Smith & Wesson's New Enhanced 1911s

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by parinoid54, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. parinoid54

    parinoid54 New Member

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    Have you guys heard that S&W is coming out with a new line of 1911's? They are calling them "Enhanced," and are to be revealed in the up coming SHOT Show. I saw them on the site of Bud's Gun Shop, but not on S&W's own site (?). So, today I called their customer service line (800-321-0852) and found out a few things about them, as to what is different, like:

    1 - recessed and chamferred barrel
    2 - oversized (performance center) extractor (still external, thankfully)
    3 - precision fitted trigger (finally!)
    4 - ambi-thumb safety
    5 - checkered grip front strap and back of slide
    6 - upgraded wood grips
    7 - fish scale slide serrations
    8 - night sights (some models)

    This line is not their PRO series, but an entirely new line, and if Bud's pricing is correct, is a good value. In speaking with Jeff in customer service, he says their PRINTED 2011 catalog has them in it with detailed info and can be ordered by mail, but their web site is taking a little longer to get current but is coming. A couple of them also feature a rounded butt with a scandium frame and two tone finish or all black, 4.25 bbl, at about 30ozs, still at 8 + 1 rnds. As someone who is and has always preferred the 5" government model, I think I will actually get one of these Commander styles; either the 2-tone or the all black version.

    I know, some of us are in love with Colts, or Springfields, or Kimbers, or etc, etc, etc. But isn't it great that more and more 1911's of quality are still coming!

    What do you guys think?
     
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  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I've shot a few S&W 1911s and one of their performance center models. I really liked their PC model so if the trigger on this thing comes close to what the one I shot was like, it will be a great improvement.
     

  3. IGETEVEN

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    I have seen these and they do look "very interesting" to say the least. I will have to wait till a few get some service time in and see the feedback and as Spitty stated, if they did improve the trigger, that would be a great improvement and seller right there.
     
  4. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    I sure hope they improved how the trigger fits and feels. Sheesh!
     
  5. Dillinger

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    It will be interesting to see. I still fell that ambi safety should be a select option on every 1911, but it's not NEEDED on every 1911.

    The barrels should have been recessed and crowned in the first place, so that "improvement" is really just catching up with the times.

    I look forward to checking them out at SHOT and maybe pirating a picture or two with Scubie's help of diversion. ;)
     
  6. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    LOL...pirating a picture or two! Hell, with a well planned Scubie diversion, you better walk out with one! ;)
     
  7. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Jack, that would be highly unethical and illegal, not to mention against my good natured and toe the line ways.:cool:

    *pssst - Bead Window, Bead Window!!!!* :eek:
     
  8. Dzscubie

    Dzscubie New Member

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    Honest occifer, I din't mean to knock over those three booths... SQUIRREL!!! ... Now whash did you want agin???? :confused:
     
  9. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    What exactly does this mean? Any got a pic for the slow?
     
  10. IGETEVEN

    IGETEVEN New Member

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    *Retrograde!!!* ;)
     
  11. Dillinger

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    See these "raptor" serrations on the back of the slide. They will be like that, but they will overlap like ringmail or a fish's scales.
     

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  12. parinoid54

    parinoid54 New Member

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    I am reading (on - gasp! - another forum) that the Enhanced Series also will have titanium firing pins, doing away with the Swartz safety and its parts. I have spent a great time of time today on hold trying to speak with a customer service rep at Smith to confirm this, but my ear gave out. I'll try again tomorrow to find out.
     
  13. NGIB

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    You could always look at a Springer - they've never had a firing pin block and already use lightweight firing pins. I've owned a couple of S&W 1911s and they're fine guns - it will depend on where they price these whether they are a good value or not...
     
  14. melie

    melie New Member

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    If Performance Center is doing the triggers, then be prepared to be very happy.

    Mark
     
  15. parinoid54

    parinoid54 New Member

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    I have heard that SA's have a two piece barrel - no thanks. :eek:
     
  16. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    When you hear about a problem with them, let me know...
     
  17. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Can somebody dumb down that "two piece barrel" business? How does that work? I've heard of guide rods that have two parts, but how does the barrel have two pieces?
     
  18. NGIB

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    Gello, they fit the barrel into the chamber block using a shrink fit. The OD of the barrel is the same ID as the chamber block and they heat the chamber block to expand it and then insert the barrel. Been doing that forever and I've never heard of a failure...
     
  19. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    ^^^ OK, that works; i was picturing a weld or pressed fitting in the middle of the barrel or something.
     
  20. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    The automotive world has been doing that for years with parts that see a lot more stress then the chamber of a 45acp. It wouldn't scare me in the least.