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I was weaned on 1911s and S&W revolvers and they continue to be my favorites almost 50 years after the first time I shot a .45. I've owned and carried a wide variety of handguns in my lifetime, for work and personal protection, but my preference continues to be the 1911 and that is what I carry most of the time. I have no idea how many I've owned over the years, many dozens, certainly, and I must be the luckiest guy in the world because I've never had any real problems with them, whether factory new, used, or custom built, as long as they're properly lubed they run. I've never had one fail because it was to dirty, or too tight, or too loose, or too anything. And the new 1911s I've bought, especially recently, have impressed me with their accuracy. The few issues I've had over the years that affected function have been very minor, mostly related to bad mags, and I can remember a burr on the back of the slide stop of a SIG keeping it from locking back on empty mags (a few swipes with some emery cloth fixed that). My 1911s have, and continue to be, reliable, accurate, and easy to carry. I don't fret over capacity, maybe because I started out carrying 6 shot .38spls on duty, to me a 9 shot .45 is fine for carry.

I shot LEOSA quals on Wednesday, I could have used a custom G21, or a Hi Power, but I chose a 1911 and it did not let me down. I shot an almost perfect score, 49/50 and 50/50. The 1911 and I work well together and I don't see any reason to mess with success.



Thanks, I had one built on a Colt 'bout '96 I'd guess it was? Shortly before or after he started offering his own pistols anyway.
'78/79, nice, you got a very early one.
I have an affinity for "vintage" customs and have owned several from big name 'smiths of the time. The early guns from Wilson, Brown, and Baer are some real prizes, when the company namesakes were still building them. One of my favorites is a '96 Brown Special Forces, it was the first year they offered that model, only made a handful, and back then they used Baer slides and frames because they weren't making their own yet. It's a great shooting gun and the current EB guns may look better (questionable) but they sure don't shoot any better.


I have four (4) 1911's. This is in part because I can't afford an Ed Brown :)umbrella:). Ruger, Sig, Springfield, Kimber.
Count up what you've got into those 4 and you could get yourself a Brown.


Brought the new 1911 home today:


Cleaned it, function checked, did a magazine feed check. All together, I'm quite pleased.

The frame to slide fit has a bit more play than I was hoping for. I'd read that Colt was making some tight slides, this one is fine but didn't need any significant lapping before leaving the factory. Lock seems good. I'll be interested how it does at the range.

To clean it, I broke it down as usual and also took out the extractor and firing pin. I will say that it was a bit of a bear to get the extractor out. I guess it is tensioned a bit more than the 45 ACP extractors are, and the claw wanted to hand onto the breech face for dear life. But, just hand checking the extractor, it seems tuned nicely.

I haven't made up my mind about the plastic main spring housing. I guess there are a few benefits to a plastic housing, so I'll probably live with it for a while.

The trigger is a very nice 3.5 pounds, but has a bit of pretravel or slack and a hint of mushiness. So after a test trip to the range, I'll try to get the slack out and crisp it up a touch. It's fine the way it is, but.....this is a 1911 so why not try to achieve a bit of perfection. What would JMB do?
The Colt Competition series guns are great buys, well put together, and great shooters. I had a two-tone S70 .45ACP Competition and it was a great gun. I'd still have it but a buy on a custom shop built S70 reissue caught my eye and something had to give to help cove it, the Competition was that something.
 

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The 1911 was my first pistol and while it is a great firearm, I found my next pistol, the Browning Hi-Power to be better and then after that the CZ-75, Beretta 92FS, and SIG P226 to be better than the Hi-Power. While the 1911 is a great historical pistol I find it now too far behind the curve to be considered a top tier pistol.

Let me add that the .45 ACP round is still a viable SD round however it needs to be used in a more modern platform than the 1911.
 

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The 1911 was my first pistol and while it is a great firearm, I found my next pistol, the Browning Hi-Power to be better and then after that the CZ-75, Beretta 92FS, and SIG P226 to be better than the Hi-Power. While the 1911 is a great historical pistol I find it now too far behind the curve to be considered a top tier pistol.

