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    Due to the Covid-19 issues I have a long time to think it over should I buy or not. The seller also has a COLT 1911 COMBAT COMMANDER .45acp dated 1979 which he is also selling and will do a deal on both.
    So now should I buy and just keep the Ace to look at. Advice please.

    Thanks so far guys for the comments and advice, stay healthy over there.

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    I think the solution for reliable function was given, if you used some of that lovely Eley ammo it might just run perfectly. Lower velocities and all...but can't say for sure. The Colt Commander would be just gorgeous too. If you can get a deal, why not? You won't regret the Commander... I know that's no help.
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    I hope everyone on this forum is safe and healthy.

    I have decided not to buy the Colt ACE at this time, because of the issue facing everyone, even though the offer of the Colt .45acp Combat as well was an interesting option.

    Thanks to those that gave advice.

    Can't wait for the ranges to reopen.

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    I first built a Caspian frame for a 1950's .22 ACE conversion unit, and found, much to my chagrin that it fouled badly after only 20-50 shots. The floating chamber got lead clogged. After some trail and error, I found that CCI mini mags, with the copper plating, help a lot. I can get at least 100-200 shots with no issues. It does shoot very well and is accurate. The project was not for the faint of heart. Only after a great deal of work was it good. Swapped a lot of springs and other parts. I guess that is par for the course when you start with a box of junk.

    After that, found an exceptional pre war ACE. This is the smaller slide, kind of a 3/4 scale 1911 with no floating chamber. This has all sorts of special machining to reduce weight in the slide. The sort of thing that could never be reproduced today. The fit and finish is stunning. It is 100% reliable, and accurate. One of my favourite things on this earth.

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    I have a Colt .22 Conversion Kit. It is installed on a Norinco (sorry) frame. Great shooter!

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    Colt Ace

    I have an early conversion unit. Ser #U-159. It shoots fairly well if I do my part. Unfortunately
    it won't go to slide lock now. It actually fits best on a US&S frame and not a Colt 1911a1 frame. I have two Colt 1911's that might accommodate it. I also have a newer conversion circa 1947 but it really does not function as well as the earlier model. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skidsteer1 View Post
    it won't go to slide lock now.
    There's a specific slide stop for them. Also the notch in the slide could be rounding out...
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    Quote Originally Posted by browningautorifleicon View Post
    There's a specific slide stop for them. Also the notch in the slide could be rounding out...
    On the earlier pinned base magazines, the alloy follower also wears and or breaks so there is nothing to contact the nub on the slide stop to hold the slide open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garandy View Post
    earlier pinned base magazines, the alloy follower
    Don't think I ever saw those, we don't have many around here commonly. Mine was a steel mag, don't remember the follower material.
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    I have a conversion unit made in (I think) the 60’s. I get 150 to 200 rds before I have to clean. Doesn’t seem to matter what ammo I use. I don’t think they were ever ment to be a target pistol or “stand alone” pistol. Just for occasional cheap practice.

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