You've heard the news: Yes, you can legally build a 1911 from scratch, no FFL required, no background check needed, under federal law. To do that, you need an 80% 1911 frame. Officially designated a "receiver blank" by the ATF, the 80% frame is a nonfunctional 1911 frame that isn't considered a firearm. You, the proud future owner of your custom handgun, will need to perform some basic machining to make the frame functional: Cut the slide rails and barrel seat, and drill two pin holes (here's a guide on how to do it).
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Stealth Arms 1911 Jig: No Experience Required
To complete those steps, you need an 80% 1911 jig. The Phantom 1911 Jig by Stealth Arms is designed to work all the 1911 frame blanks we sell, coated or un-coated, including all the combo kits listed on here. Combo kits conveniently include a Government- or Commander-sized frame in 9mm or .45 AACP, drill bits, and the jig. The jig is a hand tool, providing a special bladed "cutting car" that you'll operate to cut the frame by hand. It also comes with pre-drilled pin hole guides, so there's no measuring or complex calculations required.
Finish your frame in 30 minutes to 1 hour. It really is that easy.
Completing the frame, including cutting the slide rails and barrel seat by hand, is surprisingly simple: Each frame is constructed from lightweight yet rugged 7075-T6 forged aluminum. Unlike the 1911's original bulky steel frame (which would be almost impossible to machine by hand) the aluminum 80% frame can be completed in 30 minutes to 1 hour, providing a lighter pistol that feels better, yet is just as rugged and capable. Grab a jig and pair it up with one of the complete 1911 build kits, and you'll have every part and tool you need to build your new handgun with a single order, shipped straight to your front door.
What's Included With Your Jig
- Right-hand side plate
- Left-hand side plate
- Cutting car
- Spacer block
- Cutting handle w/ knob
- Rail cutting blade (installed)
- Barrel seat cutting blade (installed)
- (2) set screws for securing frame and jig
- #35 drill bit
- #22 drill bit
- 5/32 Allen wrench
- 3/32 Allen wrench
- (1) 1-oz. bottle cutting fluid
In addition to the kit's components, you'll need a table-top vise to secure the jig and frame assembly for cutting and drilling. You'll also need a black marker and hand drill or drill press for completing the pin holes.
Benefits of Using a 1911 Jig:
- NO FFL required!
- Jig can complete multiple 1911 frames
- Jig works with all available 80% frames (Gov, Commander, 9mm, .45 ACP)
- Quality machined aluminum and steel construction with carbide blades
- Easy-to-follow instructions provided, no experience necessary
- Finished frames are compatible with standard retail 1911 parts
- All frames and jigs proudly made in the USA
Your custom 1911 build awaits.
DISCLAIMER: If you are new to the world of DIY gun building, you likely have a lot of questions and rightfully so. It’s an area that has a lot of questions that, without the correct answers, could have some serious implications. At 80-lower.com, we are by no means providing this content on our website to serve as legal advice or legal counsel. We encourage each and every builder to perform their own research around their respective State laws as well as educating themselves on the Federal laws. When performing your own research, please be sure that you are getting your information from a reliable source.