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ItsmeShane 01-02-2010 11:15 AM

tactical rail
researching before I buy a 1911. Ive been looking at the ones with the light rail on them, but ive noticed that they are a lot more expensive then the regular ones. is there a simple solution to this like add one yourself or is that part of the lower assembly?

utf59 01-02-2010 02:21 PM

That's part of the frame. Depending on your purpose for the gun, you might not want/need the rail.

ItsmeShane 01-02-2010 03:18 PM

I just considered having it, incase I want to put a light on it. for looks basically.

General_lee 01-02-2010 03:25 PM

You can get a Taurus PT1911 with the rail for a pretty decent price.

ItsmeShane 01-02-2010 03:34 PM

I did see a taurus here without the rail for 699. thats a good price compared to the rest ive seen. whats the one with the rail on it run?

Flint Rock 01-02-2010 04:17 PM

There are ways to put a light on a non-railed model 1911. You can send the gun to Novak and they will install a light rail on the gun, or you can do it yourself BROWNELLS : BERETTA 92/96 & 1911 AUTO LIGHT RAIL MOUNT - World's Largest Supplier of Firearm Accessories, Gun Parts and Gunsmithing Tools.
I think it would be a bad idea either way. Getting a quality holster to fit a 1911 with an aftermarket light rail would be a challenge. I'm sure you could get a large tactical rig that could handle it, but then the option of concealed carry is pretty much gone.
I advise non LE and less experienced shooters to get a flashlight instead of a weapon mounted light. With a degree of training and or experience, the handheld light works very well for most. The risk for some is that with a weapon mounted light you are pointing a loaded and ready to fire gun at everything. That's fine if it's a BG that surprises you during a search, but if it's a kid looking for a lost dog, not so good.
I carry both types of 1911's (railed and non-railed). I carry a railed 1911 sometimes with a mounted light, and sometimes with out. If I was limited to one 1911, it would be a light rail model, but I am not a new or lightly experienced shooter.
This gun I also carry in a leather Nighthawk belt holster and a Galco IWB.

ItsmeShane 01-03-2010 12:02 PM

yea that makes sense. I do have a lot of kids that live around me. that wouldn't me good. It would be even worse when they go home crying and tell their parents "Shane pointed a gun at me"

canebrake 01-03-2010 02:06 PM


Originally Posted by ItsmeShane (Post 207401)
I just considered having it, incase I want to put a light on it. for looks basically.

Ain't vanity a bitch?

ItsmeShane 01-03-2010 03:56 PM

yes sir it is.

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