Can you build a 1911 from parts?

Can you build a 1911 from parts?

After you've constructed your frame, you may put it together with the 1911 components of your choosing. These frames are compatible with all retail 1911 components chambered in 9mm and.45 ACP, as well as slides, barrels, and parts designed for Government and Commander frames.

There are several options when building a 1911 from parts. You can choose from popular models such as the Model 1911A1 or custom-design your own using aftermarket parts. Either way, you will need to source original parts from a manufacturer that still makes them or have an industry partner that can help you out.

Original parts are hard to find but there are several places you can look online. The first step is to identify which features you want in your pistol. For example, some manufacturers offer multiple barrel lengths while others include ejectors in their design. Once you know what features you want, use those as guidelines to search for parts that are available. It's also helpful if you know the year range of the gun you're looking for so we can guide you towards older or newer models based on production changes over time.

Building a 1911 from parts allows you to create a firearm that is unique to you. This can be done by selecting different options during construction such as changing the size of the magazine well or adding a rail section for a scope. These modifications make your pistol more accurate or easier to carry in certain situations.

How hard is it to build a 1911?

Fitting is required for practically every important component on a 1911. It's time-consuming and labor-intensive, but it's doable if you do your homework. There are several jigs to help with this, but to accomplish it properly, you'll need a milling machine. That's going to cost about $10,000 and up. The hand-fitting process can take months because there are so many parts that need tuning before the gun runs perfectly.

The way most people these days build their guns is by starting with a complete slide or frame and then adding the other components piece by piece. This allows them to use common parts for different models and also helps keep the price down. Some custom builders may have some parts made to order (such as the main bearing housing they cast themselves) but otherwise follow this procedure: find a used part that fits well with standard dimensions, drill out enough of its outer surface to fit the inner surface of the frame/slide, and then glue it in place.

A good example is the fitting of the trigger group. You can buy triggers individually, but they usually aren't long enough or stiff enough to provide good service. So instead, most custom builders purchase a set of pre-made plastic parts that can be glued into place. These parts often include a flat surface that matches the bottom of the slide or frame, holes to accept screws or welding rods, and sometimes even molded in lubricants to reduce friction during firing.

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