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Thread: 80% Receiver...???

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    80% Receiver...???

    Ok, I'm a member of the m1911 family. I'm hearing about an 80% receiver for the m1911!. I thought it was only available for AR-15 (which i assembled myself) and some other rifles. So does anyone know where I can find an 80% receiver so I can attempt this build?

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    There used to be a company in one of the western states offering 80% 1911 receivers. They stopped selling them three or four years ago. I don't know of any other source. FWIW, based on what I've read an 80% 1911 receiver requires a lot more precision machining than an 80% AR-15 receiver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkmoon
    FWIW, based on what I've read an 80% 1911 receiver requires a lot more precision machining than an 80% AR-15 receiver.
    Hawkmoon is correct on this. It's a major undertaking unless you have the proper trade skills and machinery. And by ATF regs you have to complete it yourself without outside assistance. Here's an old pic of one. You have to cut your own frame rails and finish all the other holes and such.

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    You can have assistance ... as in advice. But you have to do the work yourself. Several years ago one of the primary sources for AR-15 80% receivers was busted by the BATFE. As I understand it, the problem was the guy (or company) was selling 80% receivers during the week, then allowing customers to come in and finish them on the weekend. Their idea of letting the customer do the work was to mount the receiver on a CNC machine and let the customer push the start button.

    The BATFE apparently felt that was not exactly what the law meant when it allowed people to make their own firearm (or perform the last 20 percent thereof). You can (I believe) have a master machinist standing next to you and telling you what to do at each step -- but you have to do the work yourself.

    All of which may be academic because, as I commented above, the source I know of for 80% 1911 receivers no longer offers them. He pulled them from his web site right after the BATFE raided the AR-15 shop.
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