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Old 10-12-2006, 04:49 PM   #1
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Hello, Brand new

Hello, I am brand new here, and wanted to get some good pointers on my first project.
I want to make a 1911 model from parts, that can be done with simple hand tools, and mayb a cheap mini mill.
Was looking for a recon style frame and square slide, but cant seem to find the slide anywhere, and the only ones that seems to be selling recon frames are CASPIAN.

Any pointers or ideas???

It is going to be a smaller than ull size, like the recon frame from caspian with minimum of barell outside to the front.
Needs to be allowed in ISPCS competitions, and good for a duty /concealed carry option.

Please, links to already posted areas would be nice, or just some pointers on where to search at least for a good frame and slide

Thank you


Something like this

But preferably 100% and legal so if I had to I coul sell it again or transfer it to another coubtry if I move[/url]
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Old 10-14-2006, 04:12 AM   #2
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Welcome to the best forum on the Internet.

Brownell's has most of the parts that you will need to build a 1911. I am sure that there are others out there that I don't know about, but I can usually find everything I need at Brownell's.

Good Luck on your project.

Old 10-14-2006, 04:21 AM   #3
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KT ordnance

Is this a recommended company??? do they have good quality parts??

Or should I just bite the apple, and cet a caspian set to make the pistol legal.

Old 10-14-2006, 05:29 AM   #4
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I am not sure what you are asking about a recommended company. They are a very large well established company and handle thousands upon thousands of parts from different manufactures. I have bought from them for well over 20 years and have been completely satisfied. I recommend them, but cannot speak for others.

Old 10-14-2006, 01:27 PM   #5
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Not brownells, sorry to confuse you. They are the best???
I meant KT ordnance.
Sorry for the confucion.

Old 10-14-2006, 02:11 PM   #6
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That's OK, I stay confused. Now on the other part about KT Ordinance; I have not heard of them prior to using the link that you provided. The work shown is very nice and appears to be quality. From the photos, I think they are using Safari 1911 frames.

Safari Arms (something to that effect) was an old company that went out of business years ago. At the 2006 SHOT show I saw someone showing off a frame that looked like the Safari or the ones shown on your link. I got side tracked (told you I stayed confused) and forgot to go and have a look see.

At any rate, If you are planing on building a pistol for USPSA, build away. There is always some class it will fit in. On the other hand if you are building for IDPA, take a look at their site and get the details.

My first build was a Essex frame, Les Baer Slide, Nowlin barrel, Chip McCormick guts. The pistol actually shot and hit close to where I was shooting. It was kinda scary, but I figured it was dumb luck. Anyway, I don't claim to be a gunsmith, but I don't think that you can go wrong with most name brand frames, slides, barrels, or parts. I have 3 frames waiting for me to decide what to do. One day I am going to build 9x23's the next 9mm's and when I have a stupid moment, you guessed it, .40S&W. (I am sure I made someone mad...I apologize)

I'll get a round tuit one day.

Good luck with your project.

Old 10-15-2006, 03:49 PM   #7
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Thanks you.
I wil probably make a 1911 40S&W with the caspian recon, now what size would be good????
I was thinking of like commander or government???

I do know ext to nothing about these sizes, anybody have a good size comparison chart or picture????

Old 10-15-2006, 04:27 PM   #8
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Hmm, the best bet is to go to your local gun store and handle a few. If it is a concealed carry pistol then you may want the Commander length or shorter; or a bigger gun may fit your needs. If it is a game gun...5'' Government is your answer.

I have a Les Baer Stinger (Commander length slide and Officer size frame) and the pistol is great in every respect. I just wish I would have gotten the Commander size frame, too. I thought that was what I wanted. I can carry (I am 6' 3" 235 of twisted steel and sex appeal) a full size pistol with my frame.

My point is that only you can make the decision of exactly what you need. Input is good, but put more credence in your own thoughts.

Good luck and let us know what you decided and how you like it.

Old 10-16-2006, 12:28 PM   #9
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Olympic Arms makes the Safrari style 1911's http://www.olyarms.com

I don't know, but I assume they bought what was left of Safari. if i remember rightly i stopped seeing ads from Safari shortly before i became aware of the Olympics.

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