Essex Frame

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Shihan, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. Shihan

    Shihan Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I found a 1911 with an Essex frame and a 1938 Colt slide, is this a good combo or should I keep looking?
     
  2. bobbyb13

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    no

    It's crap. By the way where is it located. Just jerking you around. There are to many variables here. FIT? extras? sights? custom work?
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    There's nothing wrong with Essex frames. The question is how well is it all put together and how does it shoot?
     
  4. NGIB

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    CA hit the nail on the head. There are very few folks I'd buy a "built" gun from...
     
  5. stalkingbear

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    How much do they want for it? How well does it seem to be fitted? Extras? We need more information, and it would be best to actually take it to a gunsmith to be checked out. Are you in a position to be able to try it out before buying?

    I have built "budget" 1911s from Essex frames/slides that shot very well indeed. The key to building a good 1911 lies more in the fitting/tuning than in the brand name. Building a 1911 involves more than assembling. Having said that, I'd be slightly leery of a "parts gun" unless you know it was built right or can get it for a GREAT price so you can afford to work on it/change parts as wanted. My personal choice for frames is Caspian if I'm building from the ground up.
     
  6. Shihan

    Shihan Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    They are asking $599. It has been refinished by them. The shop is called Tiller & Lanier Guns. Full service Gunsmithing and sales. Been there over 30 years. Very good to deal with.
     
  7. NGIB

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    IMHO, $600 is a lot of money for a build gun I know nothing about. My NIB Colt Commander was exactly $96 more - and I know exactly what I have. This gun may well be worth what they're asking but without looking at it - who knows...
     
  8. stalkingbear

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    That price is a bit steep for a used mixed parts 1911. You can buy a new 1911 for that. Unless it's set up nicely (the way you want) I would keep looking or order something like a Taurus PT1911, Springfield, or Para Ordnance Expert, or GI model.
     
  9. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I'll second what the Bear said. :cool:
     
  10. FCross7

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    It's usually a pretty safe bet to second anything that Bear says.

    -Fred
     
  11. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Then there's that too. ;)
     
  12. masterPsmith

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    X-3 on that................

    Jim............