Wannabe 1911 owner!


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Rainman76
December 4, 2007, 07:35 PM
I am really getting excited about purchasing a 1911 but I want to build it. Also I have 4 other pistols that are 9mm and .40. What is the availibilty of 1911A1 in .40? What is the reliabilty in them?

Am I an idiot for wanting to build my first 1911? should I just bite the bullet and get a RIA tatical?

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MICHAEL T
December 4, 2007, 08:22 PM
Am I an idiot for wanting to build my first 1911?
YES

should I just bite the bullet and get a RIA tatical?

Be a better start 1911's were ment to be 45acp. Not 40 ,9mm ,or 38 super or any other caliber people try to make them.

Rainman76
December 4, 2007, 08:34 PM
*shuffles off to purchase 1911A1 in .45*

Thanks... :P :evil:

steelyblue
December 4, 2007, 09:50 PM
I wanted to build my first 1911. I researched forever, picked out my custom slide and frame, picked out custom parts, bought a Springfield.........duhhhhh!

I've had other friends do the same!!!

I think the idea is great, but the more you research, the more you want one. The next thing you know, you see a good deal and BANG; your shooting a beautiful 1911 at the range(that was built by someone who's been doing it for years).

possum
December 4, 2007, 10:31 PM
i love the .40 and the majority of my handguns are in that caliber, but the general rule of thumb is keep the design original the 1911 works best in 5" forma with .45acp, you also have to think about magaine cost and avalability as well as replacement parts. i wouldn't uild my first and i didn't i bought a sa mc operator, i think that the ria would be a good starte, and maybe you could do lttle things here and there, and get some experince with the 1911 ad then think about bulding one.

cypher1024
December 5, 2007, 04:31 AM
Dude it can be done. If you really want to annoy 1911 purists though, get a frame and put an Advantage Arms or Marvel .22 conversion kit on it.

bannockburn
December 5, 2007, 07:14 AM
Rainman76

Possum's got it right; buy one, get to know it, and see (and understand), how it works. Then do your research, find yourself a matching slide and frame (if possible; makes some things a lot easier if your building one), and get quality parts from brand name manufacturers (try to avoid the cheap surplus). And get yourself a good book on the the inner workings of the 1911. You'll end up spending more money than if you bought one factory built, but if you do it right, and have the skills, tools, and patience, your DIY project should turn out fine.

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