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So, I have ordered my mechtech system upper (Website linked below) And it works beautifully with the lower to my 3 1/2 Springfield 1911.

However, I want to keep my Springfield as my personal carry firearm. Now I'm looking into making my own 1911 lower receiver.

In a very detailed email I sent out to the gun techs at http://www.brownells.com/ I asked about making a double stacked lower and what other parts I needed. I quickly received a reply that They don't know who they can refer me too.

So I guess this is a two part question. Has anyone here ever had an issue with the customer service on that site?

More importantly, how should I go about making my custom 1911 lower receiver?

Thank you in advance,

-D

http://www.mechtechsys.com/
 

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Making or buying? Caspian (?), I think, makes a double-stack lower. Make your own? I hope you have a fully equipped machine shop and a lot of free time. While there are plans floating around to make your own lower AR receiver (and a really hilarious thread on another forum about a guy making one out of wood), I've never seen plans for 1911 receivers.

You get into a gray area of gun laws when you start making your own receivers.

Also, it occurs to me that the exact dimensions of a single-stack 1911 have probably been long in the public domain. Those making double-stack 1911s have had to come up with their own plans and probably aren't eager to just hand them out to anyone that asks. It's their intellectual property, of course.

I guess you could ask Para or anyone who has a double-stack 1911 and see what they say? Again, keep in mind that if you go with one particular pattern / brand, there is some chance of incompatibility with other brands.

Hope I'm understanding your question correctly. If you just want to assemble one out of parts, I would use the term 'build' when you talk to the Brownell's guys. That will make it a lot more clear how you are getting started.
 

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I guess I wasn't clear, I'm not making a lower from scratch, I was planning on buying the parts needed to make it. Like making your own computer... I'm not quite sure how to explain it... Ugh... Feeling like a novice right now.
 

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Just call them back and use the word "build" and ask what receiver they recommend buying, and the rest of the parts needed. Then get your credit card out :D
 

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i am sure dave dawson at dawson precision would be more than willing to help. some examples of hi cap 1911 are STI,SVI,Para,Springfield,BUL(Israeli and what kimber has used) and some others. para and springfield are steel frame and the STI and SVI are modular and a mix of plastic and metal. at one time ed brown printed a how to manual on 1911's i do not know if they still do. there are plenty of gunsmiths around the nation that specialize in the 1911 so should you choose to have a smith put it together do yourself a favor and use a true 1911 specialist not just one who claims they are. i have a para hi cap frame in my scrap pile from a smith that had trouble with hammer and sear relationship so he tried to "move" the holes and ruined the frame. he obviously did not know what he was doing with a 1911.
 
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