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criteria for a good 1911?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ithaca_deerslayer, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Without mentioning any brand-name anywhere in this thread, what criteria would you suggest for deciding whether a specific 1911 is a good gun?

    I don't know the answer, but maybe it would include:
    -- shoot x number of rounds without a jam or stoppage.
    -- shoot y number of inches for a 25 yard 5-shot benchrested group.
    -- never give hammer bite.

    Perhaps stuff like that? What criteria are important to you?
  2. nastytrigger

    nastytrigger Mediocre Member

    Apr 10, 2005
    -Government 5"
    -Not parkerized (been there done that prefer baked on teflon now)
    -100% reliable any brand any reload. Doesn't have to be ramped
    -No MIM parts (but I still trust the ones I have still)
    -Extended beavertail grip safety (never have to worry on bite)
    -Nice 4.5-5lb trigger
    -Fixed combat sights (in a '8' pattern tritium, no brand name :) )
    -Nice match barrel and bushing
    -No more than 4" groups at 25yds. 2" or less preferred
    -GI plug preferred (full length okay if one piece)
    -Ambi safety (I'm a lefty)
    -Lowered and flared ejection port
    -Titanium firing pin and no firing pin safety
    -16.5lb recoil spring
    -Cocobolo or G10 grips
    -Standard slide release and mag catch (nothing extended)
    -Doesn't have to have front cocking serrations, but it's okay if it does
    -Front grip doesn't have to have checkering, but I'd prefer 20lpi
    -Magazine well beveled or extended mag well
    -Reliable 7-round mags!

    I think that's everything...

  3. RedsoxFan4Lyfe


    Jul 16, 2007
    Florida USA
    I concur. Strong criteria there!:supergrin:
  4. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    -Government 5"
    -Blued finish prefered
    -GI grip safety
    -4# trigger
    -Target sights
    -Match barrel and bushing
    -Capable of 1.5" at 25, 3" at 50 yards
    -GI plug
    -GI safety
    -Lowered and flared ejection port
    -Series 70 type
    -16.5lb recoil spring
    -Wood grips always
    -Standard slide release and mag catch (nothing extended)
    -No front cocking serrations
    -Magazine well beveled
    -Metalform mags

    This is my perfect gun.
  5. bubbaskyjacker


    Jan 4, 2010
    full size, accurate enough to shoot a bad guy holding a hostage. .45 acp. and one that leaves your wallet empty
  6. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    If you are asking for general specs like stainless/blue you will get strong opinions on both sides. If you want detailed lists(trigger pull, checkering, sights, etc) the possibilities are actually endless. Everyone likes slightly different specs.

    My general specs.
    -0 gun related malfunctions(bad rounds/magazines not included)
    -2" 25 yard accuracy from machine rest.

    Obviously I could go on for awhile with specific details but these are the biggies.
  7. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker

    Mar 25, 2003
    An excellent leather rig. Set aside at least $2-300 for a top shelf belt, holster, and mag pouch. You will thank yourself for years to come.
  8. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
  9. Some say if a gun doesn't go 1,000 rounds without a stoppage, then it is a piece of junk.

    Would you include that as a criteria? Therefore, if you have an otherwise perfect gun, and it has a stoppage 1 time within 1,000 rounds, then it is a piece of junk?

    That's probably to extreme. Most people would likely try to solve the problem. See if it was due to limpwristing, bad ammo, bad magazine, etc.

    As long as the stoppage can be quickly cleared and the gun made to fire again within a second or two, that it probably wouldn't seem too big a deal.

    Any thoughts on that? How many rounds required without any stoppages?
  10. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    5" barrel
    Forged frame and slide
    One piece barrel
    Forged fire control parts
    2-4" groups at 25 yards
    No more than 1 malfunction per 1,000 rounds (less is better)
    Quality 4-7# trigger pull
    Sights I can see and that can be used for one-handed cycling of action
    No firing pin safety

    Textured front strap
    Recessed lanyard loop mainspring housing
    Stainless construction
    Durable finish (Duracoat, Roguard, etc.)
    Solid trigger
    GI guide rod
    Thin grips
    9mm firing pin
    High cut frontstrap
    Beavertail grip safety
    Extended single sided thumb safety
    No front cocking serrations