ATI FX Titan .45

ATI FX Titan .45

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    ATI FX Titan .45

    Picked it up from PSA today for $449! Unreal price for NIB - every last one I saw online was well over $500 ($529-$579 shipping and transfer extra). Plus PSA is the only place in town where I've actually seen one with my own eyes - so tip o my cap on in stock and price.

    I'm new to 1911 but not to guns - if you read my post about the Citadel 1911 9mm you know that was my first. You guys who said its an addiction were right - so very right. Regardless - the Citadel has been awesome - bullseye accurate and completely functional - no probs whatsoever thru about 300 rounds.

    I decided I needed - yes needed - a .45. Over the weekend I held and considered Para USA, Sig Sauer, STI Spartan, Citadel, and Desert Eagle - these were all $650-$850. Para USA was $650 and felt cheap, Sig was $850 felt and looked right but gets pretty sketch reviews, STI was $750 and felt like my Citadel, Citadel was $540 and felt like my 9mm Citadel, and the Desert Eagle looked and felt great and cost $750. Honest Injun I feel like I stole this ATI. The slide to frame fit blows the Citadel out of the water and its on par with the higher end guns I considered. Slick slick action.

    Broke it down to clean and was very surprised by the quality inside. Now its no Kimber, but again, much nicer than my Citadel. Parts just have better machine quality and "heft". Tight as a drum. I know first hand Armscor guns are shooters - but on the surface, this little S.A.M. gun blows them away.

    Reviews I read said the recoil spring assembly was bunk. Upon breakdown I discovered its definitely a different piece than the pictures online - so they have upgraded there. It still doesn't look great though - in fact that's the one part where my Citadel is markedly better. However, I am expecting delivery of a Kimber Ultra recoil spring assembly tomorrow so that will be a moot point. I will however shoot it with the stock part first. Either way you slice it, the Kimber part will be a superior upgrade and cost $50 - so I am still way ahead.

    I'm going to run some 230gr ball thru it tomorrow. God knows I want this thing to be a shooter. All the guns I considered are nice - no doubt - but truthfully the fit and finish of this ATI is pretty amazing considering the price. I have Taurus, Rugers, Smiths, and a Citadel - and I'm telling ya this gun looks like a diamond in the rough. I compared a Citadel .45 and the ATI side by side at PSA and it wasn't even close - and the Citadel was @ $100 more.

    Now I'm no babe in the woods - the proof is in the pudding. It's all smoke and mirrors if doesn't shoot. I'll post range results tomorrow.

    P.S. I took my lady out to dinner after and said God, guns, and sushi - 3 things I love about South Carolina. HAHA I thought that was pretty funny.
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    Congrats.

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    ATI 1911's are manufactured by Shooters Arms from the Phillipines....they make some very cool 1911's. Only a handful of their offerings are imported by ATI.
    I like that little cannon. Nice catch.

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    I was in PSA a few months ago and it seemed they had quite a selection of 1911s. Most of them were Kimbers I believe. Lots to choose from, though.

    Congrats!
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    You crack me up, Rebel. You certainly have the sickness. Good price btw, that's about what I paid for mine a few years ago.

    So does the recoil spring assembly still have the bolt-on base plate? If they fixed that, I'm gonna be all over them to get the upgrade. BTW, I tried the suggested Kimber recoil spring, and it was a little too strong, as it wouldn't lock back on empty. Let us know how that works out?
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    Nice pistol. I really like that price, too.
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    Well done sir! I tip my hat to you for a fine purchase!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    You crack me up, Rebel. You certainly have the sickness. Good price btw, that's about what I paid for mine a few years ago.

