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OK, the venerable 1911 is approaching the century mark in its heritage (ok, that was really 2003 or 2007, but don't be pickey).

Colt, among others, should be designing the 100th year anniversary model and I think it's a great opportunity to create the new classic: the 2011.

So what should the 2011 look like?

My suggestion:

1911-style grip,
Titanium frame and slide
Beretta PX-type action
and .32 magnum caliber
(just as the .45 derives from the bottom half of a 30-06 case, the 32 mag could be built around the bottom of a .223)
staggered double-stack mag
glock rifling
5" barrel
XD-style safeties (striker, trigger, and grip)

That would be my 2011.

Yours?
 

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Doesn't STI, or somebody like that, already make a model called the "2011"?

And, well, I guess if I added up my ideas...well, I'd just have a Gen 3 Glock 21...:bier:
 

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I'm sure one of the gun manufacturers will come out with a special 100th Anniversery edition 1911 that cost about as much as a Les Baer or Wilson Combat. I don't see a need to redesign it because the current design is still going strong.
 

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It's perfect the way it is
 

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I'd settle for Colt learning how to melt their corners... :tired:

  • All steel, all the time
  • Lose the billboard logos on the slide for something more subdued (like the Dan Wessons)
  • Slanted, spaced rear cocking serrations
  • Integral partial-length picatinny rail on the frame
  • Properly radiused beavertail
  • Eliminate the grip safety
  • Arched MSH
  • Medium-length trigger
  • Undercut trigger guard
  • Bar Sto, 10-8, or Warren Tactical rear sight with a Warren tritium front sight
  • Melonite or Tennifer frame/slide/barrel
  • Accepts all current 1911 grips and magazines
  • Ability to accept full 5" or 4.25" slides with no alterations to the frame.
  • Certain guarantees for performance, durability, and reliability - it should come out of the box able to fire 2-3 thousand rounds between cleanings, go more than 10k between detailed maintenance (excepting recoil springs), and maintain 2-3" groups at 25 yards over a 30k or more service life. (Nod to Mr. Todd Green)
  • MSRP of no more than any of HKs handguns

I'm looking for something that will both bring the 1911 into the modern era as far as expectations from a service pistol. I do not doubt the utility of existing 1911s, but it is more than possible to make a few design tweaks that make it comparable to the more modern service pistols of the world (Glocks, M&Ps, Sigs, etc.). The target price is achievable if Colt is willing to tool up, which would have the added benefit of preparing them to pull a Glock and flood the market with OEM replacement parts so that when little things do need to be replaced they can be done so inexpensively and with a relative guarantee of drop-in-ness. If anyone can do that, I think Colt can.

Oh well, a guy can dream right?


-B
 

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Colt, among others, should be designing the 100th year anniversary model and I think it's a great opportunity to create the new classic
The 100 year anniversary at Colt;

It will be called the century series or series 100 or something like that, probably not 2011.

It will be just like the XSE, without the "series 80" parts or front cocking serrations.

It will be a limited run.

There will be about 300 posts about whether or not to shoot it.

Hopefully you won't be able to shave with it.

New Classic? You might get a good Lew Horton or Talo edition in addition to the factory spec pistols, whatever it is I will probably buy one.
 

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Doesn't STI, or somebody like that, already make a model called the "2011"?

And, well, I guess if I added up my ideas...well, I'd just have a Gen 3 Glock 21...:bier:
LOL! Good point.
 

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I'd settle for Colt learning how to melt their corners... :tired:

  • All steel, all the time
  • Lose the billboard logos on the slide for something more subdued (like the Dan Wessons)
  • Slanted, spaced rear cocking serrations
  • Integral partial-length picatinny rail on the frame
  • Properly radiused beavertail
  • Eliminate the grip safety
  • Arched MSH
  • Medium-length trigger
  • Undercut trigger guard
  • Bar Sto, 10-8, or Warren Tactical rear sight with a Warren tritium front sight
  • Melonite or Tennifer frame/slide/barrel
  • Accepts all current 1911 grips and magazines
  • Ability to accept full 5" or 4.25" slides with no alterations to the frame.
  • Certain guarantees for performance, durability, and reliability - it should come out of the box able to fire 2-3 thousand rounds between cleanings, go more than 10k between detailed maintenance (excepting recoil springs), and maintain 2-3" groups at 25 yards over a 30k or more service life. (Nod to Mr. Todd Green)
    [*]MSRP of no more than any of HKs handguns

I'm looking for something that will both bring the 1911 into the modern era as far as expectations from a service pistol. I do not doubt the utility of existing 1911s, but it is more than possible to make a few design tweaks that make it comparable to the more modern service pistols of the world (Glocks, M&Ps, Sigs, etc.). The target price is achievable if Colt is willing to tool up, which would have the added benefit of preparing them to pull a Glock and flood the market with OEM replacement parts so that when little things do need to be replaced they can be done so inexpensively and with a relative guarantee of drop-in-ness. If anyone can do that, I think Colt can.

Oh well, a guy can dream right?


-B
Sooo..are we talking Mk23, P7M13, P7M10 prices? Or HK45/P30 prices...:wink:

I do like your ideas, though. Particularly the reliability/longevity bit.
 

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Just FYI

"Titanium frame and slide"

A Titanium slide would not work out very well at all. :nono: - Scratch that idea.
Titanium is too light and would not provide enough oomph to reliably cycle/feed cartridges.
A Titanium frame and a Steel slide would be OK.

Aluminum or Titanium slides would be OK for .22 rim fire only.
 

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Sooo..are we talking Mk23, P7M13, P7M10 prices? Or HK45/P30 prices...:wink:
Ugh, forgot about the P7s and that abomination they call the Mk23...

I'm thinking more HK45 prices (about $1k). Perfectly possible if the company wants it enough, and you know these SOBs would sell like hotcakes quick enough to make up for the high start-up costs. I know I'd be on it like white on rice.


-B
 

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Titanium or Scandium frame, either the thumb safety or a grip safety of some kind (I kind of like the P7 arrangement), but not both. I like the idea of taking both 5" and 4" slides (made out of the latest and greatest steel). A recoil plug that could be turned either by hand or with common tools (flats on the outside, slotted for both standard and Phillips head screwdrivers on the inside). Easier fitting of the barrels to the slides (not exactly sure on how to do this and keep the accuracy). No firing pin safety, but using the Ti/spring arrangement for drop safety or the grip safety making it drop safe. I'm not sure about the rail, but I'd like mine drilled and tapped. Include both types of MSH's from the factory. Beveled mag well. Oh, and a good trigger, straight from the factory, also.
 
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