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Old 11-22-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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In market for 1911, need general info.

I've been looking at getting a 9mm 1911, maybe a Taurus.

1. Are all/most 1911 9mm full size? So if I ever wanted to go up to a 45 or down to a 22 with a conversion I shouldn't have much of a problem?

2. Do 6 inch 9mm barrels exist? Where do I find one and how much? Would I have to buy a longer slide or could I just use the 5 inch slide with the 6 inch barrel?

3. Is there a full sized 1911 in 22lr? Ideally I've been looking for something like this, so that I could convert to 9mm/45 in the future.
 
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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1. Are all/most 1911 9mm full size? So if I ever wanted to go up to a 45 or down to a 22 with a conversion I shouldn't have much of a problem?
You can get 9mm in 5", 4 1/4", 4", 3"....Seen 'em all. However, you won't readily convert a 9mm to a 45, unless you plan on changing the entire slide/barrel assembly.

Finding .22lr conversions for full size guns is easy.



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2. Do 6 inch 9mm barrels exist? Where do I find one and how much? Would I have to buy a longer slide or could I just use the 5 inch slide with the 6 inch barrel?
KKM, STI, Kart, and Barsto all make 6" 9mm barrels. If you want to put a 6" barrel in a 5" slide, let the barrel makes know and they will send you one...ugly as it'll be(IMO).




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3. Is there a full sized 1911 in 22lr? Ideally I've been looking for something like this, so that I could convert to 9mm/45 in the future.
There are many brands of .22LR in 1911-looking pistols. I don't think you want to "convert" them to a larger caliber.
 
Old 11-22-2012, 06:27 PM   #3
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May I add that the .45 frame differs from the 9mm/.38 Super frame? The feed ramps are quite different. Also, as noted above, the .45 slide differs from the 9mm/.38 Super slide in that the feed blocks are different. The 10mm/.40 slide likewise differs from both the 9mm and .45 slides.

The sort of interchangeability you seek is not really practical, alas .

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Old 11-23-2012, 03:54 AM   #4
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I agree with the answers above, but would like to add that some companies offer a .22lr conversion that can be purchased at the same time when a .45 is purchased.

The problem I see is (as stated above), the slide conversion from 9mm to .22 may not be feasible with the ejector. Most .22 conversion slides are set up for the .45, and I am not aware of anyone making a conversion kit for the 9mm

If you are looking for a 6in barrel that can be used with a conversion kit, drop the 9mm and go with a .45. Para-Ordnance had a 6in .45 slide, barrel already fitted to one of their models. Check the gun auctions for a "Super Hawg".
 
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May I add that the .45 frame differs from the 9mm/.38 Super frame? The feed ramps are quite different.
That's a good point. I had a ramped barrel in my head when I was thinking about slide interchange semantics, and didn't consider the ramped frame angle.
 
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Not only are the feed ramps different. The frame is smaller.
 
Old 12-23-2012, 03:18 AM   #7
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Not only are the feed ramps different. The frame is smaller.
Please elaborate. The 1911s I have in my safe all have the same frame size. The ejectors are different. (I have .22, 9mm, .38Super, 10mm, and .45ACP)
 
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Not only are the feed ramps different. The frame is smaller.
Uhhhhh no. Frames, slides comparing 5-inch to 5-inch and Commander to Commander..., and barrels aside from the size of the hole in the middle...are dimensionally identical.
 
Old 12-23-2012, 06:21 AM   #9
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The original Colt .22/.45 Conversion Unit works with Gov't Models in .45, 9mm and .38 Super. At least, Colt said so .

Before WWII, when Colt offered the .22LR Service Ace, Colt briefly offered a .45/.22 Conversion Unit to convert the .22 Service Ace to a .45 Gov't Model.

Now, about the 9mm Conversion Unit Colt offered...

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