I'm typically a Magnum dweeb. I love shooting .357 magnum in my snubbies and love shooting .44 Magnum in my black hawk and Tarus. Though I'm a big time fan of revolvers I still hold a great affinity for 1911s having shot my uncle's kimbers and Paras enough to love them. I'm a very utilitarian gun buyer, at least I think I am, and having watched my uncle buy setups from Caspian and Brownells to watch him put them together into these awesome custom jobs, well I'm a bit jealous to do so. Unfortunately my unlce is a diehard .45 ACP man and has stated his disinterest in my own little project, hopefully to be the first of many.
I'm looking build a 1911 that can be fired in 10mm but still retain a capacity for conversion. I don't want to buy a retail gun and then switch out some parts, that would be too easy. Instead I hope to take the reknowned 1911 and set it up so I can (with a variety of different barrells, slides, and what have you) fire a multitude of calibers in the single stack Government Colt Series 80. I have to have my 10mm having had a chance to fire the glock 20 and S&W 610 in 4" (my cousin's guns), unfortunately the size and feel of the 610 (while I love revolvers) doesn't make me all too keen on it when the possibility of project sits before me.
I plan to start off with:
A ramped 'Clark Custom' 1911 Auto Barrell in 10mm
Caspian arms 1911 Auto Reciever Colt Series 80, Smooth
Ambi Ext. Safety, Mccormick, Stainless
Drop-In Beavertail Grip Safety Wilson Combat 1911 Auto
Clark Custom 1911 Auto Recoil Spring Cover (to keep the spring from kinking)
And from Sarconics.com/cgm.html, a 1911 .45 Autobuilders kit (for parts, but I might just get a parts kit from Caspian soon as I can find the catalogue or just go ahead and order a new one)
The only troubles I'm running into is my lacking awareness of .45 ACP parts kits being compatible (as far as the really small stuff) with 10mm. I also need a slide for 10mm and am not sure if I should simply get a 10mm conversion kit to simply solve my barrel and slide issue (which I need help finding, I'm having the most impossible time with google). I haven't decided on a trigger but I remember Caspian having in their catalogue an extended trigger so I might just go with that, and having worked with my uncle I'm fairly able to reduce trigger pull (I like the light pulls and have a manual on how to do it), mind you this gun will be a plinker primarily for me. I realize the single tack will limit my round capacity but I don't ulitmately plan to CCW the gun, just have a great self made product of my own assembly and ambition.
For converting to .22lr (.22lr is just plain fun in a 1911 for me) there are plenty of available kits.
For 9mm (everytime I go the range I pickup a few hundred spent pieces in reloable condition, and have a bout 3k sitting at home) I figure there isn't so much a conversion kit as much as just getting the parts.
For S&W .40, wash and repeat 9mm except for the slide maybe.
For .45 ACP, wash and repeat.
I thought about .380 but can't bring myself to do it.
So in conclusion, I'd appreciate getting pointed in the direction of the best 1911 10mm conversion kits or at least slides. If anyone knows if the little parts in the parts kits for the .45 ACP are compatible for being used with 10mm (Caspian had a disclaimer on compatibility for .45 ACP). So for everyone who posts, thank you greatly. I think this gun could be an incredibly fun project for myself (probably wouldn't start it till June because I'm in law school and I make my disposable income at the Casinos and the 10mm alone looks like a quick grand), and after it is all said and done, I'd certainly share the wealth of knowledge.
Not till I'm a working professional will I get my Ruger GP in 3" converted to 10mm (granted after I got another one). I just love being able to change calibers.
Edited by 10mmNewb, Apr. 11 2008 - 07:13 PM.