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Old 01-11-2016, 07:39 PM   #1
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So I have this new frame lying around...

When PSA was selling slides and frames off from what appears to be their aborted attempt to sell 1911s; I bought a stainless cram and carbon slide. I should have bought more but got in late and wanted to see them before buying more. Then wouldn't you know they were gone.

The Kimber 22 kit was fun but there were some reliability issues. One due to technique and the others...well hopefully we will see after this.

I have plenty of parts so will make a dedicated steel framed 22 pistol the way I want it and test a couple theories.

By the way the PSA frames are actually pretty nice and better finished than the the well 400 dollar frame of another big name brand. I think these were made by PM who at one time made Nighthawks. May still do.
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Old 01-11-2016, 07:43 PM   #2
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That's going to make a nice project Mike, I'm looking forward to seeing where you go with it.
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Old 01-11-2016, 07:49 PM   #3
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Sounds like a fun project. I'll be following it.
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Old 01-11-2016, 07:53 PM   #4
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Looks like a nice frame to begin your project with. Keep us posted.
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I'll be following this, as well. I've toyed with the idea of getting a .22LR kit for my Kimber, and I'd like to know about reliability issues.

Good thread.
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Old 01-12-2016, 06:01 AM   #6
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I'll be following this, as well. I've toyed with the idea of getting a .22LR kit for my Kimber, and I'd like to know about reliability issues.

Good thread.
Not trying to hijack Mikes thread.

Chico, I've had the "Rimfire Target Conversion Kit" for a couple of years now and love it. It fits on my 4" and 5" 1911's and I've never had a problem with it. I like it so much that I've been toying with getting the "Rimfire Compact Conversion Kit" that fits 3" and 4" 1911's.
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Old 01-12-2016, 07:20 AM   #7
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I once considered building a 1911. After watching some vids and pricing out the parts and tools, the idea quickly faded away. Still it would be fun. For me, the results would likely be a disaster at 2x the cost of a premium Ed Brown.
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Not trying to hijack Mikes thread.

Chico, I've had the "Rimfire Target Conversion Kit" for a couple of years now and love it. It fits on my 4" and 5" 1911's and I've never had a problem with it. I like it so much that I've been toying with getting the "Rimfire Compact Conversion Kit" that fits 3" and 4" 1911's.
The issues to me have been long term reliability without cleaning or adding lube. Or having to have so much lube on it that it is unsightly or getting on my hands.

And the ability to run it like other 22s...1000 rounds or so without cleaning.

Less dependance on certain makes of ammo. I want it to run on everything...including the standard velocity cheap stuff.

Able run error free the way I shoot centerfire 1911s...in other words, some thumb pressure on the side of the slide from a high thumb grip should not sit it down.

Lighter hammer, lighter mainspring, relieving the frame rails to reduce contact with the slide grooves (thus reducing friction surfaces and giving places for powder reside to go ie. "sand cuts").

A recontoured mag well so that all mags seat easily. The Kimber mags suck in guns with mag wells including Kimbers mag well.

Install a steel insert into the slide notch so that locking back on last round with GSG mags does not peen the notch in the alloy slide.
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