View Full Version : 1911 Unmarked Slides?

October 10, 2005, 08:56 PM
I want to put a new slide on an old Colt frame. I'm not really looking for match qualty, but something very good. I see Best quality commercial unmarked slides for sale for around $90.
They don't look bad but all I see is a picture.
Has anyone had any experience with these.

Hunter Customs
October 12, 2005, 07:48 AM
I don't know the manufacture of the slides you are referring to but $90.00 is very cheap for a good quality slide.
Before I spent my $90.00 I would want the option of inspecting the slide thoroughly. Make sure it has no cracks, the breech face demensions is true, the breech face square, and the radial lugs are correct. The radial lugs are very important, if they are not correct you will never get the gun timed right.
Warpage and the correct hardness of the slide should also be a concern.
Bob Hunter

DT Guy
October 12, 2005, 10:34 AM
Consider the amount of time and money you're going to spend fitting the slide. Also consider that you may (depending on the pistol you're building) one day 'bet your life' on it.

With that in mind, I'd recommend buying a slide of known provenance. Caspian is excellent; Essex is very good at not much more than the $90 you're looking at. This way you have a slide you can feel confident putting work and effort into, and one with a warranty.

Just my .02, of course.


October 12, 2005, 11:32 AM
Ah, Too good to be true.
Thanks for your replys. I am going to look at an Essex.
Looks like you can get them with a few different options.