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    Jpe 1911

    I recently bought a JPE 1911 off of Gunbroker. On the side it's marked "JPE Pomona Ca." It's a 70 series .45.

    I've done some researching and all I can find is that it was Jay's Pacific Enterprise and they were importers and they are now out of business. Does anyone have any experience or know the background of JPE?
    Bless the pessimist. He brings extra ammo.

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    JPE is the name on the side of the frames that Sarco was selling that were the leftovers from when Brolin Manufacturing (or Brolin Arms?) went out of business. Apparently JPE provided the frames to Brolin. I had assumed that JPE made the frames, but if JPE was an importer, perhaps the frames were made offshore and were simply imported through JPE.

    I bought two of the JPE frames from Sarco, one as a JPE frame, and one that Sarco had completed from an unfinished casting and put their own name on. The ones I bought were for an intermediate size pistol, with a grip frame longer than an Officers but shorter than a Government. Officers magazines don't work and standard magazines hang out about a quarter inch. I built the Sarco frame as a Commander and sold it. I have a Ciener .22 conversion on the JPE frame and I keep it as a dedicated .22 plinker.
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    Thanks for the info.

    I bought this with the intention of it being a project/range gun. I figured this would be a way to learn about the inner working of the 1911. So far, I've changed out the springs, hammer, trigger, MSH and grip safety with no problems, so maybe the frame is in spec? I have a sear, sear spring, disconnector and ambi safety on order (Ed Brown).
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    You didn't mention trying a normal mag, but a new, Gov. mod MSH and grip safety, plus the other parts that went in with no problems would indicate that you have one that is "in spec" in some ways at least. I would suggest good measuring tools and Jerry Kuhnhusen's shop manuals on the 1911. They would tell you exactly what you have compared to Colts.
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    Thanks for the info. All my mags worked except for my two CM Shooting Stars. They failed to hold the slide back after the last round. But they work fine in my Taurus and Kimber.

    I have both of Jerry Kuhnhusen's shop manuals on order. I can't wait to start digging into them.
    Bless the pessimist. He brings extra ammo.

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