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Large Frame Auto .22 Conv. Kits

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Tomcat47, Apr 29, 2011.

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  1. Tomcat47

    Tomcat47 Member

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    Who has input on .22 Conversion Kits For:

    Large Frame 1911 .45 ACP (1911 Platform)

    and/or

    Large Frame 9mm (Taurus/Beretta)

    Pros/Cons?

    Dependable Brands / Not So Dependable Brands?
    (Have seen several companies making these kits)

    Did it keep you in practice with the gun in larger caliber?
    ( ie: after getting it all set, sights etc, did it go from main caliber to conv. caliber and hit the same? )
     
  2. leadcounsel

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    Midway carries 3 companies kits. Kimber, Cieron (sp?), and another. I forget exactly. I have no experience, but just helped a friend buy a Kimber....
     
  3. BullfrogKen

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    Last summer I got a Kimber kit for an old Kimber .45 ACP Classic Custom.

    Works well. I already had a Ruger Mark I. I just wanted something for the 1911.

    The entire slide comes off and gets replaced with the conversion kit. Sights are completely separate.
     
  4. EddieNFL

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    I have a Marvel Unit II conversion on a Colt frame. Fired about 8K through it over the past 12 months. Doesn't like Kimber mags.
     
  5. Tomcat47

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    Thanks Bullfrogken...realized it after I posted that!

    I suppose after one gets the sights dialed in (If Adjustable) one would be good to go.
     
  6. MidwestRookie

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    I have a Ciener .22 kit for my beretta 92...so far so good, but I've only shot 300 rounds through it. Fortunately for me it seemed to like the $2/box remington thunderbolts so we'll see how it goes with more of those through it. I like the 15 round mag it comes with too..beretta's kit comes with a 10-rounder.

    I'd be happy to own the beretta kit, but at $400+ vs. the $175 I paid through Midway for the ciener kit, I'll take 2 of the ciener kits anyday..
     
  7. kenhwind

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    The Ceiner and Kimber are very much alike, actually the Kimber was made by Ceiner at first. The Kimber uses a barrel bushing, the Ceiner does not. I had a Ceiner and my friend has the Kimber. Both are reliable but like CCI mini-mags.

    The Colt Conversion Unit uses a floating chamber to simulate the felt recoil of the 45. These Units are pricey.

    Ceiner makes a conversion for the Berretta/Taurus.

    GSG makes a Fullsize 1911 type .22 that is affordable and a really nice gun to shoot. Not to picky on the ammo. I have one of these.
     
  8. Tomcat47

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    I talked to Kimber today and they stated there kit will not fit the Taurus PT1911!

    I think I will go with the Ciener. They claim these are very good training tools with the 1911 platform.

    I have 3 sons to introduce to the 1911 and I think it would help my wife. She has not shot any of my 45's.

    She has watched me shoot but,
    She is not interested.....???

    Funny....She had a Taurus .41 Magnum 4" a few years ago! :)

    But I dont push the issue! Comfort is in the eye of the Firearm Holder I suppose.
     
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