The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Skunkworks > The Smithy

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old May 18, 2013, 02:43 PM   #1
III-Percent
Member
 
Join Date: May 18, 2013
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Posts: 30
80% 1911 frames

Sorry - new to the forums so I am not sure if this is the correct place to post. I was curious if anyone has any knowledge of available 80% 1911 frames? I know that there are obviously 80% lowers for AR's, and after a google search I was able to find 80% frames for 1911's but of course nothing is in stock, and the ones that are would be from a website requesting gold or silver as a currency to purchase their products (never heard of that before ).

Having never completed an 80% build of any type, assuming the mag well is drilled, would it be fairly easy to complete an 80% 1911? I'm assuming you would just need to drill out the thumb safety, slide release, mag release, etc. After successfully completing one I think I would make a guide for future frames to make it easier/faster (unless they have those available as well).

I appreciate the feedback.
__________________
"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams
III-Percent is offline  
Old May 18, 2013, 09:35 PM   #2
Bill DeShivs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 7, 2006
Posts: 7,088
Most 80% 1911 frames don't have the slide rails cut. It's a little more complicated than drilling a few holes.
__________________
Bill DeShivs
www.billdeshivs.com
Bill DeShivs is online now  
Old May 19, 2013, 01:50 AM   #3
III-Percent
Member
 
Join Date: May 18, 2013
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Posts: 30
Figured it would be, was trying to be optimistic
__________________
"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams
III-Percent is offline  
Old May 19, 2013, 11:13 AM   #4
oldgunsmith
Senior Member
 
Join Date: January 9, 2013
Posts: 278
We had a few students that got together and decided to experiment with some 80% frames two or three years ago for a class project. They spent over a year (class time) developing and building jigs and fixtures to finish them out. A couple got ruined along the way, but now they're able to make them work just fine. It, however, is a learning experience. Certainly not profitable by any means.
oldgunsmith is offline  
Old May 19, 2013, 11:20 AM   #5
4V50 Gary
Staff
 
Join Date: November 2, 1998
Location: Colorado
Posts: 16,846
oldgunsmith - what school where?
__________________
Vigilantibus et non dormientibus jura subveniunt. Molon Labe!
4V50 Gary is offline  
Old May 19, 2013, 07:12 PM   #6
III-Percent
Member
 
Join Date: May 18, 2013
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Posts: 30
Thanks oldgunsmith - definitely wasn't looking at them from a profit aspect, really just wanted a project pistol, something I could build up over time, make exactly how I want and end up with an heirloom type pistol. Want to try my hand at engraving somewhere down the road as well, figured if I got good enough at it I would engrave the slide and parts of the frame (I'm talking a long ways down the road, definitely not something I expect to get good at overnight). I am going to be attending the Colorado School of Trades here in October, may have to look at it more seriously as a project pistol then. Haven't heard of anyone building one from an 80% frame, figured I would ask around and see if anyone had any experience.

Then if through trial and error I was able to make one of good quality, I wanted to make a few for members of my family. Thought I'd make a Marine Corps themed one for my grandfather and possibly one for my uncle, then one for my father, which would be more of a display piece as he isn't too big on shooting (though if I built him a nice 1911 he would probably shoot it).
__________________
"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams
III-Percent is offline  
Old May 19, 2013, 11:02 PM   #7
Bill DeShivs
Senior Member
 
Join Date: April 7, 2006
Posts: 7,088
You can't make them for anyone else- just for yourself. Otherwise you are "manufacturing" without proper licenses.
__________________
Bill DeShivs
www.billdeshivs.com
Bill DeShivs is online now  
Old May 20, 2013, 12:21 AM   #8
III-Percent
Member
 
Join Date: May 18, 2013
Location: Hillsboro, OR
Posts: 30
Quote:
You can't make them for anyone else- just for yourself. Otherwise you are "manufacturing" without proper licenses.
Well I would look into the proper licensing and so forth, I am familiar with the laws of manufacturing firearms for yourself - by the time I have the process down and am ready to make a few for various family members I will have obtained the proper FFL to manufacture for others.
__________________
"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." - Samuel Adams
III-Percent is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:04 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07312 seconds with 7 queries