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Your most unreliable 1911?

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

  1. 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.

  2. Joshhtn

    Joshhtn The eBay Guy Silver Member

    Mar 31, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
  3. Mr. Gekko

    Mr. Gekko

    Aug 27, 2010
    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
    Last edited: May 29, 2011
  4. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

    Jan 11, 2011
    too close to philly
    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.
  5. craig19


    Aug 13, 2010
    NE Ohio
    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.
  6. GJ1981

    GJ1981 Pitying Fools

    Feb 10, 2008
    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,

  7. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    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.
  8. Quack

    Quack Rent this space

    Jan 7, 2002
    NE Ohio
    Para Ordanance 14.45 Limited. I traded it off for a Colt H-Bar.
  9. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

    Jan 26, 2001
    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".
  10. MadMonkey

    MadMonkey Spershul Furces

    Aug 18, 2010
    Para Ordnance double stack, can't remember the model it's been so long. Complete POS.
  11. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not a chance
    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
  12. HotRoderX

    HotRoderX Gen4 BETATester

    Jan 15, 2011
    Only unreliable pistol I have had so far is my Glock 17. Everything else has been pretty flawless "Knock on wood"
  13. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not a chance
    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
  14. FLIPPER 348

    FLIPPER 348 Happy Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    Bend Oregon
    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.
    Last edited: May 29, 2011
  15. Narc1911

    Narc1911 Anchora Salutis

    Jun 8, 2007
    Me too
  16. ArmoryDoc


    May 14, 2006
    I don't have any unreliable 1911's. Mine are five Colts and a Dan Wesson CCO. I'm all good to go. :cool:
  17. owl6roll


    Sep 9, 2004
    No problems Colt, Kimber, Para, Glocks all work fine.
  18. 98_1LE


    Oct 17, 2005
    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.