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Caspian frame

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by 1911WB, May 24, 2004.

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  1. 1911WB

    1911WB Member

    Jan 17, 2004
    Central Colorado
    Tuner & anyone with experience with the Caspian titanium frame- what are your thoughts about the ti frame as a basis for custom Cmdr. (Colt upper)?
    How about its durability/longevity compared to steel? :confused:
  2. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    May 22, 2003
    Lexington,North Carolina...or thereabouts

    Howdy WB,

    Caspian makes one more fine frame, but I've never even seen one in
    titanium. The stuff is kinda evil to machine, so I hear....and I'm not
    real sure that it would offer much advantage over a good forged aluminum alloy frame.

    Maybe somebody who has some experience with it will give ya some more


  3. Dave Sample

    Dave Sample member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Prescott, AZ
    I have built a lot of 1911's out of Caspian parts but we have had only one Commander lower end in progress. It will not be a Commander, but rather a very high end "Short Sword" that will be at the Shot Show next year in the Caspian Booth. It is a very hard metal to work with and our quest for perfection makes it a long hard job to get it right. Gunsite has been testing them for a long time and there have been no failures so far that I know of and if there were, I think I would know. I am an old fashioned guy and have always been able to start my Scooter without putting an anvil in my hip pocket, so the few ounces in weight reduction is not important to me. I have no desire to making 1911's like I do with the extra work of filing on this very hard metal. It is very hard on tooling as Tuner knows from his experience as a machinist. It eats cutters up like you would not believe. I do think it is great stuff if you are willing to put the extra work into a project like this. This is just my opinion and you should follow your heart.
  4. Zak Smith

    Zak Smith Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 24, 2002
    Fort Collins, CO, USA.
    Ted Yost has built some. Mine's being built now, but before I went ahead with it, I called Gunsite to see how theirs were holding up. The impression I got was that as long as the gunsmith knew how to work with Ti, they worked well.

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