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Your most unreliable 1911?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by mr00jimbo, May 29, 2011.


  1. mr00jimbo

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    I used to think all 1911s were inherently unreliable till I got my Colt Government S70 and it's been flawless. But people still talk about how they have lemons so I'm curious what your least reliable/most unreliable 1911 was and what it did, and if it ever got fixed?
    I routinely hear about people claiming they sent guns back many times to no avail so curious to hear stories.
     

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  2. Hokie1911

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    This ought to be good. :popcorn:
     

  3. Joshhtn

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  4. Mr. Gekko

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    Every manufacturer is going to let turds out from time to time.

    Only have two series 80 colts. Both work great. This might get interesting
     
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  5. jakebrake

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    was a colt 1991 a1. couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with it if i was standing inside the barn. so much slop in the barrel link it was actually comical. 100 rounds of sheer hell.

    after the second box, i put her up for sale. bought a para p-14 that i adored.
     
  6. craig19

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    My Dad's Colt Combat Commander. He bought it new in the mid 70's, it had a FTE or FTF every 4th or 5th round. I don't remember what all he had done to it to try to make it work. I know he had the feed ramp polished, switched extractors, tried good mags, crappy mags and different mag followers. He finally dumped it in the mid- 90s and used some of the money to buy a Norinco 1911 (which has been a great pistol).

    On the plus side the 1911s that have been great for the two of us are: the Norinco, my Springfield GI, and his Kimber Custom II.
     
  7. GJ1981

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    My words would be like sand in some people's ******s. Oh well, two of my SACS would fit the bill for reliability and durability issues.

    SA Pro, returned twice, never fixed by SA. Went to a respect shop and haven't had any issues...yet.

    SA Custom Carry, returned once, came back fixed along with a new problem. Pretty much got told slide lug peening was acceptable. Not fixed.


    So there, I have filled someone's panties with sand.


    And now,


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  8. bac1023

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    I once had a POS Para Warthog that wouldn't fire a full mag without an issue. Of course, I can't even consider that a 1911.
     
  9. Quack

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    Para Ordanance 14.45 Limited. I traded it off for a Colt H-Bar.
     
  10. cowboywannabe

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    in the mid 80's i was almost the owner of a detonics .45acp compact. my co-worker let me shoot it first and after it stumbled through 50 rounds of ammo with various malfunctions i passed on the "deal".
     
  11. MadMonkey

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    Para Ordnance double stack, can't remember the model it's been so long. Complete POS.
     
  12. Cobra64

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  13. Mayhem like Me

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    EARLY Dan Wesson C bob 45acp. prior to CZ lots of feeding extraction problems...sent it back 3 times.. soured me on the prior owner and his work.. you should not have to pay shipping to send back your brand new non functioning gun 3 times...

    still thinking about a guardian
     
  14. HotRoderX

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    Only unreliable pistol I have had so far is my Glock 17. Everything else has been pretty flawless "Knock on wood"
     
  15. Mayhem like Me

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    In classes I teach I see more problems with PARA guns than any other makes combines, both double and single stack versions..particularly heinous are the LDA..systems...
     
  16. FLIPPER 348

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    I've never come across a problematic 1911 that was not easily fixed. It's not a difficult mechanical system to troubleshoot. But then again I only shoot ball ammo and keep things mil-spec.
     
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  17. Narc1911

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    Me too
     
  18. ArmoryDoc

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    I don't have any unreliable 1911's. Mine are five Colts and a Dan Wesson CCO. I'm all good to go. :cool:
     
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    No problems Colt, Kimber, Para, Glocks all work fine.
     
  20. 98_1LE

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    Worst was a Para Ordinance P16-40 I bought new in 1995, although it was a high cap pre ban model (although the coupons for cheap mags were robbed). Gun simply could not finish a mag of hollowpoints, although in its defense the flying ashtrays of the 90's weren't the best feeding.

    Second worst was an early external extractor Kimber Ultra CDPII, 2005 vintage. 2 trips back to Kimber and it still couldn't finish a box of ammo without a failure.