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Wife wants a 1911
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Didn't have any kids Sunday so the wife and I went shooting for the first time in what feels like forever. She wasn't liking carrying her xd9sc everywhere because it got to be heavy if she was doing a lot of walking. I got her a Kahr pm9 a few months ago and we finally got out to shoot it and I brought my Ruger SR1911.

My wife isn't a great shot yet and was struggling with the Kahr at around 40' so I ran a mag through it just to see how it shot and was really surprised at how accurate that little gun is. Anyways I asked her if she wanted to shoot my 1911, she was a little apprehensive at first since the shells are twice the size of her 9mm but once she fired a few rounds she didn't want to put it down, lol. We ended up shooting about 300 rounds that day which is a lot for us.

The only thing she doesn't like about the Ruger is how big and heavy it is so I showed her some smaller 1911's and she likes that idea but I'm unsure of how much more kick you would get from a shorter barrel and lighter gun. I suppose one in 9mm would be an option but that just seems sacrilegious or something. Ideally there would be somewhere around here you could rent guns so she could try one out but there isn't so I thought a post here would be the next best thing.
jerkin, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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In general, the smaller, lighter gun has more felt recoil if everything else is equal. I agree that it would be best to let her shoot a firearm first before buying. I am not familiar with your area so I would make some recommendations for where to shoot a 1911...
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Take a look at the STI guardian comes in 9mm and 45acp. 4 inch barrel and officer size frame. Their recoil system takes up felt recoil better than a regular g.i. set up, and STI makes a quality product. http://www.stiguns.com/the-sti-guardian/
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rmagill;10164 Wrote:In general, the smaller, lighter gun has more felt recoil if everything else is equal. I agree that it would be best to let her shoot a firearm first before buying. I am not familiar with your area so I would make some recommendations for where to shoot a 1911...

I know the shorter, lighter gun will have more recoil, I just don't know if it will be enough to make her uncomfortable and don't want to risk a grand to find out. There is no where around here to rent guns that I know of.

nomad;10541 Wrote:Take a look at the STI guardian comes in 9mm and 45acp. 4 inch barrel and officer size frame. Their recoil system takes up felt recoil better than a regular g.i. set up, and STI makes a quality product. http://www.stiguns.com/the-sti-guardian/

That's a nice firearm, doesn't look like it comes with their "recoilmaster" system or whatever it's called though. Have you ever tried it, does it make a noticeable difference? I never realized STI made so many different models, if that one was a bit cheaper I might have just bought it for her and if she didn't like it I'd take it over, lol.
jerkin, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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The recoilmaster doesn't really lighten recoil for me. It does close the slide softer for me. A tungsten guiderod helps more. A tungsten barrel helps almost as much as a comp, but those are hard to find anymore.

I have a 4" Kimber you can shoot.
lycanthrope, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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lycanthrope;20487 Wrote:The recoilmaster doesn't really lighten recoil for me. It does close the slide softer for me. A tungsten guiderod helps more. A tungsten barrel helps almost as much as a comp, but those are hard to find anymore.

I have a 4" Kimber you can shoot.

Thats a good choice for her, I wouldn't have her try anything shorter than a 4" barrel. But if she also wants something lighter have her check out the Colt lightweight commander. or a Kimber super carry pro. As far as the caliber, if she was comfortable shooting the 45 have her stick with that. Just my opinion.
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Just get her on in 9mm and be done with it . . . LOL
and to be really blasphemous, get one with a alloy or composite frame, solves the weight issue

or if you'd like to stick with a 45 . . . Sig 1911 C3 is a really nice alternative to a full size 1911, 4.25" barrel and the Officer size frame

http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDe...11-c3.aspx
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