American Classic 1911s

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Minorcan, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. Minorcan

    Minorcan Member

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    I acquired a Commander sized Stainless version and thought I would provide some initial impressions and seek some input from others. The fit is excellent. With the slide racked back and locked back there is only a slight amount of play forward and backward and the normal side play which should be expected. The frame and slide are forged steel not cast. My Colts, Paras, Ruger, Springfields and S&Ws all have much more play. With the slide forward the barrel seats solidly and I can't detect any up and down or sideways play when I apply pressure to the slide or barrel. In general the finish is well polished and free of defects. The internal milling marks are minimal and as good or better than some custom guns. The trigger is very nice with minimal take up and a nice crisp let go. The reset is short and positive. There is an over travel screw and it was set just right from the factory. Another design feature I like is that it is a 70 series gun. Trigger pull from the factory is 4.5 pounds. Not bad for the price. Now, how does it shoot. Very nicely, no FTF, FTFire or FTE in 499 rounds of mixed ammo. Weight is a little heavy but this reduces recoil. I like this gun especially for what I paid for it. Now for the clincher, the price was $550. I'm amazed that Metro Arms can make a gun this nice for that price.

    Anyone else have experience with them???
     
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  2. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    For the price, they seem decent.

    Aftermarket sights may be difficult to fit into the front dove tail (everyone I've seen has a larger dovetail).

    Consider replacing recoil and firing pin springs. Shorter 1911s require more frequent replacement.
     

  3. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Minorcan,

    Is this a picture of your New 1911. Sure looks like and sounds like a great pistol! And especially for the money!
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  4. Minorcan

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    Sorry for the delay posting back, I've been busy with work.

    Mine is the two tone version but otherwise that is what mine looks like.

    Thanks for your replies. I got to shoot mine a little, 700 rounds. I had zero FTFeed, FTFire, FTE or jams of any kind. The gun is just as tight as new, which it should be. The good news I that the trigger got even smoother and crisper. Amazing what a few 45 acp down the barrel will do. I agree with other posters cast frames are not a worry at least not for me. There are mixed messages on the webb whether its a forged or cast item.

    One thing I did notice is that the grips though rough looking are really comfortable. Similar to a pair on a S&W I have. Look rough but OK.

    I would say overall the accuracy is better than me. I did some shooting from a sand bag at 30 yards and groups were around 2.0-2.75" using a combination of ammo. I've run some ball and JHP with no problems.
     
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  5. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    I have maybe 2 of the first ever sold in the US. They are a great buy. Enjoy yours.
     
  6. Minorcan

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    I understand that unlike RIA that makes thousands of 1911s a month Metro only makes a couple hundred a month to maintain higher fit, finish and quality. I'm not knocking RIAs just wondering why the Metros haven't gotten more attention. I have a Ruger 1911 and its nice but the Metro is tighter and overall a nicer gun IMHO.

    Out of curiosity, when did you acquire your early versions and are they still shooting well, any issues?
     
  7. limbkiller

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    I bought these about 6 years ago. The GI version was $300 and the the enhanced version was $350. The GI is number 00056. I just gave it to a buddy of mine as he didn't have a descent pistol to defend his place. Now my best friends have 55, 56 and 57 serial numbers. If you can find a lower serial numbers let me know. All were bought at Buds gun shop. We live very close by.

    The enhanced version is serial number 00075. The guy who started the American Classic forum has 00079 and was told by the owner of Metro Arms his is the lowest number in the US. I had to send him a pic to prove mine is probably the first ever sold here. Buds only had mine in stock.

    Both have been uber reliable and never missed a beat. Why would I give my best friend a gun that wasn't.

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    The enhanced.
    That is the original hammer.
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  8. Minorcan

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    Nice looking gun. I like mine more an more. Mine has yet to have a malfunction and really any well built gun shouldn't. I'm still surprised that they can make a gun with this much attention to detail, fit and finish for the price point. My enhanced number is a little newer than yours at 016XX.
     
  9. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member

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    MetroArms makes great 1911's. one of the under-rated manufacturers of 1911's on the market currently. some people think only high quality 1911's can be made in the United States and think the Philippine made 1911's are junk, which couldn't be further from the truth.

    I currently own two of them, one a GI American Classic II and the other an American Classic Commander and both have performed flawlessly since first acquiring them several years ago. I wouldn't hesitate in the least in buying another or recommending them to someone looking for an affordable 1911 to add to their collection.

    fit and finish as far as function is great. cosmetic finish is compared to such as Colt, or Dan Wesson is as great. it's not bad, just not near the same cosmetic finish as some of the higher priced 1911's on the market, but as mine are shooter and not safe queens, I can live with that personally.
     
  10. CaseyChadwell

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    I have had several of these commander length 1911s in the blued version. The grips that come with them now are pretty appealing to the eye, I think, but I always find myself putting pachmyre (sp) wrap around grips on mine. I currently don't have one, but will get another one week soon I hope.

    Accuracy on these are incredible. My 15 year old is a tack driver with them and my 9 year old isn't no slouch either. I think when I bought mine they were 475.
     
  11. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member

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    after re-reading the original post, the OP said stainless steel finish. that isn't stainless steel, but a hard chrome finish on the pistol. best of my knowledge and looking at their website, they don't come in stainless steel. they come on blued, hard chrome or duotone.
     
  12. Minorcan

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    My mistake, I thought it was Chrome over SS, not. You are correct.

    Either way its a nice shootin' pistol.
     
  13. Dallas53

    Dallas53 Well-Known Member

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    Mr. Minorcan, the finish does resemble very closely to that of a stainless finish though.

    and yes, they are very fine shooting pistols, very attractively priced for the level of pistol you can buy.