S&W 1911 quality

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by Squawk, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    Anytime I've seen people talk about 1911 manufacturers, nobody mentions Smith & Wesson. Whether its positive or negative. Impressions? I am interested in buying a 1911 and am loyal to S&W.
     
  2. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    Also, what would you recommend as a entry level 9mm 1911?
     

  3. bartwatkins

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    I think that S&W makes a very good 1911 - especially if we are talking the E-series. Those are excellent guns!
    S&W (like Sig) does have an external extractor & some do not like that. No function problems with those - just aesthetics.
     
  4. bartwatkins

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    I am pretty sure that Rock Island makes a 9mm 1911 - I would consider that entry level.
    Springfield Armory also makes one - not sure if the price of it would qualify as 'entry level' or not though.

    I own a Dan Wesson 9mm Guardian 1911 - excellent gun (can't say enough great things about it). But it is definitely NOT entry level as far as price goes.
     
  5. Overkill0084

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    They make a good quality 1911. One guy know liked his so much, he bought one just like it for his daughter.

    The biggest gripe I'm aware of is that some people don't really care for some of the cosmetic choices S&W made. The Bobtail Scandium frames seem like a really nice alternative to some pricier options.

    9 mm 1911? I don't own one. Entry level? Get a Rock Island or it's Texas cousin the STI Spartan.
     
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  6. blindshooter

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    I shoot a 1911 45acp S&W sometimes in target practice and a few girls that shoot with me use them too, however in competition most of us shoot custom Colts or Ithaca's. Ammo for 45 acp is easy to find and doesn't cost much more than 9mm which is hard to find.
    The recoil on a 45 might be a little more than some guys can handle though.
     

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  7. bige91603

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    I recently picked up a Taurus pt1911 9mm and so far i am very impressed. For $500 it comes with plenty of features that most times arent found on intro 1911s


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  8. Transman

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    I have the E-series and can say that it is a fine pistol,reliable,accurate,well appointed.Three dot sights,nicely checkered frame,quality grips,and a handsome piece at that.
     
  9. Squawk

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    I went with a Rock Island Armory 22 TCM/9mm. I like the 17 round capacity and for the price, it was a no brainer. I am interested in trying the 22 TCM but is was an added bonus.

    Ordered VZ grips. Gonna wait for those to arrive then do a range report. Only thing I didn't like out of the box is the grips. May have a gunsmith smooth out some sharp edges where my right hand sits. Other than that, very pleased. Only Hi-Cap 9mm 1911 I could find at 6 different LGS in Louisville, KY. Cost $580. Only one mag and I can't find more ATM.
     
  10. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    Smith & Wesson is great, I've taken a tour of their factory and I can tell you that they don't cut any corners.
     
  11. Olympus

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    S&W 1911s never make the cut in my recommendations. I hate the lawyer talk they put on the sides of the slide. I also don't care for the fish scale serrations. Honestly, they are good guns. I just like a lot of other guns better.
     
  12. canebrake

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    Touché blindshooter!

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  13. blindshooter

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    You'll be OK, just have a warm beverage and sing soft kitty.
     
  14. Squawk

    Squawk New Member

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    I thought about getting a standard .45 1911. But I have a lot of 9mm, no .45 ammo and no .45 cleaning supplies. I can handle the recoil just fine, but ATM can't afford all the extra stuff that goes with buying a new caliber handgun.
     
  15. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    you seem to have a sense of humor as well!:D

    Squawk, 45 ammo can be found if you want it bad enough. if you can clean a 9mm, you can clean a 45. the brushes are less than $3 at WalMart. that's all you need if you already have the items to clean a 9mm. even if i had to buy an entire new cleaning kit every time i bought a new caliber, i wouldn't let that deter me from buying.
     
  16. new_girsan_1911

    new_girsan_1911 New Member

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    The Girsan mc1911 .45 i just bought actually comes with 2 brushes a cloth rod and gun oil and carrying case for 460 shipped. Just saying.
     
  17. Squawk

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    Touché. But I have no .45 ammo and lots of 9mm. Right now, .45 is about .60 a round. Compared to .40 a round. And then the stuff I payed under .30 a round for.
     
  18. bige91603

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    It comes down to what you want, the. 45 1911 is always a good choice but i love my 9mm 1911 no matter what anyone says whether they are right or not. We all have different opinions
     
  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    nothing wrong with 9mm in a 1911. i just have always owned 1911's in 45. but the truth be known, a 1911 in any caliber is still pretty sweet!

    right now i really want one in 38 Super!
     
  20. bige91603

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    The 38 super is interesting, I'm eyeing up a Springfield in .45 now