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Hey All.

I just got a SW1911PD, that I haven't fired yet. Even if I did, I don't have much to compare it to, as I am new to shooting. I know the 1911 is almost a mythic pistol, so I figured I can't go wrong with one. For the folks that have shot this, what do y'all think about it?
 

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Without going home to check it out, I think it is the aluminum frame and steel slide. From the website:

Material: Scandium Alloy Frame/Carbon Steel Slide

It is the not the Gunsite Edition. I might have gotten took on the price, but oh well. My brothers friend ran on some hard financial times. My brother is like I am, we don't know a whole lot about pistols, but he knew I was thinking about getting a 1911. The prices I have seen in the shops here all run around $1k, with some going for around $1,400.00, so I bought it from from my brother's friend. It is about 1 month old, and I paid $850.00 for it, but came with 6 magazines, box of Hydra-Shoks, and had a trigger job done on it. Don't really know what he did to it though. I know someone else who had a Kimber 1911. Don't know the model, but it had a beige colored frame and he wanted $850.00 for that. Being kinda new to shooting, I went with what I've heard before, S&W. Reading the forums here, folks seem to like the Kimber, as I could hardly find anything on the S&W.

I plan on shooting this thing this weekend and seeing how it is.
 

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Sweet. That is reassuring. I friggin dig it though. As soon as I saw it, I was in love. He got the trigger job done at a firearms dealer here in Alaska, Wild West Guns. 2 stock mags, 2 chip mccormicks, 2 wilson combat mags. One of the mags holds 10 rounds. The trigger almost has no slack on it. My Glock 23 has quite a bit of travel before it fires. This one is very touchy. That could be what he had done to it, I don't know as I am pretty much learning as I go.
 

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Alrighty fellas. The weather was not going to warm up anytime soon, so I decided to freeze my *** off to finally shoot this thing. There are no indoor ranges here in and around Anchorage, AK. A little perspective. It was a clear day, no wind, and 4 degrees F. I took my 1911PD and a Glock 23. I'm a novice shooter, so I'm still working on my aiming, but I think I did pretty well. The target was at 10 meters, I would say closer to 11 meters. You might ask how someone in Alaska with some of the best hunting in the US is a novice at shooting...well, I don't hunt. My pops has never hunted and never had a gun in the house. I moved up here bout 5 years ago from Dallas, TX but got my first pistol up here. The S&W 1911 is my second gun. I shot Blazer?? 230 grain ammo for the 1911. It was the nonreloadable silver cases. For the Glock it was Winchester.

Pic Explanations. the pics are in order. A pic of my pistola, Pic 18, Pic 24, then Pic 30. The pic titled 18, is first time shooting the 1911. I shot 18 rounds. What was badass was that the first shot I fired was dead center in the bull's eye. I was pretty stoked. As a side note, I shot this bunch with gloves on. I took them off after this cause my accuracy was worse than it normally is.

The pic titled 24, was the second time I shot with the 1911. I hit the target 22 out of 24 shots. I'm a novice, so if I hit the paper anywhere, it counts :)

The Pic titled 30 is 30 rounds out of my Glock 23.

After these, I unloaded about more rounds with each gun, shooting at whatever was out there, then I had to leave. It was too cold be be outdoors. I couldn't feel my fingers between shootings, and had to reload the mags in my car. Putting ice cold bullets in the mags with numb hands is not easy. You can park your car directly behind your firing table.

Even in these freezing temps, the guns didn't jam once. Granted I didn't shoot much, but I figured the cold probably would make any jamming issue more apparent. Don't really know though. The muzzle flip was pretty much the same on both guns, but if I had to say which was more jumpier, I would say the Glock 23. I think being significantly heavier than the Glock helped out on the 1911.
 

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The weather up here has been pretty much awful this entire winter. I'm from Texas, so I grew up with warm weather, and moved up here in my 20's. The thermometer on my car last week was 29 degrees below 0. This is not normal though, we should be in the mid 20's this time of year.

I do shoot 2 hands. Right hand on the grip, and left hand underneath my right hand. I have only been shooting for about 2 years and only occasionally. That is gonna change this year. I got a bullet press and hope to make tons of ammo and shoot alot more. Good thing about Alaska is that in the summer, we have at the peak close to 21 hours of daylight in the summer. We have a range open 24 hours to members, so I can really shoot anytime I want. We have decent weather for about 5 months up here.

I changed the way I shoot, and believe it or not, these are improvements. I used to cock my head over to the right side and shoot. I downloaded the military handgun shooting manual, and there was some good stuff in there. I will host it for awhile in my Dropbox for others to get.

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/121639/US-Army-Marksmanship-Guide.pdf
 

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That is some great information. Describes how I shoot exactly. I'm planning on shooting this weekend, cold be damned, and am gonna give this a shot. Thanks for the tips.
 
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