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What happened to Essex? (alternative?)

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by remat, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. remat

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    So, what happened to Essex Arms? I missed their low cost frames and slides and there seems to be no price comparable alternative...
     
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  2. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

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    They are still around but down til the end of the year but the frames & slides are avail through the usual parts houses. I buy spec 1911A1 frames/slides from them on occasion.
     


  3. Rinspeed

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    Take a look at Foster Ind., they are a sister company of Caspian and sell frames and slides with slight blems a decent discount.





    http://www.fosterind.com/
     
  4. ROGER4314

    ROGER4314 Friends Call Me "Flash"

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    I had a .45 built on an Essex frame. It was loose, rattled like a box of rocks and only had about 5% finish. It shot like a dream and after I sold it, I tried to buy it back repeatedly. The new owner was smarter than I was. He refused to part with it.

    Flash
     
  5. MD357

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    The 1911 world hasn't been the same since they stopped production.
     
  6. brzusa.1911

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    :dunno:
     
  7. remat

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    Just looking for some low cost alternatives to mess around with. Foster is a good alternative. Thanks
     
  8. HAIL CAESAR

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    Funny...VERY TRUE....but funny!!

    :wavey:
     
  9. MD357

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    Don't mess with Essex unless you want to chase problems with out of spec frames.
     
  10. remat

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    Good advice, can't find any Essex anyway :)
     
  11. FLIPPER 348

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    total BS, I've built several 1911s using Essex frames and never had an issue.
     
  12. BOGE

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    [​IMG]
     
  13. remat

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    Seems to be mixed reviews on this internet thing. I figured they were pretty good since Brownells and Midway catalogs them.

    I have never actually worked with one, but it is pretty moot since nobody has any to sell.
     
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  14. Rinspeed

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    I agree with that.
     
  15. MD357

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    It's not total BS, it's reality by my esperiences. I remember standing in Nowlin's shop years ago and having their pistolsmith show me an Essex frame that had one rail higher than the other. He had another one where the pinholes were out of spec. The pistolsmiths I trust for advice won't use them and by my experiences, anyone that does quality work doesn't generally use them either.

    With Foster/Caspian putting out the quality that they do, there's no reason to cut corners on a frame and slide.
     
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  16. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    Can you get a good frame from Essex? Yes.

    Have they put out A LOT of stinkers? Yes.
     
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  17. DRAGON1970

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    Wow, who knew?? I have built four guns with Essex slides/frame and never a problem with anything being out of spec.
     
  18. DRAGON1970

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    How many years ago?? Have you ever built a 1911?