View Full Version : Are Railed 1911 Pistols Against the Rules?

June 1, 2009, 09:59 PM
Are railed 1911 pistols against the rules in competition?

I read IDPA rules and only found statements about full length dust covers and add-on weight being illegal... so I'm pretty much clueless :barf:

This isn't to say I'm asking ONLY about IDPA, how about other competitions?

EDIT: as an add on I forgot I needed to know about.. are stainless or aluminum fames illegal?

June 1, 2009, 10:25 PM
In USPSA/IPSC, if it is 9mm or greater, it is legal in some division. You might get dumped into Open where it is not be competitive, but it is legal. A railed 1911 single stack is fine for USPSA Limited 10. Also fine for Single Stack if there is no full length dust cover.


June 2, 2009, 08:32 AM
In idpa you can have the rail just no lights. Edit: a Dawson rail (add on) might be frowned upon, but if it's part of the original build your ok.

Jim Watson
June 2, 2009, 09:00 AM
IDPA bars full length dust covers whether cut for a searchlight rail or not.
Rails on short dust covers are OK if IF IF the gun makes the weight limit. And there are a lot of .45s out there with enough stuff added on to exceed the 41 oz weight limit for CDP.

USPSA has a limit on the length of a rail in Single Stack Division.
Other Divisions do not mention it.

NRA and CMP would not allow a rail in Service Pistol, but it would be ok in Centerfire or Big Bore.

June 2, 2009, 03:02 PM
Good info! thanks, guys! :)
I'll have to look into how long those rails can be and whatnot.

I was thinking about getting a PT1911SS with a Rail.