With the high school fencing season in full swing I've not had time to actually get out and do any shooting over the past month. This morning I figured I'd change my routine. So at 7:30 this morning I gave all the neighbors who were not up and eating their Post Toasties a string of 45acp wake up calls. It was 34 degrees, there was a light fog hanging over the back field, and a heavy frost on the ground, but that was not going to stop my fun.
My biggest concern was the grip texture and if the gun would slip or twist in my hand under the recoil of the shots. Turned out to be a totally unfounded concern. The new MTX is easily the lowest recoiling 1911 that I've ever held, the slightly altered grip angle, combined with the higher grip on the gun because of the relieved area under the trigger guard and the scalloped rear area under the beavertail make for a very secure grip ... even with cold hands ... and all that made the gun every easy to control, with a very light (for a 45acp) recoil and a modest muzzle flip that allowed the front sight to come back down to the target quickly.
I didn't fire the gun rapid fire, but was shooting at a pace that was probably a little faster than 1 shot a second. I was at roughly 25' from the target, standing, and shooting with a pretty relaxed 2 hand hold.
The folks at Detonics changed the grip angle of the 1911 to the same angle that is used on the Browning Hi-Power. But the grip, while it mimics the general silhouette of the BHP feels much more like the more ergonomic grip of the CZ 75. For those who've not shot the CZ 75 pistols, that gun is really just a DA/SA variant of the BHP design, but modernized in several ways. The grip is not as rectangular and blocky as the BHP grip and generally feels better in the hand. This new Detonics MTX takes up the ergonomics another couple of steps. It fills the palm of the hand nicely, the rear of the grip is well rounded, and while it looks bulky its really easy to grasp by folks with most hand sizes because of the relief under the trigger guard. The grip safety is, like original Detonics CombatMaster, deactivated, and that allowed the rear of the grip to be carved out. It makes for a very high hand hold and lowers the bore-axis closer ratio closer to the line of your arm. Your index finger, due to the scalloped rear and undercut trigger guard, is placed directly in line with the gun's trigger.
On my gun the trigger pulls back cleanly for about 1/8th of an inch and then snaps cleanly with virtually zero over-travel.
I have a feeling that this gun (in the full size 5" barrel & 14 round magazine version)
will become very popular with the competition shooting crowd. I wouldn't be surprised to see some of the SWAT team types adopting this gun.
Easy to shoot quickly and easy to control, my aging eyes, aided by trifocal glasses, had no real problem putting shots on target quickly and accurately.