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Tell me about the Baer 1.5" option.

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Blaster, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    Is the gun built for the 1.5" option from the ground up? Or are the best guns culled from the production and offered for a premium?

    Might you expect less reliability from a 1.5" gun? Meaning, are they built too tight for carry or defensive use?

    This question is slightly off the title topic but I can tie it in. I have a friend who tells me that the steel used in Baer guns too soft. He sights that Baer guns loosen too quickly when used. I noted someone here saying about their new 1.5" TRS:

    Baer steel just as good as any other 1911, what say you?
     
  2. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

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    built from the ground up to be a 1.5" gun.
     


  3. bac1023

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    Its built that way, not just a "pick of the litter".

    On carbon steel guns can be done, not stainless.
     
  4. Rinspeed

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    Your friend is a moron. :upeyes: Les Baer has been making his own slides and frames, in Allentown PA, longer than any of the other semi-custom builders. Go to the Brian Enos forum and do a search for Baer 1911s and you can find some that have 40,000-50,000 or more rounds through them. They are still tighter than most 1911s that have 2,000 rounds through them.

    When Baers are new most of the tightness comes from the bushing to barrel fitting and not the slide to frame. Every time you shoot them the just keep getting smoother and smoother. When mine was new I did hand cycle it some to help polish the parts but that not quite as much fun as shooting them.
     
  5. MD357

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    Nobody seems to be able to prove either. If you go on 1911forum you can find all sorts of arguments either way.

    I will say this, unless you are touched by god you won't be about to take advantage of the difference between a stock Baer and a 1.5in gun.

    Baer himself does not recommend the 1.5 option for duty or carry, if that tells you anything. Also, John @ Proload, whom is one of the biggest if not THE biggest Baer dealers out there, says it's a waste of money. However, if it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy.....
     
  6. MD357

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    This. I have well over 2K through mine and it's nowhere close to being able to be stripped by hand.
     
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  7. bac1023

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    God no.

    My Concept V has about 2-3000 rounds through it from me and I bought that one used, so I have no idea how many rounds total have been fired. I still can't move the bushing by hand.
     
  8. HAIL CAESAR

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    1. Your friend is a moron.:rofl:

    2. Have no idea if they are built that way, or are "just the really accurate ones".

    3. They seem to be reliable as the rest...but even Les himself does not recommend 1.5's to be used by Police as they are too tight and can have reliability issues. (Hummm....we call that a C-L-U-E.)

    4. It takes about 10k rounds to seem to smooth things out.

    5. The 1.5 is for strictly bragging rights unless you are an Olympic class shooter.

    6. That level of tightness is just silly, and just for bragging rights, unless you have an extraordinary needs...like you are an Olympic level shooter.

    7. Most Baer 3.0 guns really shoot down in the 1.8's anyway, and the 1.5 really only shoot in the 1.2's to 1.3's. So you are not gaining much.


    Baer's are fine pistols. A bit toooo tight...but really good guns.
     
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  9. Blaster

    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    Yup, that I fully understand.

    I was merely trying to get a full understanding of what the 1.5" option is all about. I was trying to figure out if it in some way other than accuracy the option makes the gun better.

    Thanks guys.
     
  10. 38 Super Fan

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    I thought the guys at Baer selected certain guns that already shot well, then further fine tuned those guns to shoot 1.5". But I think I read that on a forum somewhere so....:dunno:
     
  11. HAIL CAESAR

    HAIL CAESAR Senior Member

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    Hell.....who knows??????:rofl:

    I'm still locked up on the big mystery of "are Kimber frames are now cast?".:rofl:
     
  12. luv2spd

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    They are built from the ground up as 1.5" guns. John at Pro Load confirmed this when I asked him when I placed my order. He also said that they receive an extra 5 hours of fitting. I received the following email from Brenda at LBC when I asked the same question:

    To achieve the 1 1/2" group accuracy the gun is fit tighter, it is in the slide to frame fit, barrel, link, lug and bushing fit, they are all fit tighter. There is no reliabilty issue with the 1 1/2" accuracy package, but usually if it is carry gun most customers do not get this option, this is usually ordered if it is a competition gun.
     
  13. bac1023

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    :rofl::rofl:
     
  14. Hokie1911

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    There. Fixed it for you. :supergrin:
     
  15. PlasticGuy

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    I have a Premier II with the 1.5" option, and a Thunder Ranch Special without it. I also had a Concept VII without it. I can say for certain that the 1.5" option makes for a tighter fit, and I can also say that reliability is not compromised.

    However, I agree with Les Baer when he recommends against it for a carry gun. The tighter fit makes it more difficult when doing malfunction clearance drills and other gun handling, and it adds no significant performance advantage for anything other than high level competition.

    As far as durability, I've got several thousand rounds through my Premier II and it still has a little "pop" when the barrel snaps up into battery. Slide to frame fit is just as tight as the day I pulled it out of the box (and a beautiful cardboard box it was). You'd need a lot of time and a huge ammo budget to put any significant wear on a Baer 1911.
     
  16. Chevy327

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    Speaking of...

    I'm planning to post this SRP w/1.5 option on the Firearms Listings soon.

    The owner is recovering from a serious illness and is selling this and a Premier II.

    [​IMG]

    It's said to have about 250 rounds fired. It's really nice. I have more pictures for anyone interested. He's asking $2000, but I think he might work with someone a little.
     
  17. Tactical black

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    $2000 is a great price for that you shouldn't have to much trouble selling it.
     
  18. bladeandbarrel

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    Interesting thing about the 1.5" guarantee is that in order to build guns make that kind of claim you must test the barrel first. My guess on how LBC does this is to fixture test all their barrels prior to fitting. By doing this they cull the bad and separate the exceptional. They then take the exceptional ones and build 1.5" guarantee guns. Well worth the money I think. 15 years ago I had a 1.5" gun that was reliable and accurate. The plethora of unbearable sharp edges and cheapo cast parts (Wiggly ambi, purple toned parts and 2 broken extractor hooks and a firing pin stop) educated me on that fact that other things are more important to me than extreme tightness and a tiny (but impressive nonetheless) 50 yard test target.
     
  19. ShakyDave

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    Couple of months ago I bought a new P2 with the 1.5 guarantee from John for several hundred less than that, if that helps with the pricing.
     
  20. Carrots

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    Look at the MSRP of these guns. The PII is entry level, the SRP is the flagship.