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hi all...
ok- i was cruising around this area, and read something i've never even though of before. "building a family heirloom." i liked that.

i've been shooting ipsc heavy for about 2 years now, and i also have a 2 year old son. i think it would not only be cool to pass on the sport, but have a sentimental gun to go with it...

ok- on to the question. first time 1911 builder (from scratch anyway.) which frame does everyone recomend for a first attempt? i was checking out the various essex frames in brownell's, and it occured to me that i could get a dawson or a caspian for the same price. i'm kinda partial to the dawson myself, but i don't want to screw up something good. (hence the reason i'm not trying to build a sti right off.)

feel free to email me. any help would be great. i'll post a list of parts i'll use later-

thanks!
 

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If you start with cheap, you'll end up with cheap. Use of low quality parts with poorly held tolerances will only yield enormous headaches and a mediocre final product. If you use quality components, things will more likely fit together well and function properly. Given that, read my Colt clone project thread for the headaches of scratchbuilding. If you're a first time builder, I recommend rebuilding an existing platform like a Springfield Milspec or Colt 1991A1.
 

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I agree with Hilton and 38Super.....start with a basic platform and customize it (at least for your first one).

I created a whole website that details every step along with 200 + photos of a project like that. Check it out at:

http://www.roderuscustom.tzo.com

There are even sections that explain what tools you need for each part of the process.....hope it helps you.... Best of luck.

YOU CAN DO IT !!
 
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