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Old 02-17-2012, 05:06   #1
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Bul M-5

I've done a brief ammount of searching for anything about this 1911 on GT, but maybe my GTsearch-FU is weak.

Anyway, I've been looking heavy at one of these as of recently, looking for a new pistol for IDPA and other sports. I'm really liking the 9mm version;

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18 round capacity, double stack. I'm having trouble finding data on the width, but I'm relatively certain it'll fit in the 1 5/8" wide IDPA box.

What you guys think about em? Relatively cheap, used, and fits exactly what I've been looking for in a gaming gun. Don't really see a drawback to carrying it, either. Only really needs an ambi safety (lefty) and some night sights. I'm wondering if they use a proprietary sight notch, and how difficult it is to fit a safety.

Also, I've seen hinted that they'll work with the para 18-9 magazines. I'd really like to know if someone can confirm. I'm surprised Bac hasn't shown up yet!

ETA: Here's mine!

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Old 02-17-2012, 12:00   #2
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I have one ordered that should be arriving in the next week or two. It's the full-sized 9mm version.

My understanding is that they will not use Para mags without modification. You either have to modify the mag or mag catch (can't remember which), or order a replacement mag catch from Rescomp in South Africa. I tried emailing Rescomp, but couldn't get through. However, I assume that they're still in business, as people are selling their belts and holsters all over the place. I'll put a post up here when mine comes in and I get a chance to look it over. The seller claims the grip safety function was questionable, so this may turn into a bit of a project. Not that I mind that.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:18   #3
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They aren't my style, but I've heard some good things about them.
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Old 02-17-2012, 14:30   #4
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Same here, 9mm goverment size.

Just bought it today, still gotta do all the FFL stuff, send payment yada yada.

I'm excited
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Old 02-29-2012, 18:17   #5
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Comin tomorrow, so jazzed =D
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Old 02-29-2012, 19:28   #6
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I currently own a 9mm commander version of the M5. I have also owned a government model in 45acp. Both are excellent pistols. I have also heard the P18-9 mags will work, but new Bul Transmark mags are available from All American Sales in Piggot AR.

I will measur the width in a few minutes and post it here.

The grip is about the same size as a Glock in my opinion.
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Old 02-29-2012, 20:10   #7
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I currently own a 9mm commander version of the M5. I have also owned a government model in 45acp. Both are excellent pistols. I have also heard the P18-9 mags will work, but new Bul Transmark mags are available from All American Sales in Piggot AR.

I will measure the width in a few minutes and post it here.

The grip is about the same size as a Glock in my opinion.
Can ya throw up some pictures of your 9mm mags, so I know what to hunt for? Doesn't look like these guys have a web site, I'll give em a call if I can't find anything local.
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The widest part on the pistol is at the base of the grip where there is a slight magwell flare. The width is 1.382" on my pistol.

On the mags, you will have to call them. Unless you find para mags, you probably will not have any luck locally.

If I remember correctly the mags are $35.00 each shipped. Mine work perfectly. I sent a check and received the mags very quickly in the mail.

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The widest part on the pistol is at the base of the grip where there is a slight magwell flare. The width is 1.382" on my pistol.

On the mags, you will have to call them. Unless you find para mags, you probably will not have any luck locally.

If I remember correctly the mags are $35.00 each shipped. Mine work perfectly. I sent a check and received the mags very quickly in the mail.
Wonder if I can get that in a flush fit base, or change em

Thanks for the pix!
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Old 03-01-2012, 15:34   #10
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The base plates are removable. They are also fairly thick, so you may be able to file them down to be thinner.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:50   #11
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What's your experience been like with wear on the plastic mag catch from the metal mag bodies? I'm about to pick up my M-5, and I'm debating whether to order some Bul mags or order the mag catch to let me use Para mags.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:19   #12
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What's your experience been like with wear on the plastic mag catch from the metal mag bodies? I'm about to pick up my M-5, and I'm debating whether to order some Bul mags or order the mag catch to let me use Para mags.
I have never had any problems with M5 factory mags or mag catch. My first M5 was a 45acp and I shot several matches with it.

What mag catch do you have to order to use Para mags?

