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Is this an early competition frame tanfo? Small frame or large frame?

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I found this for sale and I'm wondering if you guys can give me some info.  Is it small frame or large frame? early competition frame? Will later slides and parts still fit this frame?

 

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That's a very strange frankenpistol; the slide is a small frame, standard length with a 4.5" barrel, it has a taper, so it originally came from a short dust cover frame, but the frame is unlike any Witness I've ever seen, the beaver tail looks like a Jericho (manufactured by Tanfoglio so that make sense) and the grip screw is low like a Jericho, but the shape of the back strap isn't quite right, not Jericho, nor Witness.  There's no provision for a magwell which makes the checkering unusual, the hammer is on a roll pin (Witness competition frames have a solid pin), and the frame looks to have been cut back a quarter inch.  The four hole pattern of the optic holes are for newer mounts, maybe drilled recently.

 

New small frame parts should work, but it would have to be real cheap for me to pick it up.

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Easy way to find out if it's a large or small frame. Try a cz75 mag in it. If it locks in tight and doesn't rattle, it's a small frame.

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I saw that on GB.  no idea if it's a Frankengun or early competition model.

The grip is "odd" for sure.

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Thanks for the info, it's a definite pass for me. It's listed for $529 as a 1911 witness on gunbroker. I'm in the market for a second  large frame Tanfo, but with a competition frame this time. 

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4 hours ago, CompleteJack said:

While we're at it, this gun has me completely baffled. Any ideas?

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Nothing unusual, it looks like an early '90s competition frame, they used to sell them as bare frames.  The hole pattern is definitely "custom".

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3 hours ago, kneelingatlas said:

 

Nothing unusual, it looks like an early '90s competition frame, they used to sell them as bare frames.  The hole pattern is definitely "custom".

Do they still sell bare frames?

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10 hours ago, CompleteJack said:

Do they still sell bare frames?

Yeah ... with all the "extra" part included!

;)

 

 

I actually don't know, but in EAA fashion, it would no doubt cost only slightly less than a full gun.

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I have another one for you wizards, I just bought this recently and I don't even know what to call it other than a witness. It's an old Large Frame, that much is clear. I'm scared to even ask if anyone makes a holster for this anymore, but I think it'll fit the same grips as the old Witness Match. 

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