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1911 Rail mod

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by madmike, Feb 12, 2007.

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  1. madmike

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    I've seen some newer 1911s with rail under the dustcover.

    Would it be possible to retrofit one to an older frame? Would welding or mechanical attachment be better?
     
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    Dawson all the way -

    Mechanical and bonding! Dawson all the way - today there is much more concern about the heat affected zone and silver solder which might flow into the joint would be my choice of methods if I got a choice. But I just trust Dawson and live with the non-standard rail.
     
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    Where on their site would I find that?
     
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    blue or stainless?

    Seeing it's you I will ignore polite conventions and tout the single best source of information on this specific topic - which is on another forum:

    http://www.10-8forums.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=25989&an=0&page=0#25989

    Dawson Light Speed Rail

    Tim Lau of 10-8 much much more material on site.

    For Dawson see:
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    http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=26C0000-1094593471

    Labor: http://www.dawsonprecision.com/ProductDetail.jsp?LISTID=1C90000-1093364740


     
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    Dang, and here I am trying to figure out the best/easiest way to get rid of the accursed rails on model that don't offer the gun without it.
     
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    Thanks for the links, and Plink, I can grind the rail off for you and do a very neat job without affecting temper, if you're in my area.
     
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    "Great. Glad to help. My basic service fee is two hundred credits. Cash or account?"

    The 10-8 site has extended discussions of add-on rails on other threads. I'd probably go Novack if I wanted a 1913 Picatinny spec rail

    I've seen blank filler screws for a Wilson with a Wilson screw on rail so the pistol can be used both ways - Wilson just reorganized and I have no idea what is currently available from them either with a new pistol or after market.

    Relatively new on the market is this one from
    in stock at Brownells - reported to be much like the Dawson but with just slightly easier on/off the adapter for the light and available in aluminum

    Clark Myers
     
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    Clark: How about an invite to my next Schuetzenboomenvigger, with several dozen guns, dead animal flesh, and beer afterwards?
     
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