Building a 1911 for CC

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    Building a 1911 for CC

    I'm thinking of building a 1911. Can anyone tell me where to buy a lower receiver from? Online preferably... I can find just about all other parts I looked for, but cant find a lower that is finished far enough...
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    How far finished is enough?
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    For a first build you might want to look at something like this http://gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=85645333 Fitting and timing can be an experiance the first time out lol .

    Note it is not my auction and i know nothing about the seller , i just posted that auction to illistrate a kit .
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    I've heard nothing but good things about Caspian Arms.

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    I would go with Caspian Arms too, easy folks to deal with.
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    I saw some frames that said that they did not include the screw bushings, does that me that I need to tap them out?

    I'm looking at Caspian Arms and see a lot of nice looking frames. But these also look like they need tapped?

    I'd like a frame that I could basically drop part into and assemble. I wouldn't mind bluing it myself if I had to.

    Someone give a newbie some advice.
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    Call Caspian tomorrow, they will sell you a receiver in any percentage of completion you wish.
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    I think redneck gave some good advice, unless you really want to jump in with both feet or have some 'smithing or machining experiance. If not, be prepared to buy a couple of frames before you get it right. Take it slow and easy, dont be tempted into using power tools.(dremel)
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    Brownells sells Caspian, Essex and Baer frames.

    In fact, if you're building a M1911, you need their dedicated M1911 catalog. 60 pages of goodies, everything you could possibly need to build a pistol from scratch.


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    Ditto what Captain Crunch said. Call Brownells and get their 1911 catalog. Brownells can be your one stop shop for everything you need from all parts makers.
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    CASPIAN ARMS , It's what most customizers use ......if you call around they'll tell you they use Caspian frames & slides. I priced one myself for cc though the shop I work pt and it was right at $600 w/ alot of extras .....dealer price though . They will fit the frame and slide plus add anything you want ! It's 1 stop shopping .

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    If you're looking for a place to put a finish on the gun when you're done building it ltry "FORD'S" IN Florida or "ACCURATE PLATING " (APW) I believe they're in Alabama.....they both have websites . Both do good work .

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    As far as buying on-line goes you might as well just decide exactly what you want...from where...and then have your local gun shop order it for you. Since the frame is the serial numbered part it can only be shipped to a FFL.
    The Essex frame is probably the least expensive and they have improved greatly but it's a cast rather than fully machined frame. I would go with Caspian.
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    I am spoiled for the way Les Baer standard frames are sculpted at the junction of the front strap and trigger guard. If I ever again venture into building a 1911 from parts, I will start with a Baer frame. Edited to add: By "standard" Baer frame, I am referring to ones with the Baer name on them; some Les Baer complete custom pistols are, or have been, built on Caspian and Para-Ordnance frames
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    top_gizmo, the first thing to think about is do you really want to carry a 1911 Government? A 1911 Government does get heavy? After you answer this, you have to deal with what to carry it in due to its size and weight. In my case, the answer was either a Milt Sparks Summer Special or a Ken L. Null UNS. Lastly, I would think on either the Caspian or a Fusion Arms kit. Bob Serva of Fusion Arms impresses me and he knows 1911s. Post pictures of the finished results and a range report. Regards, Richard

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