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This is a discussion on Single Stacked or Double Stacked 1911? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Very, very good advice from JD. I carry extra mags (and a "high" capacity pistol), but I don't consider them as an absolute part of ...

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    Very, very good advice from JD. I carry extra mags (and a "high" capacity pistol), but I don't consider them as an absolute part of my ammo. I plan on only having what's in the gun - if I am able to reload, that's a bonus.

    I have big hands, and the double-stack .45s still seem pretty thick to me. I've held a few in other calibers that seemed a little thinner, but not all that much. If you can manipulate them well, carry the weight, conceal them appropriately, and they are RELIABLE, there's no reason not to have more ammo on board.
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    I carry a Springfield double stack 1911. She ain't the prettiest gal at the dance, but she does sing twice as long as the single stacks.

    Seriously, if you can handle the grip girth and weight, the extra rounds are worth it. Just be advised that parts for double stacks, other than factory replacements, are nigh impossible to find. If you want a good, basic carry pistol, the double stacks are fine. If you like your Gucci gear, go with the slims.
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    I have a double stack springer as well as a TRP. The thickness of the double stack actually fits my hand just fine but the weight is something to consider. With a semi it is also a good idea to carry an extra mag incase of malfunctions. With a double this is alot of extra weight.

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    Thanks for advice guys, but I'm still waiting on someone if they have any knowledge on how heavy the spring should be in the gun.
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    You mean the recoil spring? If I recall, a standard recoil spring for a 5" 1911 in .45ACP should be 16lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    You mean the recoil spring? If I recall, a standard recoil spring for a 5" 1911 in .45ACP should be 16lbs.
    Thanks JD
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    Also Im going to go shoot my buddies Colt tomorrow, I heard the 230 grain are good for shooting, what do you guys think?
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    Most "target" ammunition you will find is of the 230gr FMJ variety and it's what I prefer to keep on hand for plinking and such. There are others of course, but 230 FMJ is probably the most common and is a good load.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Most "target" ammunition you will find is of the 230gr FMJ variety and it's what I prefer to keep on hand for plinking and such. There are others of course, but 230 FMJ is probably the most common and is a good load.
    thanks for the info JD
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    Figure I would bump this thread instead of a new one, So i got done shooting a 1911 yesterday for the first time and here are my thoughts.

    The 1911 I was shooting was a 1980 Springfield made in IL.
    I shot 150 Blazer 230 grain hardball rounds.

    Fairly accurate for my first time, Sights were combat sights and the recoil was just as much as my 40 firestar c.
    Thoughts now come down to what 1911 to get, I heard that so far i run a risk of getting a bad gun from any company i buy but a higher risk from kimber, I was told taurus would be good since they are machine made. Here are my questions...
    Should i stick with combat sights or night sights with adjustable rear sight?
    A 8 round single stack or 7 round single stack?
    What finish on the gun?
    What type of grips?
    And i want to keep it fairly under 1000$
    If your posting suggestions from your own 1911 please post pictures so i can have an idea, All suggestions are welcome
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    Quote Originally Posted by guardmt View Post
    Should i stick with combat sights or night sights with adjustable rear sight?
    Totally a matter of personal preference, don't forget you can also get non-adj night sights. I prefer fixed night sights.

    A 8 round single stack or 7 round single stack?
    That's both a magazine issue, and a gun issue. Are you referring to a full frame vs a compact frame or just addressing the magazine capacity of a full frame. Pending on what magazines you use you can have 7 or 8 in a full frame or 6 or 7 in a compact.

    What finish on the gun?
    If you plan on carrying the gun I would not go for blued, generally speaking I prefer stainless steel or one of the baked on or applied finishes such as ArmorTuff, ArmoryKote, Cerakote etc.
    What type of grips?
    This is a non issue, no matter what you buy you're probably going to find some after market grips that you like better.

    And i want to keep it fairly under 1000$
    If your posting suggestions from your own 1911 please post pictures so i can have an idea, All suggestions are welcome
    Springfield, Dan Wesson, S&W are all good choices, with a higher price tag I would also add Colt, but $1000 doesn't buy you a whole lot from Colt unless you plan on having the gun worked on after the fact, not saying that Colt doesn't make a good gun, but the others are better equipped from the factory.

    The above posted Springfield Loaded is a superb choice IMHO offering a well equipped 1911 at not too high a price point and retains value well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Totally a matter of personal preference, don't forget you can also get non-adj night sights. I prefer fixed night sights.


    That's both a magazine issue, and a gun issue. Are you referring to a full frame vs a compact frame or just addressing the magazine capacity of a full frame. Pending on what magazines you use you can have 7 or 8 in a full frame or 6 or 7 in a compact.



    If you plan on carrying the gun I would not go for blued, generally speaking I prefer stainless steel or one of the baked on or applied finishes such as ArmorTuff, ArmoryKote, Cerakote etc.

    This is a non issue, no matter what you buy you're probably going to find some after market grips that you like better.



    Springfield, Dan Wesson, S&W are all good choices, with a higher price tag I would also add Colt, but $1000 doesn't buy you a whole lot from Colt unless you plan on having the gun worked on after the fact, not saying that Colt doesn't make a good gun, but the others are better equipped from the factory.

    The above posted Springfield Loaded is a superb choice IMHO offering a well equipped 1911 at not too high a price point and retains value well.
    thanks JD always post helpful infor, and Im planning on a full size 1911
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    Quote Originally Posted by guardmt View Post
    thanks JD always post helpful infor, and Im planning on a full size 1911
    You're welcome, if you want more info, check out my blog , there's a lengthy piece on 1911 features and manufactures, it's about time to update it again, but it was current as of 12-26-2009

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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    I would also add Colt, but $1000 doesn't buy you a whole lot from Colt unless you plan on having the gun worked on after the fact, not saying that Colt doesn't make a good gun, but the others are better equipped from the factory.
    That would depend on where you are buying, the Gold Cup Trophy in both blue and stainless are just under a $1000 shipped from Bud's (when they had them), all the XSEs are/were under $900, and the plain Governments (Series 80s) are/were under $800.
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