Mounting a pistol on a 1911


September 30, 2005, 09:03 PM
Hi folks,

I recently bought a Kimber rimfire conversion kit for my 1911's and I thought it might be fun to mount a handgun scope to use with the 22LR slide. Is there a good way to securely mount a scope on a 1911 that does not require any permanent modifications (such as drilling and tapping the frame) to the gun?



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September 30, 2005, 09:05 PM
Your title is a little misleading.

TO answer your question.....not that I know of.


September 30, 2005, 09:41 PM
There's a mount that is attached to the grip panel that'd do. Forget who makes it.

September 30, 2005, 09:45 PM
I was worried, so very worried, when I first saw this title.

October 1, 2005, 12:05 AM
There are several small heads-up display red dot scopes that mount using a dove-tail mount that replaces the rear sight. JPoint, Docter, etc.

October 1, 2005, 12:49 AM
maybe you could mount a keltec p32 under the dust cover using a custom mount that would lock on the same way their little pocket clip does.

October 1, 2005, 06:35 AM
Sorry guys, I meant mounting a "scope".

I found a company called Aimtech that makes scope mounts for the 1911 that attach to the frame via the grip screws. I'm going to look into this option.


October 2, 2005, 05:48 PM
A grip replacement mount, like this NPC, should work well for you.

In addition to AimTech, I think Clark Custom and B-Square also offer similar mounts.

Good Luck...


October 2, 2005, 07:31 PM
Hey Joe Hatley,

Thanks for the info...

That NPC mount looks nice, since it can be used with a 1911 with an ambi safety. The description on Brownell's website said that the Aimtech cannot be used with 1911's with an ambi safety.

Where did you find your NPC mount? I couldn't find it on the brownell's online catalog.



October 2, 2005, 09:36 PM
I don't think a mount that attaches to the slide (as suggested using the slide dovetail) would work on a .22LR conversion. I doubt that the .22 LR cartridge has enough recoil energy to fully operate the slide reliably with the scope attached (unless you wanted to manuallly operate the slide.)

I have a slide mounted red dot on a 1911, but it's not a .22 conversion. The .45ACP has more than enough energy to operate the slide with the scope mounted but it has been necessary to use a lighter recoil spring when shooting light .45 loads.

October 3, 2005, 06:04 PM

I bought my NPC mounts from Brownells for $60, but I don't think they carry them anymore. The contact info that cam in the package is:

Glen Cove Sports Shop, Inc.
189 Forest Ave.
Glen Cove, NY 11542
(516) 676-7210

Note: I would work witha n ambi thumb safety, but most come with an extended
thumb lever. That would probably cause clearance problems. I replaced my safety with a stock version.

Good Luck...


October 3, 2005, 06:20 PM
Thanks Joe. I'll check it out. If I can't find one, I may have to go for the Aimtech, and switch to a single-sided, non-ambi safety.


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