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Just got Caspian's brochure in the mail. Holy cow, these guys make some beautiful and tough slides/frames. I've been wanting to own/build a Caspian Commander for years, and now seem to have the $$ to start a pistol project.

Should I purchase the slide/receiver, and get to building it, or is there someplace that sells Caspian pistols that I'm not aware of? I added up most parts costs from Caspain's brochure, and a complete stainless Commander pistol from parts is about $1K (with barrel), without any 'smithing other than them cutting the site dovetails. It seems to have a slide fitted to the frame, and the barrel fitted properly will put me of the $1K mark. This will most likely take the best part of a year for me to buy in several orders of parts, and fitting, so I'm in no rush to have $1K all at once.

Anyone done this? Where do you buy things like plunger springs, plungers, and assorted little things that Caspian doesn't sell? Would you recommend any place else for smaller parts like thumb safety, ejectors? They only carry .45 ejectors in carbon streel, black and I wanted the whole pistol stainless.

Thanks guys,
Your collective knowledge is better than any other source I know!

Brian
 

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Dave,
<no flame here>
While I appreciate your candor, and your advice, you seem to say that although you've built 100 or more Caspians, you don't like them? Re: Their parts are ill-fitting and hard on your tools? Is that the nature of SS, or Caspian parts?

I seem to get the opposite opinion from many others who swear by their Caspain frames/slides and built guns as the basis for the best pistol from ground up (granted mostly race guns). I can understand your concern for a DIY'er if the parts require some expert fitting, (although Caspian claims exacting standards for their frames & slides resulting in minimal fitting issues) but if it's a standard 1911 style pistol, with no comp, no C-More, no rail, no double stack receiver, where does all that $$ go in labor? Barrel fitting, slide/receiver fitting and thumb safety, for sure.

Would that cost $2K?
 

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Dave,

Your experience in building 1911's is obvious. So are you opinions. So if you say "I can't think of a more worthless choice than a stainless commander type," and "I HATE STAINLESS STEEL IN 1911's," those are your opinions. I respect them.

OTOH, I believe that spending $3~5K on building a Capsian pistol for general range shooting/CCW (no racing, pin-gun etc) is excessive, and not necessary to obtain a well-functioning and reliable pistol from their parts. Will I do 100% of the work myself. No, but I'd like to think I can drift another Novak site into it's dovetail, install and fit a grip safety, and several other things I'm proficient at from previous 1911's, and save some $$ while finishing part of the project myself.

Your opinion differs from mine, and while that may annoy some folks, that's cool with me.

I apologize for anything I missed in your in initial response. I appreicate your input as a Caspian gunsmith and a fellow shooter.

Peace.
 
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