1911 Talk (formerly Colt Government Talk)Everything about 1911 model pistols and their derivatives and knock-offs! Get advice about the Colt Government pistols, post items about your experience with these pistols and accessories for these pistols.
I'll confess that I got a little excited when I heard Remington was making the 1911 again. It's just one of those heritage things, and I always liked exploring the minute detail differences between all the models coming from different makers in WWII.
I have so many other things to spend the money on, so I must be content with my old pistol....
Early vintage Essex frame, G.I. surplus slide and barrel, XS express sights, McCormick trigger, wilson hammer, sear & disconnector, Wolff springs, stainless guide rod and jumbo barrel bushing, wrapped in Pachmeyr grips
I grew up around other family members' 1911 guns. They were all either U.S. military contract models or commercial Colt Government Models. I can't recall the first time I ever fired one but it must have been around 1970 or 1971.
The first one, a World War I era Model 1911 reworked in World War II by Augusta Arsenal. Was purchased as a 21st birthday present to myself in 1978. There is also a Remington Rand 1911A1 kept around here but I don't seem to have a photo of it saved.
Purchased this Colt Series 70 Gold Cup brand new in 1981 or 1982 though it was manufactured in 1979.
More recently acquired this commercial Colt Government Model as sort of a "daily driver" for concealed carry purposes. It predates the Series 70 time period.
Just for fun. The first Colt .45 automatic wasn't the 1911 but rather the Model 1905. This shabby example is still in good shooting condition.
This one's just thrown in. I'm keeping my youngest son's Rock Island while he's deployed with the USMC. This pistol is quite impressive and a good value for the money. It seems to retain the spirit of the U.S military models. It came with a really nice trigger, is very accurate, and has proven to be dependable over the past 4 years. A friend of mine has had one just like it for 5 years. It also has all the same fine attributes with trigger, accuracy, and dependability.
My first 1911. I've run a lot of rounds through others, but never had one of my own.
Colt Defender .45ACP, the day I brought it home:
About 100 rounds through it now (money and time seem to be mutually exclusive), and had to intentionally limp-wrist it to induce a stovepipe. Bought some nickel Gov't/Commander mags and X-Grips for that "one more round" in my EDC.
Planning on laminate (wood) grips and night sights, then leaving it the hell alone!
The government is a early Springfield Armory (SA) 1911-A1 and the commander is a American Tactical Importer FX45 GI1911 (ATI). Was looking at getting a Colt 70 series Combat Commander like I had years ago but for the price of the Colt I got these two. The SA I can tear a hole the size of a golf ball at 25' ft. that with a little more practice I'm sure I can get to a quarter. The ATI is about the same as the SA other then with the shorter sight radius I'll need a little more practice. Other then that I've very happy with my purchases, no they'll probably never be investment grade like the Colt, but getting two for the price of one is a far better in my way of thinking.
Let the kids worry about what they might get for them after I'm gone!
In my last post I said I would have to be happy with my old war horse. I lied!
I picked this up a few weeks ago and just finished my own customizing. I have a new love! (but I'll never get rid of my old war horse)
Sig Sauer C3
swithched the 3 white dots for tritium
Kim Ahrends slim grip panels, Cocobolo with smooth finish and ball milled grooves and stainless screws
X-Grip finger extension
arched aluminum mainspring housing
I recently purchased a Sig 1911 ultra .45 for my carry piece.This is my first 1911. It feels great on recoil and balance.I put about fifty rounds through it of 230 gr. feild rounds no problem.I did have the slide lock engage while empting a clip of hydro shock hollow points.No jam just lock came up. Just wondering if anybody else has seen this with 1911's. Any adjustments out there?
My Para CCW LDA 3 inch barrel double action only custom carry gun it shoots about an inch at 25 and feeds empty cases by the full clip. The mag well is cut down to grip width and all of the edges are broken with a little bling on the hood. She be a seven shot 45 ACP that will feed the 45 Auto Rim 252 gr SWC Cast bullet. I am waiting for the bone grips to arrive.
This is my only 1911. It's a first year Kimber Custom Target (extremely low serial number). It was accurized by Ton Kidd and fitted with a hand lapped barrel bushing. Tested 1.5" at 25 yards. Over the years it's been modified a lot:
Hard Chrome finish (that's not stainless)
Polished feed ramp
Ultralite magnesium/titanium trigger assembly
Oversized Mag Well
Tungsten Guide Rod
Shimmed rear sight
Wilson Combat Bulletproof extractor