I have an Essex frame with a TacSol .22 conversion on it. I bought the frame many years ago and assembled it using mainly Colt parts for the internals. Not an easy build and required a lot of careful work with a set of Swiss files to get everything to fit properly. So I wouldn't necessarily recommend an Essex frame, and the price of that one with the Colt conversion is definitely on the way-too-high side for me.
I picked up my Essex frame brand new for around $55 back in the day. While it is functional I wouldn't go that route again with a M1911 build.
February 13, 2013, 12:46 PM
I have built several guns on Essex frames over the years.
Some went together easy.
Others fought every step of the way, kicking & screaming.
They seem to have had a hole location problem at times.
The last three I bought a few years ago were very good.
February 13, 2013, 01:01 PM
I've been watching a few on gunbroker etc the kit seems to be at $600 for ones in good shape, this gun is perfect but I'm thinking that $400 for a complete Essex frame my be high, I may offer $800 and see what happens.
February 13, 2013, 01:13 PM
do they SELL for $600? People can list stuff for whatever outrageous price they want.
February 13, 2013, 05:38 PM
I'm going to pass in this one, maybe buy just a kit to fit my gun.
February 13, 2013, 11:00 PM
I just bought one of the conversion kits for $225 like two weeks ago. Pass on a grand.
February 14, 2013, 06:55 AM
My frame was definitely one of the more challenging ones as it suffered from holes that didn't line-up properly. Not a single hole location on that frame was true; each one required very careful filing and fitting just so I could get the necessary part or pin to fit in there. Turned out okay and everything works fine but I sure could have done without all the extra labor involved.