Ever shot a new gun...


November 26, 2007, 10:52 PM
...and realized you didn't really like it? That's what happened to me with my new 1911. I just can't say that I am all that thrilled with it. It's a very nicely made pistol (SA Loaded model PI9132LP) and shoots fine. It just doesn't feel good in my hand. It's weird, because I bought it after shooting almost the exact same model as a friend's, which impressed me a lot. I dunno, maybe I got my hopes too high, but I'm thinkin' I'm not a 1911 kinda guy, and will probably sell it. I will take it out again and give it another go; maybe it was an off day. I know this is heresy for some of you, but I wonder if this has happened to anyone else out there. Kinda depressing. Sigh...

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November 26, 2007, 10:57 PM
Absolutely. In fact, it happens to me a lot. I've probably traded/sold half the guns i've bought.

I liked the idea of teh P3AT, but hated how it shot, so I got rid of it.
I liked the XD9 SC, but then got ahold of teh S&W M&P9, which I liked better, so I sold the XD.

I had a Bersa .380, but ended up not liking how much more recoil a blowback action had, so I got rid of it.

November 26, 2007, 11:02 PM
Give it some time. When I first started shooting 1911s, I was not totally impressed. Then, after shooting one for a while, the 1911 has become a fave.

November 26, 2007, 11:06 PM
Yep, several times... Nature of the beast... I usually end up selling them at a loss.. Unsuccessfully, try not to repeat the mistake again.

November 27, 2007, 12:34 AM
I think that very few feels great the first time, like with women....but you learn to love it and soon you pump it all day (the gun I mean)

November 27, 2007, 12:43 AM
I've bought guns before based on how they felt in the hand, only to find they had very negative characteristics when actually shooting them. That's why I will now either buy only a 1911, or if it's a completely different design I want to try out a rental first at the local indoor range. Already more than once I've tried out a rental, only to discover I really didn't like how it shoots.

November 27, 2007, 12:52 AM
Been there. Done that. Got the T-Shirt. In fact, my dumb a$$ did it twice... with the same gun- The Beretta 92FS. I love the looks. It is moroe accurate than me. Very reliable. Just not a good fit for me. I liked them both, but at the end of the day there are guns that fit me better that that cash could be used for. If money was no object (yeah... right) I would buy a nother one because I love the looks, but I probably would almost never shoot it.

Oh well-

Steve C
November 27, 2007, 01:02 AM
It just doesn't feel good in my hand.

I've always been able to correct this with a change in grips.

November 27, 2007, 10:55 AM
I love the 1911, but I especially like the feel of a 1911 with thin grips (e.g., thin Alumagrips). So one option is to slap some thin grips on it and see if it changes your attitude. Or sell it and move on. It happens to the best of us.


November 27, 2007, 10:56 AM
I especially like the feel of a 1911 with thin grips

I got one that came with the thin grips, and they're great. Try those if the grip just doesn't feel right.

November 27, 2007, 03:27 PM
Oh yes, I suspect a lot of us try something and then find it doesn't fit the need or the gun doesn't work as expected. I have traded or sold 2/3 of the guns I ever bought to narrow it down to the ones that work best for me. I have tried all types of handguns. I kept coming back to 1911s with adjustable sights. A lot of it is personal taste, what fits your hand, what you are doing with the gun (targets, carry, hunting, HD, etc.).

You cannot try on someone elses shoes and get the same fit. You have to try on new ones yourself and see it they are confortable.

November 27, 2007, 03:31 PM
Not all 1911s are alike. I have bought 1911s only to get to the range, start firing my other 1911s, and have it dawn on me that the grips are very dissimilar!!!!! Dissimilar to the degree that the new one got offed! My Colt Series 70 Reproductions are the only 1911s that fit my hand like a latex glove. I like my other 1911s, but they do not fit my hand as naturally as these. Yes, is my answer to your question.


November 27, 2007, 03:41 PM
1911's, like beer, can be an aquired taste.
I had a small collection of auto pistols and thought I needed a revolver to help round it out. I bought a Ruger BlackHawk .357/9mm conv. I hate the way the grips feel. I could never get a good hand hold on it.
I'm about to trade it in for something else.

November 27, 2007, 03:42 PM
Yup. HK USP 9mm fullsized. Talked myself into that one and knew it was over without getting through the first WWB.

I traded it for a Sig P220 within a month.

November 27, 2007, 03:42 PM
Beretta 92fs for me too, just cannot shoot this gun accurately at any range -just a misfit somehow with my hand. Same gun drills cloverleafs when fired by my friend.

I'm a M1911 guy, they all feel and shoot good in my hands, and my custom ones feel perfect to my hand.

November 27, 2007, 03:51 PM
+1 on the Thingrips. AND, if you have the opportunity, compare the grip of what I suspect is your stock, flat mainspring backstrap to an arched one, ie Smith and Alexander. See if that improves or worsens things...

November 27, 2007, 04:32 PM
Please post a picture of the pistol so we can get a feel for the set-up. Also, please post a picture of your friend's 1911.