Let me add that the .45 ACP round is still a viable SD round however it needs to be used in a more modern platform than the 1911.
Too far behind what curve? The 1911 gives up nothing in accuracy, reliability, shootability, or ergonomics. Capacity is a common complaint but it's a large bore single stack pistol, capacity is what it is, like other single stacks. There is more to choosing a gun than capacity and the thickness and rearward weight bias of a double stack pistol is not everyone's idea of improvement, many people prefer the thin profile and balance of a single stack pistol. The single action trigger is pretty much universally accepted as the best pull in the business, unmatched by anything else out there. Another complaint is weight, but it's a steel gun, it weighs more than plastic, that weight helps to control recoil and makes the gun a more stable shooting platform. If it's an issue they make them with aluminum frames. Also, where carrying is concerned, that weight is rendered pretty much meaningless with quality gun belts and gear. And, if you HAVE to play the high volume 9mm card, the 2011 design retains all of the positive 1911 attributes with capacities that match or surpass the double stack competition.
 

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Well said. :congrats:

I'd love to see that Special Forces, Scott, if you would have pictures.
Here you go, OD*. When I got it it had an EB wedge MSH and mag well and oversize mag release, I swapped in a flat checkered MSH and had the frame bead blasted to clean it up. The sights are Heines, installed by the man himself back in the '90s, and Robar applied their Roguard finish to the slide in '98. It went back to EB in 2015 for health check and had a new barrel fitted. It has seen lots of competition range time and has plenty of miles on it but it still shoots great.

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Congrats on the new pistol, Nix. I have one just like it and it is my favorite pistol by a mile. I had wanted a .38 Super for decades and when I finally got one, it has not disappointed. I have tried quite a few different handloads through it and they just all seem to be inherently accurate. You're gonna love that one!
 

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Too far behind what curve? The 1911 gives up nothing in accuracy, reliability, shootability, or ergonomics. Capacity is a common complaint but it's a large bore single stack pistol, capacity is what it is, like other single stacks. There is more to choosing a gun than capacity and the thickness and rearward weight bias of a double stack pistol is not everyone's idea of improvement, many people prefer the thin profile and balance of a single stack pistol. The single action trigger is pretty much universally accepted as the best pull in the business, unmatched by anything else out there. Another complaint is weight, but it's a steel gun, it weighs more than plastic, that weight helps to control recoil and makes the gun a more stable shooting platform. If it's an issue they make them with aluminum frames. Also, where carrying is concerned, that weight is rendered pretty much meaningless with quality gun belts and gear. And, if you HAVE to play the high volume 9mm card, the 2011 design retains all of the positive 1911 attributes with capacities that match or surpass the double stack competition.
While the 1911 is certainly still a functional design I find it to not be an optimal one in this day and age and as we know the military felt the same way back in the mid 80's which prompted the XM-9 trials. While 9mm has its place I find the the combination of an all metal DA+SA .40 S&W pistol using a double stack magazine to be the best type of large bore pistol for me. While the 2011 design is an improvement over the 1911 it still was lacking in some areas. If I was shopping around for a .45 ACP pistol I would be looking at the SIG P220, EAA Witness, CZ-97 and although they are out of production, the S&W 4506 and Ruger P90.
 

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I only have one 1911, and it’s a range gun that I do not shoot often. And that’s good for my wallet.

I just had it out a week ago, and if I was’t old (with a diminishing memory), I would be shooting it a lot more. I had forgotten how much I enjoy the form factor, the trigger, the sights, the low recoil, the accuracy....everything about it. But I am resisting the urge to get another one....or six!
 

