Low cost 1911 that is not 'cheap'

If anyone is living in the Free Democratic Republic of Canuckistan. Canada Ammo has Dominion Arms 1911s on sale again.  No 1K of ammo for 2bills more though. But 3 bills for a good steel forged (not cast) frame that can be used to make one heck of a race gun - or just as is for a reliable 45 that goes bang every time - its hard to beat a Norinco that has had QA/QC applied to it before you get it.

https://www.canadaammo.com/product/detail/dominion-arms-1911-two-tone/

I just picked up the chrome model myself. 🙂

Pistols are pointless in Canada. 😞 Can't take them out plinking without an ATT, gun club membership and can only shoot at the range, so dumb.

@supaflyx3:

Pistols are pointless in Canada. 😞 Can't take them out plinking without an ATT, gun club membership and can only shoot at the range, so dumb.

Unless you do competitions!  ;D

@CMetaphor:

@supaflyx3:

Pistols are pointless in Canada. 😞 Can't take them out plinking without an ATT, gun club membership and can only shoot at the range, so dumb.

Unless you do competitions!  ;D

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner.

This inexpensive pistol is a great gunsmith hobby project just waiting to happen.  Its frame is made from better metal than 95% of the 1911s out there.  Drop 25 bucks worth of springs (from wolff springs http://gunsprings.com/). Add in a $30 FAB magwell + grips on it (http://www.amazon.ca/WG-1911-Magazine-FAB-Defense-Security/dp/B00HMMP572) and polish the trigger and bam you got a cheap competition gun for ipsc / idpa.

Want to go whole hog. Get it cut to accept wilson/nowlin style barrel (2bills at a local smith or do it yourself) and drop a storm lake barrel in it (http://www.storm-lake.com + https://shopquestar.com/shopping65/shopexd.asp?id=2034&bc=no) for another 3.5 bills, replace the FAB with a metal magwell and drop a better extractor in it (varies depending on style but say 2 more bills) and you got a very good 1K 1911 that can go head to head with the STI single stack's that cost twice as much up here in 'pistols are stupid' land.

Honestly, every shooter should own at least one 1911 (or BHP) before they move on to souless Tupperware guns.  Dont get me wrong a Glock 21 or M&P 45 are great to compete with…but nothing beats a 1911 or High Power (if you are a 9mm heretic who doesn't believe in the One True Caliber :P) for shooting.  Little recoil, feels solid in the hand, and you can tinker with them unlike the plastic fantastics. 😛

Or GaK, the feel and fun of a True 1908 Luger.
I don't care that Canada is stupid with its Handgun laws, I love the feel of a solid metal one in my hands.
Going to have to add this to the list.

-Shiver

Got the pistol, did a nice little build…and am very happy with the end results.  Basicaly DA takes the norc and does a bit of work on them.  Mine had very few sharp internal edges that needed to be buffed out.  Sites are decent.  grip safety, slide release both are good.  dislike ambi safetys on principle.

The only real neg is teh springs sucked, the MSH is plastic, and the barrel was meh. I slugged it and it was loose...like 3thou too big for even lead.  Would have had to use 454's instead of 452's...and even then it would have been loose.

To it I dropped in the following parts:
Koenig/EGW Ultimate Trigger Kit  $135 (drop in that is necessary on ALL sub 2K 1911s..its complete fire control kit..just add a trigger)
AFTEX millenium extractor $85 (im lazy and hate re-tensioning the extractor)
Ed Brown 1911 Rebuild Kit $20 (SS pins and small parts, well worth the investment)
Wilson Ultralight Match Trigger  $35 (the stock trigger is long and meh)
Kart NM XACT Fit Barrel 5  $195
Ed Brown Main Spring Housing (went with Chainlink version in SS) $50
EGW O/S Firing Pin Stainless $10
Wilson Bullet Proof Firing Pin Stop $20
Wolff rebuild spring kit "service pak type 1" $18 (the springs)
Dawson extended Mag release $40 (no over insertion, and is drop in)
Dawson lo-pro mag button $13
Archangle grips w/magwell $20 (not as good as TGO...but not bad for 20 bucks)
EG spring plug $10 (the spring plug is sharpish)
Pierce front finger inserts $10

And bam got a sweet and tight stainless steel 1911 that has a barrel that is accurate AND eats everything. Plus its trigger - it breaks like glass. VERY sweet.  Grand total was one night of work. and about 1K.  So its less expensive than a mimber...err Kimber...and will last longer and is a true custom build.

Probably will stick an Ed Brown Tac safety, wilson extended slide stop and a dawson tooless FLGR in it for another bill…and then it will be perfect.

For mags...I recommend Wilsom 500 EMTs or 500 EMT HD/+p 8 round mags. Wolff makes (ACT oems) cheaper ones but they are not even in the same league.

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