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bigmike82
06-16-2009, 1:03 PM
I owned an SA 1911 GI for a brief period of time.

Shot it three times. Didn't really care for it. It wasn't as accurate as my USP, and a bit small for my hands.

But now, while looking in the For Sale forum, I want another one.

What gives? Is the 1911 built with crack in the grip that's absorbed via the skin?

ck867
06-16-2009, 1:10 PM
it's called the 1911 bug. It doesn't go away either. Sorry :D

45user
06-16-2009, 1:11 PM
Yeah, you gotta be careful about that crack in the grip that's absorbed through skin. It is an instant addiction! :D
45

Mr. Beretta
06-16-2009, 1:12 PM
Yes !

D53
06-16-2009, 1:15 PM
I miss my 1911 all the time and would buy another if I could afford the ammo.

Dirtbiker
06-16-2009, 1:16 PM
1911s are like Harley-Davidson motorcycles... there is just something about them. Never mind you can find something lighter, better performing, or cheaper. They are just so... American!

qbi2001
06-16-2009, 1:20 PM
You can never have just one. But why would you only want one :43:

soundwave
06-16-2009, 1:21 PM
I have come down with the 1911 flu as well. Never felt so good :)

LB21
06-16-2009, 1:21 PM
Happened to me too. I bought a Glock and an HK Expert thinking I would never use my 1911s again, didn't happen. I always come back to my 1911s, there's just no other handgun that fits my hand better.

Rekrab
06-16-2009, 1:23 PM
Depending on what I find first, my next gun will either be a nice .357 revolver or a 1911.

My room mate always complains about how hard his SA 1911 GI is to strip and clean though...

Still... they're so pretty...

nic
06-16-2009, 1:25 PM
There is just something about the 1911s that makes one absolutely love them. Remember, the only way to get rid of temptation is to give into it.

ck867
06-16-2009, 1:25 PM
Depending on what I find first, my next gun will either be a nice .357 revolver or a 1911.

My room mate always complains about how hard his SA 1911 GI is to strip and clean though...

Still... they're so pretty...

he has never field stripped a ruger mk3 before then...

nic
06-16-2009, 1:26 PM
My room mate always complains about how hard his SA 1911 GI is to strip and clean though...



Huh wha? The 1911 is pretty simple to strip and clean, dude.

Rekrab
06-16-2009, 1:29 PM
Huh wha? The 1911 is pretty simple to strip and clean, dude.

I wouldn't know! He just complains about it. Personally I think he's lazy...

But then again I've only had to strip my Px4 and that thing is a dream.

hybridatsun350
06-16-2009, 1:32 PM
Huh wha? The 1911 is pretty simple to strip and clean, dude.

Compared to a Glock... it's kind of a *****! :p

dfletcher
06-16-2009, 1:41 PM
So on Monday a guy opens his icebox, picks up a carton of milk & takes a whiff. Pew - it's spoiled. And he puts it back - figuring "well tomorrow maybe it will smell better"......:no:

So if you didn't like the 1911 the first time, what makes you figure it will be any different this time around? I like my 1911s and think everyone should have 1 or 5 of them, but if you don't like, you don't like.

Recluse
06-16-2009, 1:47 PM
I'm addicted...I need help...maybe I just need another 1911...:D

operationblackwater
06-16-2009, 1:48 PM
You cant have a complete handgun collection without 1911s

BunnySlayer
06-16-2009, 1:55 PM
My name is Bunny and I'm a 1911-aholic. I too worship at the altar of John Moses Browning. Lord grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, the strength to change what I can and a great gunsmith to customize the rest!!! I have now gotten my wife hooked on the same drug. God help us!!!

trashman
06-16-2009, 1:58 PM
Nothing points more naturally than a 1911. Just about every semi-auto on the market is the sum of a series of incremental improvements on the original design.

--Neill

sholling
06-16-2009, 2:02 PM
The only treatment is a collection. Start the next collection with a semi-custom: S&W PC1911, Wilson, Baer, Springer TRP Pro. That's a fully satisfying "fix" that should tide you over for a few months. :D

I owned an SA 1911 GI for a brief period of time.

Shot it three times. Didn't really care for it. It wasn't as accurate as my USP, and a bit small for my hands.

But now, while looking in the For Sale forum, I want another one.

What gives? Is the 1911 built with crack in the grip that's absorbed via the skin?

JTROKS
06-16-2009, 2:22 PM
Nothing points more naturally than a 1911. Just about every semi-auto on the market is the sum of a series of incremental improvements on the original design.

--Neill

+1 on that.

