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You should get a 1911

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by ithaca_deerslayer, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. If you don't already have one, you should get a 1911 for the fun of it.

    I don't have one for my carry needs because I lean Glock 26 there. But I have a fullsize 1911 for fun at the range.

    Lots of guns are fun to shoot, but I've really been having a lot of fun with my Taurus 1911 aluminum, with rail. I know, you can buy a prettier and better example of a 1911. But even so, mine has just been great fun.

    Must be because it is winter time. My range is 200 yards away, through snow. I like to walk out there (or ski out there) and shoot at a steel swinging plate I have hanging out there. In summer I usually post paper targets, but don't bother with that in winter.

    The .45acp clangs the steel nicely :)

    At risk of controversy, it is fun how slow the recoil impulse of the .45 is. I prefer the quicker pace of the 9mm for carry. I know, some great shooters will think I'm talking crap, because they are plenty fast. I'm just saying, with me, the .45 seems to have a big magnified slow motion recoil. It is pleasant and gives me lots of time to think about my next shot, or do some daydreaming, while it is coming back down to get on target.

    The 1911, at least my Taurus with large beaver tail and checkering all the way around the full length straight grip, feels comfy in my hand. The .45 230gr FMJ target/plinking rounds give a slow, gentle, push back, as the barrel rises.

    A Glock 36 may be next on my list to try. Not sure if I'll ever switch away from carrying 9mm, but in the meantime the 1911 is a blast.

    I joined the NRA, have you yet?
  2. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

    Sounds like a real 1911 and 45acp love story. I'm down with it.:supergrin::wavey:

    I love the 45 acp out of any handgun, thats why almost all of my autoloaders are chambered in it, but I love it the most when fired from a 1911. Something about it, they just go together like biscuits and gravy.



    May 12, 2012
    I think anyone that likes handguns and shoots, should have a 1911. There super fun at the range. But, for Carry, I like my G26 too. LCR 38 if I'm in shorts.

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  4. NEOH212

    NEOH212 Diesel Girl

    Mar 25, 2008
    North East Ohio
    Me too! :cool:
  5. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    I got my first 1911 in 1982. I never did understand those who said it kicks hard or is hard to field strip and maintain. Right now I have 3 Kimbers and a Les Baer TRS. I will have those until I die. I doubt that I will get any more. If the budget allowed I would not mind having an Ed Brown Executive Elite.
  6. xtreme99

    xtreme99 What's a Glock?

    Mar 23, 2006
    Mesa, AZ
    I was just out shooting my 1911s this weekend. I have three of them. All are great shooters, and I carry my Para Ordnance P14-45 daily. The 1911 is what I grew up on. Since I was old enough to shoot, I've been shooting that round on that platform.
  7. G26S239

    G26S239 NRA Patron

    Mar 17, 2008
    I never shot a 1911 until I bought my first one at age 23. But I always considered it to be a pistol to have from watching To Hell And Back, Fighting Seabees, Rat Patrol and all the other WWII movies and TV shows from my ute.
  8. bwvan


    Dec 30, 2011
    I'm surprised that no one has bashed your Taurus up to this point. I have a Colt GCNM, Officer's Model, Rem R1 and Taurus PT1911DT. The Taurus works just as well as any of the others and I have no complaints about them!

    You may want to give the G36 a try sometime. It is very thin, packs well IWB and shoots great.
  9. garya1961


    Mar 17, 2012
    Well, the last time I mentioned my PT1911 on here I was was laughed at, called a dumbass and told my gun was junk. If a gun works it don't matter who made it. I like my PT1911 and it shoots great.
    For every Taurus 1911 you hear about having a problem on the net there is at least a 1000 you don't hear about that runs fine. Kimbers seem to have their problems too but no one calls them junk.
    Thanks for the post, I'll get mine out tomorrow and shoot it.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
  10. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    The 1911 is a great platform. Glad you like it :)
  11. There are those that dog on the Taurus PT1911 But my SS mdl. has been a great value and a great shooter. No matter what, the 1911 is a great platform no matter what the manufacturer.
  12. My Taurus shoots nice, but it is not reliable enough for me to carry. I've shot it in IDPA.

