1911 - .45 to .22 Conversion

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Balota, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    Dang, this gun thing is addictive. Had my first gun less than a month and I'm already thinking about my next gun. (Alright, I admit, I was thinking about it the day before I picked up my first gun...but that just makes my point! :) )

    I'm torn between getting a .22 for cheap practice and getting a .45 for home defense. My son suggested getting a 1911 in 45ACP and getting a 22 conversion kit for it. My question is this: Will a 22 conversion kit fit ANY 1911 or are there different conversion kits for different manufacturers 1911 models?

    I'm not interested in competitive target shooting, so ultimate accuracy of either caliber is not overly critical. Practical accuracy for self defense is all I need.
     
  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Forget the conversion-
    Get a 1911 in 45acp AND a 1911 in dedicated 22lr :cool:
    A whole 1911 22 is about the same as a GOOD conversion set :)
     

  3. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    What Hoss said....just buy a dedicated 1911 .22lr
     
  4. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    truth hath been spoken. ive gone through pretty much every conversion kit for the 1911 and they all suck. reallllly bad.

    get a good 1911 then get a dedicated 22lr. my favorite 22lr is the ruger 22/45. and im faaaaaaarrrrrrrrr from a ruger fan.
     
  5. canebrake

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    Take your pick'

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    Colt 1911-22 Rail Gun

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    Sig 1911-22

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    GSG 1911-22
     
  6. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    Hossfly is dead on. I just love my GSG 1911 .22. Cabelas has the Sig GSG cheaper than a Conv. unit.
     
  7. cliffspot

    cliffspot New Member

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    Marvel 22 conversion is the best.
     
  8. MrWray

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    My 2 brother in laws each got a Colt 1911 .22lr for christmas, they are really nice
     
  9. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    That ones on my short list :)
     
  10. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    Check the Specs real close on the Colt 1911 .22. I found the castings to be less than I wanted. They are too soft look at melting points etc.:)
     
  11. michigan0626

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    Taken from Marvel Precision's websight about their .22 conversion model UNIT 1.

    A 100 shot, 1.8" shotgroup at 50 yards is freakin amazing.
     
  12. thundrr1

    thundrr1 New Member

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    If your looking to get trigger time at home,,,,, here's a neat tool.

    Laserlyte — Laser Trainer Systems

    I just got the target and the LTS Pro for just under 230.00. Yes, there is no BOOM, but there is trigger discipline. I do have the Marvel conversion for my .45 and it has been great. I've even bought a Sparrow can for shooting in the basement ( still awaiting the tax stamp :( ).
     
  13. alxltd1

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    I agree that a dedicated 1911 in 22LR is the optimum way to go. I will say that I did so by buying a Kimber 22 conversion kit and fitted it to a spare Essex 1911 frame that I had. The bottom end is pure 1911 45 except for an 18 lb main spring in place of the heavier stock 45 ACP spring. It has proven very reliable (read that as very few if any jams even with standard velocity 22LR and most Target 22 LR). Kimber states in their specifications that it is designed for high velocity 22 LR ammunition, but with the lighter main spring I have had no issues as mentioned. My daughter loves it and wanted to take it but still felt it was "heavy" in her hand. I priced a Kimber 1911 22 LR ($700 average), and their 1911 Super 22 LR ($1100 average) both with alloy slide and frame. They were VERY light and my daughter loved them. However, at those prices I decided to pick up a used Kimber 22 LR conversion kit for under $300 and an alloy frame from Fusion Arms that I had (proably under $300 when I got it) and build her one for less than the cost from Kimber. Granted I am not counting the other pieces to complete the frame and grips since I have all that in parts bins or my time to assemble and fit, but it functions as she desired when I finished. The only tough part to deal with was she wanted pink grips and I inlaid the "Kimber" scroll on the slide in pink as well. Laugh now guys, but she puts 10 shots in about a 2 inch group at 25 yards and she just has started shooting. So I wouldn't laugh to loud around her.:D Well I rambled on too long. The point was as stated by others, get a dedicated 1911 in 22 LR rather than switching back and forth.
     
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  14. progolfer_iii

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    Put her in a timed event and see if her groups change. I have both kind of 1911's. It's neither hear or there. I would like to think that the gun I have put in my daughter's hand is going to find the right spot. She will disagree with me, but I think she will miss!! So she has a Judge. She won't miss!!!!
     
  15. alxltd1

    alxltd1 New Member

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    Not quite sure the point you are making here. Eventually I will have her start timed and other competition. At this point I am more concerned that she learn proper handling, technique, trigger control and sighting. Speed will come with practice and control under pressure and or duress will also come later. I have no doubt the gun I place in her hand will function reliably, and if she does her part will find the right spot. But thanks for the advice.
     
  16. progolfer_iii

    progolfer_iii New Member

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    Well I can see that my drunk a$$ cousin was on my computer last night. He's an idiot!! This is not my opinion.
     
  17. alxltd1

    alxltd1 New Member

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    No problem, stuff happens.
     
  18. Balota

    Balota ... but I used to play keyboards.

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    Well, I finally decided on the dedicated 22 pistol. I tried the 1911, but didn't like the feel of the handle. My main gun is an XDm 9mm, so I'm used to the wider, rounder shape. I also didn't want to need tools to break down for cleaning. I settled on an S&W 22A. First time at the range I shot about 150 rounds of 22 before practice with the 9mm. Noticeable difference.

    A guy in the booth next to me had just gotten a S&W .44 Mag revolver with a long barrel. Just for laughs he offered to let me shoot it. Being of sound mind, I only loaded one round. Dang. That was something else! Kinda strange though, it didn't seem to kick as much as a Glock .40 subcompact that my buddy rented.