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Postby darwin » Wed Sep 16, 2009 6:43 pm

After I was finally able to upgrade my first carry gun - a tiny Sterling .22 Auto I thought quite a while about what I wanted. I decided I wanted a double action only pistol, feeling that the long, heavy trigger pull would act as a safety of sorts and be less complicated than many other pistols. I had shot a Glock, and to be quite honest it scared me a little. That trigger acted too much like a single action to me, with no additional safety.

I wanted a Kahr, but ended up buying a Kel Tec P11. It seemed perfect. Very sleek and lightweight and there is no denying that the trigger pull is LONG and HEAVY. :P It was really hard to overcome that trigger and I'm not sure I ever did. I did find a way to convert the firing pin to an inertia type which allowed me to lighten the trigger pull quite a bit. Unfortunately, it also lightened the force the hammer exerted on the firing pin, making it less reliable.

What really turned me against it was the high failure rate of internal parts. I can't count how many times the thing failed at the range. I got really good doing a complete teardown - even at the range. When the ejector broke, they sent me a new one - they ARE very good about that. But I went through four or five ejectors in a very short period of time. I read on a KT forum that they "got a bad batch" of them.

I later got the money to buy a better gun. I was torn between a new Springfield Champion (Commander size 1911) and a used Colt Officer's Model. I ended up buying the Springfield. As time went on I bought more 1911s and am totally hooked on them. My faves are a stainless steel Para Ordnance 14/45 (14 shot wide body) single action and my carry gun - a Rock Island my wife bought me for Christmas (which I shot myself in the leg with a few weeks later) http://negligentdischarge.com. All except the Para have interchangeable magazines and all use the same ammo and all will fit the same holsters. I put Trijicon night sights and Crimson Trace laser grips on my Rock. All are totally reliable.

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Postby exbluelight » Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:12 pm

Darwin, sounds like you are at home with the 1911 style. I know you like 45's. I just purchased a new carry. I went back to a 1911 style gun after many years of not having one. I could not bring myself to go back to a 45 though. I just bought the Springfield EMP in 40 S&W. I know.... it has been reworked but it is still the 1911 style gun. (I had to sell 2 Glocks to be able to afford it, but I wanted a smaller frame gun.) It has several safety features, both internal & external, that I like. ebl

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Postby Jumping Frog » Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:19 pm

I have nothing but positives to say about my Para Nite-Tac 14-45.

There is just something comforting about walking out the door with 29 rounds of .45 ACP, knowing that I can shoot it and shoot well.

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Postby 1911A1 » Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:06 pm

I too have the 1911 as my first true love, I still have the first one I ever bought a used P-14 that started life as a kit gun (when you could still by the para in kit form) its had some bumps and bruises along the way and is going to be stripped to bare in the spring for a full rebuild, and a conversion to .400 corbon. I have also built several from scratch over the years. and will be adding a wide body RIA to the stable soon.


Read through your accounting of the ND Darwin, WOW, I have had 1 AD and 1 ND (thankfully without any injury to anything by my carpet) my AD was a old POS lorcin .22 I was hand cycling it finger off the trigger, and the damn thing fired off and scared the you know what out of my dog. put a hole in my less than 4 month old carpet (the wife was NOT happy with that) and the ND was I had bought a brand new T-33 Tokarev in 9mm my friend asked to see it (another well seasoned gun owner) I dropped the mag but didnt clear it, he tried the trigger pull and proceeded to drop a 9mm hydra into my carpet 6 in from my foot! after I climbed down from the ceiling we spent the next hour trying to decide which of us was more stupid. turned out it was a draw.


Glad you recovered well from that.

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Postby Missileman » Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:11 pm

I pick this little baby up tomorrow: http://www.1911r1.com/Products/Firearms ... 911r1.aspx

I already have a set of Rosewood grips and 2 8rd mags for it. Gonna be sweet :)

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Postby darwin » Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:21 pm

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Glad you recovered well from that.


