Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel or Aluminum
John promised that the next gun we bought would be for me. So I've considered and plotted and researched and dreamed and I've decided to go for my dream: a Wilson Combat.
And here's why...
I want to get into more trainings and competition and possibly some IDPA shooting. Though my 3" Kimber is a great little carry gun, after about 200 rounds it starts to do a number on my shooting hand, just because of so much recoil in such a little package.
Some trainings require upwards to 1200 rounds for a couple-day class. That's a lot of abuse from such a little gun, and let's not forget about sight radius and such with that little frame.
So, I decided I want to go with a 4"-4.25" bbl (no longer, however). I don't want a full size because that just gets too big and heavy for me.
You might ask why I don't just go with another gun all together like a 9mm Glock or something else, and I'll say, because I want that custom gun with that custom fit in the 1911 frame. All training and experience I get with the Wilson will directly carry over into my daily carry because I carry a 1911. The barrel and weight will just be a little different and my arms won't take such a beating. And why spend hundreds upon hundreds of dollars customizing my carry gun, when I can get a custom gun for one lump sum with everything I want and need?
This will not turn into my everyday carry gun either. Though I may carry it on occasion, it will be reserved mainly for training, classes, and competition.
However, I now have three frame metals to choose from: stainless steel, carbon steel or aluminum.
I know that the heavier the gun in the more recoil it will absorb but I don't want such a heavy gun that it's uncomfortable to carry around (because in trainings and such you are still carrying) and heavy to hold.
I'm leaning more toward aluminum because it's still light and the heavier bbl and slide may help enough with recoil to make it a comfortable shooter (as evidenced with the other aluminum-framed 4.25" 1911s I've shot).
But, when paying $2,500 for a gun, you want to make sure you're considering all options.
And before anyone asks, I do want to stay with the .45.
So, considering what I've written above, what you recommend as far as the frame material.. stainless, carbon, or aluminum?