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Thinking about giving the 1911 another try

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by 40frank, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    I have 3 Colt 1911s (70 Gold Cup, 70 Government Combat & 70 Government Model) and they all work fine. The Government Model needed a lot of work (cut down ejection port, bevel mag well, ambi safety, etc) but I shot it in competition for quite a while. It is very well worn. Abused, actually...

    All of them pale in comparison to the Sig 1911 XO model I picked up a few months ago. It is a great 1911 and shoots every bit as well as the Gold Cup.

    The only problem I have with the Sig is that the slide is 'different' and the gun won't fit in any 1911 holster. It fits in the Sig Serpa-style holster and that's ok for me.

    The Sig also has an external extractor so purists might complain. Personally, I don't care. As long as it works.

    A really great 1911...

  2. G19Paul


    Mar 10, 2009
    Well Frank..... $1k gets you into a very reliable 1911.

    My choice was this Sig Sauer "Nightmare"..... I have shot over 1400 rounds now without a single failure. I love this pistol. Lots of goodies already installed.... including night sites. Got mine at a gun show.... Out the door at $1050. Have heard others making better deals out the door.


  3. Sigs and S&W's work. If you are not a purist about the extractor.
  4. OrangeDonkey


    Mar 7, 2010
    The Trojan is hard to beat in the $1000 range....

    Last edited: Oct 30, 2012
  5. Wyoming


    Feb 3, 2007
    Southwest Wyoming
    "I am hoping for suggestions. I have searched and found the buyer's guide and other great threads, kind of hoping for a fresh prospective (I know the info hasn't changed much, but maybe there is someone out there with new experiences)."

    When you said buyer's guide were you referring to bac's buyer guide?

    If not, check it out it is pretty good. I should warn you that a one gun 1911 owner is very rare. 1911's just tend to need have litter mates.:whistling:
  6. G19Paul


    Mar 10, 2009
    Valid point.

    The 1911 platform has been around long enough where it seems natural that variants and tweeks have been introduced.

    Personally, I don't mind the upgrades in pursuit of perfection as long as I am respectful to the original platform which has been battle-proven for many, many years.

    I have a bigger problem seeing this platform in any other caliber other than .45acp.

    Everyone should at least experience a full-size 1911 in .45acp.
  7. Gbannan


    Feb 2, 2012
    West Chester PA
    It sounds like you think the internal firing pin safety is an advantage. Explain. I want a springer and not a series 80 for this reason. Im under the impression that springers don't have a firing pin safety unlike the series 80. Correct me if im wrong.
  8. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I don't think that the internal firing pin safety is an advantage at all. The gun already has two other safeties: thumb and grip. However, I don't think that it's a disadvantage either. It's a non-issue for me.

    Springfields don't have firing pin safety.
  9. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

    I thought the main purpose of the series 80 safety was that it became drop safe with it?