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Debunking 1911 Myths.
« on: November 19, 2019, 08:37:01 AM »
Some so-called experts like to claim that 1911's can't, or aren't reliable enough for carry as an EDC pistol for self-defense. Personally, I find this to be utterly ridiculous. Any modern pistol, including the 1911, can be reliable for carry as a self-defense pistol.


Two things that I focus on for any pistol that I might carry, are the magazines, and the ammo. Cheaping out on either on any semi-auto pistol is a sure way of asking for problems, especially at the most inopportune time.

This is especially true of 1911's as well. Buy quality magazines, and also take the time to find ammo that functions reliably in the pistol. This is where time at the range will be time well spent. This is when you want to find out any issues, not when you may be in a life or death situation.

Another factor to be aware of with 1911's is that they require more hands on in their care than polymer type pistols. This includes having an understanding of 1911's and how to properly inspect them for wear and when to replace critical components when needed.

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Re: Debunking 1911 Myths.
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2019, 09:01:21 AM »
I have owned 10 or 11 1911s in the past. All were reliable with hollow points. I did once carry one, back in the 1990s. And, years ago, I kept one for a night stand gun.

For the weight now, at this point in my life, I'd rather have a double stack 9mm for a carry gun. But, with lower back problems, I can't even carry a fullsize Beretta on my waist anymore. So, that is why I carry that HK P2000. But, I did carry a Beretta 92 daily for 3 years - many years back...

Also, I no longer want to carry a SAO gun either.

But, 1911s are great. I've even owned a few higher end models

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Re: Debunking 1911 Myths.
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2019, 08:25:28 PM »
I've owned several. A high dollar jammomatic. It was finicky,, ammo sensitive,, and accuracy was nothing to brag about.

The best 1911 ,, I ever had was a Remington R1. It ran any ammo, was unbelievable accurate, and NEVER had a failure.
I also bought stainless good quality mags.

But I've seen others that just wouldnt run.

With tight tolerances,, they dont like dirt any more than anything else built really tight.

Some of the best running autos are actually built kinda slide  loose, with tight rifling barrels.
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Re: Debunking 1911 Myths.
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2019, 09:31:00 PM »
I own two Kimber 1911s, an Ultra (3") & a Custom (5"). The only reason I don't EDC them is because in a quick draw situation, I find that my large hands will sometimes not disengage the grip safety. Yes, I know I can train for that, but I generally carry an FNX-45 or an FN 509. If I had to turn one in due to a shooting, they're much cheaper than the 1911s and just as reliable with higher capacity. Don't get me wrong. I love 1911s, but if I can carry 15+1 of 45 ACP in lieu of 7+1 or 8+1, why not?
9MM may expand, but .45 ACP never contracts!

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Re: Debunking 1911 Myths.
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2019, 10:12:04 PM »
I've owned eleven 1911s ( still have 7 ). Only one was a problem. That was a Springfield GI model. That sucker jammed all the time. And beat the tar out of the brass when it did fire & eject.
The rest have all been utterly reliable. Maybe I'm just a lucky guy.

There is just something right about the pistol. It's timeless. It's like there are some cars that when they first hit the market, they are the "must haves". Then a couple years later, they just look dated & you wouldn't want one. Then there's something like a Porsche 911. Timeless and beautiful, no matter when it was made. The 1911 is like that & I love 'em.

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Debunking 1911 Myths.
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2019, 10:11:03 AM »
I've owned eleven 1911s ( still have 7 ). Only one was a problem. That was a Springfield GI model. That sucker jammed all the time. And beat the tar out of the brass when it did fire & eject.
The rest have all been utterly reliable. Maybe I'm just a lucky guy.

There is just something right about the pistol. It's timeless. It's like there are some cars that when they first hit the market, they are the "must haves". Then a couple years later, they just look dated & you wouldn't want one. Then there's something like a Porsche 911. Timeless and beautiful, no matter when it was made. The 1911 is like that & I love 'em.

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Had a colt govt model 70. Did exactly as you describe the springfield doing.
Three smith and new mags couldnt solve issue.
Traded it for a 4516-1 SW.
Wont own another 1911 style pistol.



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Re: Debunking 1911 Myths.
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2019, 03:31:07 PM »
I have a High Standard 1911 that I have had for 9 years and have put a lot of rounds threw it with
no problems at all .
It functions great with any brand of ammo and has the sweetest trigger out of the box.
Its been one great pistol.
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Re: Debunking 1911 Myths.
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2019, 05:32:13 PM »
1911's are not for every person! I started out with the 1911 platform close to forty years ago. In that time, I have owned well over fifty various types of 1911's as well as most every brand manufactured.

In no way do I consider myself an expert, but I have learned a few things about them over the years. I have a couple that have exceeded 10K rounds with never a hiccup or issue yet.

Where many do run into problems with the 1911, is trying to improve upon what is working just fine to begin with. Making numerous modifications without regard to knowing what those changes are doing to critical operating parts. Too many people THINK that they are gunsmiths, and usually end with junk pistol when finished.
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