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Okay, I either need cheerleading or counciling, unsure at this stage of a the game. :whistling:

First off, I have always thought of myself as a rifleman first, pistol-shooter second. I shoot NRA Highpower and currently hold a Master-classification in XTC shooting with a Service Rifle.

Secondly, I have gun-attention-deficit disorder. Every time I decide I want to go get something, I change my mind. Probably has to do with the fact that I am sometimes impatient AND broke. Getting a new gun is something I think and think and think about, but rarely take the plunge into because it is a big monetary commitment and I refuse to buy total junk.

That said, I was fixed to go trade a single-shot hunting rifle for an AR-15 carbine tomorrow. But I realize the M-4geries are in the same price category as a good S&W/Springfield/etc 1911. Which got me to thinking...

A few weeks ago I shot a pistol match with my brother's DW 1911. Needless to say, I was more confident on first-round hits with the .45 than with my Glock. I proved this in the afternoon by switching back-and-forth between the DW and my G-17 on a plate rack. It definitely felt like I was hitting the first plate-first round more regularly with the big 1911.

The shop I am going to had a Springfield 1911A1 Loaded in stainless, a Colt Combat Elite ($899 IIRC, $100 more than the Springer), a S&W SW1911 and a few other assorted 1911s.

The only wrinkle is, I have NEVER met a 1911 that I saw run 100% ALL the time. Brother's DW is a bit picky, but I am willing to blame poorly crimped reloads. However, this is always in the back of my mind.

If you have read all of this, please, I need some advice. Enlightenment, encouragement or just plain some good sense talked into me! (I am almost old enough to know better but definitely too young to care still ;) )! Opinions please and thanks to all!
 

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Don't get a 1911. You can't get just one so it's best not to start. Btw, my Spartan runs 100% with factory ammo and ca. 99.5% with reloads.
 

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I had the same debate about 6 months ago... Didn't know a whole lot about 1911's.. so I went with the AR15 first (since I already had 2 other handguns, G23 & PPK), then spent the next 4-5 months reading this forum, and shopping used prices locally. I love them both! But I have to try to not think about how much money I spent on both of them. :faint:
 

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My Smith PD has been 100% right out of the box (2K rnds).
My Springer Loaded needed about 250rnds to break in. It's been 100% since then (about 1500rnds).
 

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I have only had two of my 1911s give me hiccups that were not easily fixed. Most have been 100% and make the transition to nightstand or CCW without a moments hesitation on my part. During my Gunsite course last summer, there was not one 1911 that had a problem. Food for thought.
 

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I bought a Springfield TRP for my first 1911. It has been flawless out of the box. Downside, it caused me to buy another, then another. I have three 1911's (TRP, Colt, Wilson) and have never had a problem of any kind. I think people with problems post, either to complain or get help. Those who have never had problems with our 1911's have little reason to post. I sold all my plastic guns once the 1911 bug bit me. I have never looked back.
 

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Brucev,

ROLFMAO!! :rofl: Thank you, that is just what I needed today!

Long story short, I fired a 40-round offhand Highpower match with my AR-15, shot my Glock 17 some, drove to the gun shop and....

CAME HOME WITH A MARLIN .30-30!!

It's a 336BL, which jumped off of the rack and said "Pick me, pick me!" Seriously! :shocked:

And I still have my Encore single-shot (it's actually a 20" .50-caliber muzzleloader) too! Good deal!

Also, I know quite a bit about reload reliability. My Service Rifle eats a scientifically-blended diet of 52, 77 and 80gr Nosler match bullets propelled by either stiff doses of W-W 748 (for the little pills) or Hodgdon Varget (for the heavies). Never has any irregularities of any kind. Ditto my S&W Model 19 .357 Magnum, which is kept to a wholesome if bland ration of .38 Special cases, 158gr LSWCs and W-W231. Even the Glock will occasionally subsist on heavy portions of 115gr Rainier RNs and 231 without complaint. BUT, those pesky fat .45 ACPs always give me fits.

But thanks all, and have a great Easter with those dear to you! :wavey:

Oh, and as for the "siren song of Highpower", now that I am single (after 5 years, oh well), I am feeling the pull toward Distinguished Rifleman and P-100 real bad...
 

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Smith & Weson 1911, sku 108284. You can thank me later.
 

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Most of my 1911 problems have been solved by different magazines or adjusting the extractor. I have 1911s from Springfield and S&W. They are both great guns and both companies stand behind thier product. They will not hassel you, unlike say Para, they will just get a shipping label sent out to you.
 
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