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Old June 1, 2009, 09:59 PM   #1
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Are Railed 1911 Pistols Against the Rules?

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?
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Old June 1, 2009, 10:25 PM   #2
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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.

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Old June 2, 2009, 08:32 AM   #3
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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.
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Old June 2, 2009, 09:00 AM   #4
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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.
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Old June 2, 2009, 03:02 PM   #5
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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.
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