Finally! 72 more hours!

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by michigan0626, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. michigan0626

    michigan0626 New Member

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    I finally purchased my first 1911. Im the new proud papa of a Colt Rail Gun. I found the all black cerakoted model at a local shop. I got it for about $1190 before tax. Thats about average from what Ive been finding. I cant wait for the three day holding period to be over with to take her to the range. Now I need to find Canes break-in post.

    Hopefully this ****ty weather ends in three days. It literally has not stopped raining for two days here in Central Florida.

    Quote from Bart Scott, "CANT WAIT!"
     
  2. kytowboater

    kytowboater Active Member

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    Congrats on your new purchase! Shoot the snot outta her!
     

  3. michigan0626

    michigan0626 New Member

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  4. canebrake

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    Three days??? Get your CCW and walk out with it when the cash changes hands.

    Great choice! Let us know what you think of the new (to Colt's) Cerakote finish and how it holds up with use and holster wear.

    Break-in is a criminal activity or Noob mis-speak.

    Colt's carbon mags are better than most, the SS mags are the best factory mags out there but do yourself a favor and call Aaron (877.837.9445) at Tripp and order a Cobra Mag. Put the Cobra Mag side by side with ANY 1911 mag and tell me someone builds a mag anywhere near the quality of Virgil Tripps! If you don't agree, I will buy the Tripp from you and pay the shipping both ways!

    My money is on you placing a follow-up order with Aaron. ;)

    cane
     
  5. michigan0626

    michigan0626 New Member

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    I was planning on eventually picking up one, or five in the future. I do know I will put on a set of tritiums and a steel MSH. But Im not gonna touch for a couple months to get a feel for the gun first. I dont understand why Colt put plastic on this first place though.

    I thought about sending it to Colt to get the tactical package, but it already has some of the features on it. Maybe have him do a trigger and accuracy job on it. I talked to Colt's smith before, he said he could make it a 1-1.5 inch gun at 25. And maybe upgrade the internals to EGW and such. But I'll wait until I fully learn her first.
     
  6. canebrake

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    It's your first 1911 and it's one of the best production makers out there today.

    Shoot the snot out of it for at least six months or 2-3K rounds down range before you "upgrade" your purchase. My reason for this time period/round count is that you are new to the platform.

    I think you will find any 1911 heads above what you have shot in the past and your Rail Gun to be remarkable compared to most other manufactures' production 1911 offerings. (I'm a big Colt's aficionado, NOT fanboy, but you knew that. Now you will see why this old codger buys the Colt's brand and is a John Moses Browning apostle!)

    Please don't change anything (except grips) until you have completed the canebrake "new gun test" and are 100% satisfied with your purchase.

    Remember to shoot ball ammo in 230gr vintage for the test. If you get to 200 rounds without a glitch I think you're good to go with PD ammo, but only if there are zero defects with the ball. Best new gun test ammo I have found is good 'ole WWB.

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    It's reliable and clean compared to most range ammo and the brass is of good quality for reload or trade.

    Take notes while doing this test and call Colt's (800)962-2658 if you have any issues. If you have any problems I think you will find Colt's CS Department does it right!

    Enjoy your new [​IMG]


    [​IMG] (NOT fanboy!)
     
  7. michigan0626

    michigan0626 New Member

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    Do you like Les Baer suggests and not clean it until you finish the breakin reliability test?
     
  8. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Run a jag down the barrel to be sure there's no shipping/shelf storage grease and let 'er rip.

    If you don't finish the test in one range visit there's no need to clean it if you plan on completing the test in a week. There's not much in today's ammo that will hurt a new gun barrel with a one week soak while dirty. The marination with the range sweat and carbon/copper dusting will probably help the gun's longevity. ;)

    If, on the other-hand, you want to climb into the Colt to lower your learning curve go for it!

    Cleaning the 1911 frequently WILL NOT harm the gun!

    Check this out for 1911 platform cleaning info;

    canebrake's 1911 cleaning suggestions

    Be sure you read post # 9 also.

    If you have any questions, PM me.

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  9. nhsuper44

    nhsuper44 New Member

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    :)
    I took Cane's advice, and have never looked back !!
     
  10. ellwood45c

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    Cane will not lead you astray, he knows of what ge speaks. I always look forward to his posts and advice.
    Have fun with your new colt, shoot straight, shoot often and enjoy.
     
  11. michigan0626

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    i just found out three days from monday at 10am means friday. now the anticipation is worse. i should get a permit even though i dont need one to carry.
     
  12. michigan0626

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    Picked up my beauty today. Didnt have time to shoot her. I also start vacation on Sunday, so it will probably be a week and a half to get her dirty. However, racking the slide back and forth a couple times felt a little rough. Not just tight, but rough.

    Pics not mine, simply for your enjoyment.
     

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  13. cuba

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    Congratulations for the new member to the family good for you, I'm sure you will totally enjoy her, now take her out and provide a range report ASAP

    shoot safe, shoot straight, and have fun