S.A.M. - Understated custom 1911

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by duelist1954, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. duelist1954

    duelist1954 New Member

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    Some people just don't like 1911s, and other people really look down their noses at 1911s made in the Philippines. I love 1911s, and I've had real good luck with Philippine 1911s, particularly gun made by S.A.M. (Shooters Arms Manufacturers).

    When I wanted to put together a 1911 for cast bullet plinking, I started with a plain-Jane SAM 1911. I bought a bunch of parts from Brownells and I had a local 1911 smith named Victor Wolff, put together a pistol the way I wanted it. I've been shooting ths gun for several years and it is a joy to shoot. And, since I cast my own bullets out of free wheel weights, shooting a .45 ACP cost about the same as shooting a .22 LR, so I get to shoot it a lot.

    Here's a link to a video on it. I'll post some pictures later.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIXtlpfEmD4
     
  2. duelist1954

    duelist1954 New Member

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    Here are a couple of pictures:

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  3. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    Very nice, man.
     
  4. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    The S A M pistols I have seen on display looked and felt good. If I was in the market for another 1911 in that class, I would give a S A M a try.
     
  5. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Your title says its an understated "custom" 1911. What exactly is custom about them? I'm unfamiliar with the brand.
     
  6. duelist1954

    duelist1954 New Member

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    The barrel/bushing, hammer/sear and the Ed Brown BoMar sights were all custom installed by a 1911 smith.
     
  7. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    Nevermind. I didn't read close enough. I see now that you did the customizing. Nice work.
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    The earlier SAMs required a lot of fitting to customize.

    The American Tactical is made by them, and with the right amount of TLC and change out the original springs, they can be decent pistols for the price.

    Nice looking piece.
     
  9. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    very impressive! i like it a lot!

    i have some experiance with the 1911's made in the Phillipine Islands and personally, i find them to be very well made and pretty decently accurate. my current Commander sized 1911 is an American Classic by MetroArms. here is a link to the thread where i customized mine.

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f57/american-classic-commander-modified-75656/

    i am not really familiar with the SAM brand, but after seeing yours, i might have to check them out.

    again very nice job on the pistol. it looks great.
     
  10. JW357

    JW357 New Member

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    Nice gun. I'm glad you enjoy it.

    Just curious, what'd you have to do to it to accommodate cast lead shooting?
     
  11. MOshooter

    MOshooter New Member

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    Looks really nice,and built the way you want it...Nice job!
     
  12. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    I shoot cast out of mine all the time and it's right out of the box. It's not Philippine but still despised by many.
     
  13. duelist1954

    duelist1954 New Member

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    This gun shoots cast bullets without special mods. What I mean about setting up this 1911 for cast bullets is that this gun is sighted in specifically for my cast bullet load. This is the only 1911 that I shoot cast bullets in. My other .45 ACP 1911s are carry guns that are sighted for bFederal Hydra Shok 230-grain hollowpoints. My handloads for those guns use plated bullets and are loaded to duplicate Hydra Shok velocity.