I built my 1911.

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by frosty, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. frosty

    frosty New Member

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    Total cost was $429
    Slide $85 (mil surplus colt contract) at a gunshow
    Barrel $40 (mil surplus chrome lined) at a gunshow
    Frame (Essex Stainless) $150
    All the inner parts $154 (mil surplus) at a gunhshow

    I have never done this before. I enjoyed every minute of it.

    I had to shorten the verical distance on the grip safety because the hammer was catching on the halfcock. Problem solved. I had to deepen the slot in the slide for the disconnector to work. All of this was easier than I thought it would be. I throated the barrel and polished the feed ramp on the frame.

    This pistol was born on February 1, 2004.

    The first few rounds fired were dented on the side. The last round did not go into full battery.I changed to a Wilson Combat 8 rnd magazine and the dents in the brass stopped so did the problem of not going into full battery. The action of the pistol functioned perfectly. I will have to post some pics of the targets. I was getting 2 and a half inch groups at 18 yrds.

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  2. frosty

    frosty New Member

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    I have to admit something weird.
    It seems that the one I made is more accurate than my Springfield. I mean to say I was hitting exactly where I was pointing the pistol. Is this normal as far as building your own???

    Here is a picture of back end.........

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  3. z537z

    z537z New Member

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    That's really cool stuff you guys... If I had the time to gather up the parts and put it together.
    Not to mention the money...though it looks like you guys are savin some serious money here! I payed about 550 for my revolver in .22. Though I do love it...


    Any hints for newbies? How accurately do you think that pistol will shoot with those milsurp parts, Zig? Vise or rest it and post up some targets!

    _z
  4. Benbpi

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    Hi, I just had a question. Where did you pick up the essex frame at?

    thanks,
    Ben
  5. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member

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    Way to go Frosty !

    My first parts gun I built years ago was a work in progress. Changing this and that until I had reached the desired accuracy.

    What's next ? Fitting a match barrel bushing ?
  6. frosty

    frosty New Member

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    First to Benbpi,

    Hello and welcome to the TFF. We are always willing to help and offer information. You will find that the members are very friendly and very helpful. Remember post alot and you will get alot of your questoins answered. If it can't be done then do a search in the forum that you are interested in. To answer your question on the frame I had it ordered from Brownells, I have a membership at the local gun range and with the membership we get 10% off the price of our purchases of firearms and the like. The members here at the TFF recommended the Essex frames highly. They were completely right when they said you can't go wrong with the Essex frame.

    Shooter45,
    Yes, I would love to fit one. I think this pistol has some excellent possibilities. The money was not the only object of my project. I think that I could build it cheaper next time. The main idea and feeling was the sense of accomplishment that I built it myself. I used reloaded ammunition done by me. Now all I need to do is cast some of my own bullets and the sky is the limit.
    It was a hell of a lot of fun.

    Now I need to polish the frame and pick a name for my pistola.
    I might go so far as to have the Birth date of the gun engraved on to side of the frame.
    ;) :D
  7. gpostal

    gpostal Former Guest

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    Way to go frosty ,feel free to name it postal {lol}

    Like the grips ,and are you missing a mag release or is it just dark ?

    I have one if you need it
  8. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat New Member

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    That really looks good!! Nice job!! Been wanting to try myself. Just spent money on a .22, so I guess I need to wait a while....
  9. Benbpi

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    Alright, thanks Frosty. Gonna check them out right now.

    thanks,
    Ben
  10. frosty

    frosty New Member

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    Gpostal,

    It has the mag release. Its like you said its just dark. Opinions on the name would be o.k.. What does it look like to the rest of you, boy or a girl? Ya know, ..............Postal ain't that bad a name.:eek: :eek: :eek: Lol Lol Lol;)
  11. tuckerd1

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    You did good frosty!
  12. Hydra Shok

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    Hey Frosty, way to go man! That sure looks good, Hell I may not know ya, but I'm proud of ya! :D :D
  13. Woodman

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    I'm imprressed. Is the frame the only part that has to go through an FFL?

    As soon as the honeymoon is over on my few month old 01091 Colt 45, I want to take it COMPLETELY apart and figure out how it works before trying to make one from parts.

    A) Is this a bad idea?
    B) Should I just go for the parts gun first time out?
    C) Should I buy a P.O.S. 1911 and experiment on that instead of my new Colt?
  14. inplanotx

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    Way to go Frosty! Nice lookin piece!
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