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Old 01-02-2017, 11:41 PM   #1
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Anyone Assemble Their Own 1911s?

I am considering a 'double stack' 'long slide' with a barrel in the range of 6-7". I have no idea where to start. Any insight and guidance is greatly appreciated.



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Old 01-03-2017, 03:34 AM   #2
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Where to start?

The M1911 Complete Owner's Guide

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003EHCDRE..._wV4AybQ1JQ9HT

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The M1911 Complete Assembly Guide (Vol 2)

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1888722185..._IW4AybTZ7V1ER
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CatmanIsGod, Major Tom has a couple of good references, there, another one, that I have used: The Colt .45 Automatic, A Shop Manual by Jerry Kuhnhausen, and his followup: The U.S. M1911/M1911A1 Pistols & Commercial M1911 Type Pistols: A Shop Manual they are available through Brownells, and request their 1911 focused catalog.

There are several 6" barreled "Long Slides" available. I have over the years entertained the idea myself. One of the focus points, in my own venture was the barrel. I had considered the Briley 6" ECM rifled barrel, and their "Spherical Bushing". This was to alleviate the possibility of barrel "springing", and allow more consistent lockup of the barrel to the slide.

Good Luck with your venture!
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The U.S. M1911/M1911A1 Pistols & Commercial M1911 Type Pistols: A Shop Manual
I see Amazon has a used copy priced at $433.79, new at $964.47! LOL!
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I built one about a decade ago. I had a friend that had gone to gunsmithing school who lent me the kuhnhausen books and a lot of guidance. I also did a lot of reading of various gunsmithing forums. I built a 1911 using spare parts I had laying around and an essex frame, I milled the slide and mounted an old smith an wesson k frame adjustable sight.

I no longer have the pistol, and every now and then get to urge to do it again. But it was a little bit of a frustrating project.
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Yeah, about 30 years ago, built a springfield from parts, fun project, you will enjoy it.
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MajorTom, are these autographed copies? $34.99 in stock @ Brownells, same price for the other one too....
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There is a guy over on YouTube that shows a 1911 build from frame on up. Pretty informative. Might just help you get started.
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Building a 1911 is fun! I've built two; one on an 80% frame and a GI parts kit, and another on a custom frame by Caspian Arms. The serial number is my son's initials and his birth date. That one took me about 8 months to finish, mostly because I spent more of my time with him, rather than building his 1911.
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Thanks for all of the input. What kind of 'fitting' of the frame, barrel and slide is necessary. Are there any particular brand of frame, barrel or slide that is highly recommended?

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Probably best to get the frame and slide from same vendor. Probably less fitting that way. If you cannot get them tight, but smooth, you'll be spinning your wheels later.
I suggest getting the books, and reading them through, before buying your first parts.

We all have a tendency to get antsy, and go charging in like a bull... then we regret it. Make sure you get the tools you need. Remember the professionals take a long time to create what we want... doing it ourselves will take a lot longer!
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I think I did 2 or 3 one was for me, a friend had a Smith Shop and let me use the tools, this was back in early 80s and it was not cost effective back then, the biggest reason is that there was no internet with stores full of parts, I still think it's cheaper to buy a basic gun and add what you like later.
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You think that's high find a copy of Clawson's 1911 collector book.

https://www.amazon.com/Colt-45-servi...6078837&sr=1-3

Cat join here >>> https://forums.1911forum.com <<<
And read. It is a very active 1911 forum FILLED with builders, custom makers and factory reps from Colt to Wilson and all in between. There are countless informative accurate threads there on building a 1911. But they can be one of the trickiest to get right. I've been into and carrying 1911s for almost three decades and still learn something new there everyday.

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Yup, that's a great forum full of excellent knowledge, belonged there several years.

I'm still flabbergasted by those Amazon prices, however. I have a copy of each of Kuhnhausen's 1911 books still in factory cellophane along with a couple used of each. What with Valentine's Day just around the corner, could sell a couple off at those prices and fund a very nice weekend. lol
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