A Day At the Range: A Colt Officer's Model 1911 Story.

A Day At the Range: A Colt Officer's Model 1911 Story.

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    A Day At the Range: A Colt Officer's Model 1911 Story.

    A friend and I went to his rural barn today and shot on his range. I took the Colt Officers Model 1911 in .45acp that I bought about a month ago. I have one I bought back in the 80s that's a safe queen, so when I saw this one, I knew it'd be a carry/shooter for me. It's about 93% to 95%. It has a 3 and 1/4 inch barrel and holds six rounds, 7 if you top off the mag after chambering a round.

    So I load it up with lead 230grn ball and fire six at 7 yards. They all stay in the 10 with a flyer in the edge of the 9/10 ring on a standard B-27, black silhouette target. I fired the rest of a hundred rounds of the lead at 3, 7, 10, 15, and 25 yards. So far so good, no misses, still running and no stoppages.

    I then began shooting 100 rounds of FMJ 230grn ball, WW White Box. So I bang away a hundred round of the FMJ do all the tricks a good combat shooter should pratice and save the last twelve rounds for "distance shooting". At one hundred yards, I found that I had to use the "Centered on the Top of the Berm Hold" to keep the rounds Center Mass. A center mass hold will get the rounds dropping in at about 80 to 90 yards and skipping into the berm. So much for 3 1/4 inch .45acp barrels for "sniper" pistols.

    I then shot fifty rounds of Hornady 200grn +P and fifty rounds of the old Federal 230grn +P Hydrashok ammo. Again, no stoppages. The last round of each I saved for my scientific controlled, shoot a gallon of water in a plastic milk jug (identical to the human body) test. I shot each jug at ten yards and hit them center mass of a flat side. The TAP round opened the jug up like a rose, with several seems running vertically. The Hydrashok round opened the jug up with horizontal and vertical seams. Both jugs jumped up and did the wiggly squiggly and shooting water into the air like Ol' Faithful. I was highly impressed with my scientific test.

    Now I've got to clean the pistol, sure wish my son, son in laws or grandsons were here. I make them clean the guns after shooting.

    Good day at the range. After shooting, we cooked some steaks over a mesquite coals and had baked potato and salad with them. And since we were finished with the guns, a little Cerveza to wash it down. All in all, a good day for a new pistol.

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    Sounds like a fun time shooting

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    Great day at the range! What Colt gun has a 3 1/4 Bbl? are we talking about a Colt Defender 3" model or something else?


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    Sir, you've had yourself a fine day! Gun powder and steaks, umm umm good

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    After shooting, we cooked some steaks over a mesquite coals and had baked potato and salad with them
    Great day for sure, with a nice pistola - but that had to have been the icing on the cake!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ti Carry View Post
    What Colt gun has a 3 1/4 Bbl?
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    Yes, it has been scientifically determined and proven that a plastic milk jug is identical in every way to the human body.

    Glad you had a nice shoot!
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    Sounds like a great day. And sounds like one of my guns regarding feeding. I have an Officer's and a Defender that seem to feed anything. My safe queen BBQ Officer's is FMJ only, but that's ok since it makes up for it by being pretty.

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    Just bought an Officers 1911 on Gunbroker. Gonna need some cleaning up, but I relish the outcome. Cheers!

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    Possibly a record thread resurrection.......almost 7 years to the day.



    Congrats anyway on the new purchase.

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    Sounds like a great day.
    BTW, the Officers ACP has a 3.5" barrel, not 3.25".
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottync View Post
    Just bought an Officers 1911 on Gunbroker. Gonna need some cleaning up, but I relish the outcome. Cheers!
    Nice, of course most of the people who posted in the thread before you did are dead now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew03 View Post
    Nice, of course most of the people who posted in the thread before you did are dead now.
    Good eye, I totally missed the date on those posts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WC145 View Post
    BTW, the Officers ACP has a 3.5" barrel, not 3.25".
    Duh, you are absolutely correct, and I've only owned a handful of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OD* View Post
    Duh, you are absolutely correct, and I've only owned a handful of them.
    Yeh, but you were a lot younger and less experienced when you posted that...
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