1911 modification question

SSW1911

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I have scanned the threads and can't find an answer. I am sure you guys will have this covered.

I have an E Series S&W 1911 .45acp. I absolutely love shooting and would like to really start competing with this gun. As everyone knows .45acp ammo is big $$$$$, especially shooting as much as I would like.

Excuse this question if it is obvious or oblivious, I have absolutely NO gunsmith / firearms modification experience.

I would like to shoot this platform in 9mm for practicing at the range with as close to my .45acp, weight, grip, feel, sights, as I can.

I do have other 9mms, but not a 1911 in 9mm.

So the question.

Can I buy a 9mm barrel and magazines and use my current gun with the 9mm barrel and magazines installed or is this much more involved, like a new slide, barrel bushing and internal adaptions???

Would it be better to just buy a new 1911 in 9mm?

I want to be able to practice in as comparable a set-up as my 1911 .45acp and thought about this as a possibility.

Thanks again and accept my apology if this a simpleton question.
 

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Start re-loading the 45, there's nothing like shooting the actual gun you plan on using in competition.

Besides, unless you are bear hunting, the 9mm is useless.



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short answer is its much more involved than a barrel and mag swap. Get a purpose built 1911 in 9mm.
 

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The biggest obstacle you will face is the breechface as it necessitates a new slide, which in turn means fitting a slide/barrel/frame combination. If your 1911 had an interchangeable breechface (SVI is the only one I know of that does), you would still have to deal with fitting a new barred, extractor and ejector.

There is a reason you don't see multi-caliber 1911 sets with 9mm and 40 tops in a kit with one frame. It's not cost effective.
 

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Hi Guys

Thanks for answering so quickly. Reloading is definately something I am working on, I am making the initial investment in equipment ect. as I can. Looking at taking a class soon.

Hoped the simple barrel mag conversion would be a quick, lower cost solution, in the short term. But now I know it's not.

Thanks again for answering, yet another question!!!!!
 
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