I love 1911s but the cost of shooting several hundred rounds of 45 a month is sinking me.
I wouldn't mind shooting 9mm recreationally as long as its through a 1911. Shot 300 rounds last month through a double-stack Para in 9mm and had A BLAST! 9mm 1911s are not the cheapest platforms to acquire though, as the 18-9 I'm referring to is near $800 everywhere I look. Don't have that in my budget just yet so it remains on the back burner for now.
I need a new bushing for my Commander so I browsed Brownells earlier. While looking for bushings I ran across barrels. Brownells have several reputable custom manufacturers (Ed Brown, Wilson, Bar-Sto etc) that offer drop-in 9mm barrels for the 1911. That's what got me thinking about it.
How feasible would it be to "convert" a 45ACP to 9mm by means of swapping barrels, magazines, and springs? Can it be reliably done without gunsmithing or would it require match fitting to ensure reliability? I can much easier come up with a few hundred dollars for the parts for a conversion than I can seven or eight large for a new 1911. The cheaper 9mm ammo required to feed the mutant would be more economical, too.
Truthfully I know nothing of gunsmithing so I haven't an appreciation for the finer aspects of such an endeavor. Please enlighten me.