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CA357 07-12-2009 02:17 AM

Sistema Colt Range Report
This is now my third trip to the range with this pistol and I believe that the bugs are worked out.

First trip, there were a number of FTF's and FTE's. I also doubled a bunch because I wasn't used to the light trigger. The rear sight also worked loose.

Second trip, again several FTF's and FTE's and not quite as many doubles. This trip, the front sight worked loose.

Locktite on the rear sight and epoxy (JB Weld) on the front sight did the trick.

Third trip was today. I got to the range this morning and put another 200 or so rounds through the Colt. I found out that the FTF problem was strictly caused by a Novak mag. I gave it to another guy at the range. The follower seemed to have too flat of an angle. The rounds just nosed straight into the feedramp. There were no FTE's whatsoever.

Ammunition was Blazer aluminum cased 230gr. FMJ, Hornady 230gr. FMJ/FP and Fiocchi 230gr. FMJ. Last trips, it fed federal HST +P's, Magtech 230gr. FMJ's, Blazer Brass 230gr. FMJ's and Federal 165gr. HP's.
So it's had a good variety of ammunition down the pipe.

Other than the incidents with the Novak mag, there were no other failures. The pistol performed flawlessly today and the sights stayed in place.

I doubled a couple of times as I'm still not quite used to the trigger. I have to say that the trigger is incredible.
I've had a Les Baer TRS and a Dan Wesson CBOB, an SA MilSpec that I had Springfield Custom trick out and a Rock Island Tactical that I was happy to get rid of.
So while I may not exactly be a 1911 pistolero, I've had some good ones and the trigger on this pistol is the best of the bunch. The next best was probably the CBOB.

I forgot the camera and I know that makes for a crummy range report, but at 15 yards, it was tearing up the center of the target. I'll try and remember for next time.

It's very easy to get back on target, because it seems to move a bit left and up the same way every shot. It's something I wanted to be very conscious of because I'm working on my skills at reacquiring the target quickly.

I want to get at least several hundred more rounds downrange and several flawless performances before I'll feel completely confident with it.

This one's a keeper. Manufactured in 1959 and reborn fifty years later. :cool:

skullcrusher 07-12-2009 04:11 PM

That is awesome, CA. I'm glad you got the bugs worked out. That is a keeper for sure, and quite a looker, too!

CA357 07-12-2009 04:26 PM

Thanks Skull. I'm really liking it. :)

Franciscomv 07-12-2009 05:23 PM

Great report! It's nice to see one of our old Sistemas brought back to life. Man, we built some good weapons back in the day...

Just yesterday I found a nice Sistema with all matching numbers (slide, frame, barrel and magazine) for $420. It's in pretty nice shape.

CA357 07-12-2009 05:30 PM

Did you buy it?

Franciscomv 07-13-2009 05:00 PM


Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 128062)
Did you buy it?

I'm trying hard not to. I've already bought a new S&W M&P and a Para P14-45 last month. :D

Luckily, Sistemas are plentyful here and a good friend of mine works at a well supplied gun shop. When the right one comes in, he'll set it apart for me (his store gets lots of estate sales from widowers, the best source for pristine old guns).

CA357 07-13-2009 09:14 PM

Most excellent. I think the Air Force models are the most scarce, are they not?
Mine is from the Santa Fe Police.

Franciscomv 07-14-2009 02:49 AM


Originally Posted by CA357 (Post 128559)
Most excellent. I think the Air Force models are the most scarce, are they not?
Mine is from the Santa Fe Police.

I don't recall ever seeing any Air Force marked Sistemas, but I'm no expert. I'll check.

CA357 07-14-2009 03:05 AM

It could be the Navy models, I get these senior moments you see...;)

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