Originally Posted by nitestalker
There is only one 1911 pistol. All others are copies of the Colt. The name "Commander" refers only to a Colt 1911. If it does not have the rampant pony it is not a true 1911 Pistol.
Originally Posted by Axxe55
that's true, Colt is the original and everyone else's is a copy. but imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
This true, but is definitely debatable to no conclusive end.. There are many owners very happy with their 'copy's' and feel they got more bang for their buck..
Taurus and Ruger come to mind.
Then their are those of us with Kimbers that haven't suffered the CS and other reported issues that trust and swear by them..
There are lots of great 1911's from lots of manufactures.. I personally believe to limit oneself on others opinions, one time/one gun/product experience is short sited..
For example I bought a brand new Ruger P345 and had several light strikes with different types of ammo, then after shooting some +P rounds that the manual said was ok, the pistol felt lose like it was going to come apart in my hand.. I did sell the gun and informed my buddy before buying it.. If based my opinion on Rugers based on this exp and a few other experiences with friends Rugers(which I didn't care for) would be ignorant..
Point is the Colt design is long lasting and classic but there are MANY 1911's that preform as well or better and just as many that look better IMO.. Colt is a cult figure because of the govt models.. Had Springfield made the govt issued guns and or designed the the original this would be a completely different discussion.. Personally a Wilson Combat or other high grade 1911 is higher on my list then a Colt, save for a govt issued gun..
I've got no issue with Colt, but there are equal and better 1911's.. Closed minded and short sited comes to mind.. Others didn't invent the wheel, only made it roll better.