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Old 03-19-2012, 02:54 AM   #11
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Just getting a lot of parts is not going to make a 1911 to end all.

there is a lot of precision fitting to make the parts work properly. You might consider a course to at least learn the basics.

+1 on the Kuhnhausen's books, but that will not teach you how to fit the slide, bushing or safety, or barrel link-- just what to start looking for.

Just my .02 worth, your experience may vary.
Jusy got into guns a month ago, and my brain is like a sponge,soaking in all the info. Ill prolly have a gunsmith fit it all
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Walt Kuleck (wjkuleck) is a member here. Ask him if you should build your own 1911 after only being into guns for a month.

Start here to see some of his collection:

Let's see some 1911's

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This is a pix of a Fusion I built for a friend. I'm building a Remsport for myself.

The barrel bushing is easy to fit. The frame and slide fit can take a novice builder 30+ hours or an experianced builder 45 minutes. The barrel link is easy if you have the special tools. The safety came be a bitch for new builders. There is little margin for error and it needs to be right.

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"Wouldn't it be cool to build a 1911?"
Yeah, I had that idea. Then I read Kuhnhausen's book. I have a friend who has built two of them. He has his own machine shop. More importantly, he has decades of metal working and mechanical experience. I suspect with enough time & trial & error, I could probably end up with a working pistol.
Read Kuhnhausen's book cover to cover and get back to us. It's entirely possible that you may see the idea in a different light. Whatever happens, go in knowing the pitfalls.

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I want to build a 1911 that will make me never want another 1911.
Sorry, no such thing. If anything, it may make the problem worse.
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i have to agree with the others. a better option would be to buy as many books on 1911's and how they operate and are assembled and try your hand out on a beat up used one bought at a gun show, pawn shop or gun store and start there. without the proper equipment and specialized tools for building them, you may end up with a very expensive paperweight. i too many years ago wanted to build a 1911 from scratch, but after factoring in all the tools and the expense of outside labor for what i couldn't do, i could buy a couple of really nice 1911's ready to go. it is way more involved than people realize and they can be much more complicated and PITA to get to work as they are intended to. the building of a 1911 from the ground up isn't a project for a novice.

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i have to agree with the others. a better option would be to buy as many books on 1911's and how they operate and are assembled and try your hand out on a beat up used one bought at a gun show, pawn shop or gun store and start there. without the proper equipment and specialized tools for building them, you may end up with a very expensive paperweight. i too many years ago wanted to build a 1911 from scratch, but after factoring in all the tools and the expense of outside labor for what i couldn't do, i could buy a couple of really nice 1911's ready to go. it is way more involved than people realize and they can be much more complicated and PITA to get to work as they are intended to. the building of a 1911 from the ground up isn't a project for a novice.
Thanks for your advice, think I will read a bok or two
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Or three or four.

You might looking into a gunsmithing course that specializes in 1911's.

Cylinder and Slide comes to mind. I know it is expensive, but you will have professionals as your guide in making the parts fit.

Your experience may vary.

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Or three or four.

You might looking into a gunsmithing course that specializes in 1911's.

Cylinder and Slide comes to mind. I know it is expensive, but you will have professionals as your guide in making the parts fit.

Your experience may vary.
where is this place I live on texas
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where is this place I live on texas
Location varies. MO, NE & VA.

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Location varies. MO, NE & VA.

http://www.cylinder-slide.com/classes.shtml
There is one in jeff city mo.

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