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hd-dude
02-26-2012, 10:05 PM
About 10 days ago i posted a thread on choosing between a SA Trophy Match and a S&W 1911. From recomendations of members here and the fit in my hand I chose the SA for my first 1911 pistol.
Here she is:

http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t420/hd-dude66/Guns/DSC_0850.jpg

Fit and finish on the gun was perfect. The slide was tight but operated smoothly.

http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t420/hd-dude66/Guns/DSC_0851.jpg

The checking of the front and rear strap is a bit sharp as others have reported but not so much that it hurt the hand to squeeze. Certainly do not have to worry about slipping fingers on the grip

http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t420/hd-dude66/Guns/DSC_0852.jpg

http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t420/hd-dude66/Guns/DSC_0854.jpg

http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t420/hd-dude66/Guns/DSC_0857.jpg

We spent some time getting to know each other today, first a break down and cleaning and then off to the range. I was shooting Winchester 230g FMJ and PMC 230g FMJ rounds. 250 rounds of each. I did not have a single issue with feeds or jams for this 500 rounds of ammo. Perfect operation of the pistol!

The gun seemed to shoot better and better with every magazine that went through it. Maybe me getting used to it and maybe some breaking in? Not sure but probably some of each.

By the end of the session I was laying out some pretty good groups. These are shot @ 10 Yards. Seven shots into each diamond. A few flyers that were my fault but all in all I am VERY pleased with this gun.

http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t420/hd-dude66/Guns/DSC_0858.jpg

Like I've read on here before the gun shoots better than I do.......Thanks to the members that responded in my question about this gun. I am looking forward to many many years of service from it.

Now the question is....what will the next gun be?? Man this is addictive!

redcliff
02-26-2012, 10:16 PM
Congratulations, and nice range report (and shooting). She's definitely a "keeper".

Those Trophy Matches are really nice pistols, having all the features I like in 1911's (although I prefer short triggers) and having adjustable sights makes them easy to dial in for accuracy as range guns versus pushing rear sights around and changing out front sight heights. I'd like to pick up a Trophy Match long slide sometime just for fun if I can find a good used one.

Sac-AR15
02-26-2012, 10:20 PM
congratulations on the 1911. It's definitely a nice piece.

Blackhawk556
02-26-2012, 10:31 PM
Very nice groups. Were you standing or resting on something?

Sent from Los Alamos Nuclear Facility

hd-dude
02-26-2012, 10:35 PM
Very nice groups. Were you standing or resting on something?

Sent from Los Alamos Nuclear Facility

Thanks, I was standing, holding with both hands.

Press Check
02-26-2012, 11:02 PM
That's a fine pistol, sir. Damn fine.

hd-dude
02-27-2012, 8:49 AM
That's a fine pistol, sir. Damn fine.

Thanks!

c3 rolling
02-27-2012, 9:49 AM
Nice pistol! I love mine also.

wsmc27
02-27-2012, 10:33 AM
Congrats, and well done!

:)

JTROKS
02-27-2012, 11:18 AM
Did you get the ILS removed and have a trigger job. I'm betting those groups will shrink further if you get a target grade trigger job. Congrats on a very nice pistol.

rumblebee
02-27-2012, 5:52 PM
Congrats on the SA, OP!! :cheers2:

In pic three, I see the little ILS hole on his MSH. That being said, here's some good instructions on how to remove it (if one wishes)....I am still debating on removing mine. Looks like ~30 bucks in parts, which includes new MSH.

http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=334332

Did you get the ILS removed and have a trigger job. I'm betting those groups will shrink further if you get a target grade trigger job. Congrats on a very nice pistol.

JTROKS
02-27-2012, 6:27 PM
Mine cost only a little bit of time. It is easy to change to a new MSH, but the one he's got has a magwell attached. Maybe worth plugging ang chasing the checkering.


http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh257/joshuatroy/DSC06413.jpg

den888
02-27-2012, 6:43 PM
Nice SA 1911!

hd-dude
02-27-2012, 7:49 PM
Did you get the ILS removed and have a trigger job. I'm betting those groups will shrink further if you get a target grade trigger job. Congrats on a very nice pistol.

