Detonic 1911's Good or Bad?

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    Detonic 1911's Good or Bad?

    Do any of you have any knowledge about Detonics 1911 pistols? TopGlock sent an e-mail featuring these 1911's and I have never heard of them. For 700 clams it seems to good to be true. Good or bad I would like your opinions on them so let loose.

    Here is a link to the ad.

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    I had two of the original Combat Master, fine little pistols.
    Haven't seen any of them from this third maker.
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    I always heard they were the Holy Grail of Concealed Carry weapons. Now there are some comparable pieces out now days but they were the first and by all accounts, I ever heard they were great. Detonics as a company has had a checkered past. I believe this will be the fourth time they have risen from the ashes.
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    They sound like they are quality built but the fact the company has had a troubled past concerns me.

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    I had two of the original Combat Master, fine little pistols.
    Haven't seen any of them from this third maker.
    How was the accuracy with the three inch barrel?
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    Accuracy was excellent for the pistol's intentions, of close range self-defence. I don't recall shooting them much past seven yards, you could easily keep your shots within a silver dollar.
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    No experience myself , but do wish I had a Combat Master. Looks to be hte perfect carry gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    Accuracy was excellent for the pistol's intentions, of close range self-defence. I don't recall shooting them much past seven yards, you could easily keep your shots within a silver dollar.
    That to me is very good at seven yards.

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    You're welcome Sir.
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    George Hill (The Ogre at Madogre.com) did an excellent review of the Detonics Combat Master. You can read it here:
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    Sounds like a neat little 1911. If you're going to go small, it might as well be a .45ACP.
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    I traded my Glock 19 for one made in Seatle, WA. As far as I can tell, that was the first place they were made. I love mine, shoots everything I feed it. It certainly carries easier than the full size 1911 or the Glock 19.

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    LOL, yep believe I'd trade my Glock 26 for one given the chance. Think you made a great trade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OD View Post
    I had two of the original Combat Master, fine little pistols.
    Haven't seen any of them from this third maker.
    Actually, I belive this is the fourth maker: Seattle, New Detonics (with Robbie Barrkmann in AZ), Pendergrass GA, and now IL.

    I have small hands, so the short grip doesn't bother me. Highly concealable and mine is reliable. There are some fakes that said Detonics, and I don't know all the in's and out's. They are not generally reliable. The factory sells Metalform mags now, which are all I use. I have no issues with them.
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    That's news to me.
    I owned one of the first early ones. It was a great handgun. I'm sorry that I ever traded it away.
    Mine was beautifully factory hand fit and it was flawless regarding function for such a chopped little carry .45.

    The one GREAT thing about Detonics was their recoil spring set-up and their barrel configuration minus the barrel bushing that really worked to allow such a radically shortened large caliber semi-auto to feed ultra-reliably.

    If they are now being made as well as the original ones then I would buy one again.

    I heard that the later Detonics handguns that were being produced when Ahern took over Detonics were not all that great. But, I never actually shot one of those later ones so my statement is just hearsay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herknav View Post
    Actually, I belive this is the fourth maker: Seattle, New Detonics (with Robbie Barrkmann in AZ), Pendergrass GA, and now IL.

    I have small hands, so the short grip doesn't bother me. Highly concealable and mine is reliable. There are some fake magazines that said Detonics, and I don't know all the in's and out's. They are not generally reliable. The factory sells Metalform mags now, which are all I use. I have no issues with them.
    Edited to add: I added the word "magazines" to the previous paragraph to make it make more sense.
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