Bulding a 1911?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Woodford, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Woodford

    Woodford New Member

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    I have built several AR-15's as well as a couple 80% AR's.

    I am currently waiting for my Form 3 then the Form 4 to come through on a can (45Osprey) and I plan on using it primarily on a Glock 22 .40 S&w. I ordered the .45 can so I can in the future have the flexibility.

    I am thinking of trying to build a gun around the can. any tips?

    Pics?
     
  2. Wambli

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    A 1911 is NOT a Leggo gun like ARs and such. They require special knowledge and skills. I'm not trying to talk you out of it and you can learn a lot while doing this, OR end up with a junk gun that will never be reliable. Buy quality parts the first time around which will save you a lot of headaches, and be ready to buy dups of the parts you screw up.
     

  3. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    +1 ^^^

    You will not save any money by building your own 1911a1, but you will learn a lot.

    Have you considered buying a used 1911a1 and modifying it to your needs?
     
  4. ACRhino

    ACRhino New Member

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    I got an inexpensive 1911A1 GI on consignment and have been mucking with it here and there just learning and shooting. If I screw it up i'm only out a few hundred bucks, if I get it ship shape I just saved a crapper load on a really good gun.
     
  5. alxltd1

    alxltd1 New Member

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    A great way to learn and gain satisfaction

    It may be true that in the long run you may not save any money building your own, if you quantify your own labor time. But the learning experience will put you way ahead of others. The advice about getting a used 1911 and modifying it to your own specifications is sound. It will provide you with a base to work and learn from. I don't know if they still publish it but the manual from Jerry Kuhnhausen (The Colt 45 Automatic- A shop manual) is a terrific start. I don't know if the manual is updated with series 80 info but for me that's OK since I don't own any series 80 1911's. There are also a load of Youtube videos, but I never know the credentials of who makes them so be careful. Anyway, I would encourage you to read up first and then go ahead if you feel it is for you. Good luck.
     
  6. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Brownells has both volumes.
     
  7. agrotom

    agrotom New Member

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    I built my own SA many years ago when you could buy them in a kit. It has worked out to be my best and most reliable 1911 I own. Its the best way to get to know your handgun!!! :D