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I am starting my first 1911 build soon, and I had a question which I know is going to have different responses. I am wondering which manufacturer to buy my frame and slide from, and there are pros and cons to both. I want a full size frame, preferably with a checkered front strap that isn't 80% and comes in the white with no finish. I have heard Caspian is higher quality, but Caspian does not offer a full size frame with the checkered front strap. Fusion Firearms has a full size frame with checkered front strap, but I have heard their parts require a lot more handfitting. I am not opposed to doing the work to build my gun, I just want to know amongst all the various manufacturers what would be the best choice for me? Are Les Baer match frames and slides worth the extra money? What about 1911 Builders, or STI? I am open to any recommendations. Thank you.
 

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Whatever you do, don’t pick the Baer frame. You’ll poop your pants when you install your mainspring housing and see that the holes don’t line up or that it takes all day to fit the trigger because you have to remove like a 1/8 of an inch to get it to fit. :)

Or when you go to put your slide stop in and it won’t budge on a .200 slide stop.
 

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Whatever you do, don’t pick the Baer frame. You’ll poop your pants when you install your mainspring housing and see that the holes don’t line up or that it takes all day to fit the trigger because you have to remove like a 1/8 of an inch to get it to fit. :)
Glad you said that, because I was looking at Baer. At this point I am likely going to go with Caspian or Jem. I am trying to decide between Stainless and Carbon steel now, because it doesn't look like Jem offers a Stainless slide...
 

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I see they offer a Stainless frame, but I don't see a stainless slide. Do you think if I call them they might offer a stainless slide? I want to build Stainless just for the increased corrosion resistance.
I would give them a call, or write to Elliott. JEM makes frames and slides for a LOT of custom gun smiths and manufacturers. They do accomodate "off menu" requests as well. It can't hurt asking. Elliott's email address is: [email protected]


Here is another JEM frame build BTW. Slide by Colt . . . . .

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I would give them a call, or write to Elliott. JEM makes frames and slides for a LOT of custom gun smiths and manufacturers. They do accomodate "off menu" requests as well. It can't hurt asking. Elliott's email address is: [email protected]


Here is another JEM frame build BTW. Slide by Colt . . . . .

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Very nice! I guess that is the skip line checkering? Yeah, I will call. They may be able to do the slide serrations I want done there as well. That would save me sending the slide off somewhere else.
 

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Glad you said that, because I was looking at Baer. At this point I am likely going to go with Caspian or Jem. I am trying to decide between Stainless and Carbon steel now, because it doesn't look like Jem offers a Stainless slide...
You don’t have to go with Jem for a slide. I use Jem frames and Caspian slides.

Caspian slides are very good.
 

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