Here is the problem. You said, "almost the exact same model ..." It must be exact, or it is not the same. See what is different on your 1911 versus your friend's 1911, and then set yours up the same...the exact same. :) I have discovered that to feel comfortable in my hand, a 1911 must have:

1) an arched mainspring housing
2) thin, deeply checker grips
3) checkered front strap or skateboard tape
4) Series 70-type (non-bumped, non-beavertail) grip safety

As an FYI, the best grips for my hand are the Kimber Warrior "Nutter Butter-like" grips. Even if oily, they stick to the hand. :) Don't sell it; modify it to fit your needs.


Josh Aston
November 27, 2007, 06:24 PM
I'm not a big fan of Springfield's beavertails. They just don't feel right to me.

November 27, 2007, 08:58 PM
XD compact 9mm. Very accurate and easy to shoot but I just didn't like the balance or feel of the thing. I also had a S&W 386 s/c that I never liked. The light weight (the reason I bought it) just didn't feel right to me. Both guns were sold soon after I bought them.

November 27, 2007, 09:05 PM
LOVE the 1911's, but they were too heavy for CCW. Then I got a Springfield Loaded Lightweight. Oh, mama!! A 1911, less weight and night sights. I'm in love!!!!:D:D:D

Yeah, I have a few now that I will sell due to my lack of interest.

November 28, 2007, 12:19 AM
Since that post, I've had time to think it over, and have decided to keep the gun and make it mine. Tonight it got a new, shorty guide rod, recoil spring, & SS plug. New grips, new arched MSH, & better sights will likely turn it into the gun I want. Thanks for all the replies. I'm glad I was able to get over this attack of 'buyer's remorse' and just get on with it.

November 28, 2007, 12:31 AM
Yep a PT-92 Terrible feel . I have fired less than a box and it just sits. I will keep my 1911's and you all can have these oversized hi cap ill fitting DA/SA 9mm . Trigger sucks to.

November 28, 2007, 01:50 AM
Awesome news!!! Glad it's working out for you! Tomorrow I have to buy a new arched mainspring house for my new Colt Gold CUp Trophy...it came with a flat one. :( It also needs new grips...came with those wrap-around cheapies.


November 28, 2007, 01:51 AM
Several actually and not just handguns. The one that sticks out most in my mind was the Browning BDM that I bought. I never could get used to the trigger so I traded it in on a Beretta Px4 and couldn't have been happier.

It is true however that some guns just require a little time to get to know, over time some of my guns went from disappointment at first to satisfaction over time. Sometimes if you are too accustomed to how one particular gun feels all others feel wrong.

November 28, 2007, 02:16 AM
That's why you should shoot at least 200 rounds on a rental before plotting down the cash.

At least now you know what to look for: ergonomics, recoil comfortablilty, etc.

November 28, 2007, 02:40 AM
Thats the thing about 1911's. As a friend of mine said:
"The 1911: The best gun you'll ever have that'll end up at the gunsmith as soon as you buy it."

November 28, 2007, 04:17 AM
I've managed to weed out the malcontents.

The Glock 29 and 30, gone.

The 92FS, traded for a BHP.

The Taurus 85, sold to finance my KT P32.

The stainless Luger, traded for a Smith 65-6LS.

That's pretty much it.

November 28, 2007, 09:20 AM
I agree with Doc2005!

You can do a lot to a 1911 to personalize it. You should be able to make it work very well, and it's fun.

I have not really tried out a new gun that I just didn't like. Maybe because I research things a lot beforehand, maybe I'm just lucky. I have lost interest in some over time, realizing their shortcomings... I guess I typically buy something based on the +'s and only over time do most of the -'s become apparent or begin to get annoying.

November 28, 2007, 09:59 AM
When I buy a gun that ultimately does not please me, or if a particular gun loses my interest, I simply oil it up good and stick it in the safe. Over time, you can accumulate quite a number of guns that either retain their value or improve in that regard. And when I pass, my child bride can sell them all and throw a big party in my memory. At least that is the plan....


November 28, 2007, 11:05 AM
The try out a rental gun is a good idea but I don't have a place to do that.
I have ordered a few guns that I have never touched. I'm about to order a Springfield Loaded Target that I have never touched. I hope you guys on THR know what your talking about when I posted about it earlier:)

November 28, 2007, 11:27 AM
Reliability is what makes or breaks a good firearm, but once reliability is established comfort (including convenience - small, lightweight, mag size, etc) is what sets one apart from another.

Perhaps if you talk about what exactly it is that doesn't "feel good" to you (width, weight, rough trigger guard, grips, hammer design, etc etc.), we can help you figure out an easy, cheap, and effective way to give your pistol a second chance.

Good thing about guns that go through multiple wars with a good reputation is they stay around forever and there's always a lot of different stuff you can buy for em spare parts wise.

November 28, 2007, 12:57 PM
It happened with my Walther PPK/S (S&W). Loved the way it looked, disliked the shady reliability. Traded it in towards a Glock 26... never looked back. As for 1911's, they are not for me. Too much weight and bulk plus significantly less firepower (capacity). You can get more "bang" out of a Glock or an XD in .45 with significantly less weight. Granted, 1911's certainly look cooler... they are an antique by design though.

November 28, 2007, 02:23 PM
It won't make me popular here but I have never liked 1911's. But I'll be the first to admit that I have odd tastes.

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