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February 24, 2009, 20:39
Looking for input on building one.
I've had the 1911 bug for a long time and have been thinking about building one.
Decent 1911'a are pretty pricey and even Norinco's are getting up there.
Most frames I have looked at seem to be reasonably priced.
Anyone tried a Sarco kit?
February 25, 2009, 10:25
I used their commercial slide kit. It works and fit great. Comprised of the entire top end of a 1911 5" barrel. My frame was from TDW (they don't have them anymore) and was made by PAC. I had to lap the frame/slide because it was just a little tight, and I mean just a little. It's a fun build, a good learning experience and I'm doing it at least twice more since I just got 2 new frames in yesterday. Might post a tutorial on the next build since I really haven't found a good one online.
February 25, 2009, 11:15
I'd say just buy a Rock Island and be done. If you think you'll want to add stuff, like a beaver tail safety, etc. then go ahead and get the tactical model - it comes with all that.
February 25, 2009, 22:14
Buy a Taurus 1911. It has everything you need and the price will be cheaper than trying to build it yourself plus you have Taurus's lifetime warranty.
March 01, 2009, 19:24
I could just buy one but anyone can just buy a gun.
Like the FAL. I think I had more fun building it than anything else.
So I have decided on a Fusion Firearms full sized frame.
http://www.fusionfirearms.com/ For $199
A Sarco kit less frame,slide and barrel for $110
Sarco Slide $110
And the Sarco Roto barrel for $38
That should get me started anyway.
It won't be a race or high priced gun and will prolly cost more than it is worth when done but I don't sell guns so that isn't an issue.
March 02, 2009, 12:02
The Sarco slides looked nice and fit well. The ones I got had the sights WAY off and the sights might as well be welded in place! I could NOT get them to move with ANYTHING I could find!
I have heard, BUT DO NOT KNOW, that the barrels are a bit soft. Let us know if that is true.
The Brazilian military slides Sarco (and others) were selling WERE quite soft! I was replacing the slide every year, but at $50 each, it wan't a great strain. Still, for a $110, you get a nice slide and if the sights are where they should be, they seemed very good.
March 02, 2009, 17:36
you should be pleased with the Fusion parts ... I've known Bob Serva for some time and use his stuff a lot ...
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