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What's the verdict on S&W 1911s?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by EmperorKO, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. EmperorKO

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    Any opinions/experiences with S&W's offerings? I've researched the crap out of numerous brands, but (stupid me) I didn't even know S&W made 1911s until RIGHT NOW.

    These things any good? Because aside from the FCS and the legalese on the frame, THIS THING is pretty damn attractive, as is the price tag.
     
  2. samuse

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    People who have 'em seem to like 'em.

    The firing pin safety and external extractor kill any chance of me ever wanting one.
     


  3. cdunn

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    I love mine been 100% for 3k rds.I've changed a couple things,ambi safety,10-8 trigger,slidestop and mag. release,nighthawk magwell,Ed Brown GI guide rod, and I tossed the CT grips.
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  4. I just purchased one and seem impressed with the fit and accuracy of the firearm. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another. It was my first 1911 and I'm hooked now.
     
  5. phred119

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    I've got two SW1911's, one stainless, and one scandium. Both have been flawless and are great shooters.
     
  6. jrs93accord

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    I have only one S&W 1911 so far.

    S&W SW1911 Tactical Rail SS
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  7. stinx

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    These new Enhanced versions lack the Schwatrz firing pin safety system. These use a Titanium firing ping and a extra strength firing pin spring. The external extractor is also oversized.
     
  8. Ive problem looked at a dozen or more S&W 1911's and I'm impressed. I'm hoping this year to buy a Gunsite Model.

    I went to Tom Givens Combative Pistol I & II in 2005 or 2006. He was using one then. I've seen emailed Tom about S&W 1911. He said that he hasn't had a problem with his. Also his wife is carrying a Gunsite Model. She's very happy with it.
     
  9. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Good looking gun. :thumbsup:
     
  10. bac1023

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    I like them quite a bit, actually.

    The Performance Center models are outstanding.
     
  11. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I like the Gunsite Commander quite a bit. I keep telling myself I'm done, but...:whistling:
     
  12. ambluemax

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    Everything I've heard is positive. Might consider adding their gov size 9mm to my stable
     
  13. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Senior Member

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    Right behind you...
    I've heard nothing but good, but the FCS and EE are not my bag.
     
  14. bac1023

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    I like a 1911 better without them, but they don't bother me much.
     
  15. TSAX

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    The 1911 PD 5 inch is one of my favorite 1911's. The Scandium frame feels great and it has been a reliable shooter for me.
     
  16. bruceride

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    I own one and love it. The slide stop broke with in the firs 10 rounds, but Smith had me a new one in a couple of days, no questions asked. I kept that one in reserve and replaced it with a Brown. Hey, anybody can get a bad part and Smith's customer service was spectacular.

    Beyond that absolutely no issues.
     
  17. bac1023

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    Here's mine.

    I got it brand new for $579 during S&W's $100 rebate in the spring of '08. :cool:


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  18. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    What a deal! :wow: I'd buy it from ya for $580 right now and even pay all the shipping. :supergrin:
     
  19. bac1023

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    Yeah, it was an awesome deal.

    A local shop was selling them at a discounted $679 and the rebate really helped.

    Of course, it was about $725 OTD at the shop after tax and fees, but I got my rebate a few weeks later. :)
     
  20. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Can't blame you there. You can't pass up a deal like that.