Shorten 5" 1911?

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

  1. filospinato

    filospinato New Member

    Jan 5, 2012
    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 Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    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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