Questions About Shortening a 1911???

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    Questions About Shortening a 1911???

    im new here (duh). i want to know if i can have my standard 1911 slide be shortened as short as an officer's? or can i just buy a slide and barrel assembly and get it cheaper than have it messed up? (sorry smithies hehehe)
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    Welcome!

    Neither because it won't work on your full size 1911 frame no matter if you convert your existing slide or buy a complete Officer's new top end.
    You would have to have a bit of careful machine work done on your frame before either option would work. The frame rail lengths are not the same and need to be cut back. It needs to be perfectly done also because that is where the recoil spring guide seats.
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    Don't know the answer, but WELCOME to the forum.. Come stay a while.....

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    You could put a Commander slide assembly on it.
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    I wouldn't go shorter than a Commander-sized slide either, and I personally wouldn't want to perform as drastic an alteration on a frame as you are contemplating, but YMMV. Good luck with whatever you decide!

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    Welcome.
    Hey, how about buying a nice Commander or equivalent and enjoying both 1911's. By the time you've paid a smith for the frame work and bought the new parts needed your probably at the price of a good used pistol anyway. Just my opinion which is usually worth exactly what people pay for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dls56 View Post
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    Hey, how about buying a nice Commander or equivalent and enjoying both 1911's. By the time you've paid a smith for the frame work and bought the new parts needed your probably at the price of a good used pistol anyway. Just my opinion which is usually worth exactly what people pay for it.
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    What's the point, really? The hardest part of the pistol to conceal is the grip, and that will remain unchanged. A shorter slide isn't going to improve concealability all that much, IMO.

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    Can you do it ? yes , if you own a machine shop . I would say dont tho since it will save no money and actualy cost . just buy/trade for what you want in a 1911 and go from there .
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    Even if you could find a smith willing to undertake such a project, I'm betting you could buy a nice "Officer's" 1911 for about the same money.
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    that would be what I would do.



    Quote Originally Posted by shooter1 View Post
    Even if you could find a smith willing to undertake such a project, I'm betting you could buy a nice "Officer's" 1911 for about the same money.
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    Welcome to the forum. If you get a Bobtailed Commander it conceals as well , or better than,as the 3" 1911's and holds more ammo. THe bobtail makes it one of the sweetest guns you will ever shoot. Get it as a lightweight one and it's the best combination for an ideal carry gun.
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    You could put a Commander slide assembly on it.
    Not without some work, frame rails, recoil spring channel (dustcover) are shorter on the Commander. Once that work was done, you would need a complete Commander slide assembly as the recoil spring guide, recoil spring plug and barrel bushing are also longer on the Government Model pistols.
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    +1 on the Commander Bob Tail... Dan Wesson has a sweet one in both 10mm and 45ACP. For the price you can get a new gun with all the bells and whistles for CCW or you can have your 5" 1911 cut to pieces and put back together so that it may or may not work... Get the new gun.

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