx bently
Link Posted: 5/3/2004 2:29:21 PM EDT
I personally know several people who are non-smiths that have built a 1911 from a parts kit.  It's not difficult, just takes an understanding of the pistols operation.  Some parts require minor fitting, but if you educate yourself, it's not hard at all.

I personally have not built a 1911

But I have built an AK- come over to the dark side of arfcom and see!  It's posted in the Russian forum!
Link Posted: 5/3/2004 3:07:10 PM EDT
mrw if the darkside is owning an ak im already there i love my ak.my current gun collection is as follows....hkg3,ar15,ak47,german mauser,benelli nova,marlin 17v,ruger10/22bull barrel,tauras pt111and last but not least my cz70 pocket gun.but what this collection is missing is a .45 and what better .45 to have than a 1911 wouldnt you agree?my fiance doesnt think so but what does she know.she says i dont need another gun.and shes right i dont neeed another gun but i want a .45.lol.later Bently
Link Posted: 5/4/2004 4:20:16 AM EDT
Speaking as something of a 1911 freak and one who is married to a 1911 specialist I would caution you that building a truly workable 1911 is not that easy. There are lots of parts you will need and they are all not "drop in" as advertized.

One of the first things you will have to do is the frame to slide fit. That requires lapping the slide till it moves freely along the frame. You want a free sliding slide but not so that it has much other movement, no rattles. Then comes fitting the barrel to the slide which is where you can really mess up the whole deal. BTW, are you planning on a ramped barrel or regular?
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