There's something about a 1911


Double Maduro
September 27, 2005, 12:54 PM
I don't know what it is but there is something about a 1911 that is magic for me.

Over the weekend a friend was going to the range and I invited myself along. She is a new shooter and is renting everything they have at the range to see what she should buy.

We had gone to a couple of gun shops and she had handled a lot of guns, so when they asked what she wanted to rent she said "Beretta 92, and a 1911".

They had just received some Para Ordnance 1911's so that was one she tried.

She went through a box with each and let me shoot a mag or two.


Let me start by saying that I don't like 9mm. It has nothing to do with stopping power or lack thereof, it has everything to do with recoil. I find the 9mm to have a snappy type of recoil which I don't enjoy that much. No, it's not too much recoil for me, it's just unpleasant and harder for me to control/recover from. The .45 recoil is much better for me and I shoot .45 better.

That being said, I put all the rounds from the Beretta in about a 2" spot at about 15 yards. Not bad for the first time with this combo and this was a range gun, well used.

Then she went and got the Para 1911. Maybe it's because the first handgun I ever fired was a 1911 or the tens of thousands of rounds of .45 I have run through them over the years, but 1911s just fit. I haven't fired a 1911 in about 3 years, not since I retired my 90 year old 1911 and started carrying a Ruger P90, but when I picked it up it was like it belonged in my hands.

There was an electric feel from my finger tips all the way to my spine, I was as happy as my Gordon Setter, Rose, when I task her with finding the birds.

I have never picked up a 1911 that didn't point perfectly for me, I can look at a spot on the wall, close my eyes and bring up the gun and when I open my eyes the gun is on target. Everytime. My friend said that after the first shot a big grin appeared on my face, my shoulders relaxed and I started shooting faster and more accurately than I had been with the Beretta.

I ran a couple of mags through the Para and pretty much had one ragged hole at about 15 yards. My friend had 1 fail to feed, the guy at the counter said it was brand new and hadn't been "broken in yet".

Now, don't get me wrong, I trust my Ruger P90 with my life, I shoot it as good as I ever shot anything, including 1911s. I am not looking to trade.

But there is something about a 1911.


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Art Eatman
September 27, 2005, 03:46 PM

Y'know, after almost sixty years of shooting a 1911, my hand's almost gotten used to it. :D

Not only that, I really prefer the appearance more than any other autoloader. Shape, size, feel, all that emotional, aesthetic stuff.


September 27, 2005, 03:54 PM
My friend had 1 fail to feed,

Yup. Something about a 1911. They feel great. And sometimes they even work.

All kidding aside. They are great guns. Accurate and well balanced. Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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