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Old 05-04-2013, 07:54 PM   #1
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I'm new the the whole 1911 world. Love to owe 1 one day. But had the idea of building one or if its even possible.

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I'm new the the whole 1911 world. Love to owe 1 one day. But had the idea of building one or if its even possible.
yes it's quite possible to build one from scratch. if you have the skills and special tools required to do so.

building a 1911, isn't like assembling an AR. most all parts will need to be fitted and massaged into place to make the pistol function properly and safely. building a 1911 is not a DIYer project for a beginner.

cost wise, not really. by the time you buy the slide and frame, all the parts, the manuals and the tools and supplies, you could have bought two really nice pistols that only need ammo to shoot.

not something i would recommend, unless you like dumping money into a project to learn how.
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Thanks for the heads up I'll just man up and buy one. I shot the springer and the kimber (but it was a compact). Which u prefer ?

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Thanks for the heads up I'll just man up and buy one. I shot the springer and the kimber (but it was a compact). Which u prefer ?
personally i like the Springfields better. much better warranty period compared to Kimber. Kimber does make some good looking pistols, but cost comparison and warranty period, i think there are better choices.

some people have really good luck with them, some not so much. IMO, given the cost of a Kimber and the warranty, ( one year ) i probably wouldn't ever buy one new for sure.

i have owned many Springfield 1911's over the years and currently have one now. i really like the Springfields personally. i have had nothing but good luck with each one i have owned. they have a huge selection of 1911's at various prices to suit just about anyones budget.
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Thanks for the heads up I'll just man up and buy one. I shot the springer and the kimber (but it was a compact). Which u prefer ?
Go with a sig, I had 2 1911. A Sig and a colt, both very nice but I love my sig
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Go with a sig, I had 2 1911. A Sig and a colt, both very nice but I love my sig
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I had a Kimber TLE/RL full size in stainless. I was a great looking unit, lots of fine comments on appearance. It did suffer a few operational issues and they were very polite about any needed factory service, even offering a warranty repair 8 years after purchase on a known part that was operationally deficient. However , the rate of failure was on average 4% which to me was about 3.8% to high. I think their prices are excessive given their current production techniques versus their original custom precision. I've been eyeing either a Sig Scorpion or Remington R1. They are both amazingly well designed and I've read few operation issues on either.

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FATface,

Building a 1911 is best left up to a skilled armorer or company. There is a lot of polishing and special fitting of parts required. More than most people would want to tackle or have the tools to complete. It is in no way at all like putting an AR together as has been mentioned. All parts are NOT interchangeable as your Thread title reflects. Best to buy a good one that has been produced by the manufacturers or a skilled Gunsmith!

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It is true that a 1911 can pretty easily be completely taken apart, setting it apart from almost all other gun designs. That makes the platform similar to the AR-15.

But where in the AR-15 platform I could exchange parts with friends all day long and not affect functionality of any of our AR's, the same would NOT be true of the 1911 platform. I wish that were the case.

I would still leave building a 1911 to the pros. Or least the home gunsmith who is better than a bubba.

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It is true that a 1911 can pretty easily be completely taken apart, setting it apart from almost all other gun designs. That makes the platform similar to the AR-15.

But where in the AR-15 platform I could exchange parts with friends all day long and not affect functionality of any of our AR's, the same would NOT be true of the 1911 platform. I wish that were the case.

I would still leave building a 1911 to the pros. Or least the home gunsmith who is better than a bubba.
Yea 1911s are funny. I had a,colt and own a Sig. I swapped magwells, beavertails, but the safeties were different sizes. I cold change out slide stops and the bushings where fitted different.
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