1911 45ACP conversion to 9mm??

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    To covert from 45 to 9mmis a huge Pain in the butt.......... parts may not fit properly, out of position mags are different dims etc...........a 22 conversion is the most efficent way of making use of the gun
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    Others have said it all - I will only mention - to heck with a conversion plan - just get the real deal when you can!!!
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    I carry two 1911s alternating as based on clothing between a Colt 'Defender' and an SA 'Lightweight Commander', while my range gun is a Sig 'GSR'.
    I agree with the others toward goign the route of a .22 conversion for sport and/or training. In fact I'm doing just that having ordered a couple weeks ago a .22 conversion unit. Aside from that route though if you really wanted to carry in a 1911 form factor a lower powered/recoil chambering you might give serious consideration toward a .38 Super.
    Kimber, Springfield Armory as well as Smith & Wesson provide 1911 offerings in .38 Super as well as 9mm.
    Personally I prefer .38 Super to 9mm in 1911 format and that chamberings has been around in that form factor since nearly the beginning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janq
    if you really wanted to carry in a 1911 form factor a lower powered/recoil chambering you might give serious consideration toward a .38 Super.
    Kimber, Springfield Armory as well as Smith & Wesson provide 1911 offerings in .38 Super as well as 9mm.
    Personally I prefer .38 Super to 9mm in 1911 format and that chamberings has been around in that form factor since nearly the beginning.
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    The .38 Super sounds interesting, but it defeats my purpose of cheap ammo.
    I don't think I will go the .22 conversion route, because though it would be the cheapest as far as ammo goes, I will not be able to use it for training classes or IDPA/IPSC.
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    SA might be a reasonable choice then. Hard to beat a lifetime warranty. Para might have something appealing as well. Not sure what the different competition regs are but it could be worth a look.

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    As stated, get a 9mm purpose built. SA is a good choice. I'm extremely happy with my STIs ( www.stiguns.com) . Be aware, the 9mm is problematic in the 1911 platform, but not overly different in that if you have one that runs, it will (most likely) be flawless. If it dosen't, you'll need some work....

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    I only own 3 pistols (so far), a Walther p-22, a p-95 (9mm), and a Kimber Ultra Carry. I can tell you that the .45 ammo is almost twice the price as the 9mm.
    When I bought the Kimber, I hesitated as I considered the 4" barrel version so as to be able to use a .22 conversion. The advice of the gun dealer (who is a friend of mine. http://www.rockymountainguns.com/) was, if I wanted to carry a .45, then shoot a .45 at the range, not a .22.
    I do not regret taking his advice.
    I totally understand the desire to keep the $$ down. I have 2000 rounds of 9mm in the basement right now. It makes me swallow hard when I purchase .45 ammo these days.
    It’s so much easier now days, to "Love and honor" my wife, when she is armed, and shoots a better group than I do. (Till death do us part, eh?)

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    You could go the .38Special auto route. Guns are a "little" pricy. Thing is, the close range accuracy thing you could do with a BB gun or Airsoft. But for technique,double taps,anything that would involve recoil,you gotta train as you would compete...... or FIGHT.------

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarhog
    The .38 Super sounds interesting, but it defeats my purpose of cheap ammo.
    I don't think I will go the .22 conversion route, because though it would be the cheapest as far as ammo goes, I will not be able to use it for training classes or IDPA/IPSC.
    38 Super to 9MM conversion is not a problem, as they BBL dims, mag dims, and such are virtually the same. I have a Colt70 series Lightweight Commander with this very same conversion ( I bought the gun in 1980 with Extra 38 super BBLand mag ) for the paultry price of 199.00..........Shoots like gangbusters with no problems at all.
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