1911 upper KIT?

1911 upper KIT?

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    Question 1911 upper KIT?

    Anyone KNOW where I can get a 1911 commander length upper KIT in .45cal. new from the manufacturer?
    I have a PT1911 5". I want a 1911 commander but I figure buying a new gun wouldn"t be the more economical way to go.

    Any info on issues that may arise from such a conversion would also be appreciated. Thanks.

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    IIRC the dust cover dimensions are different on a 5" gun vs. a Cmdr sized gun, it's not as easy as a simple side change in some cases, not to mention that you might have to have the slide fit to the receiver, as well as making sure that the barrel and barrel link will mate up to your frame correctly.

    Regarding who to talk to, I'd give Fusion Firearms a call regarding THIS KIT and see if you can get a price for it minus the frame if that's really the road you want to take.

    But that will still take refinishing/fitting to your frame.

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    If it were me, I would save myself alot of hassle and just buy a commander size 1911. Sell or keep the PT 1911 to suit your budget.
    Unless you know what your doing you could end up costing yourself more money than you would save.
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    JD and Joleary223, thanks for the info. I'll give that some thought.

    Sam.

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    Just buy a commander--Fitting is ALMOST always required for 1911's.

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    Fusion is the way to go but like said, the slide will need to be mated to the frame in most cases. Unless you're looking for a project I would just buy another gun.

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    Another option would be to have a custom gunsmith shorten/chop your full length slide to Commander length...not cheap to have done but usually cheaper than buying a new pistol.
    A good gunsmith can do a magnificent conversion job but, then there is also the waiting time to consider.
    Your best bet would probably be to invest in a Colt Commander.
    You'll never lose by doing that since they do maintain their value faily well.

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    Well, I guess just buying another gun is the way to go. I was hoping to have the option on of switching back and forth between uppers like the AR's. A new pistol is always exciting but I was hoping to save some cash.
    Thanks people for all the info.

    Sam.

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    Thanks for the tip JD.

    I've been wanting to try my hand at building a 1911, and this may be the way for me to get my feet wet.
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