The Best Carry Gun

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    The Best Carry Gun

    It seems like forever I carried my duty gun off duty, It was either a S&W K or L frame 357 Magnum or later on an H&K USP/C. As a young Army MP I carried a 1911 and owned Para's, Colt's, Kimber's eve used a Les Baer for several years. It was only because policy dictated what I carried on and off duty. Throughout my life I have been a shooter and the handguns I always shot best were K Frame Smiths and 1911's.

    As I neared retirement I became enamored with the 4th Generation of Perfection err Glock's and have been using them for a couple of years. I shoot Glocks very well and under most circumstances as well as anything else, and we must admit they do work. Recently 1/2 way through an IDPA match I lost my front sight , guess what? I proceeded to miss half the targets in the match. Of course they were steel as we were still shooting in a foot of snow.

    Well I got out some gun's, borrowed a couple did some shooting and came to a conclusion. I shoot K frames and 1911's best, I don't have to think about it, just shoot.

    I really wanted an "E" Series S&W 1911 Scandium Commander. So I did some wheeling and dealing and traded one of my guns for this pristine S&W SC1911 commander. I comes with 3 Novak mags and Heinie night sights. I figured if I was getting a 1911 it just HAD to be a .45 ACP.DSC00347.jpgDSC00348.jpg
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    don't look like you are still looking nice piece....
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    Nice one

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    Good looking gun. Nice. And agreed that 1911 should be 45 ACP
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    I like that, nice looking gun!!!
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    I have recently purchased an e-series S&W 1911. No frills, not top o' the line. Paid $800.00 NIB. Whoo let me tell ya. That thing is dead nuts on every time I pull the trigger.
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    Well just lay it on the carpet and take a couple of photos.

    They turned out great and the new pistole looks "the business!" Yea .45 ACP!

    It is assumed that you've already thoroughly "test-driven" it. How does it shoot? Bet it felt quite natural in the hand. I've only ever shot a Colt Lightweight Commander on a single occasion and don't remember much about it. Didn't seem that much different to a full-sized steel model actually. Is that what you find with the Smith & Wesson SC1911 Commander?

    Don't depend on the 1911's front sight to stay put though. Some years back my youngest son and I went shooting at the club range one afternoon. He fired the last rounds of the day just before dark and then put the old Colt in a zipper pouch. When we got home he took it back out to admire it some more but soon remarked that the front sight was missing.

    Sure enough, it was.


    He'd burned off the last 7 rounds as daylight was fading. Guess the sight went AWOL then and its absence wasn't noticed by either of us. Sight has since been replaced and affixed more securely. The gun was 89 years old when it occurred. Most likely Colt wouldn't have fixed it under warranty, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ConcealedinPA View Post
    I have recently purchased an e-series S&W 1911. No frills, not top o' the line. Paid $800.00 NIB. Whoo let me tell ya. That thing is dead nuts on every time I pull the trigger.

    I love no-frills. Do like front sights though.
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    Nice Smyth, Bob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squid86 View Post
    Good looking gun. Nice. And agreed that 1911 should be 45 ACP
    1911's not in .45 ACP is sacrilege!

    40bob really nice gun!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Well just lay it on the carpet and take a couple of photos.

    They turned out great and the new pistole looks "the business!" Yea .45 ACP!

    It is assumed that you've already thoroughly "test-driven" it. How does it shoot? Bet it felt quite natural in the hand. I've only ever shot a Colt Lightweight Commander on a single occasion and don't remember much about it. Didn't seem that much different to a full-sized steel model actually. Is that what you find with the Smith & Wesson SC1911 Commander?

    Don't depend on the 1911's front sight to stay put though. Some years back my youngest son and I went shooting at the club range one afternoon. He fired the last rounds of the day just before dark and then put the old Colt in a zipper pouch. When we got home he took it back out to admire it some more but soon remarked that the front sight was missing.

    Sure enough, it was.


    He'd burned off the last 7 rounds as daylight was fading. Guess the sight went AWOL then and its absence wasn't noticed by either of us. Sight has since been replaced and affixed more securely. The gun was 89 years old when it occurred. Most likely Colt wouldn't have fixed it under warranty, huh?
    Actually, we have got 5" of rain in the last 3 days and the road to the range is underwater. I had a Light weight Kimber pro so this should about the same feel.

    This front sight is dovetailed. In The army they taught us to not try and find the little sights, just use the shape of the slide.
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    I had a front sight on my issued Glock come off during a quarterly qualification. I continued to use it during the course , even though I could have used another. My thinking was, in a real gun fight, I would have had to dance with the lady I brought with me. I still ended up with an 86% score.

    Yes the 1911 and revolvers are a joy to shoot.

    But what I like about the Glock, is, it's a Glock! Who cares if they get dinged or something.?

    For instance, today, I labored outside all day building my wife her flower garden. I carried the old Gen 2 G19 AIWB , while sweating, carry mulch, and digging. An hour ago, I came in, took the holster with the gun out, and the leather was soaked, and the gun was wet with sweat, especially the upper slide that rode against my bare skin.
    I didn't either bother to wipe it off, because I know it will be ok.

    And tomorrow, it will be ready for more of the same.

    Congrats on the new gun. They are all invaluable in their own way.
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    Nice piece. But the best carry gun is the one you can hit your target with. And fill the bg with a mag full of chosen caliber of lead pills. And make him or her rethink their chosen line of work. Stay safe and carry on.

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    That is a sweet 1911. Always liked those smiths, very stylish
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    Looks awesome man.
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