View Full Version : SW1911 E series

08-10-2012, 10:23 PM
So I think my next 1911 is going to be a Les Baer, but I saw these and piqued my interest but I haven't heard much about them. I'm digging the fish scale slide serrations. Does S&W make a good 1911?


08-10-2012, 10:34 PM
S&W makes a good about anything.. Not familiar with this 1911, but your right - that's a nice looking gun...

08-10-2012, 10:44 PM
I have a s&w 1911. It's got about 3000 rounds through it and the only malfunctions have been mag related. Awesome weapon plain and simple. Buy one!

08-10-2012, 10:46 PM
I have a SW1911, this one: http://www.gunblast.com/SW1911.htm

It's been a wonderful performer. It's fit & finish are top notch for a production gun, it's very accurate, and comes with a great trigger and sights. Very good deal for the money, IMO.

Press Check
08-10-2012, 10:51 PM
Pales in comparasin to a Baer, but it's an awesome production pistol.

08-10-2012, 10:53 PM
Well, I assumed that Press haha. Was mainly wondering because I hadn't really heard or seen them around.

08-10-2012, 11:28 PM
I've got two Smith 1911's, the only problem so far has been a grip screw bushing. The series of 1911's before the E models seem to be pretty reliable. If you follow 1911 internet groups, there seems to be more complaints on the E series than on previous models. They moved the construction plant from Mass. to Maine, maybe they started invoking cost cutting measures which induced more assembly line errors. Having stated that, my 1911PD was made in Maine - no problems at all.

The attractive point of the new E series is they've gone to a titanium firing pin to eliminate the firing pin block they used previously.

None of the new 1911's from S&W will be on the dreaded list, you'll have to do a SSE to obtain one, so add that to the cost of the gun and compare it to guns that are on the list to see if the price/performance is still worth it to you. I like the looks of the fish scale and they now have a round butt model which is the one I'd get.

08-11-2012, 5:59 AM
The E series S&W are great guns but you havent seen them around because they are not on the roster.

EBR Works
08-11-2012, 6:14 AM
We have a few of these in stainless and black that are on sale if anyone is interested. Email for details.

08-11-2012, 7:19 AM
Very nice 1911's. They're built on a 70 series without a FPB. They have all the desirable features. Three things that stand out in my opinion is the serrations on the top of the slide to reduce glare. The way they crown the muzzle. Its done so its recessed in the barrel bushing giving it further protection. The trigger is designed to minimize any play and then hand fitted. I ordered one in the black melonite finish at the beginning of this year. After a couple of months, I asked if they had an ETA on getting them in. They said it would take about a year. I canceled the order and got a Sig 1911TacOps which they had in stock. Love the Sig but the E series would have been nice to have. Its very different from all the other 1911's out there and priced around the SA MC Operator. Google it, there's alot of reviews on this bad boy. If EBR still has them in stock, I say get it. I would if I didn't have the Sig already.

08-11-2012, 8:31 AM
The standard production line SW1911 are my favorite <$1000 1911s because of the quality of craftsmanship but if you are budgeting for a Les Baer then I'd look at the one of the hand crafted S&W Performance Center 1911s (review (http://archives.gunsandammo.com/content/the-peak-of-performance)). The Performance Center version are well worth the extra few hundred dollars and seriously fine handguns.

Stainless (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/15094/Smith+%26+Wesson+SW1911+170261+45ACP+Performance+C enter)
Melonite over stainless (http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/11750)

MY PC1911 after the addition of a short trigger and Esmeralda's slim grips.