The gun is bone stock. With good hand loads I am hoping to tighten the groups up as well.:rolleyes:

hd-dude
02-27-2012, 7:58 PM
Congrats on the SA, OP!! :cheers2:

In pic three, I see the little ILS hole on his MSH. That being said, here's some good instructions on how to remove it (if one wishes)....I am still debating on removing mine. Looks like ~30 bucks in parts, which includes new MSH.

http://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=334332

Thanks for the congrats, and thanks for that link on the removal of the ILS. Being a newbie to the 1911 I am not sure what removing the ILS will do except lighten the trigger pull. It already seems very light and smooth. This is advertised as having a 4.5-5lb trigger pull, not sure what it is exactly. I would be a bit concerned with a lighter pull for me as I have very limited feeling in my fingers due to some severe median nerve damage.

Would like to read and learn more about this though.....

JTROKS
02-27-2012, 8:44 PM
Thanks for the congrats, and thanks for that link on the removal of the ILS. Being a newbie to the 1911 I am not sure what removing the ILS will do except lighten the trigger pull. It already seems very light and smooth. This is advertised as having a 4.5-5lb trigger pull, not sure what it is exactly. I would be a bit concerned with a lighter pull for me as I have very limited feeling in my fingers due to some severe median nerve damage.

Would like to read and learn more about this though.....

And I thought my worked on trigger pull of 2.3# is still heavy.

c3 rolling
02-28-2012, 12:02 AM
Thanks for the congrats, and thanks for that link on the removal of the ILS. Being a newbie to the 1911 I am not sure what removing the ILS will do except lighten the trigger pull. It already seems very light and smooth. This is advertised as having a 4.5-5lb trigger pull, not sure what it is exactly. I would be a bit concerned with a lighter pull for me as I have very limited feeling in my fingers due to some severe median nerve damage.

Would like to read and learn more about this though.....

Mine came factory around 5.5 pounds :( . I threw on a Cylinder and slide sear spring and it dropped to a precise 3.5 pounds! Try it out!

hd-dude
02-28-2012, 8:48 AM
Mine came factory around 5.5 pounds :( . I threw on a Cylinder and slide sear spring and it dropped to a precise 3.5 pounds! Try it out!

So you left the ILS system in place? Only the sear spring change lightened the trigger pull?

c3 rolling
02-28-2012, 9:13 AM
So you left the ILS system in place? Only the sear spring change lightened the trigger pull?

Yup. The cylinder&slide light sear dropped the weight by 2 pounds. Absolutely no hammer follow or any other issues with 400ish rounds since installed. The difference is unbelievable with the 7 dollar part.

rumblebee
02-28-2012, 10:38 AM
Very nice SA! I'm in the same boat, magwell is attached. That's a clean job you did there as well. TBH, I've never had an issue with the ILS,,,,,,,,but, I don't like it there either. We'll see what happens.

Mine cost only a little bit of time. It is easy to change to a new MSH, but the one he's got has a magwell attached. Maybe worth plugging ang chasing the checkering.


Alot of people don't like it, cuz it's another possible fail point on a gun platform that did not originally have ILS installed. As you shoot your gun more, you may possibly realize the benefits of a lighter, crisper trigger pull (hard to tell though with the condition you listed below...sorry to hear about that) :cool:

Thanks for the congrats, and thanks for that link on the removal of the ILS. Being a newbie to the 1911 I am not sure what removing the ILS will do except lighten the trigger pull. It already seems very light and smooth. This is advertised as having a 4.5-5lb trigger pull, not sure what it is exactly. I would be a bit concerned with a lighter pull for me as I have very limited feeling in my fingers due to some severe median nerve damage.

Would like to read and learn more about this though.....

rumblebee
02-28-2012, 10:44 AM
I think I'll go this route...then if it's hits me down the road, removal of the ILS :chris:

Yup. The cylinder&slide light sear dropped the weight by 2 pounds. Absolutely no hammer follow or any other issues with 400ish rounds since installed. The difference is unbelievable with the 7 dollar part.

c3 rolling
02-28-2012, 2:46 PM
I think I'll go this route...then if it's hits me down the road, removal of the ILS :chris:

Yea I left my ILS on, if it aint broke why fix it. Good luck!