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    My first 1911

    Hi guys..

    Im on the market for my first 1911 and would very much appreciate your expert advice.

    Im set on either sig 1911 tacOps or a Colt defender in .45acp. My main concern is barrel size and reliability, i understand they had a hard time perfecting" the "science" of shooting a .45acp out of a 3" barrel.. But.. That has NOW been conquered right? Nothing to worry about? Or should i just go Full size? I love the look of 3" 1911's and the fact that they had to do an extra effort to make it reliable on a 3" barrel makes me think of officer model 1911's as if they are in a weird manner, studied further?? Than a full size?? Like a more modern version of the 5" full size.. It's Kind of like seeing an ipad next to an iPad mini.

    Thank you for your time and happy holidays.
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    Have you considered building your own? Not to hard - a fun project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcbeth View Post
    Have you considered building your own? Not to hard - a fun project.


    I would love to build my own.. but I don't think i have the experience to complete the job by myself
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    Quote Originally Posted by crackersillo View Post
    I would love to build my own.. but I don't think i have the experience to complete the job by myself
    Loads of vids online. Give them a look-see. Then you can make a Cracker-1911 LOL.

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    If possible go with the full size.
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    Go full size. Expect to spend $600 to $1000. Below 600 and you might have some quality functional issues. Over a grand and you'll be paying for marketing or gunsmithing that doesn't make the pistol any more reliable or accurate.

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    Full-size! In addition to being STILL more reliable, they are easier to shoot. Depending on how you carry it, barrel length doesn't need to be a limiting factor in comfort. I'm a skinny guy, and my 1911 conceals if I need it to, and looks and feels much better when OC'd or being shot.

    That said, yes, the compacts are much more reliable than they used to be, and are still very accurate, but slightly harder to aim, which just means more practice, though.
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    Thank you all for your replys.. Im a little ashamed to say that after doing tons of research and setting my mind on a 1911.. Today I visited the local gun shop.. I ran in to an HK VP9 and bought it!! 😕 I'll have to get the full size 1911 when i save up my money again.. Hopefully not to far from now.

    Stay safe and happy holidays! Best wishes to all of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackersillo View Post
    Thank you all for your replys.. Im a little ashamed to say that after doing tons of research and setting my mind on a 1911.. Today I visited the local gun shop.. I ran in to an HK VP9 and bought it!! 😕 I'll have to get the full size 1911 when i save up my money again.. Hopefully not to far from now.

    Stay safe and happy holidays! Best wishes to all of you.
    That's a nice gun...enjoy.

    Now onto the 1911 build....

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    It all starts with one gun then one safe then two then a whole room for you gun stuff.

    Are 1911s the gate way guns to a habit that is hard to get rid of.

    More likely the addiction starts with lowly bb gun at a very young age then a .22 before long a shotgun then a rifle then a pistol once one is addicted.

    One finds ways to divert money to keep on buying more.

    Then one hears it from love ones why do you need more can't you just stop.

    Now you see the reason one needs to band all guns things from schools its a horrible addicting habit started at a very young age.
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    I sure like my 92FS Inox - just a thought...


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    I enjoy my Sig Emperor Scorpion, but I don't shoot .45 ACP out of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Truth View Post
    I enjoy my Sig Emperor Scorpion, but I don't shoot .45 ACP out of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidmcbeth View Post
    That's a nice gun...enjoy.

    Now onto the 1911 build....


    I will seriously look in to building my own.. There are plenty of mass production guns out here that are very fine firearms but when it comes to a 1911.. I feel as the 1911 is A handgun you should only get once you have had extensive experience with others.. Kind of like having lots of girlfriends and finally selecting the one you will marry... I guess im not ready for that type of commitment yet.. But when i do she will be a series 70 in 45acp..

    Stay safe.

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    My first pistol was handed to me by the United States Navy. A very plain jane, 1911a1, made by Remington Rand. Nothing special, parkerized and a bit worn. For the three years I had it in my possession, it rarely failed me, and those were ammo probs. It helped keep me alive and I miss it.

    Today I have a commander size, 3.5 bushingless barrel, in .45 and I am EDCing it now. It runs like a clock and I have had zero issues. I did polish the feed tray a tad, I try to cut down on jams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Laigaie View Post
    My first pistol was handed to me by the United States Navy. A very plain jane, 1911a1, made by Remington Rand. Nothing special, parkerized and a bit worn. For the three years I had it in my possession, it rarely failed me, and those were ammo probs. ...
    What kind of ammo problems did you have, assuming you were using nothing but factory-fresh FMJ issued ammo? That's a little disconcerting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC702 View Post
    What kind of ammo problems did you have, assuming you were using nothing but factory-fresh FMJ issued ammo? That's a little disconcerting.
    The government goes with the lowest bidder. Part of the bidding is an X% error rating on things like ammunition.

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    It is REALLY hard to screw up a .45 ACP round...
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