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Old 10-09-2013, 01:14 AM   #51
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Steel frame for very heavy usage. Alloy frame for carry and general usage. Kimber Pro Carry. Have carried and used one for 15 years with above average use and it has yet to malfunction. Couple of thousand rounds per year. Had one of the first Colt Combat Commanders. Got rid of it. Too heavy, poorly balanced.
Isn't it nice they build so many types and brands of the 1911s,because for me the combat commander feels perfectly balanced,and the few ounces difference of the alloy frame vs. steel frame doesn't bother me a bit as far as packing or shooting the pistol.
Then again i've worked const. sheetmetal all my life where we pack/climb with 20-30 pounds of tools in our tool pouches all day,so a 33 oz. pistol isn't too heavy for me.

It's nice we have choices.
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Isn't it nice they build so many types and brands of the 1911s,because for me the combat commander feels perfectly balanced,and the few ounces difference of the alloy frame vs. steel frame doesn't bother me a bit as far as packing or shooting the pistol.
Then again i've worked const. sheetmetal all my life where we pack/climb with 20-30 pounds of tools in our tool pouches all day,so a 33 oz. pistol isn't too heavy for me.

It's nice we have choices.
1911's. lots of choices! i like choices when it comes down to pistols!
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1911's. lots of choices! i like choices when it comes down to pistols!
Me Too,
I like all the 1911 choices,just wish I had one for everyday of the year!! lol
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I like all the 1911 choices,just wish I had one for everyday of the year!! lol
and i'd still want another for leap year!
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and i'd still want another for leap year!
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I dont have an alloy frame 1911, but have handled and shot 1. Really couldnt feel all that much of a difference. Yea, a little, but only slight. It was an older Colt LW Commander, .45. I have a series 70 Colt Combat Commander in 9mm that feels and shoots great, every bit as good as my full size .45s.

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I dont have an alloy frame 1911, but have handled and shot 1. Really couldnt feel all that much of a difference. Yea, a little, but only slight. It was an older Colt LW Commander, .45. I have a series 70 Colt Combat Commander in 9mm that feels and shoots great, every bit as good as my full size .45s.
My first 1911 was a Para Ordnance p14-45 5" barrel which is a alloy frame and for me I don't notice any different recoil between that and my gold cup or combat commander?
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My first 1911 was a Para Ordnance p14-45 5" barrel which is a alloy frame and for me I don't notice any different recoil between that and my gold cup or combat commander?
Although my Para Ordnance P-12 with its alloy frame does have noticeable recoil compared to my P-14-45 SS (3.25" barrel vs 5" barrel ) as one would expect, but the alloy frame pistol is definitely manageable. It is also a great IWB pistol.
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Although my Para Ordnance P-12 with its alloy frame does have noticeable recoil compared to my P-14-45 SS (3.25" barrel vs 5" barrel ) as one would expect, but the alloy frame pistol is definitely manageable. It is also a great IWB pistol.
I haven't shot a P12,but can imagine with the 3.25" barrel along with the alloy frame that recoil would be harsher compared to an alloy pistol with a 5" barrel.

I'm sure that P12 carries very nicely IWB.

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I haven't shot a P12,but can imagine with the 3.25" barrel along with the alloy frame that recoil would be harsher compared to an alloy pistol with a 5" barrel.

I'm sure that P12 carries very nicely IWB.

Thanks for the input.
this strictly my experiance and opinion based on the pistols i have.

i have a Remington R1 Enhanced and a SA Micro Compact 45 that i used for a comparison between them in regards to recoil. the R1 has a steel frame and slide w/ a 5" barrel, and the SA has an allow frame with a SS slide w/ a 3" barrel. i have shot the same ammo out of both so the ammo was equal.

i did notice a small difference in recoil between the two as the SA did seem to have a bit more felt recoil. nothing that would make a huge difference in being able to control and use follow-up shots if needed. i used both 200 gr. XTP and 230 gr. XTP reloads for the comparison. both loads were about middle of the charge weight range.

now in a 9mm or a 40 S&W rounds, there might be a bit difference in more felt recoil going from a larger and heavier pistol to a smaller and lighter one. in a 45 which is a bit slower than either of the other two rounds, it might not be as big an issue.

just wanted to throw that out there for you to consider.
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