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1911: Really? No, really?
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So I'm in Southern California on urgent family business and an old friend and and I decide to go shooting. We went to "Shooter's Paradise" in Oxnard, BTW, and they are great guys and kindred spirits in spite of being an island of sanity in a hostile world.

Anyhoo, what do I see in their rental case but a Kimber 1911 Stainless MkII in .45ACP for... $6.00. Now we had to use their ammo, which is California-compliant lead-free reloads at $24.00 for 50 in a zip-lock.

Okay, so fine. I've never shot a 1911. I've shot .45ACP in a Glock 30, but somehow I'm the only person on the planet who's never shot a 1911.

"Gimme that'un!, and 50 rounds."

Off we go.

Dry-fired once. Wow.

That's a nice trigger.

Like a really nice trigger.

Zero take-up and maybe 2.5 pounds. (Turns out this girl has well over 5000 rounds through her.) Anyway, we've now established it's a real "keep yer booger-hook off the bang-switch proposition." Fine. I like it that way, since I most often shoot .22 target pistols.

I loaded one, as is my SOP on any new-to-me repeater of any variety.

Bang!

Wow. Night-and-day difference between the Glock and this. I'll take this. I'll really take this.

Loaded two. Even with the light trigger, no threat of losing it. (Okay, so I'm ultra-cautious.)

Oh happy day, the magazine takes not seven but eight. Now it's time for some fun.

Jeezus, what a perfect, relaxing machine this is. I could shoot it all day.

Okay, 1911 guys; I get it. Mr. Browning got it right.

5K rounds and all, I'd cheerfully take that old girl home with me, if they'd part with it.
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#2
I know, right?

For the last 5 years any time I would shoot one at at a group shoot I was ready to toss my Glock in the trash. I just always assumed they were way too expensive and needed several hundred dollars worth of tinkering to get them to work.

Then I bought my RIA in polished nickel for $350 in December. Big Grin

Wish I had known sooner they could be had for under a gazillion dollars.
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#3
I just thought of a new bumper sticker, with a pic or outline of a 1911, and the slogan "Happiness is a crisp trigger" Big Grin
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#4
Once you fire a 1911 you too will start to wonder why anyone would want some other type if gun with anything more than 4lbs of pull and 1/16" of travel.

Welcome to the club m8! Kimber makes some fine hole punchers in my experience. The most accurate pistol I've ever shot. You get what you pay for for sure.
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Mr_Gixxer;117113 Wrote:Once you fire a 1911 you too will start to wonder why anyone would want some other type if gun with anything more than 4lbs of pull and 1/16" of travel.

Welcome to the club m8! Kimber makes some fine hole punchers in my experience. The most accurate pistol I've ever shot. You get what you pay for for sure.

You should check out the Rock Island Armory 1911. Ya actually get more than what ya pay for in a RIA Big Grin

gascolator;117109 Wrote:So I'm in Southern California on urgent family business and an old friend and and I decide to go shooting. We went to "Shooter's Paradise" in Oxnard, BTW, and they are great guys and kindred spirits in spite of being an island of sanity in a hostile world.

Anyhoo, what do I see in their rental case but a Kimber 1911 Stainless MkII in .45ACP for... $6.00. Now we had to use their ammo, which is California-compliant lead-free reloads at $24.00 for 50 in a zip-lock.

Okay, so fine. I've never shot a 1911. I've shot .45ACP in a Glock 30, but somehow I'm the only person on the planet who's never shot a 1911.

"Gimme that'un!, and 50 rounds."

Off we go.

Dry-fired once. Wow.

That's a nice trigger.

Like a really nice trigger.

Zero take-up and maybe 2.5 pounds. (Turns out this girl has well over 5000 rounds through her.) Anyway, we've now established it's a real "keep yer booger-hook off the bang-switch proposition." Fine. I like it that way, since I most often shoot .22 target pistols.

I loaded one, as is my SOP on any new-to-me repeater of any variety.

Bang!

Wow. Night-and-day difference between the Glock and this. I'll take this. I'll really take this.

Loaded two. Even with the light trigger, no threat of losing it. (Okay, so I'm ultra-cautious.)

Oh happy day, the magazine takes not seven but eight. Now it's time for some fun.

Jeezus, what a perfect, relaxing machine this is. I could shoot it all day.

Okay, 1911 guys; I get it. Mr. Browning got it right.

5K rounds and all, I'd cheerfully take that old girl home with me, if they'd part with it.

Welcome to the 1911 club Gascolator Big Grin

Check out these sites for more info on the bliss that is the 1911:
m1911.org
1911forum.com
The major 1911 manufacturers have reps on these sites as well.
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Mr_Gixxer;117113 Wrote:Once you fire a 1911 you too will start to wonder why anyone would want some other type if gun with anything more than 4lbs of pull and 1/16" of travel.

Welcome to the club m8! Kimber makes some fine hole punchers in my experience. The most accurate pistol I've ever shot. You get what you pay for for sure.


I guess I'm one of a few that don't care for them. But hey, I recognize that after 100 years, there's a reason for such a following..., it's just not my cup of tea. Big Grin

Justin
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JustinHEMI;117125 Wrote:
Mr_Gixxer;117113 Wrote:Once you fire a 1911 you too will start to wonder why anyone would want some other type if gun with anything more than 4lbs of pull and 1/16" of travel.

Welcome to the club m8! Kimber makes some fine hole punchers in my experience. The most accurate pistol I've ever shot. You get what you pay for for sure.


I guess I'm one of a few that don't care for them. But hey, I recognize that after 100 years, there's a reason for such a following..., it's just not my cup of tea. Big Grin

Justin

I tried to hate them for a long time. Bought a block...err...glock because "they are the best", they felt good in the hand and despised 1911 snobs all the while being unable to hit a damn thing with my model 30. One day I got a good deal on a ultra crimson carry 2 and realized what I was missing. The trigger pull and accuracy are unmatched IMO and there are some real quality pieces out there.

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One thing I've always been told with 1911's is to stay away from external extractors and always get a full length guide rod. From there I like to see skeletonized triggers and hammers, some good checkering on the front and back grip edges and night sights. One thing is for sure though, you have to love all of the options out there for these.
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#8
Oh, and be careful to NEVER make the idiot scratch on your first 1911 or you'll be the mockery of all your gun friends!!!Big Grin

Honestly, I've never done it and don't understand how people manage to fuck it up. Also, I don't give any guns WITH the scratch the time of day, jmo.
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#9
I have had several. My latest, a Nighthawk Talon, may have gone too far. While I don't have a trigger gauge, my educated finger tells me that it's breaking at between two and three pounds. Last time I was firing it, I hit the head of my silhouette, unintentionally, because that's where recoil, a light trigger, and a heavy trigger finger met.

I will add after having had a Wilson and now the Nighthawk that my skepticism about the cost/value of such 1911s has been removed.

Mr_Gixxer;117127 Wrote:Oh, and be careful to NEVER make the idiot scratch on your first 1911 or you'll be the mockery of all your gun friends!!!Big Grin

Honestly, I've never done it and don't understand how people manage to fuck it up. Also, I don't give any guns WITH the scratch the time of day, jmo.

I bought my Nighthawk pre-scratched. I may send it out for a new finish as it's got a few dings and I really hate the scratch.
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#10
They can become an addiction. http://www.1911addicts.com/forum.php
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