Build questions?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by AznZOhAn, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. AznZOhAn

    AznZOhAn New Member

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    Friend wants to do his first 1911 build and he worried about prices. Approximately how much is build plus labor.
     
  2. AznZOhAn

    AznZOhAn New Member

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    This is also his 1st 1911. I've never built one so I figure I would ask for guidance from experienced and wiser people than me. I advised him that it wouldn't be as expensive as he thinks.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    I have "slapped" together a couple of 1911's for less than $300 (not counting labor).

    I have assembled some with over 40 hours of labor invested with over $1000 in parts.

    The assembling of a 1911 can be inexpensive, if you get inexpensive or used parts.
    But if that special tool is required, or machining / fitting of parts is required, the price goes up.

    And as a first time builder, I would recommend that the firearm be checked over by a competent gunsmith upon completion and before firing.
     
  4. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    IMHO you gave him incorrect advice :confused:
    By the time you buy 100% of the good parts needed you could have bought a good 1911 & had money left over for ammo :eek:
     
  5. JohnJak

    JohnJak New Member

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    Just pick up a nice used Rock Island(or other cheap 1911) and do what you want to it after you get to know about 1911's.
     
  6. truevil1313

    truevil1313 New Member

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    I agree with the above.
    I was given a complete slide assembly, and thought I would build the rest. Well my frame, I was able to buy at wholesale and it is an STI forged frame, still cost $300 with shipping. The parts kit is a Wilson Combat stainless, it cost $350 with shipping and is still back ordered. I have contacted a gunsmith about coating the frame and fitting the slide to the frame, and thats going to be another $300. So I will be into this build at least $950, probably more, and it is going to take months before it is complete.
    I would have been better off just buying a new one and selling the slide assembly I was given. But since I am so far into this now, I will trudge ahead and see how it turns out.