So here lately I have been looking into my next project as my ar comes to a close and Im pretty set on a 1911. but as will all noobs i come with questions. Before we get to those let me tell you a short story. about 8 years ago(i was 16 then) my uncle comes down from illinois and askes to keep a few guns at my dads house cause he is goin thru a divorce and doesnt want his wife to get them or have to sell them either. And among these guns was a Colt 1911 stainless with black grips. well dad didnt have enough room in the safe for some of uncle johns guns so as will all the extra guns they went in my closet. needless to say i "found" a box of ammo and took her out for a shoot. This was the first pistol i ever shot! i was hitting the bottom of soda cans at about 15-25 yards every shot! i thought it was beginners luck turns out im not half bad with a pistol. And i have allways had a great love and respect for 1911's ever since. Dont get me wrong i like my tupperware too for different reasons(XDM) but i really still love 1911's and want my own. about 2 n 1/2 years ago i was at home on leave and bought my xdm and a kimber 1911 which i "sold" to my best man shortly after. its still at my house since he lives on base and cant have any guns there. but now i have been admiring it here lately and kinda wish i hadnt sold it. which now brings me to my questions. 1st how hard would it be to aquire all the parts necessisary to build your own 1911. i know that there are tons of parts avaliable for them all over the web and in every gun shop from here to there. the reason i ask i saw a stripper frame for one at the last guns show. no ffl required and it was in the 90-130 dollar range. 2nd is there any advantage to building my own? other then its personalized to me. Like say its cheaper or i wouldnt have to register it like if you did a 80% lower for a ar type build. 3rd should i just buy one that i like and go from there? i read canes sticky on choosing a 1911 but still have to wonder. im also thinking about gettin a carbine that shoots .45 too dont really care about mag sharing. just lookin for something fun that shoots well. Thanks for all your time and reading this long mess and any advice/opinions given.