    So does the recoil spring assembly still have the bolt-on base plate? If they fixed that, I'm gonna be all over them to get the upgrade. BTW, I tried the suggested Kimber recoil spring, and it was a little too strong, as it wouldn't lock back on empty. Let us know how that works out?
    Its a new upgraded assembly compared to the one I saw online with the flathead screw. That said, its still a screw type - just an allen screw now. I ordered the whole kimber recoil assembly - guide rod, spring, and end cap - and an extra wolf spring for the defender (haha I'm sick). I read several guys dropped the whole Kimber set up right in with perfect results. Guess we'll see.

    I figure I'm gonna give the stock set up a shot of course, use the Kimber as a backup or experiment, and between the stock spring, kimber, and wolf spring somethings gotta give right?

    I'm going to the range tonight and I'll let y'all know how it goes.
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    1911 variants are, to the Philippines, what the Colt SAA is (once was?) to the United States. There's a number of manufactures from which to choose. Most are (generally) faithful to JMB's design. Quality, while not finished as carefully as our "favorites", seldom effects function, accuracy or reliability. I'm all in!
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    Got to the range after work today - not much time but I did put 50 rounds down the tube.

    Initial impression - Good and bad.

    First off - what a shooter. Handles recoil like a dream for an officer sized .45. I expected much more kick but truthfully it was a blast to shoot. My girl was very apprehensive about the .45 - she has shot a few cylinders of .357 thru my 2.5 inch 686+ and did just fine. She was nervous but I figured she would be ok with the .45. She didn't like it though...She absolutely loved it. I know this is going to sound counter intuitive but I shot a full size SA 1911 last week (same ammo even) and the recoil seemed more severe - go figure.

    I found it to be pretty doggone accurate. Clearly my first time shooting with this gun but I did well and should only get better with practice.

    The not so good...the gun didn't want to feed the first round reliably. It wouldn't go into proper battery - the round seemed to stop on the feed ramp rather than slide right up. I could bump the rear of the slide and it would seat properly. After firing first round, it cycled the rest pretty consistently. We did have a few FTF and 1 FTE - all with my girl shooting so I'm thinking limp wristing a little? She shoots the Citadel 1911 9mm fine though but maybe b/c its a lighter caliber? Or maybe just typical 1911 growing pains? It did lock back on the last round every time however.

    I have a couple mags ordered that should arrive Friday so I'm going to go back and shoot some more with those and see what happens.

    I also dropped in the Kimber recoil assembly and it is clearly a superior part. Fits pretty nicely too. I don't have any ammo on hand to cycle thru but it locks back on the empty mag with authority. We'll see how it does at the range.

    I also hand polished the feed ramp with some flitz - no dremel. There were some machine marks that I managed to smooth out - may help as well.

    I know I need to fire it some more just to get the parts mated and working in harmony but I'm open to any advice I've overlooked on breaking this thing in.

    Also - any advice on how to help my girls aim? Bless her heart she shoots the Citadel and now the ATI low as you can see from the pic. She's used to her SP101 and my 4inch 586 but I don't really know what to tell her to help.

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    Keep cleaning and lubricating for a couple hundred rounds. The 3" 1911's are more prone to malfunction, that is to say it takes less being out of place to throw them off than the 5" version. Hopefully things wear in for you. $1000 guns have had the same problem.

    You can get into pretty nice full size frames (Springfield, Kimber) for a little over $800. Well worth it!
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    Thats what I figured. Can't wait for the new mags to come in - eager to test them out and to see if the Kimber recoil set-up changes anything. It really is a fun gun to shoot.

    I ordered some .45ACP online last night as well to ease the wallet pain while I'm breaking it in.
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    Is this aluminum framed? You could also try a pencil eraser to polish the ramp. Go in the direction the bullet travels. Is the barrel throated? That could also be a problem for feeding.
    My Ultra Carry II needed a little more tension on the extractor to feed and eject reliably. Keep breaking it in and see what happens.

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    This is not the LightWeight version w/ambi safety. Its the regular steel officers model with single safety.

    I did watch some vids about adjusting the extractor - def something I can handle if needs be but like you said for the time being I'm just gonna run some rounds thru it and see what happens.
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