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Jake91

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Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« on: September 13, 2010, 05:15:50 PM »
I was just kicking around the idea the other day if it was possible to convert a .38 super 1911 to 9mm by just dropping in a different barrel. How feasible is this and would the magazines be interchangeable?

I was thinking about doing this with a Taurus 1911 as it seems to be the only 1911 that I can find in .38 super without selling a kidney as a college student.

Thought, ideas suggestions?


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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2010, 05:20:49 PM »
A new barrel (and maybe a different recoil spring) should be all that's required to do the conversion. .38 Super magazines might work reliably, but I think you'd have to verify that for yourself.
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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2010, 07:45:19 PM »
Just as an FYI a friend of mine tried using a drop in Roto 9mm barrel on a Taurus 1911 in 38 super and it would not fit as the barrel hoods were too different IIRC. It probably could have been made to work, but we didn't feel like it at the time. YMMV with a higher quality barrel, but you may still be looking at some hand fitting.
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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2010, 05:58:40 PM »
Taurus is going to be releasing their 1911 in 9mm any day now.
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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2010, 07:38:33 PM »
After doing some reading on the Taurus 1911 I don't know if I would want it as a CCW. Right now I'm looking for something that could cover more than just being a range toy, though if I'm monkeying around with it, I really shouldn't expect much.

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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2010, 08:04:19 PM »
I've considered having a 9mm barrel fitted to my Commander shortly after I bought it.  It is a fairly coomon conversation and Super. 38 mags should be reliable enough for practice.   Other wants and needs kept me from doing it.

I've heard that Taurus 1911 barrels are a bit out of spec.  I've also never found a drop-in barely that truely was.
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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2010, 11:08:57 PM »
After doing some reading on the Taurus 1911 I don't know if I would want it as a CCW. Right now I'm looking for something that could cover more than just being a range toy, though if I'm monkeying around with it, I really shouldn't expect much.
Then take a look at the STI Trojan.  Much better gun than the Taurus, both in quality and customer service.
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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2010, 01:29:35 PM »
Getting away from the point slightly, if one wanted a 1911 in 9mm, the most efficient way to go about it would be to buy a Browning HP. No, it's not a 1911, but it is another classic Browning design in single action, is doublestack (which takes advantage of the 9mm's capacity) without being bulky, and shoots like a dream. I've never understood the 9mm 1911, unless one is looking for a smaller gun on the 1911 action or one wants a full-size 1911 in 9mm "just because" (which is always a good reason).

However, if one was looking for a 1911 in .38 Super and wanted a 9mm conversion for economic reasons (cheaper training), I say have at it. That's a dandy idea...just don't forget to keep up your practice with .38 Super as well.

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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2010, 07:25:21 AM »
If you wanted cheaper ammo for what it would cost to buy a barrel you could get a basic reloading set up. Most Super barrel's use the same diameter bullets as 9mm, so the only component that's harder to find is the brass, and Starline makes those new for reasonable money.

The only time I see factory .38 Super is at our local gun show, and it ain't cheap.
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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2010, 09:01:33 PM »
As others have said, properly fit, the 9mm barrel will work fine with a 38 Super slide and be dependable enough for practice.  It may require dedicated 9mm magazines. 

If you are at all interested in reloading, Randy is right about the cost.  Reloading is less much less expensive than buying 9mm in terms of cash outlay if that is your major concern.  The minimum tools required will fit in a shoebox.

You are stuck for time more than cash, you may be better off with a 9mm barrel.  It all depends on your personal calculus. 


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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2010, 01:02:25 AM »
Well right now I am a college student looking at getting something when I move off campus. I'm thinking the best option right now is getting an M&P or XD in 9mm when the time comes, the Mid size in both would fill a good middle ground between all that I would want to do with the pistol.

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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2010, 04:32:19 PM »
I've got a 9mm 1911, but it is an STI with an absurd capacity magazine. I don't think I'd bother with one in single stack.

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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #12 on: October 08, 2010, 11:31:12 AM »
You also have hands the size of rump roasts, too.  ;D

I agree, though...I don't see the point of a 9mm singlestack, unless you're going with a compact 1911 design.

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Re: Caliber Conversion on a 1911
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2010, 06:10:21 PM »
Well steel pistol's have for lack of a better "soul" which is something that polymer lacks, but that luxury that I can wait for.


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