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Are 1911 slides interchangeable between a Govt and Commander?

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Chipperxd, Feb 16, 2011.

  1. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    I know that 1911's arent like GLocks where pretty much everything is swappable but if done by a gunsmith is this possible?

    And no I don't have any plans to do this. was just curious.
     
  2. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I'll say yes.


    just to get some responses.
    But I believe they do.
     
  3. huntpotter

    huntpotter SW WA Negotiator Bronze Supporter

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    Yes
     
  4. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    The frame rails and VIS (Vertical Impact Surface) on a Gov and a Commander differ. They are set back .100" on a Commander frame, because of the shorter cycle stroke. This assures reliable ejection.

    The slides will interchange, but sometimes the Gov slide on a Comm. frame won't be reliable...while others of the same combo will.
     
  5. Chipperxd

    Chipperxd Buffalo Active Member

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    I see. thanks for all the info guys! much appreciated.
     
  6. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Ok, I was tired....I got that backwards. Sometimes a Commander slide on a Gov frame won't work. As the Commander slide needs more travel to work. Sorry about that.
     
  7. iamme

    iamme Lane County Well-Known Member

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    The other issue is occasionally dustcovers don't line up, and I believe it was LB did one of their commanders this way, and it effectively made slingshot method undoable on slide due to not enough travel.