When I started shooting I've heard and read how great the 1911 was, thinking I'm more of a modern day shooter I never believed it so I ventured into the CZ, S&W 59 series and Beretta 92 type of pistols. Then I started shooting bullseye and a fellow shooter was wondering why I'm shooting revolvers (586) and a mixture of wondernines. He let me shoot his semi tuned Colt series 70 and that was the start of my love for the 1911. I had to be modern so I jumped right into a custom Caspian in 10mm, then an IAI Javelina, then a Colt 1991 commander, then a couple of Caspians in 38 super, then a custom Para/STI, then a Sig GSR TTT and some more Caspian frames and slides waiting to be built. When I get an Ed Brown Classic Custom
or Executive Target
http://www.edbrown.com/images/handguns/classic-ss1.jpg
http://www.edbrown.com/images/handguns/Executivetarget2.jpg
Maybe I'll stop after that. Naaaaahhhhh... :D

cookmonsta
06-16-2009, 2:28 PM
I have to say that when I got my first 1911 that it was instant love. Its still my favorite gun and jones it when I go to the range and leave her home.

Kelvrick
06-16-2009, 2:42 PM
I never even had a 1911 and I got the bug. I went sig, s&w, sig, and then kahr. Then my next two purchases were 1911's.

Spend 500 bucks, get a rock island (armscor) tactical. You can get them for 440 shipped to california.

5hundo
06-16-2009, 2:54 PM
My name is Bunny and I'm a 1911-aholic.

(In true AA form) Hi Bunny...

I miss my 1911 all the time and would buy another if I could afford the ammo.

Um.... :confused:

Reload...?

On the topic of 1911 ownership, I will say this: I personally think the whole 1911 thing was much cooler when you could DROS a frame and build one up. That was fun!

...and it also made it so you could incrementally improve your weapon as time went on, sort-of like making payments.

When I was doing that, it was one of the few times me, my Dad, my Brother and my Stepbrothers all came together and bonded around a common interest. We would all go to gun shows, trade parts help each other when assembling our weapons...

It was a great pastime for all of us and I would really like to do it again.

My advice to you would be to get the cheapest, unaltered 1911 you can and build it up from there. You'll learn so much more about the weapon and how it operates. You'll also learn much about yourself as a shooter. You'll see what makes you better, what makes you worse, where you prefer your trigger pull to be set (if you get an adjustable trigger)...

So, the bottom line IMO is this: You'll never hear me talk smack about an $1800 Kimber or a $2000 Les Baer. They're phenomenal weapons but there is something to be said for building your own weapon from the ground up and seeing what it becomes...

Sam
06-16-2009, 3:03 PM
The 1911 will remain one of the most popular firearms until either the government takes them away or laser guns become standard. With that said, I will carry anything but a 1911. You may run, but the 1911 crazy will find you.

Bird of Fire
06-16-2009, 3:16 PM
My room mate always complains about how hard his SA 1911 GI is to strip and clean though...

Tell her to hike up her dress and quit whining.

Centurion_D
06-16-2009, 3:46 PM
I just got one thing to say: John Moses Browning! :D

KegCommando
06-16-2009, 4:37 PM
Spend 500 bucks, get a rock island (armscor) tactical. You can get them for 440 shipped to california.

Got an online source? I never see them on Bud's.

Legasat
06-16-2009, 4:47 PM
Nothing points more naturally than a 1911. Just about every semi-auto on the market is the sum of a series of incremental improvements on the original design.

--Neill

"Improvement" may be slightly overstated. The original design was pretty damn Great! You may give up just bit of accuracy, but it was as reliable as they come. Most of the newer 1911 designs just tightened things up. Whether that is an improvement or not, in my mind, is debatable.

Greg-Dawg
06-16-2009, 4:50 PM
Get a Kimber and call yourself Tyrone Biggums.

http://www.susk.net/images/Tyrone_Biggums.jpg

APNF128
06-16-2009, 4:51 PM
Yeah! Im 101% 1911 guy by choice and Glock by a far second.

aplinker
06-16-2009, 5:02 PM
So on Monday a guy opens his icebox, picks up a carton of milk & takes a whiff. Pew - it's spoiled. And he puts it back - figuring "well tomorrow maybe it will smell better"......:no:

So if you didn't like the 1911 the first time, what makes you figure it will be any different this time around? I like my 1911s and think everyone should have 1 or 5 of them, but if you don't like, you don't like.

So in 2004 I opened a bottle from a case of 2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild and said, "Hmm, could use a little more time."

Some things get better with age/experience.

