Shorten 5" 1911?

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by filospinato, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. filospinato

    filospinato New Member

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    So I have a RIA 1911 tactical model, 5". Can I swap out the barrel, guide rod and slide with 4" versions? Is it really that simple?
  2. JLA

    JLA Moderator

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    Kinda, but no. If the slide mates with the frame itll work, but it almost never happens that way. Most times the slides wont interchange without a bit of fitting one way or another. best to just keep your std 5 inch and either buy and extra commander slide and barrel assembly and fit it or just buy a commander 1911.
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