80% 1911 build question?

Discussion in '1911 Gunsmithing' started by Buckaroo, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Well-Known Member

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    Im snowed in and thinking of trying one of these kits with jigs etc. Can anyone brief me on the pro and con of tackling this? Also can anyone suggest a good outfit to deal with? I checked out 1911build.com but they don’t have a phone number and their web site sucks.

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  2. BenchMonkey

    BenchMonkey Angry Infidel

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  3. Buddy F.

    Buddy F. Member

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    Feb 7, 2019
    stealth arms.com or 1776 supply co.com these are the two I am looking at.
     
  4. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Well-Known Member

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    Are you going to build one?
     
  5. Buddy F.

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  6. Buddy F.

    Buddy F. Member

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    I am looking to get the stealth arms half rail, government frame with the phantom jig, and the 1776 slide package it comes with everything but a frame, then just have to get the tooling an what not. and make up my mind what caliber I want I have 3 45acp now,
     
  7. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Well-Known Member

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    68D6177F-67EE-47CB-B694-7C8F0A69FE1B.jpeg 5212EC84-FA2D-44B3-99CA-CE14B687E3F9.jpeg That’s interesting! I’ll google those. I’m a 9mm fan lately.
     
  8. Buddy F.

    Buddy F. Member

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    have never had a 9mm 1911 I had a sig p226 tac ops I loved that gun until I shot it way to much muzzle flip it went by by pretty quick after that. I bought it because it came with 4 20rnd mags I shoot 3-gun at a local club an guys where kicking my butt with high capacity mags me 10rnd mags them with 15-20 rnds it took me twice the number of rounds to knock down targets as it use to with 45acp so sold it, lost my ass on that one ,butt oooh well got a rock island fs hc 2011 double stack in 45acp that's the ticket,
     
  9. TheCollector

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  10. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Well-Known Member

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    Cool! So on a build how much money will you have in slide frame and parts and tools dies etc?
     
  11. Buddy F.

    Buddy F. Member

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    Feb 7, 2019
    the frame with the jig on bare alum is $ 350.00 the slide kit from 1776 is the upgraded 1911 parts kit $ 350.00 and i am guessing about $400.00 in tools so roughly $1.100.00 I have 1.500 for a budget so if I don't get everything now, theirs always down the road, as for tools the plunger tube staking tool, barrel fitting jig and barrel lug file I think with the stealth arms frame it is already decked so don't have to worry about that expense I am sure im forgetting something
     
  12. Buddy F.

    Buddy F. Member

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    I built an AR about 7 years ago when it was all over an done, tools parts an a redo because I didn't like the way it cam out the fist time was, grab your chair $4.300.00 but that was over a two year period. so its all in how much you are willing to spend
     
  13. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Well-Known Member

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    So the second one you build would be much cheaper with all the tools in hand! I’m going to research your sources. Good luck on your project.
     
  14. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    I built this one with a vintage slide and 100% frame. Same frame maker @TheCollector is using.

    There were enough trials and tribulations doing a 100% build to keep me from ever wanting to do an 80%. I wouldn't attempt an 80% unless I already had bodacious machine tools AND machinist skillz. Doing an 80% 1911 build is NOT the same as doing an 80% AR build.


    I 've got under $1,500 total in parts and tools on it. I think it came out nice.


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  15. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo Well-Known Member

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    Nice job! I like the diamond work!
     
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  16. 9mmContagion

    9mmContagion Member

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    I built an 80% from 1911Builders chambered in 9mm. Turned out absolutely amazing! I used the Matrix Jig to deck and cut the rails. It’s all about patience!! I will say though, if you’re in s free state (I’m in Commiefornia), I’d rather just buy a 100% complete frame.

    I think my all in investment was about $1,700. That’s using the best of the best parts though. People have built for sub $1k using RIA kits.

    Here’s my build:
    - 1911 Builders Full Length Dust Cover Frame
    - Fusion Slab Side Flat Top Slide
    - 9mm Fusion Match Grade Bull Barrel
    - Fusion Trigger, Thumb Safety, Mainspring Housing
    - S&A Beavertail
    - Cylinder Slide Ignition Kit
    - Ed Brown Extended Mag Release
    - All other internals Wilson Combat
    - Wilson Combat ETM Mag
    - U-notch rear Novak with FO front sight
    - VZ Slim Grips
    - Dehorned
    - Flush Cut/Reverse Crowned Barrel
    - Flush Cut Slide Relese Pin with Countersunk Hole
     

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  17. Buddy F.

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    yea once you have the tools to build it there is almost half the expense from the first time , so the second on and so on would be quit a bet cheaper depending on the parts you use. I want to build a pistol, if I have fun and learn something I will continue to build them
     
  18. 9mmContagion

    9mmContagion Member

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    I unfortunately sold my build tools :facepalm: At the time I thought I’d never build another, but I now have the itch to build another.
     
  19. Buddy F.

    Buddy F. Member

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    Feb 7, 2019
    I have only ever built one AR but I still have all the tools and occasionally I still work on one for a friend so it pays to keep them even if you don't use them.
     
  20. 1911woody

    1911woody Member

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    Same boat here, have all the tools now including the Matrix 80% jigs. Not sure I'll ever build another though!
     
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