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Old 08-10-2004, 08:47 PM   #1
 
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building a 38 super

well i finally found a site that i can use. im new and have a hundred questions. what i need to know is can you build a 38 super from an already functional 1911. if so what has to be swapped out beside the barrel.
 
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Old 08-14-2004, 10:57 PM   #2
 
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Ejector
Slide
Extractor
Barrel
Slide Stop
Barrel Bushing
Recoil Spring
Firing pin
Firing pin spring

I saw a kit somewhere that had all the parts. Check at www.1911forum.com and do a search on "38 super kit". It will give you a link to a site that sells the kit. (But, by being an inexpensive kit, I wonder about the quality of the parts)

I hope this helps.
 
Old 08-15-2004, 03:12 AM   #3
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If you are starting out with a 45 ACP 1911, a 38 Super conversion may prove to have some feed reliability problems. The frame feedramp in the 45 ACP is frequently cut much deeper and to a steeper angle than in 9mm, 38 Super or 10mm. If this proves to be the case, you can cut the frame for a ramped barrel and this will allow such a conversion.
 
 
Old 08-16-2004, 08:36 PM   #4
 
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can i cut the frame or does a gunsmith have to cut it. also thanks for the info on the parts and kit. i would probably purchase the parts individually if you know of a site please post it thanks..
 
Old 08-17-2004, 02:47 AM   #5
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You can cut it if you have a mill and know how to use it. I'm sure someone out there has done it with a Dremel, but that is not the proper way to cut a frame for a ramped barrel and you can quickly ruin the frame.
 
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