The BS factor in that article is very high......at first. Larry Vickers is a retired spec ops type who went into gunsmithing and is nown for putting 1911s together for those with no face that go to dark places. He made a very good living building the 1911 and, yes, he was very expensive. And as someone has noted, he was bought.
I have a few 1911s. I bought a National Maatch around 1982 and shot it in IPSC for 6-7 years. That smooth 1911 is used for Wild Bunch now. After 30 years,the only thing I have fixed on it was when the pin holding the rear adjustable sight broke. I put a cold rolled pin in around 1983 and it still runs without trouble digesting wadcutters and hollow points with a hunger.
My EDC is a Colt lw Commander. A gunsmith by the name of Ben Amonette tuned the handgun.He works for Alliant Powder these days. I shoot nothing but hardball in the carry gun. With hardball, you have complete confidence in the functionality of the 1911.
I bought the Commander used in 1974 and have carried it ever since.
Keep it cleaned and lubed and you are 85% there. Knowing function and can disassemble and reassemble is 10% (cleaning).Magazines will take the last 5%. I have a G34 that requires the same thing. Or the old Smith 39......and the 59 and....................
Life is too short to drink cheap booze and argue with stupid people.
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