I would have been fine if I had been standing up. I learned the hard way that "downward at a 45 degree angle straight ahead" isn't a safe direction when sitting down. :(


I got an email today from a 26 year old construction worker that shot his hand last week with a .357 hollow point. His doctor says he has a lot of nerve damage and won't get the use of his hand back. I told him to be hopeful - nerves CAN grow back

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Postby darwin » Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:23 pm

Missileman wrote:I pick this little baby up tomorrow: http://www.1911r1.com/Products/Firearms ... 911r1.aspx

I already have a set of Rosewood grips and 2 8rd mags for it. Gonna be sweet :)


That's sweet.

I think I'm done buying guns for now - I've been dipping into my savings over the last year and I'll never be able to build it back up again. I think I bought 6 this year.

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Postby 1911A1 » Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:39 pm

darwin wrote:
Missileman wrote:I pick this little baby up tomorrow: http://www.1911r1.com/Products/Firearms ... 911r1.aspx

I already have a set of Rosewood grips and 2 8rd mags for it. Gonna be sweet :)


That's sweet.

I think I'm done buying guns for now - I've been dipping into my savings over the last year and I'll never be able to build it back up again. I think I bought 6 this year.



Bite your tongue, I say that every few months, and then find something that I have to own. then I sell one or 2 that fall out of favor, buy a new one, and on and on. been looking at a FN five seven pistol for a few months :D

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Postby gnauenburg » Mon Dec 20, 2010 7:36 pm

I have one of the early Para kit guns myself. The frame is Para and all of the slide and barrel parts are Springfield. I had a gunsmith build this for me about 12-13 years ago. I still trust my life to this gun. Even though it has a double stacked 45 (OMG not in the People's Repbulik of California!) it fits very well in my hand. It is very accurate and seems very well balanced to handle the heavy recoil of full power 45 ammo. The parkerized finish is looking a bit rough these days form holster and range abuse but it doesn't make it any less of an amazing gun. I would love to have a twin in 40 S&W. I've never owned that caliber but sure did enjoy loading and shooting 10MM in my Grizzly years ago. There is something special about a 1911 that I can't quite put into words, but it just instills confidence for me.

I do have to admit though that I am very interested in the XD from Springfield but for the near future I just can't see myself being able to afford any more guns like Darwin said.

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Postby Missileman » Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:54 pm

Got the Remington R1 in today and she is a tack driver. Shoots like a $1500 gun for $575.Trigger felt a bit rough out of the box, but after a good scrub and lube followed by about 200 or so snap cap shots the trigger is much better, A bit long on pull but very smooth and predictable. Action is very tight on this gun. No daylight or rattles on it.

this is the 3rd clip through it at 10 yards :
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Here's a couple more of the gun and accesories:

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I ordered a set of Rosewood brips for it to add a bit of color, but overall it is good starter 1911, Match grade barrel and a few upgrades. I'm really happy with the performanxe and especially the quality for the price.

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Postby gnauenburg » Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:38 pm

Nice gun porn Missleman, very nice :)

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Postby darwin » Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:04 pm

VERY nice. 3 dot fixed sights? Is the front sight dovetailed?

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Postby Missileman » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:31 am

Yeah she has adjustable 3 dot sights with standard dovetail mounts front and rear. I don't know how "adjustable", but does have set screws in both front and back.

We fired about 200 more rounds last night and it just gets better as it goes. Had about 4 guys at the range ask about it and shoot it. They liked it better than their Kimbers or in one case a high end Springfield. I think Remington has a winner in this gun. Trigger is not as crisp as I would like, but it is still new so I want to give it a chance to wear in, but that is easily fixed.

They actually gave it its' own website: www.1911r1.com

I'm more than happy for the money spent ($578)

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Postby 356 » Sat Dec 25, 2010 9:17 pm

The Remington 1911 was under my Christmas tree, and is my first 1911. I am looking forward to trying it out and reloading a new round (currently I only do 9mm and 32acp). Did get quite as good of a price as you did ($625 out the door) but I still think the Remington is a great bang for the buck.

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Postby darwin » Sat Dec 25, 2010 10:41 pm

You'll be hooked, trust me! :D

.45 ACP is a fun caliber to load, too.


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