Les Baer Lightweight (Aluminum frame) Baer Experience?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by simonp, May 10, 2019.

  1. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Curious if anyone has some long term experience with Baer's lightweight guns that they used to make? I may have a lead on one locally, being a Baer and rare I am tempted but curious how they hold up over time to carry and to use (5,000 , 10,000 or 50,000 plus rounds)
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  2. BigSkyGuy

    BigSkyGuy Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2018
    I have one and love it, but it will be a looooong time before I can give you a 50k round update!:eek1:

    Seriously though, I think that Les said he wasn't going to make them anymore because he wasn't convinced that they would hold up past 100k rounds...I'll probably never get 10% of that on mine, so I think I can live with that!

    Like I said, I love mine! 20190501_194453.jpg
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  3. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    I to love my LW commander size built in 1995 and still as tight as a drum. Absolutely no idea of round count though do not much help there.
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  4. MDP

    MDP MP Custom

    Jul 22, 2016
    I replace a cracked Aluminum Baer frame for a customer a while back because it had developed a crack. Replaced it with a Caspian titanium frame. Not sure how many rounds had went through it but it looked well used.

    MP Custom
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  5. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Good to know since replacing the frame isn't an option in Kalifornia, part of my concern..
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  6. uncommonsense

    uncommonsense Active Member

    Apr 14, 2018
    Can't you still complete an 80% frame there? Mosinvirus on YouTube is in Cali and he completes frames, or at least he has.
  7. simonp

    simonp Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2016
    Yes I believe so, not my skill set and honestly.

    I’m 99% sure I can’t have a smith build an 89% for me, manufacturing so....

    I’d hate to replace a Baer with an 80% frame.

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  8. Capthobo

    Capthobo NRA Endowment member Supporting Addict

    Nov 9, 2016
    Is that an original thumb safety on the LW commander? looks challenging as to removing the grip panel. I see some battle marks in the checkering there.
  9. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    I do not think so, it was on it when I got it. I thought I was going to change it but it turns out I really like it! So it stays
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  10. Glock2740

    Glock2740 1911 addict Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 16, 2011
    Mine came with that same thumb safety, which I replaced, but still have the original.
    As was...


    As is...

  11. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014

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