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My first 1911

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Yes, its my first 1911. No, it isn't a Fisher Price. ;)

I purchased a Springfield 1911 in their blackened stainless steel finish. It looks very nice, matte black on the top, bottom, and front with a sort of "smokey mirror" finish on the sides. It came with adjustable night sights, mag well, ambi safety, front and rear slide serrations, adjustable trigger, and a host of other little "custom" goodies. At $750, I couldn't say no.

In addition, I installed the Crimson Trace laser grips, the rubber ones that wrap around the front of the handle. I can't say enough about how nice these grips are and how handy the laser is. The laser helps at the range, as you can see when in the trigger pull you twitch, etc. It also makes it much easier to engage multiple targets quickly, especially if you are moving. Using S&B 230 grain and a varmint rest (I don't own a pistol rest) I was able to get 1" groups at 53' feet while fine tuning the laser.

The pistol had to FTF in the first 60 rounds and has had no problems since, with 290 rounds through it now. It feeds hardball, SXTs, and Hydra-Shocks with no problems either with the 2 7-rounders that came with it or the 8-rounder Wilson Combat I purchased.

I've wanted a 1911 for awhile, and finally had the money to get a nice one. I figured I'd be dissapointed with a bargain basement model. I'm glad I held out.
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Welcome Docwagon. My little brother is an LEO and teaches firearms/marksmanship at the state acadamy. He carries a Glock because it is issue and has a SW for his personal gun. He recommended the Colt when I was looking because having had first hand experience with most of them he believes it is the best 45 pistol on the market. I haven't regretted buying mine. The only thing I have done to it is add an adjustable rear sight. I have a Wilson 8rd mag I keep in the drawer with the pistol at home. I also have 5 Chip McCormick 8rd mags and have never had a failure to feed with any of them.

He is not impressed with the Ruger pistols' ergonomics. He said that the few guys who go thru the course with them often have trouble in the clearing drills and get their hands cut from sharp edges.
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