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Old 12-31-2012, 05:13 AM   #11
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Smith & Wesson came out with a 1911 in scandium made by there performance center. This is the 1911 I want MSRP is $1500 and I would rather plunk the money down on this, than a Wilson Combat, or any of the other real high custom jobs.

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Old 12-31-2012, 05:22 AM   #12
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If you're going to build as 1911, do it right. Go 10mm!
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:27 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by axxe55
BTB, the 1911 is not a pistol you buy parts for and assemble like the AR. most parts will require fitting, even when they are Mil-Spec. fitting these parts also requires specialized tools for the 1911 platform and some are not cheap, and they will be rquired to do the job correctly.

many people have thought they could buy a frame and slide and the parts needed and assemble a 1911 cheaper and better than what's available from the factory. wrong! i priced doing this several years ago, and i could end up buying two really nice 1911's for what it would cost to build one really nice one doing it myself. another consideration is the cost of the tools. if you only planned on building one, then factor in the cost of those tools into it, because if you only do one, they are now pretty useless to you.

my suggestion, hit the pawn shops and gun stores and look for a used 1911 and customize it to your tates and needs. or buy a RIA or American Classic and do the same thing. that's what i did. i bought an AC Commander and modified and customized it to my needs and taste. i came out much cheaper and with a much better pistol.
THIS! Take the advice.

Unless you have experience in gunsmithing and machining, you're in for a long and expensive ride. This is a huge undertaking, even for a brand new gunsmith.

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Old 01-02-2013, 05:34 AM   #14
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I built 3 of those sarco kits up a couple months ago. LOTS of hand fitting involved. Frame to slide alone took better than a day to get it right. Tools are expensive and only work for 1911.

Bottom line $325 each for parts kits and frames, $275 in tools. $416.67 each not counting custom parts and time. You decide if its worth it for yourself, answers may vary....

FYI: by the way i' m a machinist by trade and don' t count all the precision measuring tools in the above estimate...
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