    It occasionally leaves an empty in the chamber. Maybe 1 out 500 rounds. Probably needs the extractor better tuned.

    I also only have two good mags for it. 2 others it came with are obviously a different make (crap made for Taurus) and lesser quality.

    I bought one aftermarket mag that I thought was similar to the good Taurus mags, but that one doesn't allow chambering the first round too well. But once chambered it works.

    In my opinion, Taurus pulled a fast one with the 2 junk mags, and the too big of gap with the extractor fit.

    I have a friend who knows a lot about 1911's and some day I'll get him to tune the extractor for me.

    What I do like a lot about the Taurus is the overall grip and beavertail fitting and design. It is very comfortable and ergonomic to me, whereas I've seen less comfort with some other brands. I also like the trigger and sights. I'm not fond of the ILS in the hammer.

    The gun is pretty accurate for me.

    I could pay for shipping back to Taurus, but I don't trust they'd actually fix anything. I could buy a new extractor and have someone fit it for me. I could buy a bunch of different mags until I found a type that works. I could have someone change out the hammer for me.

    That is all on a to do list. But I still like shooting it, and have other guns for carry :)

    I joined the NRA, have you yet?
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
  13. HKLovingIT

    HKLovingIT Resident Evil

    Aug 20, 2010
    Out On The Tiles
    I concur. The 1911 is a lot of fun and the .45 ACP is very pleasant to shoot. :wavey:
  14. nice gun my next hadnguns will be a 1911(something on the less spendy side but still nice/reliable) or a HKP7
  15. My fiance is buying me a Remington R1 for a wedding present. Shes a keeper! :)

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  16. Lvs1935


    Jan 24, 2013
    Nothing could take the place of my Colt's. No handgun feels better in my hand than the 1911. I feel very comfortable carrying cocked and locked. I am still shooting my Combat Elite I bought around 26 years ago.
  17. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    Talk about someone covering both ends of the spectrum it's my wife. First she brings home Kimber Ultra Raptor II CS despite my predictions, it runs great. Then She brings home a Springfield Trophy Match, supposedly for me as a "carry gun" (Yah like that is going to happen, I have a Kimber Compact thank you) Just too nice and valuable for EDC. Sooo, in keeping with the Taurus streak a PT1911 comes home.

    I like it, I really like it. 100% so far, as accurate offhand as I can expect. I don't like the Ambi safety, but other than that it's got some neat features including serrations under the trigger guard which is a nice touch I appreciate. So far the Factory mags work, but I have a whole bunch of other options around here so I don't depend on the Taurus mags.

    Heck it's even got a nice trigger.
  18. I'm one of the heretics. I've shot a few and liked them, but I fail to see the attraction some have for them. Maybe because I'm left handed. Nicest 45acp I've shot has been a Beretta cougar.
  19. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    I have a 1911 on my "need one eventually" list, as I cannot even pretend to have something resembling a "collection" of firearms without one, but it might be awhile. I just don't see a need, and money isn't limited. My firearms are primarily for defensive use, none of my handguns have manual safeties, and I don't want any of them to have manual safeties. I also end up, every time I talk about bet-your-life reliable and durable 1911s with the 1911 gurus, come away realizing such a 1911 would cost noticeably more than my Glocks. At that point I'd just try out an HK.

    One of these decades I'll get a 1911
  20. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

    Well, he didnt ask our opinions, he just was sharing his experience. He seems perfectly happy with his pistol, which is most important, and I certainly didnt hear him comparing it to a 2k dollar custom gun, like Taurus themselves tried to.

    In fact he seems like a pretty well reasoned person to me with this post:
    All I can say is that I am happy he has a pistol that makes him happy, and we all love team 1911!:wavey: