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jaydog
05-03-2010, 5:56 PM
I wanted to know what the most desirable frames are at various price points for the 1911. I know the Wilsons are probably the most desirable but they are expensive too. How about the Caspian and STI frames? Rail or no rail ?

I would also like to know who has the best prices.

Thanks !

cocorador
05-03-2010, 6:04 PM
I'd pay up to 1K for an STI frame with a rail. $900 for an extended dust cover and $800 for a standard. I've done it before. Why not another.

Jonathan Doe
05-03-2010, 6:36 PM
I paid $250 for 2 Caspian in-the-white steel frame and $200 for a Caspian stainless frame with the rail. I put them together and the pistols shoot really well.;)

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq263/5topgun/Guns/DSC_0001Large-1.jpg
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq263/5topgun/Targets/DSC_0001Medium-1.jpg

Sinixstar
05-03-2010, 6:51 PM
Union switch and signal, and Singer are probably the most rare....




full disclosure : yes, i'm being a smartass.

jaydog
05-03-2010, 6:52 PM
I paid $250 for 2 Caspian in-the-white steel frame and $200 for a Caspian stainless frame with the rail. I put them together and the pistols shoot really well.;)

http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq263/5topgun/Guns/DSC_0001Large-1.jpg
http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq263/5topgun/Targets/DSC_0001Medium-1.jpg

Nice target !!! I would love to find a price like that for the Caspian !!! 250 for 2 !?!?!? Can you point me in the right direction ?

Sick Boy
05-03-2010, 6:55 PM
Bob Marvel uses Caspian frames, can't beat that with the deals you can get on them.

jaydog
05-03-2010, 10:15 PM
Ok Caspian resounds. Sti scores. Wilson not worth the ticket price ? Also, suggestions on a good price/source to have them shipped to my ffl. Or should I have the ffl order them direct from someone like Brownells assuming i can get a discount of some sort. Any suggestions?

CA Gun Laws Suck
05-03-2010, 10:25 PM
STI, SVI, Caspian, Les Baer. I think Race gun double stack frames are probably the most desirable.

Mute
05-03-2010, 10:42 PM
All the above are good. Also checkout Fusion Firearms. Best bet is to buy direct if the manufacturers have them in stock, otherwise Brownells is an option but you're not going to get any kind of a discount unless you're a gunsmith or LEO.

jaydog
05-03-2010, 10:48 PM
I also saw Fusion. Read the "about us"....very impressive bio. I like the way they sell pre-fit kits but that get expensive, fast. Same with Wilson's matched slides. Anyway, I was impressed with the Fusions but there is not much on the forums to back them, with my limited research.

Mute
05-03-2010, 11:11 PM
Go here for more feedback on Fusion:

1911 Forums - Fusion (http://forums.1911forum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=62).

BlackViper
05-04-2010, 7:33 AM
Newb q - How does the roster work in relation to getting a Fusion frame?

ke6guj
05-04-2010, 12:01 PM
Newb q - How does the roster work in relation to getting a Fusion frame?
basic answer, unless you are roster exempt (LEO), you can't get one to make into an handgun.

BlackViper
05-04-2010, 2:12 PM
basic answer, unless you are roster exempt (LEO), you can't get one to make into an handgun.

Thanks, that's what I thought, just wanted to check when I saw it suggested to the OP.

I can actually do off-roster pretty easily because I can have my Father transfer it to me from out of state if I really want something (as long as it's compliant of course).

ke6guj
05-04-2010, 2:13 PM
note that the OP doesn't live in CA at the moment. So the roster does not apply to him.

jaydog
05-05-2010, 12:14 PM
regarding the STI frames.... does anyone think the 2011 frames make sense considering max capacity in California is 10 rounds ?

Jonathan Doe
05-07-2010, 7:56 AM
Nice target !!! I would love to find a price like that for the Caspian !!! 250 for 2 !?!?!? Can you point me in the right direction ?

I believe the Foster Industries is the one that makes Caspian frames. You can order directly from the company. We had a special deal form the company at the SHOT show.

esskay
05-07-2010, 9:10 AM
regarding the STI frames.... does anyone think the 2011 frames make sense considering max capacity in California is 10 rounds ?

If you plan to compete, you could shoot Limited-10 class with it. 2011-based guns are the bees knees for competition, if you don't mind paying the entry fee!