I recently was given a Colt frame and slide. Completely bare and in need of some repair to the frame feed ramp. I found a good smith who does this work in "Innovative Custom Guns". It is actually a cheap cost to do this repair. My point of this posting is that looking at buying GOOD quality parts to complete a 1911 build is going to be quite expensive. It almost seems to me that you could probably buy a pretty decent 1911 for the cost of all the parts and work involved. Now granted I got a frame and slide for nothing more than the cost of a repair, radius cut for the grip safety, and cutting the sight dovetails in the slide, but it will eventually cost me a lot to get all the parts together for the rebuild. Is it worth the cost because of the quality of parts I will get for it? Is it worth the cost because it will be a more desireable gun to me because I built it? Anyone who has done a project from a bare slide and frame please chime in. Part of me is saying it's nuts to spend that kind of money when I could buy a good 1911 in the same price range. Part of me is saying how cool it will be to have my hands on every bit of what this gun will eventually be. I'm leaning toward the "who cares what it will cost" because I will be building it. Not like I have to be in a hurry to finish it either. I can spread the cost out as long as I want to. What do you guys think?