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Let me add that the .45 ACP round is still a viable SD round however it needs to be used in a more modern platform than the 1911.
:confused: Why? It's been doing it right for over 100 years. Also one of the most copied weapons in the market today. It just works. It kept me from getting shot. :yup:
 

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While the 1911 is certainly still a functional design I find it to not be an optimal one in this day and age and as we know the military felt the same way back in the mid 80's which prompted the XM-9 trials. While 9mm has its place I find the the combination of an all metal DA+SA .40 S&W pistol using a double stack magazine to be the best type of large bore pistol for me. While the 2011 design is an improvement over the 1911 it still was lacking in some areas. If I was shopping around for a .45 ACP pistol I would be looking at the SIG P220, EAA Witness, CZ-97 and although they are out of production, the S&W 4506 and Ruger P90.

I think, in the first phase of the trials, the 1911 emerged as the winner. Then the trials were changed to give the wonder nines an advantage. Or so the story goes.

While the 1911 may have fallen out of favor in most military units, there are still some units where the 1911 is being used. And that's true of FBI units and many LEO's, too. Which would seem to make it very much a current pistol.

(If I were in charge of purchasing pistols for the military, I'd select the G19 and G17 and be done with it. Cheap, reliable, easy to maintain, spare parts galore. It's an obvious choice.)

However, for personal use, we can select a better fighting pistol: the 1911 remains unrivaled as far as I'm concerned. Best trigger in any semiautomatic, accurate, durable, and reliable. I have a few other 45 Automatic platforms, none are as nice as my 1911's.

I carried an M9 during my service. I have a 92fs, still. It's a fine handgun, but it's no 1911.
 

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I only have one 1911, and it’s a range gun that I do not shoot often. And that’s good for my wallet.

I just had it out a week ago, and if I was’t old (with a diminishing memory), I would be shooting it a lot more. I had forgotten how much I enjoy the form factor, the trigger, the sights, the low recoil, the accuracy....everything about it. But I am resisting the urge to get another one....or six!

With my older eyes, I am really enjoying the fiber optic front sight.

Just sayin'.......
 

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:confused: Why? It's been doing it right for over 100 years. Also one of the most copied weapons in the market today. It just works. It kept me from getting shot. :yup:
It certainly works as it kept you from getting shot. :eek:k:

I just think there are newer .45 ACP pistol designs that work better and have more features than the 1911.
 

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I just think there are newer .45 ACP pistol designs that work better and have more features than the 1911.

Many people confuse 'newer' with 'better'. Those of us who still value a good revolver think otherwise.

In 45 ACP, I have a Sig 227, an HK45c, and a couple of Glocks. I've shot 45 ACP through many more models. They are all fine pistols; I especially like the compact size of the G30 and the HK[SUP]*[/SUP]. But none of them work better than my 1911's. Quite the opposite. They all work 'good enough', and that makes 'em handy as beater pistols. But when I want to shoot well, it's a 1911 I reach for.

I think 1911's require a bit more maintenance and fussing than the 227 or the G30. They are more complex to fully disassemble. The extractor needs a bit of attention, and it's a good idea to keep an eye on the firing pin stop. There are more parts to lose. So, in that sense, they are an "expert's pistol" and not for everybody. If you don't enjoy working with and maintaining pistols, the 1911 may not be a good choice for you. A Glock is a better choice. But for the pistol enthusiast, the 1911 can't be beat.

*While I do like the compact size of the G30 and HK45c, they are both a bit on the thick end of the spectrum. I find a Commander-sized 1911 to be more comfortable to actually carry. Your experience may be otherwise.
 

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I’ve carried a lot of different guns for various reasons thru the years, and other to adding to my experience, none of them provided any real advantage over the 1911.

The 1911 IS the best handgun out there, and only lesser shooters choose lesser guns:)
 

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1911- the perfect shooting handgun

Only in the hands of an expert. I've seen far too many 1911 shooters who couldn't hit a barn door from the inside. It's not the bow, it's always the indian
I was going thru the fundamental teaching a neighbor from the keys how to shoot his Glock 23, at the end of a string he put a new target and I handle him my 1911 S&W SC, I explained about the safety and he shot the first round, he turned around with a big smile on his face and said WOW, he had hit the X on the first shot, he still owns the Glock but have I'm thinking a couple of 1911s one is a Defender from Colt.
 
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