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Old 04-12-2002, 07:00 PM   #1
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Since Essex only makes Frames and you have to use your own slide is it safe to call it a Semi-Custom? If so how would you classify
it? Excellent, good, ok, or poor? I was thinking about getting one the cost is $375 + tax. Is that to high? Should I try to talk them down?

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Old 04-12-2002, 08:08 PM   #2
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I think there must be some confusion. That is easily twice the price of an Essex frame.
Old 04-12-2002, 08:09 PM   #3
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They make slides too.
Old 04-12-2002, 09:05 PM   #4
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A good friend of mine of many years owns Essex. They make slides and frames of varying quality, depending on what you wish to contract them to make. Most of them you see are fairly crude castings, but I have seen the ones they made for Dan Wesson and they are pretty sharp. Of course, they were finished by DW.
I built a pistol using one of their aluminum frames and a Colt Ace kit and it was really very cool.
OK, I assembled it -- I just wanted to sound like a pistolsmith for a minute.
Old 04-12-2002, 11:19 PM   #5
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I didn't know they made slides too. I guess you really do learn something new everyday. Hehehe...Anyway the price I stated b4 is for a complete 1911. Blued Essex frame and Colt 1911 slide. It looks pretty sharp. Some holster wear but nothing else that I can see. I disassembled it(field strip) and the internals looked ok. Anyway, as I was talking to the guy at the shop the price dropped from $375 + tax to 375 out the door That's about a $25 savings. I think if I keep on him I can get it down to around $325. Now my question is -- IYHO is that to much to pay for a blued essex frame with a colt slide with some holster wear on the slide and frame. Remember this a 100% fully operational 1911.
I hope I'm explaining this clearly enuff.?>?
OBTW it looks 100% GI sights grips hammer everything.

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Old 04-13-2002, 05:16 AM   #6
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I have and still do own an Essex framed 1911. I purcased it new in 1980 from Clark's as bowlingpin gun. 145,000 rounds later the frame/dustcover started to crack. I replaced the frame with another Essex in 1995. From what I have seen they are an ok frame.
As far as ther $375 price, if the mags drop freely and empty mags work the slide release properly the price does not seem to out of place, maybe a tad high. Try to work him down a bit.
Old 04-20-2002, 05:24 PM   #7
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I built my personal 1911 using an Essex Stainless Steel Frame and a colt MKIV, Series 70 slide. I've got around 10K through it so far, no problems. Oh BTW, Wilson Combat rates the SS Essex frame as 1A, same as their frame, Colt Gov't frames and Springfield. I don't know about the blued frames. I know they claim that you should stay away from the old alloy frames but, the guys I talked to at Wilson are pretty up on the SS frame.
Old 04-30-2002, 08:15 PM   #8
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Essex is the lowest priced component set in the market. THeir frames and slides are investment cast, hardened, then cnc machined. They are probably the best finished set of components made anywhere today. I recently finished two pistols using their components and they are as good as any I have ever seen.
In the near future, Essex will be making bar stock components also, and they intend to keep prices lower than their competition.

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