You have to dump so much money into them things for them to function properly.
Quite true. The feed ramp might need some grinding and polishing, and the extractor will probably need to be tuned. On top of that, many 1911's require hundreds of rounds of "break in" shooting before they are reliable.
This is an enormous hassle, and that is why I tend to agree that the 1911 platform is crap as a first gun, unless someone is very sure that's what they want.
And by the way, about Glocks, if you're familiar with Glocks, don't be afraid of getting one. They are probably the most reliable thing on the market, and you can't argue with the decent accuracy and very good capacity. It takes a lot of gun nuts a long time to finally figure out that Glock's are just about THE best platform out there for the money. By realizing this ahead of time, you might save yourself a lot of trouble and money.
Hey hey there!
I own a 1911, and I haven't spent a dime on any fabs, mods, or repairs. Even when mine was new it never had feed or ejection problems. As far as accuracy the 1911 was not designed to be a varmint gun. It was designed for close range hand to hand combat (when you absolutely have to knock down every mother F..... in the room!) The key to any fire arms accuracy is the operator, and the cleanliness, remember it is next to Godliness.
was determined to prove the superiority of his handgun, he went to Hartford to personally supervise production of the gun. There he met Fred Moore, a Colt employee with whom he worked in close cooperation to make sure that each part that was produced for the test guns was simply the best possible. The guns produced were submitted for evaluation, to the committee. A torture test was conducted, on March 3rd, 1911. The test consisted of each gun firing 6000 rounds
. One hundred shots would be fired and the pistol would be allowed to cool for 5 minutes. After every 1000 rounds, the pistol would be cleaned and oiled
. After firing those 6000 rounds, the pistol would be tested with deformed cartridges, some seated too deeply, some not seated enough, etc. The gun would then be rusted in acid or submerged in sand and mud and some more tests would then be conducted.
Browning's pistols passed the whole test series with flying colors. It was the first firearm to undergo such a test, firing continuously 6000 cartridges, a record broken only in 1917 when Browning's recoil-operated machine gun fired a 40000 rounds test.
The report of the evaluation committee (taken from 'The .45 Automatic, An American Rifleman Reprint', published by the National Rifle Association of America) released on the 20th of March 1911 stated :
"Of the two pistols, the board was of the opinion
that the Colt is superior, because it is more
reliable, more enduring, more easily disassembled
when there are broken parts to be replaced, and
Lets see Plastic do that!:celebrate