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Why is the 1911 so Popular?

The 1911 continues to remain one of the world’s most popular handguns, and the build-a-gun market has focused on the 1911 as its first major entrant in the at-home gunsmithing world. So, why is the 1911 so popular? Let’s look – you’ll probably find some of the answers to all your 1911 build questions!


The 1911 is Nostalgic

With well over a century of service and hundreds of medals earned under its belt, the 1911 is a crowd favorite because it holds a certain legend. No, the 1911 can’t hold 15+1, nor can it boast about its weight. Nonetheless, the 1911’s instantly recognizable by anyone who’s ever seen a firearm, and its status is certainly well-earned.


The 1911 is Incredibly Simple

Most modern handguns have all sorts of levers, pins, modes, quick releases, bits and baubles. The 1911, however, is incredibly simple. With a manual safety, a single-action design, and a disassembly process that really requires no tools, the 1911 is too easy to mess up.


This makes the 1911 incredibly reliable and intuitive. Even novice owners can be made proficient in disassembly, cleaning, reassembly, and even basic modification with just a little instruction.


And the 1911’s design also makes it super simple to fabricate. That’s why we have so many popular 1911 Build Kits! Each Build Kit can be completed in a single day – again, no experience necessary.


The 1911 can be Tailored to You

Most handguns are models. The 1911 is a platform. As such, it enjoys the benefit of being made in a market that offers standardization and customization, in one. This means you can pick from different frames, calibers, triggers, safety mechanisms, and accessories while knowing that most parts are interchangeable.


Want a competition shooter? A Government 1911 in 9mm will do just fine. Need a concealed-carry piece? A Commander 1911 in .45 ACP will offer a compact profile with plenty of stopping power when needed.


The 1911 Is Easily Upgradeable

Because the 1911 is so simple and popular, it can be upgraded with literally thousands of different accessories and components. Swapping in a match barrel takes a few minutes and upgrading that trigger to a crisp competition setup takes less than one hour.


This means you can build your 1911 and put it through some trial runs, fine-tuning with little issue. The 1911 offers so many different upgrades that it makes little sense to build any other handgun from scratch.


The 1911 Continues to Innovate

Even though its design is over one hundred years old, the 1911 remains so popular because it is continually improved, even to this day. Our 1911 Build Kits, for example, incorporate new aluminum frames that reduce overall weight by 60%.


Our manufacturing partner, Stealth Arms, has also brought to market one of the best 1911 80% Jigs, allowing you to complete a gun in less than two hours. Using one of our 1911 Build Kits, you can go from a box of parts to a functional firearm in a single day!


We offer different Build Kits to suit your needs, including raw and Hardcoat anodized finishes, as well as 1911 Frame and Jig Bundles and Complete Build Kits – all available in .45 ACP or 9mm, as well as Government or Commander!


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 80Lower Jigs, 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.


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