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Old 05-12-2010, 02:50 AM   #31
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I have received a flood of great direction and advice on constructing a fine 1911.

i have a great step by step from danf fl. and i have ordered a brownells 1911 catalog.

i have another question for the forum.

i feel i owe it to myself to either read at least one good book on building a 1911 or buy one DVD on the subject. Does anyone have any recommendations? i would appreciate them.

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Jerry Kuhnhausen has a couple of books out on the 1911. You can order them from Brownells. Glad to be of assistance. Patience and a full understanding of how things work, and you will have a nice 1911.

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Jerry Kuhnhausen has a couple of books out on the 1911. You can order them from Brownells. Glad to be of assistance. Patience and a full understanding of how things work, and you will have a nice 1911.

+1 on Kuhnhausen. The details are in there. That's where it all started for me. Drop-ins from Ed Brown, Wilson, Cylinder and Slide along with an extended magwell from Smith & Alexander do well without much fitting. Before you get into heavily fitted parts like a Les Baer barrel onto an oversized frame requiring a ramp job, you will need to read a lot before you get out the files and polishing paper. JK's 1911 shop manuals vol.1 & 2 are a great start. Won't make you a pistolsmith by any means but you can be rest assured the hobby work you do will be safe. Work slow!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 01:48 PM   #34
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Yeah I hear you. I'm thinking to start with I'm gonna stick with as many drop in parts as I can. Keep the filing and polishing to a minimum. Until i get more comfy with the 1991, after a build or two I may look into some more custom fitted parts.

I will hopefully get my catalogs in a day or two, and I will order the Kuhnhausen books Friday.

Again thanks for the replies everyone, I will keep you posted. This whole build may take quite some time.

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Good stuff.

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Get the parts and the book and jump in with both feet...don't forget a roll of emery cloth!

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Still waiting for my catalogs. I suppose it has only been two weeks, so I will wait one more and start making calls.

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I have been reading a lot of folks write about building themselves quality 1911 pistols from match grade parts. I would love to do the same. Can anyone suggest some quality vendors of match grade 1911 parts, as well as any good advice for some wanting to spend good money on a DIY pistol.

I already have a basic Springfield 1911-A1 i could use as a starting point, unless anyone would recommend otherwise.

Any good advice is welcome, thanks.

JH
Let me save you a lot of time, money and wasted effort. Buy one of Kuhnhausen's books on the 1911, at the least get and read Volume 1, then get and also read volume II. This will let you approach the project with a lot more understanding.
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Brownells also does online business. Check out their site at brownells.com

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Ive been told about the Kunhausen books, they are on the list.

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