How do you convert a RIA Tactical 1911 to 9mm?


February 26, 2008, 10:14 AM
I'm assuming here new slide assembly, barrel, ejector, and magazines are the minimum. What else do you need to do and where do you source the parts? Any recommendations on slides?

Is one better off starting with a 38 Super 1911?

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February 26, 2008, 11:14 AM
Use a 38 super Not sure can do a 45 Super to 9 should be a barrel change

Ghost Tracker
February 26, 2008, 11:49 AM
Springfield once made a complete converstion kit for the 1911 from .45 acp to 9mm. It came in a package that included everything (new top-end, even the mag). I haven't seen any for about 4 years but will check with my favorite gunshop owner. He has a wonderful tendency to "squirrel away" certain interesting items!

February 26, 2008, 12:50 PM
Ah I see, then what is involved in a 38 super to 9mm?

Eric F
February 26, 2008, 03:11 PM
38 super to 9mm should be a barrel mag and ejector. Why not just shoot 38 super?

Just to recap 45 to 9mm will require major work.

February 26, 2008, 04:11 PM
Well new factory 9mm is about $200 for S&B Czech ammo. Cheapest I could find per 1000.

38 Super seems to be quite significantly more. I also have a 9mm AR-15 and a 9mm CZ-p01 so I'd like to try to narrow my caliber choices :)

February 26, 2008, 04:20 PM
Also, where can I find a proper 38 super to 9mm barrel?

Eric F
February 26, 2008, 04:26 PM
I can understand the 9mm then. I can get 38 super localy for $187 per 1000 agulia but I prefer to reload it much more economical

9mm barrel

will need a gun smith no real such thing as a drop in barrel in a 1911. Why not look to a Hi power?

February 26, 2008, 04:41 PM
Not really a fan of the Hi-Power but I've never shot one. I loved the RIA 1911 and Kimber TLE II I shot at the range. I really really liked the feel of the gun in both. I used to think only Sigs fit me well but I was proven wrong.

I think I may just swallow the bullet and get the Kimber Custom II for $650 and then pick up a 22LR if I find the 45ACP prices too hard to swallow. I was looking for a 9mm conversion because 9mm is cheap enough while still being an effective self defense round.

Or I guess I could pick up a RIA tactical and fit a Kimber 22LR kit on it, does anyone know if the Kimber 22LR kit fits on the RIA Tactical?

With the price of those barrels, I guess I'm better off just getting a Kimber 9mm Stainless Target II for $900... unfortunately a month long waiting period.

BattleChimp Potemkin
February 26, 2008, 04:49 PM
Ive heard nothing but good things about Fusion Firearms parts and service. They make some good slides. My only issue would be a soft steel Armscorp frame being bitten and nipped by a hardened steel aftermarket slide. Would this increase wear? My RIA has worked pretty good so far with a Cienar kit (sorry to be of no help, story of my life :)). Why not consider building a 9mm 1911? Would be sort of fun! For the cost of the cost of the Kimber and the .22 kit, you could therotically amake a 9mm 1911 for the same cost, couldnt you? I am only assuming that you do not have the aforementioned firearms yet. A 9mm 1911 would make an awesome addition to your gruesome twosome (the AR and PO1)

February 26, 2008, 04:55 PM
Well here are my firearms:

Sig Sauer P226R in 40SW
CZ P-01 in 9mm
Remington 597 in 22LR
Saiga in 223

AR-15 LMT Upper, Mega Lower, Magpul, VLTOR, etc in 223 / 5.56
AR-15 RRA VLTOR, MI in 9mm
AR-15 CMMG Upper, DS Lower in 223 / 5.56

So I think I need a 22LR pistol and a 1911. 45ACP seems to be the same cost as a 5.56mm these days so I didn't really find it justifiable to get 45ACP.

I was hoping to get a 1911 in either 9mm or 22LR. I was thinking of getting the Kimber Rimfire 1911 but it's less than half the weight of a real 1911 so I have my concerns on that.

I think in the end, I'll probably end up with some sort of Kimber and a 22LR kit.

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