First impression, it looks and feels great! First 1911, have wanted one for several years and always assumed I could not afford one. Originally went to the shop looking for something in .45 and had my eye on the glock 21 but wasn't happy with selection/prices so we went to another shop. Selection here was awful, only 6 months before I had seen at least 40-50 handuns, post election they were wiped out. Maybe 20 handguns, that would be generous. However when I saw the pistol I almost could not believe it. Exactly what I wanted, a milspec 1911. And from a reputable manufacturer, at this point I am very happy the first shop did not have what I was looking for. But enough of that.
Case is the nicest out of all the handguns I own. Not a huge selling point to me but something I do consider somewhat. As far as the actual gun, exactly what I expected, slide is nice and tight, fit and finish is good, overall the gun feels very solid.
I have been waiting to do this writeup until I was able to test the pistol in enough to give it the green light as a self defense option or decide it needed work to get there.
When I first broke the gun down I was shocked at the ease of takedown. You could argue its easier to take down than my glock. Fit and finish of internals appears to be of good quality as far as I can tell.
First time at the range I struggled with it. It fed the 230 grain FMJ ammo without a problem, I just could not shoot it worth a damn. Over the course of a few range trips my groups progressively got smaller and smaller. Nothing to write home about, but I am the weak link here. I believe from a bench this gun could do some nice groups. Today at the range I had a 7 shot 6-8" group from over 50 yards from a semi prone position. I say semi because I forgot to bring the cardboard so I was laying on dirt. Not going to get as low as I can on the bare earth. The group was close to the one I did with my sks. Im pretty sure the pistol is slightly more accurate than the rifle. That really impressed me.
I made a post about the pistol not feeding wwb jhp ammo. I should have waited to post until I actually tried to shoot it. Ammo fed fine. About 1/3 of the time with a full mag and no round chambered the first round would hang up. After that the remaining 6 rounds in the mag fired without a problem.
Overall I am very happy with my purchase. I paid 640otd which I believe is an average to good price in my area. The pistol is exactly what I wanted. And if I get the itch for some of the bells and whistles this platform has to offer I have a perfect building block to start with. The pistol is exactly what I want right now.