Dumb question, will a 1911-22 magazine fit in a 1911-380 frame?

Discussion in 'Browning 1911-22 Handgun' started by KD6EVH, Aug 23, 2020.

  1. KD6EVH

    KD6EVH .22LR

    That pretty much says it. I want to check something that I will explain at a later date. I would just order a magazine and check myself, but they are out of stock in many places.
  2. KD6EVH

    KD6EVH .22LR

    I am answering my own question in case someone else looks for this answer. Yes, it fits fine.

    I expected so because there is only one part number for the frame. At this point, I have a slide assembly, ejector, and slide release lever on order.

    I have a 1911-380 compact, and I want to use the same pistol for practice. I considered ordering a matching .22, and eventually, I may. However, I decided to try something different. I am ordering the parts to "Convert" my 1911-380 to a 1911-22.

    The inspiration is the 22 conversion kits for 1911s'. It isn't a true "drop-in" as it looks like the ejector needs to be replaced. However, the ejector assembly screws in place from the top. and is accessible once the slide is removed. The slide release also has a unique part number, so I ordered another one of those. I am a bit concerned that as a pure blowback, there is a lot of pressure on the slide release, and through it, the frame.

    So, all of the parts have not arrived yet. I will post if it works.

    If it doesn't then it is no great loss, I then order a 1911-22 in the full-size barrel length and at that point, I will have both the 380 and the 22 along whith both the compact and full-size barrel for both.
  3. KD6EVH

    KD6EVH .22LR

    To follow up, the parts are here. I really don't see why the slide release and the ejector have different part numbers, as far as I can see, they are the same as the 380 parts. As such, I used the two from the 380 when I put the 22 slide on and it went on just fine. It is going to have to wait until this weekend before I make any final statement, but I remain optimistic.

    So, at this point, I have three slides for this pistol, the full length 380, the compact 380, and now a 22 compact slide.
  4. KD6EVH

    KD6EVH .22LR

    To continue this monologue, I have an answer! Yes, it works!

    I was curious, so I started by only replacing the slide assembly. It worked fine. Out of several magazines fired I had a single failure of the slide to lock back, so there might be something to the 22 slide release having a different part number. However, with only a single failure to lock back, it wasn't something that I could test in any meaningful way.

    One thing I found interesting was that the felt recoil seemed to be similar with both. This could be explained by the 22 being a straight blowback, with a much lighter slide, while the 380 used a locking breech.

    In all, I am pleased that it worked.
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