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Old 12-25-2011, 01:42 AM   #1
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Friend wants to do his first 1911 build and he worried about prices. Approximately how much is build plus labor.

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Old 12-25-2011, 02:47 AM   #2
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This is also his 1st 1911. I've never built one so I figure I would ask for guidance from experienced and wiser people than me. I advised him that it wouldn't be as expensive as he thinks.

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I have "slapped" together a couple of 1911's for less than $300 (not counting labor).

I have assembled some with over 40 hours of labor invested with over $1000 in parts.

The assembling of a 1911 can be inexpensive, if you get inexpensive or used parts.
But if that special tool is required, or machining / fitting of parts is required, the price goes up.

And as a first time builder, I would recommend that the firearm be checked over by a competent gunsmith upon completion and before firing.

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This is also his 1st 1911. I've never built one so I figure I would ask for guidance from experienced and wiser people than me. I advised him that it wouldn't be as expensive as he thinks.
IMHO you gave him incorrect advice
By the time you buy 100% of the good parts needed you could have bought a good 1911 & had money left over for ammo
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Just pick up a nice used Rock Island(or other cheap 1911) and do what you want to it after you get to know about 1911's.

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I agree with the above.
I was given a complete slide assembly, and thought I would build the rest. Well my frame, I was able to buy at wholesale and it is an STI forged frame, still cost $300 with shipping. The parts kit is a Wilson Combat stainless, it cost $350 with shipping and is still back ordered. I have contacted a gunsmith about coating the frame and fitting the slide to the frame, and thats going to be another $300. So I will be into this build at least $950, probably more, and it is going to take months before it is complete.
I would have been better off just buying a new one and selling the slide assembly I was given. But since I am so far into this now, I will trudge ahead and see how it turns out.

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