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How comfortable is your 1911 to shoot?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ithaca_deerslayer, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. What brand/model, and how would rate the "comfort" to your hand?

    I've read of peaple putting up with hammer bite or grip safety pinch, or other issues, with their 1911s. But I really don't know if that is common.

    With my Taurus ALR, I'm surprised how it is so comfortable to shoot. I have very little 1911 experience, but others I've held felt like they would pinch, and the couple I've shot have really pushed hard into the web of my hand (with target ammo).

    So for shooting comfort, I'll give my Taurus ALR a score of 10 (on a scale of 1 to 10). :)
  2. viniglock

    viniglock GLOCKS-N-KAHRS

    Jan 30, 2008
    Police State (FL)
    Model: Springfield GI
    Scale: 9.75 out 10
    Experience level: Medium
    POU: Collection and Safe Queen

    I will be trying a PT845, will see how it runs.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2010

  3. M2 Carbine

    M2 Carbine

    Dec 21, 2002
    I mostly shoot Kimbers but I've never had any trouble shooting 1911s. I'd guess the problems have to do with hand size and hold.
  4. TonyT


    Mar 14, 2009
    I have several 1911's in 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP including a SA Target in 9mm, STI Trojan in 40 S&W, SA Trophy Match and Colt Gold Cup NM in 45 ACP. One can expereince some bite with the old (pre 1070) Colt NM which does not have a beavertail grip safety. Any modern 1911 equipped with a beavertail safety should not present preblems unless you use a very light grip with heavy loads in the 40 S&W or 45 ACP.
  5. fredj338


    Dec 22, 2004
    Hand size is a big thing w/ comfort. Guys w/ large fleshy hands need a beavertail safety. Even for me, very avg. hands, working all day from a hoslter in training bangs upthe web of my hand w/o the grip safety.
  6. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker

    Mar 25, 2003
    GI styles eat my hand up.
  7. Nytmayr


    Jun 22, 2006
    Mine is a Wilson Combat CQB that I had built.
    When I had it built, I had them smooth out the edge on the
    "memory bump" on the grip safety.
    I have shot almost 500 rounds in one trip to the range, and found the gun to be extremely comfortable in my hand. So much so, that if I get any other 1911's I will have the same thing done to the memory bump. (If it has one)
  8. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    I have no worries at all.I have a Springfield Loaded model BTW:supergrin::thumbsup:
  9. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    They're all great to shoot. The only one with a bite is the Ultra Raptor. That front strap is like a cheese grader. The Pro and Custom Raptors don't seem to bite bad at all. Must be the difference in the steel vs. aluminum frames:dunno:
  10. BuckyP

    BuckyP Lifetime Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    I have a 1991A1 that was completely redone by EGW. It was dehorned, undercut and a high Ed Brown beavertail. No 1911 I've ever felt feels as good as this one.
  11. MD357


    Jul 13, 2008
    Just wait till you feel a true custom that has a higher cut trigger guard and a blended Ed Brown safety.

    Most production models with a beavertail GS feel very similar IMO.
  12. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    Semi-custom SA Loaded and full custom bobtail commander. Both very comfortable and no issues.
  13. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    I can shoot any 1911 as long as there isn't the little bump on the grip safety they seem to come with nowadays.
    It seems to hit a nerve in my hand, causing great pain.
  14. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Well, its not going to be common with an enhanced 1911 with a beavertail. ;)

    Hammer bite can happen with GI models.
  15. Brucev


    Jul 19, 2009
    I have a nice SA 1911 Mil. Spec. with the standard GI type grip safety. It digs into the web of my hand. I just put a couple of strips of adhesive tape on that part of my hand and then can shoot my pistol without any problems for as many rounds as I have time and ammo available. I have considered installing a drop-in beaver tail safety. But I doubt I would do any more than that and maybe a trigger job. I am very pleased with this pistol. It is just a basic stock GI type pistol w/ better sights and a little bit of relieving of the ejection port for improved reliability. Using factory ammunition it has run perfectly. It is a nice, mild recoiling handgun with extremely good accuracy. HTH. Sincerely. Brucev.
  16. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    A friend of mine has the same problem:shocked::faint:
  17. SiberianErik


    Feb 9, 2009
    My SA GI shoots like a dream. My 13 y/o daughter can fire it w/little issue. The power of the 45 sets her back a bit but that is. To me it shoots like a cream puff.

    I put 300 rds thru her recently in very little time. No issues at, I simply slammed in my mag full of 8 rds of 230 GR Gold dots, holstered it and left. What else can you ask.

    My Glock 27 on the other hand wore me out at 75 rds.
  18. i got some hammer bite from my SA milspec but it was tolerable. my TRP is very comfortable to shoot. most others complain that the 20lpi frontstrap is too sharp though. i find it grips into my calouses very well :)
  19. Morgo


    Oct 12, 2002
    I've always found my 1911's to be some of the most comfortable handguns to shoot that I own.

    Mine are mostly all 9mm and .38 super 1911's and most of them are tuned for target shooting using my reloads. Still, even the stock standard 1911's that I own when using factory ammo are still more comfortable to shoot than my Glocks or even my H&Ks.
  20. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    You can get hammer bite with GI's if you have a high grip. I never saw anybody get pinched by the safety.
    Maybe if it is poorly fit like a PT1911:whistling: