January 24, 2006, 12:54 AM
A number of years ago I happened into a heck of a deal on a Colt .22 conversion kit for my 1911. I bought the conversion kit and moved it around on a couple of pistols. Now I'm getting the urge to build up a dedicated frame for the pistol and have a full time .22 1911. Any suggestions as to frames? My inclination is a stainless frame for the two tone look with the colt blue slide. Would love to find a colt frame at a reasonable price but alas that is probably not to be. I am moderately well equipped hand tool and portable electric toolwise but it looks to me like there are a couple of operations that may not be readily doable with simple tools. Crimping the plunger tube comes to mind. I'm not in the market to buy a whole series of custom tools, at this time, so maybe my local parts purveyor/1911 smith will help me out with some of the little tweaks for reaonable compensation I might add. Any particular recommendations for a frame? Any other sage advise on this project? I'm not in a big hurry on this and I know I could probably buy some beater 1911 and pull the slide and barrel for what I will have in the .22 when I'm done but the only thrill there is the hunt for the donor. Here I will have the thrill of selecting individual parts and fitting and assembling a fun gun. Every day will be like Christmas as I wait for parts. I'm sure Brownell's and I will become great friends. Of course assuming I do a reasonable job there will be the pride of having acccomplished something I have never done before.