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Old 07-20-2009, 12:40 AM   #21
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Josh - I met R. Lee Emery in an elevator in a Seattle Marriott overlooking Lake Washington.

I was there scoping out a Honeymoon Room for a very close associate who was getting married in about 2 weeks.

R Lee was in town shooting La Fontaine, which was a movie about a local boy from Oregon who made good. Good story.

This was BEFORE he started repping Glock and before I started my gunsmith career.

We had a good conversation for 8 floors. "How are you liking Seattle" "Fine" "I enjoyed your performance in Full metal Jacket" "Thank you, obviously you are a fan" "Yes sir, I enjoyed the movie, but not the director" "*laughing* Well, that's your priviledge"

Bottom line, I am bigger than R. Lee and I am a WHOLE lot more serious about my choice than he is about his. That said, I respect the man, but he isn't what I would consider an "imposing figure".

Now, if Robocop10mm or stalkingbear suddenly stepped up and told me I should consider a Glock, well, I would HAVE to consider it out of respect for two guys who were bigger than me.

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Old 07-20-2009, 01:08 AM   #22
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The bigger they are just means it takes longer for them to hit the gound.

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Go to the Knob Creek Gun Range and talk to Kenny in the store he can show you a lot of different 1911a1's, at differing price ranges. If I knew what day you were going there I would meet you and let you fire a few rounds through mine.
Thanks for your generous offer opaww. I may take you up on it some time. How often do you go to the range? What model 1911's do you have? I've got some 230gr Winchester White Box ammo left over from renting a Glock 30 recently...

JoshX3 - Thanks for the detailed response. Good stuff. I've already decided that the .45 ACP is the best pistol round available. Like you said, the 1911 has the best service record available. I guess I really need go to a range and shoot a couple (5", 4", and 3" barrels) to see what suits me best. I just started shooting again recently, so its not like I'm "molded" to my Glock already. I do know that I can shoot a used Glock 30 (.45) better than my new Glock 23 (.40), so I think I'll like the 1911. It helps to find some other people that have switched from Glocks and Springfields to the 1911...

Dillinger - I'm somewhat familiar with Cooper and Ayoob, and their fondness of the 1911, they were the "professionals" that helped me think more seriously about the 1911, as they aren't just some random shooters on the web.
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I was gonna add something here but after Joshx3 and JD there is really nothing else to say. Many people including me try and buy many guns in search of their love and they always seem to end up and the 1911 then start collecting them!! That in itself says alot. All the others make great firearms but when stacked against a good built 1911 they all fall short.

Kinda like the Harley Davidson slogan " If I have to explain you wouldn't understand "

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Shoot one!

I have a G22, drank the koolaid for years.

Then I shot one (1911) and said "Nice trigger!"

I realized you don't need to acquire your target three times before the damn thing goes bang!

Shoot one!

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I've also heard from more than one source that Kimbers and other 1911's require a break in period (which I guess means $150 in ammo to "break it in").
The 1911 break-in period isn't anything to fret about if you know what to do.

First off, make sure you buy a quality 1911.

Use ONLY brand new, name brand factory full metal jacket "ball" ammo, preferably 230-grain. However, 185-grain will do fine. Avoid handloads, reloads and "budget brand" ammo.

Use only quality magazines, and make sure they all function properly.

Clean your gun thoroughly after each use.

Do those things, and you should get it broke in with very few malfunctions, if any.
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Shoot one!

I have a G22, drank the koolaid for years.

Then I shot one (1911) and said "Nice trigger!"

I realized you don't need to acquire your target three times before the damn thing goes bang!

Shoot one!

Well, I shot one (a Colt Government Model 1911). I'm converted...
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Well, I shot one (a Colt Government Model 1911). I'm converted...
WHAT?!?! Another Convert?!?! C'mon, tell us the whole story....

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Welcome to the world of the 1911. Glad to have you here.

Now you have a new question in front of you. Which 1911 do you get?

Here's a little quick list for you to start searching the net with:

Budget 1911s

- Rock Island Armory
- Taurus
- Charles Daly
- Metro Arms
- Kahr Arms
- Springfield Armory

Higher-End 1911s

- Kimber
- Colt
- Smith and Wesson
- SIG
- Springfield Armory (TRP series)

Top of the line 1911s

- Nighthawk
- Les Bauer
- Wilson Combat
- Dan Wesson


...I'm sure I missed some brands off of each list, but you get the point. The sky (or ground) is the limit!


Good luck, and don't be afraid to ask any questions. We are all here to help you get the firearm you deserve!!!

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