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Old 1911 shoots LIGHTS OUT...

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by eracer, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    I went shooting with a friend yesterday, and he brought the 1911 (not A1) that his dad gave him many years ago. The gun was made almost 100 years ago, and it tore a ragged hole in the paper target. Granted, it was only at 7 yards, but I was literally astonished that the gun shot so accurately. Better than the S&W Model 617 I brought with me (although that gun is pretty accurate as well.)

    Sorry I don't have a target to show. What an awesome gun that 1911 is.
     
  2. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

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    It would be interesting to see how it does at greater distances. Glocks are one hole guns at 7yds.
     

  3. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    Not in my hands, with my eyes, in a combat stance....:supergrin:

    Honestly, I think the trigger had as much to do with it as anything.
     
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    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

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    Could be.:wavey:
     
  5. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Believe it or not but back in the late 1800s/early 1900s, shooters and manufacturers did know a thing or two about shooting and making accurate firearms.
     
  6. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    Yeah, I was thinking about that.

    We live in an age of CNC machines and exotic alloys and take for granted the kind of craftsmanship our grandparents and great-grandparents prided themselves on. Not saying that pride in craftsmanship is dead - not by a long shot.

    But sometimes we think back to things that were made a long time ago and forget that they might have been hand-fitted to very exacting standards.

    I guess it's just not something I would have expected from a mass-produced pistol that was intended for maximum reliability in a harsh environment, not one designed to cost $5,000 and win Open Division matches.
     
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    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    Mechanical accuracy was prized by the military back in the old days because the military sponsored a lot of shooting competitions. All those tiny sights may not be worth a damn for combat, but they sure aid in shooting tight groups.
     
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    This. as we've moved the goal posts in there seem to be more "accurate" guns around.
     
  9. Mamaluke

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    Correct. Here's a Handgun 1 student shooting a Glock 17 from 5 yards:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Nq6DfB3Ubw"]Liliana - Phoenix Tactical Solutions - Handgun 1 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Its always nice to hear of an old 1911 going through the paces. :cool:
     
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    Very true :)
     
  12. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    That, and manufacturing was expensive, but good labor was cheap.

    Now it's the other way around.
     
  13. ca survivor

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    if you only shoot once :rofl:
     
  14. Travclem

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    If 7yds is too far for you to shoot a Glock accurately, you need a lot of practice. The accuracy is there.


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    Irony/sarcasm switch back on. . . . . . . . .
     
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    Almost any gun with a 3" or longer barrel will shoot into one hole at 7 yards. Bench resting the pistol at 15-25 yards will be a better test of accuracy. That's where the tighter tolerancess & fitting will really show.
     
  17. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    I was at my friend's house today and asked him to show me the 1911.

    It's a Colt 1911 (not A1) that he said a serial number search showed was made in 1917. Pretty cool.

    The next time we go to the range I'm going to bench it at 25 yards and see how it performs.
     
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    I have a 1918 Colt 1911 that is the same way. It is a smooth as butter and still a very accurate pistol. It shoots as well as some of my newer 1911s.

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