Project M1911A1 ready to test fire!

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by Slabsides, Aug 22, 2009.

  1. Slabsides

    Slabsides Member

    Jul 22, 2009
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    Project M1911A1 build 1 is almost complete. It still needs a new front sight. I can tell the one I have on it is going to be too short, other than that everything looks to be a go!

    It went a bit over budget, but what the heck....I refuse to build a POS.

    It's an Essex receiver, Caspian slide and other parts include Cylinder and Slide, Les Baer, Chip McCormick, Ed Brown, Pachmayr, Swensen and a couple of Sarco mil-spec parts.

    I managed to keep the tolerances in the slide fit and barrel fit to 0.002", so it should hold a nice pattern. I can't wait till tomorrow to squeeze some rounds off!

    Special thanks to Shooter45 for posting his "reliability tricks" in the sticky....they were applied to this weapon with good results.

    Last edited: Aug 22, 2009
  2. glocknut

    glocknut Active Member

    Eeewwww...looks nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love stainless!!!!! :)


  3. Kieran McCaig

    Kieran McCaig New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Very nice Slabsides Very nice.
  4. ivarr

    ivarr New Member

    beautiful, hopefully around the new year i will start my very first complete build on a fusion frame
  5. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    What's involved in a project like this. Does one need a lot of machining skills and equipment?

    BTW...Beautiful Gun.
  6. fyimo

    fyimo New Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    Great looking Custom Gun that I'm sure will make you proud.:)
  7. Slabsides

    Slabsides Member

    Jul 22, 2009
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    Thanks guys! Only a few more hours till some rounds get ran through it. I live way out in the country, but I still respect Sunday morning quietness.

    Tim: No heavy machine work was required. A bit of hand filing and sanding on some parts and the VERY VERY careful use of a Dremel with sanding, cutting and polishing bits. Also needed is some laping compound. I used some old valve grinding compound (400grit/23micron) to lap the slide-to-receiver fit. Some precision measuring equipment is required as well.

    Getting a pre-fit, enhanced slide/receiver would have made things alot easier, but I wanted to try it out at least once. Fitting the barrel to get proper lockup is the most labor (and mind)-intense part. While these weapons are simple in design, there is alot involved in fitting new parts, esp. when using several different manufacturers.

    I will say that anyone planning to build one should use good quality parts. You will be happy you did and actually SAVE money by not having to pay for a POS part and then re-ordering a nice one that fits and looks good.

    Oh yea, when you figure out the buget for a build.....double it.:D
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2009
  8. Slabsides

    Slabsides Member

    Jul 22, 2009
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    Results: At 15 yds, unrested it printed a 1.4" pattern using Remington 230gr FMJ.

    Me likes. :cool:
  9. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Very Nice slabsides. You did an excellent job. Makes me want to hurry up and finish mine.. (waiting on backorders)
  10. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    Slabsides, approximately how much do you have invested in materials cost?
  11. jacksonco

    jacksonco New Member

    I don't see a picture of your creation. Hows about putting one up for us all?
    Ive kicked around trying a build but I am better off buying completed packages for as of now.
  12. Slabsides

    Slabsides Member

    Jul 22, 2009
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    Thanks, JLA. I know about the backorder thing.:mad: I'm still waiting on another slide I ordered a month ago. I broke the bank and sprung for a Caspian because it was avail. now. I was going to get an Essex, but they are in process of moving their factory now and will not resume production until sometime in September.

    Tim, I don't have a total just yet. I will soon add up the parts and let you know. I'm scared to know at the moment.:) One thing is for sure: It's waaaaay less costly than a manufactured custom hand-fitted 1911.

    jacksonco: Is the pic in my original post not showing up? Here is a link to a pic..
  13. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
  14. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Tim, I am in the process of building a .460 Rowland on an Essex reciever and Essex enhanced slide. When finished, I will have appx 1300 bucks in it. Im sure Slabsides has gotten close to that, maybe a tad less. Just to get an idea how much building one can save. Go look on the wilson combat site at thier Hunter model. Thats essentially what im building and they are retailing thiers for 3500 bucks:eek:

    heres a link...
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2009
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