1911 FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions Conversion Kits for 1911 Kits

Will the Advantage Arms conversion kit fit my 1911?

Our 1911 conversion kit is made to fit any FULL SIZE 1911-A1 frame, series 70 or 80, made to Military Specifications. If your gun is not made to military specifications then some fitting maybe required. Please contact the manufacture of your 1911 if you're not sure if your gun is made to military specifications.

Does the slide remain open after the last round has been fired?

Yes. However, depending upon the manufacture, some slight work maybe required on our slide stop lever. We have found that the different manufactures use different strength springs that push the plunger against the slide stop lever. If the spring is to stiff the slide stop lever may need to be modified accordingly.

My 1911 has a ramped barrel. Will the Advantage Arms conversion kit work with this barrel?

Yes. The barrel in your gun doesn't affect the conversion kit.

What is the difference between the 1911 Target Model and 1911 Standard/Commander Model?

The Target Model has the sights attached directly to the barrel so the sights are not affected by the movement slide. We also make an optional scope mount for the Target Model. The Standard and Commander Models are similar to your 1911 where the sights are mounted on the moving slide. No scope mount available for these models.

What type of ammo is recommended?

The conversion kit works best with 40 grain High Velocity ammo. We recommend Remington Golden Bullets as an inexpensive plinking ammo and CCI 40 grain MiniMags, not the hollow points, if you're looking for a little better reliability and accuracy.

Is there any ammo that you do not recommend?

We do not recommend any Winchester , CCI Blazers, Remington Thunderbolts or Federal ammo except their Automatch brand. Do not use Stinger or other hyper velocity ammo.

Can I use Standard Velocity ammo in my conversion kit?

Not in the Standard or Commander Kit. SV ammo may be used in the Target Kit when using the optional reduced power recoil spring.

Will the conversion magazine work with my extended mag well?


Are you going to offer High Cap Magazines?

Not for the 1911 conversion kits.

Do I need to lubricate my conversion kit?

Yes, the kits like to run a little wet. We recommend that you put a drop of oil on each of the slide rails and one drop on the steel surface that makes contact with the hammer.

If I need to send my kit in for service, what should I send with it?

Send the complete upper and one magazine. DO NOT SEND IN THE KIT WITHOUT THE MAGAZINE. DO NOT SEND YOUR GUN. Provide a brief description of the problem along with your return address INSIDE the package. DO NOT send your unit packaged in an envelope, use a box. Send to: Advantage, 3926 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815. We will return the kit via FedEx ground with a signature required. No P.O. Boxes.

I lost my instructions can you send me a replacement?

If you have Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your computer you can download the manuals here: 1911 Manual

Several of my friends and I would like to purchase the Advantage Arms conversion kit. Can we get a Group Purchase Discount?

No. We only offer discounts to Dealers that have a current Federal Firearms License on file with our company.

What type of accuracy can I expect from my conversion kit?

You should get 2 inch or better groups at 50 yards with the 1911-22S Standard Kit. The average group for the 1911-22T Target Kit is 1.6 inch at 50 yards, using inexpensive ammo. Quality, standard velocity target ammo like Eley 10X can produce 1 inch groups when used with the optional reduced power recoil spring.

I live outside of the United States, can I purchase one of your conversion kits directly from your company?

No. We do not export.

How do I contact you?

For Contact information please click here.

How do I pay for my return shipping on a repair.

Click Here to make a payment for out of warranty repair shipping. This is only necessary if the kit is out of its warranty period, or the problem is not a manufacture defect.

The shipping charge includes insurance and a signature required.