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308Wins 06-14-2013 12:33 PM

Why is the 1911 so popular?
 
I've always thought it was a cool gun, but I'm a little confused why they're so popular, because they're always pricy guns when I see them. I see the inexpensive ones for about $800, you could buy at least a couple other guns for that!
My question is, are they worth it?

Toll13 06-14-2013 12:44 PM

Heck yeah! Squeeze that trigger once and you will understand. And you can still get pretty good ones for well under $800.

Olympus 06-14-2013 02:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 308Wins (Post 1276133)
I've always thought it was a cool gun, but I'm a little confused why they're so popular, because they're always pricy guns when I see them. I see the inexpensive ones for about $800, you could buy at least a couple other guns for that!
My question is, are they worth it?

You can get an inexpensive 1911 for under $500.

HankStone 06-14-2013 02:22 PM

1911 45 cal Colt was part of my US ARMY issue weapons,all I can testify to is this,once you get proficient with the 1911 Colt,it's in the blood never to be forgotten.,

grandpubba 06-14-2013 02:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Toll13 (Post 1276139)
Heck yeah! Squeeze that trigger once and you will understand. And you can still get pretty good ones for well under $800.

Fire a full magazine and you'll want one forever

AIKIJUTSU 06-14-2013 02:38 PM

A lot of us old geezers had them in the various branches of the military service. So they are familiar. But aside from that, they shoot pretty straight, make nice round holes in the BG's, and the light single-action trigger is user-friendly.

txpossum 06-14-2013 02:44 PM

My love for the 1911 is difficult to put into words, because the enjoyment I get out of shooting a 1911 vs. just about any other gun is the combination of attributes particular to the 1911, and make shooting it a unique experience.

When you pick it up, it FEELS like a gun is supposed to feel -- heavy, serious, and business-like. It fits solidly in your hand. You rack the slide back, and the sound is authoritative. The gun does not feel like a toy, there is a sense that it is made for deadly purpose. And the trigger -- there is nothing like the feel of a nicely tuned 1911 trigger that breaks like a glass rod at 3-4 pounds of pressure. No creep, no overtravel. It has spoiled me for all other triggers. When it goes off, there is deep, low bark rather than an excited yelp, and you feel the heavy slide come back and rock the gun, but the recoil is very controllable and easy to get back on target for subsequent shots. You fire it, and you KNOW you've got the Daddy. You watch it eat up the target, and the gun tells you, "common' Bud, that's what we're here for".

God, I love 1911's.

danf_fl 06-14-2013 03:10 PM

There is no secret in fixing a 1911, only mysteries.

KG7IL 06-14-2013 03:44 PM

Trigger, Grip, Controls, it's all the way it should be.

SurfGuitar 06-14-2013 03:47 PM

I have several handguns, both revolvers and semi-auto's, I enjoy shooting them all.....

However, when I'm going into any serious pistol match that I know there's going to be stiff competition, my Kimber Limited Edition Target Match, and a healthy supply of 200Gr. semi-wadcutters go with me....

That 1911 has helped put my name on the "Top Gun" award plaque in our range house for 2 years running, I've used it in Bullseye matches, Dot shoot matches, combat pistol matches, bowling pin matches, Steel Plate matches, Dueling Tree matches, and it has come through for me every time...(as long as I did my part).....;)

I'm a big fan of wheel guns, love my revolvers....but when I want to win, I bring my 1911......


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