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cHaOs ReX
10-07-2011, 2:37 PM
So I'm getting my first 1911. This will be my primary home defense pistol. I want to mount a light on it but it is a standard (Gov) model without a rail.

What are my options?

I just got rid of a full size Beretta PX4 (which has a rail) and I had a light on it and really liked that feature.

Thanks

DannyInSoCal
10-07-2011, 2:43 PM
Get a miners helmet

Dhena81
10-07-2011, 2:51 PM
Dawson rail

Matt P
10-07-2011, 2:58 PM
Surefire offers this one..
Lightrail for Attachment to 1911-Press Me (http://www.surefire.com/MR07-Mounting-Rail)
Dawson requires bolting on, as does the Novak.
I have the Surefire one on a Gov. model. Its well made as most of what Surefire does..

barbasol
10-07-2011, 3:11 PM
I was looking at this
http://www.trgear.com/osc/eshop/product_info.php/products_id/216
Good reveiws at 1911forum

But ended up buying NcStar crap. I should have it early next week and will mount a TLR-1 on it. I'll post a review.
https://www.primaryarms.com/NCStar_1911_Accessory_Rail_Adaptor_p/mad1911.htm

JeremyS
10-07-2011, 3:18 PM
...ended up buying NcStar crap.
I know most people feel that way... maybe because of the really low prices more than actual product quality...

I have two things from them that I wasn't expecting very much from at all, but am quite happy with. The pistol light is extremely bright, reliable, and high quality, and the range bag is obviously well-made and has been very durable thus far. Materials quality is good, machining and stitching are good, and nothing about either feels "cheap." For instance, the handles on the range bag are round and internally padded, which was not expected (I figured it would have cheap, flat straps), and overall the bag is heavy duty from the fabric to the stitching.

Most of the time I would definitely agree that you get what you pay for, but at least the two NcStar things I picked up fall into the category of inexpensive but certainly not cheap.

shooterfpga
10-07-2011, 3:19 PM
Surefire offers this one..
Lightrail for Attachment to 1911-Press Me (http://www.surefire.com/MR07-Mounting-Rail)
Dawson requires bolting on, as does the Novak.
I have the Surefire one on a Gov. model. Its well made as most of what Surefire does..

thanks, i might pick one up. the other two were the only ones i knew about and wasnt about to bolt either to mine.

cHaOs ReX
10-07-2011, 3:47 PM
The light I had on the PX4 was a rail mounted NCStar. Seemed solid. I liked the ergo of it as well. Was bright enough to illuminate a close target (say in your house).

Montu
10-07-2011, 3:50 PM
the ncstar one requires drilling your gun? Sorry not trying to thread jack but i'm on the same boat.

Tempus
10-07-2011, 4:36 PM
I have the NCStar one - no drilling. It clamps around the trigger guard. Depends on the pistol - some of my 1911s fit nicely and some have issues with the guides around the dust cover which means the rail is canted. Sucks.

Multiple places have rails for the 1911 that you drill/tap and then attach. I've got 2 that I haven't installed yet. Fit and finish on them are nice and they test fit very well.

Edit:

http://www.caspianarms.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=CAL&Category_Code=AA01

I ended up getting a recon rail in Ti a few months ago. Very nice.

cHaOs ReX
10-08-2011, 9:49 PM
So which of your 1911's does the NCStar fit and which doesn't it?

jessegpresley
10-08-2011, 11:44 PM
I would suggest your left hand...

But there's also this (http://cgi.ebay.com/Magazine-Base-Flashlight-Mount-1911-Glock-Beretta-Sig-/270498120042#ht_1160wt_1185).

http://gastatic.com/UserImages/97829/926444094/pop_wm_1263033.jpg

Q619
10-09-2011, 1:18 AM
Dawson rail

This. After seeing one in person, I wouldn't have any problem with having one put on my gun.....if I wanted a light on a 1911 that is :D

I just run em in the govt config....no light.

Matt P
10-09-2011, 9:00 AM
I have two 1911s with the Novak offering. I like the rail, but should have gone the Dawson route in order to have less profile.
Keep in mind if you go with add on rail from companies like Dawson, Novaks and possibly Surefire, you may be able to find holsters that will work with those and say Surefire X hundred series lights.
I make my own kydex holsters, so am less challenged in options. So, relative obscure rail mounts may mean you will not find a holster solution. If holstering is important, avoid light rails that drop the purchase area, or rail portion, signif below the frame.

intl1911
10-09-2011, 10:30 AM
I like the surefire mr07.

It works great

tuna quesadilla
10-09-2011, 10:32 AM
I would suggest your left hand...

But there's also this (http://cgi.ebay.com/Magazine-Base-Flashlight-Mount-1911-Glock-Beretta-Sig-/270498120042#ht_1160wt_1185).

http://gastatic.com/UserImages/97829/926444094/pop_wm_1263033.jpg

That strikes me as a horrible idea.

billybob_jcv
10-09-2011, 10:42 AM
That strikes me as a horrible idea.

I guess it might work well if you are shooting gangsta style... :facepalm:

http://breakingplanes.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/thug_sideways_pistol_aim.jpg

jessegpresley
10-09-2011, 11:07 AM
I guess it might work well if you are shooting gangsta style... :facepalm:


The flashlight is about 4" from where it would be if on a rail. Explain why this elicits a face palm? You do understand that a flashlight does not emit a beam the size of a laser.

FXR
10-09-2011, 11:50 AM
The flashlight is about 4" from where it would be if on a rail. Explain why this elicits a face palm? You do understand that a flashlight does not emit a beam the size of a laser.

Flashlight attached to mag baseplate is only good for 8 rounds, unless you get one for each mag. Also, introducing a lot more mass to the baseplate is probably not a great idea - recoil might pop it off or stress the rails it sits on. I'd feel better holding the flashlight in my left hand.

ILVSMOG
10-09-2011, 11:58 AM
Didn't Dawson stop making their rail? I thought I read that somewhere. Novak and Caspian both make one.

tuna quesadilla
10-09-2011, 1:04 PM
The flashlight is about 4" from where it would be if on a rail. Explain why this elicits a face palm? You do understand that a flashlight does not emit a beam the size of a laser.

1. Putting all that weight on your magazine could lead to feeding issues.
2. The extra weight may lead to added strain on the pistol's mag catch.
3. When you reload, you lose your light (unless you have a mag carrier full of these things :rofl2:)
4. Without a remote switch, how would you even use the thing? (Hint: A weapon light is NOT something you just leave on for the duration of your encounter)