MarioS
06-16-2009, 9:16 PM
it's called the 1911 bug. It doesn't go away either. Sorry :D

This is true.

I have caught it recently. Bought two in two weeks and have plans for a third. Don't resist the feeling. :)

gunrun45
06-16-2009, 9:22 PM
I have bought and owned over the years...
Springfield custom stainless
Remington Rand 1911 (wwII family inheritance gun)
Charles Daily tactical
Para P14 custom stainless
RIA wide body (para knock off)
Colt series 80 gold cup
others that I just can't remember right now...

Frankly, I have not been impressed. The para P14 has been the best of the lot and I traded it for a USP 45f.
I think I have invested about $800 in that stupid gold cup alone at various custom shops trying to get it to shoot and its till a glorified turd. If it wasn't for all the money I have socked into it, I would sell it tomarrow.

I wanted to like the 1911 series, it just doesn't do it for me. Then again, neither do Glocks.

Sam
06-16-2009, 9:25 PM
I have bought and owned over the years...
Springfield custom stainless
Remington Rand 1911 (wwII family inheritance gun)
Charles Daily tactical
Para P14 custom stainless
RIA wide body (para knock off)
Colt series 80 gold cup
others that I just can't remember right now...

Frankly, I have not been impressed. The para P14 has been the best of the lot and I traded it for a USP 45f.
I think I have invested about $800 in that stupid gold cup alone at various custom shops trying to get it to shoot and its till a glorified turd. If it wasn't for all the money I have socked into it, I would sell it tomarrow.

I wanted to like the 1911 series, it just doesn't do it for me. Then again, neither do Glocks.

You sound like a candidate for a good semi-custom. Quality and not quantity.

RP1911
06-16-2009, 9:26 PM
Addict here. Just look at my user name.

Every single one of mine are custom. Bought a Kimber Super Match (series 1) on Sunday NIB.

RP1911
06-16-2009, 9:31 PM
When I get an Ed Brown Classic Custom
or Executive Target
http://www.edbrown.com/images/handguns/classic-ss1.jpg
http://www.edbrown.com/images/handguns/Executivetarget2.jpg
Maybe I'll stop after that. Naaaaahhhhh... :D

I have a consecutive pair one of each on Les Baer frames that I bought from Ed Brown FTF. They are the two tone models.

Maplewood
06-16-2009, 10:28 PM
I just got my first 1911 this month and here it is, a stock Rock Island GI with checkered diamond grips I just put on it. I'm going to keep it stock and just shoot the heck out of it. I can't help but to take it out of the box and watch TV with it in my hands, stopping ever so once in awhile to admire the design, they are handsome handguns for sure. My wife thinks I'm turning into a gun nut!

gn3hz3ku1*
06-16-2009, 10:30 PM
there is a reason people been loving it for a century.... :) i love mine.. even though im too lazy to clean it.. just spray oil on it so it wont rust...

WINGEDSWORD
06-16-2009, 10:38 PM
I know how to cure your addiction. Just give all of yours to me. You can't have too large a tribe!

Kelvrick
06-17-2009, 12:15 AM
Got an online source? I never see them on Bud's.

I get mine from bellshire. Go to gunbroker, search for rock island 1911. Great guy, nothing but glowing reviews over on the m1911 forums.

RolinThundr
06-17-2009, 12:56 AM
You can never have just one. But why would you only want one :43:

I bought a 1911 and thought I was done...then Springfield came out with the EMP...darn them!

wildhawker
06-17-2009, 6:58 AM
I owned an SA 1911 GI for a brief period of time.

Shot it three times. Didn't really care for it. It wasn't as accurate as my USP, and a bit small for my hands.

But now, while looking in the For Sale forum, I want another one.

What gives? Is the 1911 built with crack in the grip that's absorbed via the skin?

1911s are finished with a coating very similar to that found on Doritos.

Rob360
06-17-2009, 7:53 AM
Huh wha? The 1911 is pretty simple to strip and clean, dude.

Then why do nearly all of them have "idiot marks" on them? :eek:

RP1911
06-17-2009, 8:50 AM
It's not the gun. It's the one who is doing the assembly.

Butter
06-17-2009, 12:00 PM
Maybe there's something infectious in the 1911 waters. Didn't really want to own one, or several, but ended up with four of 'em over the last few years...and they went up in cost each time as I have had a smith work on two and then figured out what I started to like about them and bought higher end guns that had those features I liked. Do they work better than other, reliable pistols? No...not really, but they fit nicely into my mitts so that they shoot well for me.

