What time is it? Almost Colt time!

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by CHLChris, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    Well, my Springfield Loaded never really made it into my heart.

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    At the range, I could never quite trust it to keep from failing to load. Rounds kept getting stuck on the feed ramp. Well, the guy who sold it to me (to make a mortgage payment) wants it back. It is almost sold.

    Then I will immediately go down to my favorite local gun shop, Keith's Sporting Goods, and buy a Colt Lightweight Commander XSE. They have one for $899. I think that's pretty smokin'! I can't wait.

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    I probably won't carry it very often, but I want to be able to comfortably fire it one-handed for those times I will be wielding a flashlight in the other hand.

    And it's a COLT!!!! I can't wait...I think I already said that, though.

    I'll post a photo of my new Colt when I finally buy it.
     
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  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    your gonna love the colt. :)
     
  3. Bushman

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    Sweet Pistol, to be sure....
    I love my colts.
    Pics when you get it, K?
     
  4. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Will you get it in .38Super, or .45ACP?
     
  5. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    I don't know enough 'bout the .38 super to slam it. But I don't really understand why people would utilize a platform that is large enough for the .45, but choose to use a smaller round. To get a thinner, smaller pistol, sure, go for something in the 9mm diameter family of calibers (I have 2 of 'em).

    For me...45acp all the way. The moment I get home with it I'll post pics. Now, I just gotta put together a pile of ammo to warm it up.
     
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  6. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    I only ask because your pic was of a .38Sup.
     
  7. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I thought I was going to see some Colt 45.....the beverage.
     
  8. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    I know. I just realized that. If you notice, I changed the photo. Your eye was much better than mine. I just took a photo off Google images. Well, all is right with the world now.
     
  9. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Cool. .38Sup is great, but .45 is greater.
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    Chris, great choice! Now let the old man help you with a positive first experience with this Teflon coated, alloy-receiver Colt.

    Do NOT polish the feed ramp, or should I say prep the ramp with 500 rounds of 230 gr WWB ball. NO lead WC, SWC or HP defensive ammo! Trust me on this one.

    This is a copy of my post to a noob worried about (rumored) feed issues of the 1911 (Chris, do not take my obvious frustration below as personal ;)):

    Don’t do anything to, or complain about the “new” gun until you have run 500 rounds of 230 gr Ball (that’s Full Metal Jacket noob) ammo downrange. Don’t try HP’s, +P’s or anything other than what JMB designed the thing to shoot!

    Don’t shoot any of the first 500 rounds at a target located greater than 10 meters away. (it’s a gun test not a competition noob) Don’t clean it, don’t field strip it, do nothing but run a jag down the barrel to make sure there is no cosmoline remaining from shipping protection.

    If you don’t get the full 500 rounds done in one shoot, let it marinate in the soot and range sweat until you get back to the job at hand. OK, you can wipe the exterior down but don’t go inside yet. (you’re not ready noob)

    That job is NOT Break-In, it’s a new gun test to decide if you’re going to send it back to the manufacturer and have them make it right.

    This is the time to check for the following:
    • Does it feed with all the mags that came with it?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock on the last round?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with only one round loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with two rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with three rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with four rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with five rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with six rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with seven rounds loaded?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with a full mag?
    • Does it feed and slide-lock with a full mag +1?
    • Where does the brass fall?
    • Does the gun feel solid?
    • Is anything found loose? Grips? Sights? Barrel?........
    • Yes, the slide stop/release is tight. (it’s a new gun noob)
    • Does it fire with the thumb safety on and the grip safety engaged? (do this sans ammo)
    • Does it fire with the thumb safety off and the grip safety off? (do this sans ammo)
    • Trigger take-up?
    • Trigger brake? It should be a surprise.
    • Trigger reset?
    • Does it shoot to aim?
    • Did you take notes?


    Shoot the snot out of it.

    Once the "Gun Test" is successfully completed and you have found no issues requiring factory attention then, and only then can you start with your ammo testing. I bet it will feed everything including empty brass!

