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Old 02-23-2008, 06:50 PM   #1
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Has anybody ever built a 1911 using an Essex slide and receiver? I think it would be an interesting project, but more expensive than just buying a factory gun.
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Old 02-24-2008, 09:13 PM   #2
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ESSEX are of acceptable tolerences for a basic US made 1911 frame and slide. Not real tight tolerences but fine to build a basic 1911 shooter.

Probably cheaper to buy a RIA 1911 complete.
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Old 02-26-2008, 10:54 PM   #3
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I've used essex arms as basis to build several full custom 1911s, The thing to remember is it takes a pro to build a full custom from a bare frame/slide considering that it takes years of experience to be able to extract the most from handfitting and componet selection. After being at it for a good while,you'll learn to do it by feel that no book can teach you.
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Old 03-06-2008, 07:52 AM   #4
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I work in the town where Essex Arms is located. I have seen their stuff and their facility and would say it is a little above "acceptable", but it's certainly of much better quality than RIA. My opinion.
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