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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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. 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.
Completing the frame, including cutting the slide rails and barrel seat by hand, is 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. It provides a lighter pistol that feels better, yet it's just as rugged and capable. Grab an 80% 1911 frame and one of our 1911 build kits, each sold separately.
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.
Your custom 1911 build awaits.
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