shot my first 1911


March 6, 2007, 08:44 PM
i told a friend that i was looking at buying a handgun, and was looking at the ruger p345. he told me they are great guns, but wanted me to come over and shoot his stainless springfield milspec 1911. it shot beautifully. im not great yet with aiming a pistol, but on my very first shot, it was so smooth, i hit the target. wasnt like it was far away, but it was a 20 oz bottle about 20 yds away. i liked it a lot. i may have to start looking to get one of those instead

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March 6, 2007, 09:14 PM
We all evolve to the 1911....good you had a good 1st impression ;) I wonder how long you have your first 1911 :scrutiny:

March 6, 2007, 11:09 PM
They are addicting. When you start assembling and fitting pieces instead of buying completed pistols it is over for you. Crack is easier to kick.

March 6, 2007, 11:18 PM
1911's are great, but they are very expensive, so be prepared.:evil:

Right now i'm done to one plain jane Colt 1991A1, but i'm already wanting to start customizing it. But i'm resisting.

I'd recommend buying either a SA Mil-spec or a Colt and learning to shoot it as is.

March 6, 2007, 11:27 PM
It was the first hand gun that I shot, and continues to be the standard by which I judge all others.

March 6, 2007, 11:44 PM
I'll agree with the addicting, got my first in july 06, now I'm waiting on my second. only thing keping me from a third is I've been meaning to get into reloading (so I can feed my 1911's cheaper.....)

March 7, 2007, 12:08 AM
Buy one like your friends then you can go get a reloading set up to share and load up a bunch of 45acp rounds

March 7, 2007, 12:10 AM
Sounds like you had fun!

A word of caution, 1911s are addictive.

March 7, 2007, 12:14 AM
I bet you've already ordered the Caspian catalog, thats how I gave up porno... :D

March 7, 2007, 12:40 AM
Just so you know, first shot is usually great, then
flinching tends to set in, its normal!
When I got my 1911 I actually was digging ditches
in front of the target!!
Front sight, exhale, squeeze, repeat as needed.

Ala Dan
March 7, 2007, 12:56 AM
As others have said, the 1911 BUG is addicting. You start out with a basic
no frills version; and it won't be long before you will want to add one of the
high $$$$ models. I'm pleased that your first impression of the 1911 was a
good one; as it adds one more person too our society~! ;) :D

March 7, 2007, 07:10 AM
well, im not positive im getting a 1911, but id like just have to draw the line somewhere on price...and ive drawn it at around getting a winch for my jeep too with the same wad of i dont want to spend much more then a grand between the two of them...i was getting a 600 dollar winch, but, just so i can spend a little more on the gun, ive decided on a 500 dollar winch that i like equally, if not more then my first winch choice, so my cash line went from around 400 for a gun, to 500...but im so damn tempted to spend 650 on a lower end, infact im going to order the winch today so i dont have that extra money to tempt me to get a 900 dollar gun instead of both the gun and

but, its still possible, for my first pistol, that i may get the Ruger P345 like i originally wanted, plus that would give me some extra cash to save for my trip cross country i plan on taking in the, im still 75% leaning towards the ruger, but ill go in the next few days and look at a number of different 1911s and the ruger again

March 7, 2007, 08:00 AM
Be careful, if you intentionaly look for one you will find one that you have to have.

March 7, 2007, 08:51 AM
Be careful, if you intentionaly look for one you will find one that you have to have.

lol...thats why i just ordered my winch..that way i have to have a limit:D

March 7, 2007, 08:52 AM
that is an AWESOME 1911 collection greenfurniture! someday, i hope to have a collection like that:D

March 7, 2007, 09:57 AM
My advice? Buy the one you shoot the best, not the one that initially attracts you to it.

When I bought my first handgun back in 2004, I rented so many different types of guns, and convinced so many friends to let me shoot their guns, that I had a real solid idea for what I could effectively use. At the time, I had only fired one handgun: a S&W in 44 mag. I tried everything from 9mm to 45ACP, and from Glocks to 1911's.

I personally shot the 1911's the best, SIG Sauer's next best, and I ended up choosing a 1911 in 45ACP.

Years later, I have never regretted that decision. Although I have moved into SIG's as carry arms, and sold off most of my 1911's, I will always keep a few around and as the poster above said... I judge all pistols against the 1911.

Now, a friend of mine can shoot the center out of a target with any 9mm but can't hit the broadside of a barn with my 1911's.

It's a very personal thing. And what attracts the EYE doesn't necessarily work well for everyone as a TOOL. You will lose money selling handguns, so buy "right" the first time. Good luck!

(an aside, I used to be a Jeeper, and took my Jeep on a whirlwind offroad/MTB trip one summer. LOTS OF FUN. Do it)

March 7, 2007, 10:11 AM
thanx a lot for the advice lop. i really want to shoot one of the rugers, but i dont know anybody that has one, and ever where around here they are brand new, so i cant rent one to shoot...but i havent heard anything bad about them, only good things. and when i did hold one, it felt so right. i liked how it felt in my hands better then the 1911. the thing with the 1911, i have bulky the grip on the 1911 was a tad to small for my liking, but when i held the ruger P345, it was like my hands became part of cheesy as that sounds, so i dont think i would go wrong buying one even if i havent shot one, but i still want to shoot it to see exactly how it would behave. i pulled the trigger on one for a dry shot, i asked the dealer if i could b4 i did it, just to see how long the trigger pull was, and it did have some travel to it, but i could always get that adjusted later if i felt i needed to

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