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The 1911 is still my favorite pistol to shoot....and carry.
You know, I'm finding the same thing. I've enjoyed shooting them since I got into handguns 5 or 6 years ago. But for carry, I've found myself often being swayed by the weight/capacity ratio argument, and I've been carrying other things.

The last couple of weeks, though, I've been exclusively using my Dan Wesson Vbob as my EDC. And I've discovered that the weight isn't really an issue for me, and the thin profile more than makes up for it. And capacity? Who am I kidding! With the lifestyle I live and the places I go, I'll likely never need as many rounds as I've been carrying. If I run across something that requires more than the 8-9 in the pistol and the 8 in my pocket, then I'm in trouble anyway.

So, I think my Vbob may be seeing a lot more carry time moving forward.
 

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"And capacity? Who am I kidding! With the lifestyle I live and the places I go, I'll likely never need as many rounds as I've been carrying. If I run across something that requires more than the 8-9 in the pistol and the 8 in my pocket, then I'm in trouble anyway. "

I hardly feel "undergunned" with 8 rounds of 230 grain .45 stompers. 😎
 

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Hey guys,

Anyone have a safety plunger restaking tool that you want to part with for cheap? I'm helping a neighbor fix his 1911 that was missing the safety plunger. Once we bought the new one and installed it, I realized that the plunger tube isn't seated tightly so whenever I flip the safety on, the plunger tube slips back and allows the plunger to shoot out.

I hate to pay a gunsmith $30 to fix it, when I can spend $55 and own the tool. But maybe someone bought the tool and no longer needs it?

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I've discovered that the weight isn't really an issue for me, and the thin profile more than makes up for it. And capacity? Who am I kidding! With the lifestyle I live and the places I go, I'll likely never need as many rounds as I've been carrying. If I run across something that requires more than the 8-9 in the pistol and the 8 in my pocket, then I'm in trouble anyway.
I, too, like the slim design of the 1911. Mine are steel, and they are a bit heavy. However, I really don't mind the weight with a good belt.

And...I may catch some flak for this...I usually carry the 1911 with 8 rounds and no spare magazine. I think a couple of spare mags is a great idea, but I just have a hard time envisioning a situation where I (with my lifestyle) would need more than a couple of rounds.

My other usual EDC is a S&W 640. Carrying 8 instead of 5....? That feels like an abundance.
 

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The 1911 is still my favorite pistol to shoot....and carry.
Mine too, but my Wilson Combat cost around $4,000. I bought it used an paid less, but still...it makes me nervous (nervyus) if I ever had to use it in defense. Clean shoot, but in evidence locker for how long? Maybe i should buy a RIA, or something cheaper. Nah, I love my WC with Gabon ebony grips!
 

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For the weird and wacky, how about a Colt Series 70 Government Model in 9mm Steyr?



Some offbeat caliber Colt 1911-guns were picked up earlier this year just prior to the onset of dumb COVID-19. Though internet research reveals some murkiness about the history of the 9mm Steyr Government Models, best take that I can glean of available information is that Colt made a thousand 9mm Steyr chambered Government Models for Italian consumption sometime in the late and possibly sold a few in Austria as well, along with enough spare parts for servicing those thousand to later make up 100 additional pistols which were later sold off in the 1980s.

This is one of those 100 spares. Factory letter shows it to have been sold new to a distributor in Massachusetts. In addition to the 100 sold stateside a very few of the pistols destined for Europe have been reimported, showing European proof marks in every instance they are found photographed on the internet.

This pistol came with its box and all associated, was was suppose to be NIB and it probably was new unfired, but has handling marks as if it'd been assembled out of a parts bin, or was a Colt display model, or else on a gun show exhibitor's table for some time. Has the merest beginnings of an idiot scratch. Also, if ever a poor Colt Government Model was a factory second this one's it for it exhibits the worst finish and workmanship I've ever seen in a commercial Colt. Left side slide marking was ham-handedly applied. Trigger's hard. Slide fit is underwhelming, even to someone like me who is less than critically discerning about such things.

New-in-the-box or not, I immediately took it out and shot it with a couple different 115 grain factory loads, Fiocci as well as some custom manufactured 9mm Steyr ammunition. Then Mrs. BMc and I spent the rest of the late afternoon trying to round up brass for it's a bit haphazard in its ejection. We finally gathered up every one before dark. It fed and functioned fine and shot tight groups though quite low.






It's all properly marked and features the proper "70S" serial number prefix unique to the 9mm Steyr series. Last photograph also shows some wear and scuffs.

Thought it's mostly an ornament for the safe I have intentions to shoot it a bit, test it over the chronograph, acquire some additional factory loads old and new for testing, and develop a handload or two for it, mostly just to say I have had the experience of loading the 9mm Steyr. The pistol won't be taken seriously as a "serious" carry piece. But, it could I guess.
 

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Well yeah, Dan. There is that. Thanks for pointing out that important tidbit that I forgot to mention.
 

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OK Dan. A real "duh"moment is being exhibited here.

I got the gun, field stripped it to examine it, cleaned and lubricated it, and took it to the range for the inaugural shooting of it, again field stripped it and cleaned it before putting it in the safe.

Until today, some four months later, it never dawned on me that the pistol wasn't outfitted with the characteristic Series 70 collet bushing and accurizer barrel!

I suppose I just absentmindedly saw standard parts and they looked normal to me.

Dan knows stuff y'all.
 

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SO, @bmcgilvray OR @OD* Looking at this, "what's the point"? Seems like .38 Super would "fill the bill" & "nice & easy to find"?? Muzzle velocity of 1169 claimed (5" barrel, right?). Austrian's "trying to be Mexico"? 😂 I do see it was developed in 1912, BUT, AFTER super was around in the 30's, they're still mess'n with it! ????
 
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IIRC, and Bryan can correct me, similar to Mexico, citizens of Italy cannot have military cartridges.
Basically, these were built for them and others that couldn't/can't own the same calibers as the military.
 

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Yup. Italy, at least at the time of this 1100 pistol contract were prohibited from owning firearms chambered for 9mm Luger. Austrians can own 9mm Luger, but 9mm Steyr was their cartridge and they still fool with it all these many years later. Ballistically 9mm Steyr is fine, perhaps in some loadings a bit stouter than standard velocity 9mm Luger. Far as I know there are no "high-tech" hollow point factory loads produced for it, however I can reload and can make whatever my little heart desires.

I have a Austrian friend. These are his and he plays with 'em all the time. M1912 Steyr-Hahn (top) is chambered for ... wait for it ... 9mm Steyr. The M1907 Roth Steyr (bottom) is in 8mm Roth-Steyr, a sort of .32 ACP on steroids.

 
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