I have a friend with an M5 and he is having trouble getting the Para mags to work. He is going to use mine for a match this weekend.
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Old 03-02-2012, 14:30   #13
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I've been told you either have to enlarge the top of the slot on the mags by 1.3mm, or order the replacement mag catch from Rescomp in South Africa. I'm not certain whether or not they still sell it; I tried emailing them, and got a failure to deliver email. It is, however, still on their web page, and I know they're still in the gun belt and holster business, at least.
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Old 03-02-2012, 14:57   #14
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looks like an old Kimber polymer 1911 I had years ago in stainless - accurate but I had feeding problems. As I recall they may have been built in Isreal - but then again it's been a while
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Old 03-02-2012, 17:34   #15
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looks like an old Kimber polymer 1911 I had years ago in stainless - accurate but I had feeding problems. As I recall they may have been built in Isreal - but then again it's been a while
Same gun. The Kimber mags work with no issues. The Wilson KZ series is essentially also the same gun, although I believe they use a redesigned mag catch and proprietary mag.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:22   #16
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Anyone have one with an ambi thumb safety installed? I want to see how they notched the frame for the right side.
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Anyone have one with an ambi thumb safety installed? I want to see how they notched the frame for the right side.
Haven't picked mine up yet, here's an image from Google:

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Yeah I've seen the pics online, but that doesn't really show a channel or anything, just a divot where it looks like it would pull off. That divot isn't actually for the safety anyway, it's for a pin behind it, sear pin maybe? I'm wondering how they hold their right side safety on.

Since mine came in, might as well get some pics up.

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Old 03-05-2012, 11:56   #19
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I had a BUL 5 in 45, loved it. I've never seen one with a GI style slide or thumb safety before. As far as the sights, how is the font sight attached ? Is it part of the slide or is it dovetailed from the front ?
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Old 03-05-2012, 14:55   #20
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It's staked on, I believe like the GI's were. The slide, asside from being 9mm, is all GI, as far as I can tell. It's my first 1911, and I don't have a true GI to compare to, but I've done a bit of comparing online.

It's gonna be fun to change, some day. For now, it's staying stock, til I get the frame work done.

ETA: I ordered some mags. They were $32 each, for 17 round blued. $2.50 shipping. Very reasonable.
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Old 03-16-2012, 21:00   #21
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Finally got my mags in! Off to the range tomorrow. Rounds were nose-diving at first. Cleaned up the inside of the mags, gotta give em a shot of dry lube. Also my extractor seemed a bit tight. Rounds were difficult to slide under. Now they go under easily, and I can hand-cycle through both mags. Seems ready for the range!

Looks rather silly. The magazines stick out about 1/4 too far, exposing the mag body between the grip and the floor plate.

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When I'm sure I have a well working pistol that's reliable, then I'll start messing with it. I want to reshape and stipple the frame, blend the controls, put an ambi safety on, and probably fit a barrel bushing once I'm feeling adventurous.

Took it out into the desert and tested minute of coke can accuracy at about 30 feet. Left the pistol relatively dry, and the only hangups I receieved were out of 1 mag, some nose-dives. Re-racked the slide and they went home. These mags just need some time to work in, after working with 1 last night it was the one that worked perfectly today. Shot about 60 rounds through it, with just that 1 mag hanging up. Time to make it my own.

Picked up a wilson ambi safety from the LGS. Wanted to touch it now!

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Maybe I'll make a new thread on work to this gun.
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Old 03-24-2012, 19:32   #22
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I'll just use this thread

Come to find out, it wasn't that reliable. I got alot of nose-diving, and 3 point jams.

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Then I did some reading, some careful studying, and came up with this;

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Mixed magazines with hollow-points and ball ammo, and can't tell the difference. It eats em all, hand cycling. At the range, it performed much better. Having issues with it locking back, but once I got through the first mag of ammo I was testing the hand feeding with, it was fine. More tinkering, more testing. Pulling the trigger is fun. The day after I bought the wilson safety, I realized I could fit a kimber safety, without cutting the frame. That'll be in monday.
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Old 03-26-2012, 20:33   #23
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And there it is. Been fitting the beaver tail safety, safety, and frame/slide. Finish is rough, but fit is good. It's almost ready for a stipple.

I can live with a fit like this
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Finally found a plastic filler that matches this plastic, perfectly. All the places I ground the plastic down, and found stainless steel frame under, can be patched up. Why not do some extra work on it, before I stipple?

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Hi-cut the trigger guard some more, added finger grooves and a rest, and re-profiled the trigger guard. Gonna look sweet when I'm done with the stipple!

Getting closer;
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And with stipple complete;

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