1911 build

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Benning Boy, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    I've recently seen 80% finished frames, hence no FFL required, for sale.

    If I have limited tools and skills, how difficult is a 1911 build?

    Can the rest of the parts be had? I see barrels and firing pins all over the place, and I assume springs wouldn't be an issue, but what about the rest?
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    I would rank building a 1911 on the higher end of the home builder scale. A lot of the parts aren't drop in, so they require some proper tolerance fitting, and then if you have function problems, fine tuning them is also a bit of an adventure.

    That said, you could probably do a good portion of the work at home and then take it to a good 1911 guy for him to fit any last parts and give it a clean bill of health.

    It's definitely not impossible, and if you have a tinkerer's mentality, it might prove to be a good time for you. *shrug*

    JD
     

  3. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    On an unfinished frame, will any heat treating be required? I know you have to do it on AK recievers, but I'm assuming that's because it's a stamping.

    I want a 1911, mainly so when I grow up, I can be like Mr. D!
     
  4. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    You know, I don't honestly know, but someone here will know for sure. I think it depends on what level of "finished" you get on the part you are ordering.

    I would imagine that even if you got a blued model, once you did what you needed to do to get all the parts in place and working properly, the perfectionist would probably want it stripped down and re-blued anyways. :D

    Brett used to build 1911's all the time, but he stopped before I started hanging out there, so I have never seen one from the start through the finished project, just changes to ones here or there along the way.

    Supposedly a guy from a neighboring city called like 2 weeks ago and offered big money to have a 1911 made by Brett to his exact specs, ( it's an IPSC Race Gun ) so I might be able to see some of the process and maybe post some pictures.

    I can't honestly say what you would and would not HAVE to do on a kit build though - I am not experienced in it hands on. :rolleyes:

    JD