38 Super Conversion on a 45acp frame

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38 Super Conversion on a 45acp frame

Post by rich.tullo on Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:50 pm

I have a dedicated lower for one of my 22LRs, its a Caspian Government 45ACP frame in SS. 

The lower works great for 22LR and would like to re build it for a 38 Super. 

So my questions are can I make it work? And does a CF 1911 still require a #3.5 or more trigger. Can that work while still maintaining the 22LR function and is their something I am missing? Can I send it back to Caspian and have them machine the frame? 

I think the frame will need to be machined to accept a supported barrel. 

I think a slide with an external extractor is a better way to go.

I know this all sounds extravagant and a RO in 9MM would be a cheaper way to go but I live in NJ and there is a wait for permits and I like the frame.
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Re: 38 Super Conversion on a 45acp frame

Post by Jon Eulette on Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:23 pm

2.5# is cf legal. Stay away from external extractor. If using supported barrel you will need frame cut for it. 22 conversion will still work.
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Re: 38 Super Conversion on a 45acp frame

Post by LenV on Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:43 pm

If you don't have a barrel your trying to make the gun fit then buy a barrel that fits the gun. There are a lot of quality 38 super barrels that are non-ramped.


And we should probably move this to equipment discussion?
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Re: 38 Super Conversion on a 45acp frame

Post by Wobbley on Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:30 pm

And bullseye level loads in 38 super don't need the extra support of the ramped barrel which was created for 38 super major loads.  

Btw, all you need is a new ejector and slide stop as well as the complete upper.  The added bonus is that you can often get a 9mm to function as well by swapping out the barrel and mags.

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