The thing is, the platform is proven, the weight of an all steel 1911 tames recoil, and the grip fits my smallish hands. These guns just shoot better for me than most others I have tried. Since as a non-LEO I am relegated to having 10 or less rounds, I don't feel incovenienced at having 8 rounds of fat, slow lead making big holes in what I aim at.

Sure, there might be something else going on that piques peoples interest in the 1911, but the when you consider these guns work well when they are made properly and they have classic good looks and handling features to boot, it' hard not to like them even if all the new bells and whistles aren't there.

KegCommando
06-17-2009, 12:27 PM
I get mine from bellshire. Go to gunbroker, search for rock island 1911. Great guy, nothing but glowing reviews over on the m1911 forums.

Thank you. Information much appreciated.

Dirtbiker
06-17-2009, 12:37 PM
I have a full size Kimber but I love the symmetry of the Commander sized pistols. I'd like a Pro CDP Kimber next.

Arteel
06-17-2009, 1:31 PM
It's because they have that sex appeal. ;)

Too Slow
06-17-2009, 2:06 PM
I took my sa 1911 to the range yesterday for the first time. I really enjoyed shooting it, nice balance and less recoil than I thought. I'm glad I purchased it and now have to put a couple thousand rounds through it.
On another note, does anyone have a ten round mag for theirs? SA offers and they stick out the botton, just interested if there are any feed issues or other thoughts.

Oh yeah, I just bought a WWII remington rand to keep the SA company and maybe teach it a thing or two.

ELEVENTH HOUR
06-17-2009, 2:17 PM
You cant have a complete handgun collection without 1911s
We have a winner!:43:

truthseeker
06-17-2009, 2:21 PM
I owned an SA 1911 GI for a brief period of time.

Shot it three times. Didn't really care for it. It wasn't as accurate as my USP, and a bit small for my hands.

But now, while looking in the For Sale forum, I want another one.

What gives? Is the 1911 built with crack in the grip that's absorbed via the skin?

I am still enjoying your HK 45 USP:) I just went this weekend and shot that and my LAR Grizzly in 45 win mag! The USP feels like a toy (recoil wise) compared to the Grizzly.

I was also looking for a 1911, but they cost too much right now.

DavidGO
06-17-2009, 2:35 PM
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g158/locopnoy_nikkuh/45bmp.jpg

RolinThundr
06-17-2009, 9:15 PM
...On another note, does anyone have a ten round mag for theirs? SA offers and they stick out the botton, just interested if there are any feed issues or other thoughts...

I have two SA 10 round mags, only put maybe a couple hundred rounds through each, no problems so far.

mr.elite
06-18-2009, 7:31 AM
98 year old design and still going strong. Amazing!

JTROKS
06-18-2009, 7:39 AM
I have a consecutive pair one of each on Les Baer frames that I bought from Ed Brown FTF. They are the two tone models.

I'm thinking you haven't stopped yet? ;)

Rob360
06-18-2009, 1:14 PM
98 year old design and still going strong. Amazing!

Indeed.

Palindari
06-18-2009, 2:43 PM
When I first joined the Army, in '82, the 1911 was the sidearm of the armored crewmembers - so I cut my teeth on pistols that probably saw action in Korea and certainly Veitnam. Fired that thing every year until they dropped it for the M9 Beretta :rolleyes:

Was never a fan of either pistol (though I still own a Beretta 9000s). But I've never understood the fascination for the design personally, but that's just my opinion... :D

Buddy of mine owns two Kimbers and is planning on getting the Desert version next... maybe there's something in the gun oil they pack them in...? lol

scr83jp
06-18-2009, 2:47 PM
I took my sa 1911 to the range yesterday for the first time. I really enjoyed shooting it, nice balance and less recoil than I thought. I'm glad I purchased it and now have to put a couple thousand rounds through it.
On another note, does anyone have a ten round mag for theirs? SA offers and they stick out the botton, just interested if there are any feed issues or other thoughts.

Oh yeah, I just bought a WWII remington rand to keep the SA company and maybe teach it a thing or two.I have some everything feeds ok!Get this booklet by Wilson Combat 1911 Auto Maintenance Manual it's loaded with information,I bought it after acquiring a Colt 1991A1 and took it to the cop shop where I worked to share with other officers armed with 1911's.www.midwayusa.com has them for $10.99.While I was a student at the univ of az I sent about $15 to the NRA and rec'd a WW2 Remington 1911A1 came in the original box with cleaning rod & mags but it was loose and far from accurate,I took it to NYS & traded it in for a 3" S&W Chiefs Special I thought my deal was great being allowed $25 for the 45.