Re: 1911 build
Built one years ago. AMT Hardballer frame with a GI parts kit. 50 dollar frame with a 60 dollar kit got me into a 250 dollar gun for 110.
I don't think GI parts kits exist any more. Don't know how much it would cost to do one, nowadays, but would probably be expensive.
On the plus side, I completely and totally understand 1911s.
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy, and taste good with catsup - George of Lod, Year of Our Lord 297
I always take precautions.
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