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What about the S&W 1911?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Ol' Dirty, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Ol' Dirty

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    I just sent a jam-tastic Kimber down the road and need a new 1911. I'm in the market for an American pistol without the stupid front cocking serrations. So what can you fine gents tell me about the Smith 1911s? The performanc center is out of my league, just looking into the base models.
     
  2. I just got mine and love the way it looks and feel. I'm new to the 1911 world but this thing is fitted perfectly. It is tight as can be. The reviews I have read online were good about this pistol and that S&W did it right. I have yet to shoot mine so I can't comment yet on how it functions. I will report back in a week or two. Esox357.
     


  3. tx787

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    Check out the 1911 subforum on GT, but the consensus is that they are great, they benefit from S&W's CS if there is an issue. Only downside is 1911 purists would frown upon the external extractor, but that's how S&W semiautos have been made for eons. I will be seriously considering the S&W1911PD with rail, Kimber TLE, and Springfield TRP as my xmas gift to myself.
     
  4. Ol' Dirty

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    I'm one of the oddballs. I like things old and original but the external extractor and schwartz safety don't bother me. After the Kimber I'm looking for reliability #1.
     
  5. rvrctyrngr

    rvrctyrngr Senior Moment

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    My Smith PD has over 2K through it with zero issues. My favorite carry gun...It does have the FCS, though...which I happen to like on a carry gun.
     
  6. bac1023

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  7. Tactical black

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    It does seem that every S&W 1911 owner I know is really happy which is more then I can say about Kimber.
     
  8. GVFlyer

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    Somewhere in the air.
    Smith & Wesson has a long history in the manufacture of 1911s, they were making them for everyone else before they started making 1911s for themselves.
     
  9. PlasticGuy

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    Not exactly. They were manufacturing some parts for other companies, but that's all.
     
  10. GearGuru

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    I carry a 1911PD nearly every day on the job. Flawless after 4K rounds. Only 2 FTF and that was with 45+P when I needed to replace my recoil spring.

    For the $$$, this one has been a rock solid gun.
     
  11. bac1023

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    :dunno:

    I know they were doing frames and parts. I don't believe they built any complete guns, but I could be wrong.
     
  12. Boots45acp

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    My SW1911 108282 has been VERY Reliable and VERY Accurate.

    Very pleased with mine.
     
  13. GVFlyer

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    Somewhere in the air.
    You're exactly right, sorry if I seemed to imply that they were making complete guns for resale under another label.
     
  14. I bought a S& W 1911 2 months ago NIB for $830.00 & I just recieved my Alessi bodyguard rig for it also, I haven't shot it as of yet but planning to put the 5oo rds through it anytime soon, I did buy a couple of Virgil Tripp's Cobra Mag's for it also. The only change that I made on the gun was that I installed a set of Pachmyer rubber combat grip's with the finger grooves, on it.
     
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  15. I gotta go with the crowd on this one - I bought the S&W because of all the positive reviews, and mine has lived up to them so far. Perfect function with everything I've fed it.
     
  16. AWMP

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    I have a 1911PD that has been perfect, never a problem one. Light, carries well and shoots even better. The only thing that compares is my M&P 45 mid size with Apex inside. The customer service of the company speaks loads for the company.
     
  17. .45Super-Man

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    Easily in the top 2-3 at their price level. In terms of reliability, they take a back seat to no one.
     
  18. MajorD

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    Correct me if wrong but I thought all the S&W's had front serrations?
    never wrong to consider Colt as well.
     
  19. Texas Bulldog

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    YUP

    I can say that too....
     
  20. MD357

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    This.

    When I think of American and no FCS, I think of a Colt. Colt uses better small parts than S&W anyways.