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Ok another "which 1911 should I get" thread

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Old 05-21-2008, 05:01 PM   #11
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I've been reading alot on 1911 forums and it seems like the majority of people having problems with their 3 & 3.5" barrels have been resolved over a good break in period, while few actually had problems that the manufacturer had to resolve

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I have to disagree with you on this one. Well I don't know if disagree is the right word. It pisses me off that gun makers can charge people a lot of money for a gun and then tell us that we have to "break" the guns in, i.e. spend a lot of time and money on bullets to get the gun to work well. It used to be that one would spend a lot on a 1911 and then send it off to a gunsmith to make it reliable. For what these guns cost they ought to be broken in already. I have had to send my brand new unfired Kahr CW 45 in for repair and will have to do so again because it still isn't working right.

(That experience is the reason for the anger you are hearing in this email - it nothing you have said/done).

I refuse to "break it in". The gun ought to work for what I paid for it right out of the box. Yet it comes with a warning that it cannot be considered reliable until at least 200 rounds have gone through it. The gun didn't come with a coupon for 200 rounds worth of ammo from Wal-Mart. I have to pay more money to see if it will work!

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I really like the 4" model, but at 31 oz plus 7 round mag will that be heavy for summer carry?
If you want a reliable and lightweight carry gun for the summer then get a S&W model 642 in .38 special. It will go bang each and every time and it only weighs 15 ounces and it hides well in a pocket holster. Better yet get the new 642 powerport model with improved sights and a big compensator to reduce the recoil. Product: Model 642 PowerPort - Pro Series Revolver

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Kimber,Colt XSE, anyof the custom makers. Most have a pistolwith the Officers Frame and Commander slide. I am serious I have big hands and have never had a problem with these smaller framed 1911's. They conceal beautifully and have the longer sight radius.
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:14 PM   #13
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I have to disagree with you on this one. Well I don't know if disagree is the right word. It pisses me off that gun makers can charge people a lot of money for a gun and then tell us that we have to "break" the guns in, i.e. spend a lot of time and money on bullets to get the gun to work well. It used to be that one would spend a lot on a 1911 and then send it off to a gunsmith to make it reliable. For what these guns cost they ought to be broken in already. I have had to send my brand new unfired Kahr CW 45 in for repair and will have to do so again because it still isn't working right.

(That experience is the reason for the anger you are hearing in this email - it nothing you have said/done).

I refuse to "break it in". The gun ought to work for what I paid for it right out of the box. Yet it comes with a warning that it cannot be considered reliable until at least 200 rounds have gone through it. The gun didn't come with a coupon for 200 rounds worth of ammo from Wal-Mart. I have to pay more money to see if it will work!



If you want a reliable and lightweight carry gun for the summer then get a S&W model 642 in .38 special. It will go bang each and every time and it only weighs 15 ounces and it hides well in a pocket holster. Better yet get the new 642 powerport model with improved sights and a big compensator to reduce the recoil. Product: Model 642 PowerPort - Pro Series Revolver

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Sorry to hear about that bad luck man. I understand your anger and frustration. I completely agree with the fact that you shouldn't have to spent a grand (or more) then put 500 rounds through it to break it in. I guess I just thought that was the nature of 1911s.

Now you bring up an excellent point.... which is a very very bad one for my wallet. hahaha
Since I was thinking about getting another gun soon (and had been saving), I could get the 1911 I want and still buy myself something that I can carry daily with no worries of what Im wearing... I'd still like to be able to comfortably carry whatever 1911 I get, but give me more flexability in my choice.
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:15 PM   #14
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If you want a reliable and lightweight carry gun for the summer then get a S&W model 642 in .38 special. It will go bang each and every time and it only weighs 15 ounces and it hides well in a pocket holster. Better yet get the new 642 powerport model with improved sights and a big compensator to reduce the recoil. Product: Model 642 PowerPort - Pro Series Revolver

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I will never carry or recommend a ported gun for self defense. Too much risk that if you have to shoot from the hip in a contact distance situation, you're going to have hot gases coming up at your neck and face. I'm quite content with a standard barrel.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:47 PM   #15
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I will never carry or recommend a ported gun for self defense. Too much risk that if you have to shoot from the hip in a contact distance situation, you're going to have hot gases coming up at your neck and face. I'm quite content with a standard barrel.
Have to admit I never thought of it that way.

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Old 05-21-2008, 11:53 PM   #16
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while i really want a 3 or 3.5 in 1911 i do have to say i've been leaning more towards the commander sized 1911 lately or gov. sized again as i used to have on just did not have the ccw while i had it. i do know that while around the house i kept it in a blanchi or fobus paddle holster and after a while it kinda hurt but...after doing this for a while whenever i was home i got used to the weight and it stopped making the muscles sore. My next purchase will be a Springfield GI Commander then get the sights changed.
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I got a Colt New agent a couple months ago. It doesn't have the night sights, but it meets all your other requirements. Shop for one and you'll find it at about $750.00. It has been perfect right out of the box. It feeds any ammo I've put through it (Speer Gold Dots, Hydra-Shok, etc.) Once you get used to the trench sights, it's a great gun, and extremely accurate - a damn sight more accurate than I am.

Fully loaded it weighs about 8 ounces more than my Mustang. It is a GREAT concealed carry gun, and really is designed for that very purpose in every way.

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while i really want a 3 or 3.5 in 1911 i do have to say i've been leaning more towards the commander sized 1911 lately or gov. sized again as i used to have on just did not have the ccw while i had it. i do know that while around the house i kept it in a blanchi or fobus paddle holster and after a while it kinda hurt but...after doing this for a while whenever i was home i got used to the weight and it stopped making the muscles sore. My next purchase will be a Springfield GI Commander then get the sights changed.
A good belt is vital to carrying a full-sized 1911...I tried it without one, it worked, but it's so much nicer with a good belt to support it.

Also, have you seen the Fobus paddle holster video? They've redesigned them since this video was made, but if you have an old one, just consider it.
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:58 AM   #19
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I got a Colt New agent a couple months ago. It doesn't have the night sights, but it meets all your other requirements. Shop for one and you'll find it at about $750.00. It has been perfect right out of the box. It feeds any ammo I've put through it (Speer Gold Dots, Hydra-Shok, etc.) Once you get used to the trench sights, it's a great gun, and extremely accurate - a damn sight more accurate than I am.

Fully loaded it weighs about 8 ounces more than my Mustang. It is a GREAT concealed carry gun, and really is designed for that very purpose in every way.

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I did some research and that looks like a damn good gun! I have mixed feelings about the trench sights though. hmmm I'm going to see if i can find a local shop that has one in stock.

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I did some research and that looks like a damn good gun! I have mixed feelings about the trench sights though. hmmm I'm going to see if i can find a local shop that has one in stock.
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Here's a link worth reading over on the Colt Agent: The M-1911 Pistols Organization E-zine
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