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Why the 1911 Should be Your Next Build

Posted by 80-lower on Nov 1st 2019

If you’re reading this, face it: Yes, the 1911 should be your next handgun, and for plenty of good reasons. For one, it’s legendary – everyone recognizes it and respects it. Two, it lives up to its own myth. The 1911 is truly one of the greatest firearms ever made, with ergonomics, reliability, accuracy, and raw power all checked. Many equate its importance in the 20th century to that of Samuel Colt’s patent in 1836. But why should you merely buy one? Let’s discuss why the 1911 should be your next build!

Your Built 1911 is Better! (and Costs Less)

Yes, in building your 1911 at home with a proper build kit, you’re producing the next generation of the 1911 – one that ditches the archaic steel frame, in favor of an aluminum alloy 1911 frame. This reduces the weight of the 1911 by over 60%, improving control, grip, and overall comfort. To be sure, buying an aluminum 1911 off the shelf at the local gun store will cost you much, much more.  

Our Build Kits Use Premium, USA-Made Parts

Each of our 1911 build kits includes every single component you need to build your 1911 at home, from muzzle to grip. All components are proudly manufactured in the U.S.A by Stealth arms using only mil-spec Chromoly steel and mil-spec 7075 T6 aluminum. Each kit is fitted with Novak Fixed Sights for day and nighttime shooting.

1911 Build Kit Configurations and Finishes

You get to pick your profile, too! Our Build Kits and 80% 1911 Frames are available in 9mm and .45 ACP and come in full-size (5”) Government or (4.25”) Commander profiles. Lastly, you can truly make your 1911 your own by choosing from a mil-spec Type III Hardcoat Anodized finish or a raw, bead-blasted finish so you can apply your own!

Building Your 1911 Kit is 100% Legal – NO FFL Required!

If you can legally own and operate a firearm in your locality and state, then you can legally purchase, receive, and build our 1911 Build Kits at home, no paperwork or FFL required. It’s true – even the ATF confirms it in their literature.

That means you don’t need to fill out excessive paperwork, pay any fees, or wait any amount of time to build. What’s more, you get to save cash by avoiding all that retail mark-up at the outfitter’s big-box store.

Building Your 1911 is Easy – No Experience Necessary

It’s true, each of our 1911 Build Kits can be machined at home, assembled, and made ready to fire at the range in a single afternoon. Finishing your 1911’s frame takes just a few, simple steps with some basic hand tools, and all the instructions and guidance you need are included in the kit! Final assembly is accomplished with nothing more than a hand file.

Don’t believe us! The steps need to complete your 1911 can be written out in a few words: Cut the slide rails, cut the barrel seat, drill the hammer pin hole, and drill the sear pin hole. File any rough edges and assemble. That’s it! It’s time to get to building your 1911.

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, 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.