    Chris, I sent you a PM.
     
  11. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    Yeah, I loved your post the first time and it is great in this thread, too. Thanks for the information. I'm usually just fine with used guns, but so often the history is murky with pistols being traded back and forth. Since it is my plan that this gun will be a keeper, I'm going to buy it new and treat it right from day 1.

    Ball ammo...check
    500 rounds...ouch ($$$)...check
    Wait for HP...check
    Shoot the snot out of it...I can't wait!!!

    My New Agent will perform bedside duty until the LWC has been duly baptized the JMB way.
     
  12. CHLChris

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    It is sold! For $660...and then I got home and found a PM offering $675. Them's the breaks. I sold it to a young fellow who said it was his first gun. That's some pretty cool mojo.

    On payday this Friday I will be on my way to Keith's. If they've got a Colt LWC in stock I will have pics next weekend. I'm really excited.

    I might be taking a trip to the Estacada rock quarry so I can shoot ball ammo that's a little cheaper than range prices. Anyone?
     
  13. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    It's Kimber time!

    I finally got my 900 smackers in one place and went down to Keith's Sporting Goods in Gresham, OR. Service is efficient--but not warm--and the prices are spectacular. I don't even see better deals on any website EVER.

    The Colt LWC was gone. What to do? Start reading more, studying more, looking at what owners have to say about their guns, then really consider what my needs are.

    I went with an all-steel Kimber Pro TLE II. I wanted to be able to fire one-handed so the reduction of 5 oz. was enough for me and I didn't lose the steel character of the 1911. It turns out Meprolight night sights are AWESOME. The night sights on my SA were very difficult to use in daylight, but the Kimber sights use white around the tritium canisters, which makes is super-easy to acquire in bright light. I didn't realize how much I wanted a black gun. KimPro is no Roguard or Cerakote, but it'll do for right now.

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    The manual says 400-500 rounds of ball for break-in with a cleaning every 150-200 rounds. So it looks like a 2- or 3-trip process to the range and my cleaning bench. It also sounds like $200-$250 in ammo and range fees.

    What is the experience of other owners? I want to treat this gun right. I have no plans to get rid of it unless after several thousand rounds it is still hiccuping or something. This is a keeper!
     
  14. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i think you shoulda got the colt. even if you had to wait a bit. but congrats :)
     
  15. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    The "missing" Colt didn't force me into the Kimber. It gave me pause and a chance to think about the purchase. At the same price, I decided night sights really were important to me. And there are a whole lot of Kimber supporters out there, just like Colt, because of the product that they make. Now I've got a Colt AND and a Kimber.

    And it's black. :cool:
     
  16. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Congratulations Chris. Shoot the heck out of it. :cool:
     
  17. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    I think Cane puts it this way:

    Duly noted. Until it has several hundred through it, I won't even even be putting HP through it. And until it hits 4-500, I won't put it into save-my-life duty.

    It'll take some time to pay for that much ammo and get a few Tripp magazines.
     
  18. User Name

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    I have a Kimber Pro Crimson Carry II. Its saweet. I LOVE it. It did jam alot in the break in period, but after the 300 round mark, I havent had a single Jam yet. Great gun, awesome accuracy. Kimber is one of the better 1911's you can get. I would say better than colt. However, keep the barrel nice and oiled, because mine started to rust (only the barrel) from carrying it. So make sure it has plenty of oil, shoot the heck out of it and dont worry about any jamming until after the break in period. Have fun!
     
  19. CHLChris

    CHLChris New Member

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    User Name, when you say "jam" do you mean the next round not being effectively stripped off the mag into battery? Or some other failure? I suppose the barrel issue is a reason to get NP3 from Robar on all the internals.

    Because of the thread title there are a lot of Colt fans looking at this one. I got nothin' bad to say 'bout Colts. Just wanted something diff for this slot in my arsenal. Thanks for the Kimber props!