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1911 .22 build up

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by HRT, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. HRT

    HRT Well-Known Member

    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.
  2. Rangegod

    Rangegod Well-Known Member

  3. JoeHatley

    JoeHatley Well-Known Member

    Depending on your price range, you can have your dealer order you an Essex or Caspian frame.

    The frame on this Frankenpistol is an Essex. IIRC... it cost just over $100.


    Might make a nice base for a dedicated .22

    Is there a local gunsmith available, who could help you out when you don't have the correct tooll?

    Good Luck...


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