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    Default 1911 builds

    My next builds:

    2 Stainless 1911 frames from the TanneryShop

    1 model 70 slide
    1 Colt commander slide

    I have some Ed Brown parts laying around to finish these up.

    Do I need to harden the frames?? I don't believe that is needed is it?
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    Im no expert but I belive there ok as shiped.Ive got a Norinco that is to hard,I here they where out cutting tools.I think there all built like tanks by desine by JB.
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    Dont think you need to but could be wrong. never head of it needing to be done. I have some parts laying arond as well if you need anything.

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    The commercial ones are pretty soft, you can easily peen the rails and file on them for checkering. They do wear loose after many thousands of rounds but there are many ways of tightening them up when that happens. You should be OK without hardening.

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    The only thing that I have heard is that the rails may be over sized so that you can custom fit the slide looseness. I don't think that you should have to harden the frames.
    If you want more gun control, use both hands.

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    no need to harden on any I have done, high end or low end

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    no, shouldn't need to harden. built hundreds for competition and personal carry. no problems.

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    deleted, nevermind, you said you had some ed brown parts around for the components.
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    No, do not worry about hardening the frame rails! They will last longer than you have time to shoot and still be reliable. Do, make sure the barrel and slide are tight for accuracy. Of course, trigger job is essential. I've built may 1911's and when feeling a bit of a starter with you guys and long guns, I can help with these.
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    This weekend I started working on these again. I have gathered all the parts and cleaned them to get them ready to fit. Stay tuned for more pictures.

    I'm still up in the air on whether I should cut the frame on the Colt Commander model or leave it.

    Anyone have thoughts good or bad?


    One frame will be green od and the other will be brushed SS. Not sure how to do that yet.
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