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Old 11-18-2011, 12:27 PM   #1
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The 1911 Gods must be smiling on me. First I bought another Kimber this week, and now a long time friend of mine is giving me a complete Kimber slide.
It is a sad story. He had a Kimber and put the .22 conversion kit on it and took his son to the range. They stopped for dinner on the way home, and while they were in the restraunt, someone broke into his car and stole several things, including his Kimber. It has been two years and the gun has never surfaced. So he is giving me his complete .45 slide.
I do not know a lot about 1911's, I know more about AR's than 1911's, so my question is, speaking in AR terms, since he is giving a complete upper (slide), can I just put it on any lower (frame) on it and have it work properly? Does it have to be a Kimber frame, or would another frame work, and if so which frame do you all recomend?
All I know right now is that it is a complete slide, with barrel, recoil spring, etc, and it is the 5 inch goverment length. I will pick it up today and see what model the Kimber was.
Thanks for any help you guys can give me with this.

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Old 11-18-2011, 02:26 PM   #2
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The 1911 Gods must be smiling on me. First I bought another Kimber this week, and now a long time friend of mine is giving me a complete Kimber slide.
It is a sad story. He had a Kimber and put the .22 conversion kit on it and took his son to the range. They stopped for dinner on the way home, and while they were in the restraunt, someone broke into his car and stole several things, including his Kimber. It has been two years and the gun has never surfaced. So he is giving me his complete .45 slide.
I do not know a lot about 1911's, I know more about AR's than 1911's, so my question is, speaking in AR terms, since he is giving a complete upper (slide), can I just put it on any lower (frame) on it and have it work properly? Does it have to be a Kimber frame, or would another frame work, and if so which frame do you all recomend?
All I know right now is that it is a complete slide, with barrel, recoil spring, etc, and it is the 5 inch goverment length. I will pick it up today and see what model the Kimber was.
Thanks for any help you guys can give me with this.
Chances are good that it'll slide right on most any 1911 lower & work fine
It mite take a little fitting tho- a few strokes with a stone or simialar
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Yup. What he said. ^^^^^
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Doesn't Kimber have that grip safety that activates the firing pin plunger (ala "series 80", or "schwartz")?
If so, you may have to remove that from the slide first.

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Thanks guys.

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Well, well, I guess it's a good day. I just found out a good friend of mine has a good friend at STI. Tomorrow he is going to give me a discounted price on a frame. Then he said he would fit the slide to the frame for me. Maybe this mutt gun will turn out pretty nice.
I will keep you guys posted on what happens.

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Well, well, I guess it's a good day. I just found out a good friend of mine has a good friend at STI. Tomorrow he is going to give me a discounted price on a frame. Then he said he would fit the slide to the frame for me. Maybe this mutt gun will turn out pretty nice.
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Please keep us in the loop. This sounds good.

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picked up the slide from my friend yesterday, and I am stoked. It turns out to be a series I Kimber Custom Shop, Super Target.
I still have not heard back on the frame yet.
I will keep you updated.
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I made a mistake. It is a Kimber Super Match.

I just talked to my buddy's buddy today, and half of the STI story is true. I am getting an STI forged and checkered frame at a discount, but the guy will only fit STI slides to their frames. Oh well, It will take 6 weeks to get the frame in, so I guess I have time to find a gunsmith that will fit the slide.

I want to do the frame in a flat O.D. green. What should I do? Have it parkerized, or try the dura coat product? Any first hand knowledge of the two would be welcome. Other ideas are always welcome.

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