Thinkin about building a 1911. Can anyone tell how difficult it is? I'm a novice. Is it possible to put one together without any gunsmithing?
I built mine from a Doublestar frame (centerfiresystems.com) $99O One thing when you swap the mainspring from one housing to another or just asseble one "if you get a totaly new assembly" I strongly suggest putting the housing in a vice to compress the spring into place and wear a pair of safety glasses.
If that little plug gets away from you and into an eye well kiss that eye Bye bye and get use to being nicknamed Cylops or Patch . That is one strong little spring and the cap is somewhat pointed .
My Kimber's mainspring housing is metal.If you decide to change out the mainspring housing get a Swenson and save yourself some $$ , I put an Arched one in my Daly EMS "Midsized" and it slid right in no problem . The Swenson is anywhere fro $10-$30 less than the other brands and a mainspring housing isn't what I would call a major part anyway . Heck Colt and Kimber's new guns came with Plastic ones and I think still do .