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A Duty 1911 in 40 S&W?

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Gos, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. Gos

    Gos

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    Ok, At the risk of starting a Chevy vs. Dodge vs. Ford thing.
    Who is making a good 1911 in 40 S&W these days?
    I've been looking at the Para 16.40 but was hoping to be a bit lighter than what's listed. I know at one time they had an alloy frame option but I don't see it now.
    I am currently carrying a SS Para in 14.45 and like everying about it but the weight.

    Thanks,
    Gos
     
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    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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    STI or a custom rig from Springer.
     

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    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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    Or grow a pair, register with the NRC, and buy a delta. :cool:
     
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    ede Bama's Friend

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    i have a STI USPSA Single Stack in .40 i use for competition. as much as i like the gun and as good as it's run for me at matches i'll say this, it isn't reliable with the mags loaded with 9 rounds and one in the pipe nor are mag changes problem free with the mags fully loaded with 9 rounds. i shoot Single Stack with it and am limited to 8 rounds in the mag so the rules eliminate the problem for me.
     
  5. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

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    I would not go with a 40S&W in the 1911 platform.
    Due to the shape and size of the round they are very difficult to get running reliably (EVEN THOUGH SOME DO GET IT DONE) It is the size and length of the cartridge that causes feeding issues.

    The 1911 works best with 45acp/ 38 super length cartridges then 10mm was made to work..
    40S&W works best in pistols designed from the ground up to feed their stubby little shape.
     
  6. Mwinter

    Mwinter I'm MilkMan Dan

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    Ditto the 10mm....you can shoot fed-lite stuff if ya want, or go hot. I carried 2 different custom Colt Deltas on duty a few years back.

    I've heard good things about the Fusion 10mm 1911 guns.
     
  7. Gos

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    No agency supplied ammo in the 10mm.
    Just the 45, 40 or 9mm.

     
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    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

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    then go 45!!! very reliable and BIG HOLES!
     
  9. Gos

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    Well, again that's what I'm packing already. Trying to cut down some weight for my old back without loosing the 1911 platform.
    Will keep looking...
     
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    Look at the STI's. They are very nice and made in Georgetown TX.
     
  11. Gos

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    Well, Looks like I solved my own problem.
    Para still makes the 14.45 in a 28 oz alloy model so I'll be trading up to that unless someone out there can point out any problems. The "Big Hawg" is listed at 28 oz empty vs. my old stainless steel model at 42 oz.
    Light weight, high capacity, still a 45acp and a 1911 action with safety.
    Times like these I wish there was a gun shop with a shooting range were we could try one out first. Sure would be a bummer to drop the cash then not like the gun...

    Stay Safe All.
    Gos
     
  12. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

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    Have you thought about going with a 2011? There are plenty of guys where I work who carry an STI Edge or Tactical in .40 cal. The design of the double stack mag seems to help with any reliability issues.
     
  13. Gos

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    Only if I can rob a bank. Found one review listing the gun at $3,000.00.


     
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    Not for nuttin but a para double stack in a mixed blessing look at the S&W M&P 45... very nice and lightweight it is the only 45acp I will carry other than a 1911 AND you can get the trigger real nice AND they offer a 1911 style safety....
     
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    cysoto Gone Shooting!

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    I know that you said that you have already found the gun you were looking for but, just to throw another gun manufacturer's name in the mix... Dan Wesson also makes a .40S&W 1911.
     
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    Keep 'em comming. I like choices, and I'm far from a "gun nut". I don't spend any time at the gun counter so I'm sure someone will offer a suggestion that I never knew existed.
     
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    USPSA.jpg

    Don't anyone that carries one on duty, but this gun is SWEET! Gripping this one, makes it feel like it's glued to your hand. I'd even give up my USPc if I could drag this one around, even if HK doesn't like it!!!!!
     
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  19. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

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    Wow! That's highway robbery. I have an STI Tactical 4.15 that was tuned and customized by Dave Dawson, with 5 Dawson tuned mags, and it all cost me $2,300 out the door after taxes. About $400 of that was the mags alone.

    $3,000 for just an Edge, Eagle, or Tactical is a rip off.
     
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    A used Wilson KZ45 would be the way to go. The Para's are sketchy at best and the STI's etc are gamer guns I would not carry in harms way.