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Posted: 6/29/2003 4:11:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/29/2003 4:24:06 PM EDT by JMA]
Hi, Fella's I'm new on the board, but not to shooting. I currently shoot IDPA and like defensive combat tactics. I am considering building a 1911 from scratch using RR or McCormic frame and slide, with whatever internal parts would be appropriate for my needs. Any comments or suggestions? Anyone done this? Thanks for any input!
Link Posted: 6/29/2003 10:13:13 PM EDT
The first thing you need to do is get a Brownells catalog. They have ALL major mfgrs in there so they don't play any favorites when it comes to brands.

As for who to get, if you stick with the Big Boys, you should be ok: Wilson, Brown, Baer, STI, etc. etc.

Brownells will allow you to compare price w/o having to go all over the place.
Link Posted: 6/30/2003 5:59:26 AM EDT
Unless you really like metalworking, enjoy mechanical troubleshooting, and spending an inordinate amount of money on expensive tools, I'd suggest starting with a mil-spec version and customizing from there.

This allows you a head start on getting the gun functioning, and also lets you accumlate special tooling at your own pace.

Also, if you buy from Brownell's, you'll pay a lot more for the parts than you will for a complete pistol.

Link Posted: 6/30/2003 2:26:04 PM EDT
Using a "name" brand frame isn't a bad idea for the first one. You might want to get one of the Kuhnhausen volumes on the 1911 (#2 is a bit more focused on the internals and their functions).

it's a worthwhile experience but can be a bit aggravating.
Link Posted: 7/2/2003 10:14:54 AM EDT
If you access to some machinist tools you may want to consider this. This is really starting from scratch.

Link Posted: 7/2/2003 10:41:48 AM EDT
Tannery Shop is out of 1911 frames of any sort at the moment. No word as to when more will become available. Since William the owner is currently on active duty in Kuwait, things are sort of on hold.

The only company producing 80% 1911 frames right now is www.ktordnance.com.
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