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Old November 02, 2012, 17:40   #1
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Colt 1911 .22 Coversion

What is a 1950s era Colt .22 conversion kit worth?

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Old November 02, 2012, 17:55   #2
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paid $250 for mine 25 years ago
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Old November 02, 2012, 18:32   #3
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paid $250 for mine 25 years ago
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Uh! excuse me....... Like everything else it depends on the condition. I've seen them bring as much as $500.
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Old November 02, 2012, 21:02   #4
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I've seen them go anywhere from the 250,00, a steal! usually something missing or broker to 800.00 Mint and better nicely boxed. Get a Kimber or Ceiner and save some bucks, they work fine.
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Old November 07, 2012, 13:31   #5
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Very happy with my Kimber Conversion. I won it used off GB and while I did not get a screaming deal I did get two mags in the deal. Also Midway has run the mags on sale a couple of times so I picked up several more (can't remember how many). I set it up to run as an understudy to my .45 1911 of course and to use for Steel Challenge. I have yet to do more then shoot it enough to know it works fine.
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Old November 07, 2012, 18:37   #6
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I did it the other way around. Like angusmac, I got it about 25 or 30 years ago, but I bought a Colt Ace for about $275 and then got a .45 Gold Cup top end for it, which I think ran about 100 bucks. I don't remember the exact price any more, but 100 sounds about right.

Whoever I got it from sold it because it was jamming a lot. When I took it apart, the floating chamber was packed solid with powder residue and wouldn't move. I cleaned all the crud out of it, and after that, it worked just fine. The only drawback to the Ace is that you have to clean the floating chamber about every 100-200 rounds or it starts to get finicky. Most of the time I've shot it as a .45, but with the price of ammo now, I think I'll dust off the Ace top end and start using it again.

I don't know exactly what a .22 conversion kit goes for these days, but somewhere around $250 sounds about right.
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Old November 07, 2012, 19:32   #7
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picked up a new stainless kimber pre series II .45 in the late 90's, went right out and picked up a kimber plat. .22 conversion.
same sights same pistol cept for caliper best money i ever spent.

couple years ago i bought a stripped frame and made it a deticated .22

would recommend this for anybody who shoots a .45

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Old November 09, 2012, 09:48   #8
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I've seen them go anywhere from the 250,00, a steal! usually something missing or broker to 800.00 Mint and better nicely boxed. Get a Kimber or Ceiner and save some bucks, they work fine.
I wouldn't consider a Ciener unit! Half the time his shit doesn't work and if you ask for any customer service, you won't get it. In fact, you'll probably be told you're a dumbass and don't know what you're doing.

And this isn't hearsay, or internet BS. I've seen him several times at Knob Creek, and personally listened to him tell someone his shit works fine and he must not know how to operate it. And it was said in a mean manner, belittling the guy who asked Ciener a question. Ciener then turned around and ignored the guy, who stood there for several seconds stunned.

THERE IS NO CUSTOMER SERVICE WITH CIENER!!!!!! I wouldn't buy from him on this alone!
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Old November 16, 2012, 23:59   #9
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I have this one...wouldn't let it go for less than 600...colt conversion on a 1958 1911 i legit! so much fun to shoot, and .22 is waaaay cheaper than that damn 45..LOL
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Old November 17, 2012, 11:05   #10
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I recently sold an original for $450.00. Not a conversion, but original Colt Ace top end. The actual "Colt's Conversion Unit" marked slides go for a little less. And, I would actually spend the same money, if I already had a .45 caliber pistol, on the entire .22 pistol before I wold buy a conversion. Unless, you just wanted the conversion to go along with a Colt piece. I bought an Ace and an Argentine "Ace" .22 pistol and enjoy them both.

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Old November 17, 2012, 18:37   #11
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I also have a Kimber conversion and love it. Shoots dead on, and cheaper than blowing up good 45 stuff. I recently bought a Ciener Glock 17/22 conversion for my son in laws Glock 20 only to learn they are just slightly longer and it doesn't fit right. I have a buddy with a Glock 22 that wants it so no harm no foul. Guess he's outa luck!
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Old December 17, 2012, 11:52   #12
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In the late 60's I paid $40.00 for a used complete Colt conversion unit. I bought another from the CMP, new in the box with a like new, used magazine. It cost $359.95 in December 2004, including shipping. In 1997 I also bought an Argentine DGFM .45 pistol, converted to .22LR in Argentina by Venturini S.A. for the Buenos Aires provincial police, with its sleeved magazine. With the devaluation of the dollar prices have shown considerable increase.

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Old December 17, 2012, 14:34   #13
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The Gold standard in .22 conversions for accuracy is the Marvel conversion. You see a lot of these on the firing line at Camp Perry. They all come with a 50 yd. test target averaging around 1/2 inch (five shots). About 30-40% of the shooters who make the Mayleigh Cup team are using the Marvel .22's. They start at $484. See http://www.marvelprecision.com/unit1.php

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