First Shots with my .45!

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by JoshX3Magazine, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. JoshX3Magazine

    JoshX3Magazine New Member

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    Good morning everyone! I managed to take a few minutes yesterday (after finally locating some decent target ammunition) to shoot two magazines downrange.

    These were my first two magazines ever fired with a 1911-style pistol.

    To say the least, I'm very happy with my results. However, I'd like the opinions of the experienced .45-shooters here, as while my groups are tight, I seem to be pulling a tad to the right.

    The picture below is of my first-ever magazine fired through my new Colt Commander, 4.25 inch barrel, with Remington UMC .45 ACP ammuntion at 7 yards distance, one shot roughly every second.

    I fired 7 rounds. The bottom left impact, the odd man out, is the first round I ever shot with my 1911. The group up at the top right of the target is next, 4 rounds in a very tight group. The two impacts at the direct right of the target are my final 2 shots.

    What do you guys think?

    Oh and by the way, after emptying 2 magazines and walking away from the range, my first thought was "wow...so this is a .45...why have I not been doing this all along?"

    Josh
     

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  2. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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  3. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Josh - You have to factor in that you are used to shooting a rocker style trigger, while the 1911 has a linear trigger.

    I feel the linear trigger is a far superior design for putting rounds on target, but it's going to take some time to adapt your trigger pull from the longer take up and rocker motion of that of your revolvers or your Glocks, in comparison to the short travel and instant bang of a good 1911 trigger.

    For your first time shooting the weapon, at 7 yards, with unfamiliar recoil and ammo just off the shelf, I don't think you did bad in any stretch of the imagination. All of those shots would be center mass of a bad guy - and that is all you are trying to do in a "Get it out and get it smoking" situation.

    I am betting with a little practice you will see those groups tighten right up - and when you get used to the trigger, you will find that you are nailing a lot more of those shots exactly where you intended to put them.

    Fine choice for a new sidearm - you have officially "crossed over" now and achieved a new level of consciousness about your handgun choices. :D

    JD
     
  4. JoshX3Magazine

    JoshX3Magazine New Member

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    Thanks gentlemen!

    I really appreciate the advice and the kind words. Any thoughts anyone has to help me improve is greatly appreciated.

    And you guys weren't kidding about the trigger pull of a .45. Mine is an off-the-shelf Colt and it's NOTHING like I've ever shot before. Wow!

    Josh
     
  5. hawkman1

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    Just keep in mind that trigger pull can get you your bulls eyes. Too much finger tends to pull the gun towards your shooting hand when you pull the trigger. Not enough finger on the trigger tends to push it away from your strong hand. The vertical deviation comes from anticipation of the recoil. Defeating that takes practice.

    You did great for shooting the 1911 for the first time. It would be normal for all your shots to be above or below the bulls eye for a first time shooter of the 1911 because your not accustom to the recoil and style of shooting yet.
     
  6. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    That's what 1911s are good for. That's why so many are used as race guns and target pistols. The trigger lends itself to accuracy.

    I did the same thing when I went from my USP to my Kimber. When I was shooting a lot, I could use my Kimber to place a magazine into a Dollar bill sized group at 50 yards using slow firing or under rapid fire I could keep a magazine on a 10" steel at the same distance.

    The more you shoot a 1911, the better the pistol gets and the better you get with the pistol.
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Now you know the reason the 1911 has such an army of true believers. Good shooting. :cool:
     
  8. Shotgun Shooter

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    Very nice. Better groups than I could get for my first time. :)

    S.S.
     
  9. Stealie

    Stealie New Member

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    Nice shooting for your first time with a 1911. Once you get some more time with her you will be able to drive tacks. Nice job keeping both mags on target.
     
  10. JoshX3Magazine

    JoshX3Magazine New Member

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    Guys I really appreciate the kind words and advice. Shooting's actually become a lot more fun since I found this forum. :) Before, I just bought guns, sold guns, worked at the gun shop and that was it. Now I still do all that, but after everything I do concerning firearms, my first thought is "ok gotta go tell the gang...see what they think..."

    Is it bad when you run a forum on your own website and post in it less than you do here? :)

    I just got out today and mowed my 100 yard range (now it's less than ankle high rather than knee high) so I'll be out in the next few days shooting more .45 and probably my AR, AK and Mini-14 as well. Expect updates. :)

    Thanks again!

    Hope everyone had a great weekend!

    Josh
     
  11. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Josh,

    Seems like you have caught the FTF bug. :D The only remedy is to become a
    Supporting Member and gain access to much more information as well as the Bunker. It will also cure that certain empty feeling that you just can't describe, but you know is there. Kinda like finally scratching that itch you just can't reach. :D I'm just sayin'...

    skullcrusher
     
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