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Old June 13th, 2018, 06:08 PM #1
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80% 1911 Builds

Has anyone done a 1911 from 80%.

Any suggestions on who to buy from?

Any suggestions on little things that helped ?

I do not have a HQL and I want a 1911 and figure besides moving the cheapest option is a 80%
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Old June 13th, 2018, 06:13 PM #2
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I've had a steel frame sitting in limbo for a while now.

If it doesn't get going soon, I'll walk away from it and sell you the virgin frame if you're interested.
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I don't think you will save any money. I could have bought one for less than I spent on the build. You have to factor in the cost of the jig and bits on top of the parts to build the gun. That being said,it still is a fun project and gives you a lot of satisfaction the first time it goes bang. I didn't use a lot of high end parts either.
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I've had a steel frame sitting in limbo for a while now.

If it doesn't get going soon, I'll walk away from it and sell you the virgin frame if you're interested.
Come up any time, Brad. I gotta pay you for the welder.

I have done 1.5. I got a steel frame. I bought it from The Buffalo. The jigs I use are Matrix Precision. It was not difficult, but time consuming to do right. I really enjoyed it.
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I do not have a HQL and I want a 1911 and figure besides moving the cheapest option is a 80%
Have not done any 80% kits, probably won't, but I saw some 1911 kits at Chantilly Sunday.

Most definitely not your cheapest option to get a reliable 1911.

The lowest one I saw was $165 for an alloy frame, and $650 for the parts kit that included everything else you would need except the jig. Didn't bother asking the price on the jig.

The glock kits were far cheaper, and he said much easier to make. (Poly vs alloy).

You can get a decent, reliable 1911 for quite a bit less than $800 (RIA, among others).
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Definitely not your cheapest option. Sarco sells cheap parts kits. I have about $800 in jigs/stones.
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Definitely not your cheapest option. Sarco sells cheap parts kits. I have about $800 in jigs/stones.
I guess that makes you a stoner
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It is not about cheap for me, I refuse to submit to the infringement of the hql, therefore this thread intriques me. I to want a 1911 and ywant to build it myself.
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I would highly recommend an aluminum frame instead of steel. Especially for the first time. If you do steel, buy some extra cutters for the gig.
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