I fell in love with the 1911


May 16, 2011, 07:10 PM
My Dad taught me how to shoot when I was 4. I've grown up shooting. I have almost no experience with defensive caliber handguns though. I've shot alot of .22 handguns and rifles. Plenty of deer rifles and bird guns. Dad never got out his 9mm or .45 alot though. He gave me a 3 inch Rossi .357 last Christmas and I was less than impressed with my abilities.

I came down with an illness that had me in bed for a month and found The High Road. I started researching defensive handguns, concealed carry (I turned 21 in November and have already taken a class), and proper handgun shooting. I decided I wanted to add an autoloader to my arsenal and starting reading THR all day in bed. I had fired about 4 rounds through a 1991A1 Dad had sitting in the closet and decided it kicked too much for me too handle. I just knew I wanted a 9mm. Manufacturers, Models, and Prices zinged through my head but I knew I'd never get a chance to see many of these guns.

I started fondling Dad's pistols. His Glock 19 was OKish in my hand. I shot horribly with it. The CZ75 felt a little fat and the trigger reach was almost too long (i have tiny hands). Then I pulled down the Colt. It felt perfect. I figured I would end up buying a 1911 in 9mm. Well yesterday I found some bone or antler grips of some type and decided to accompany my buddy to his land and give it a shot. I picked up a cheap Gunmate shoulder holster just to keep it accessible and out of the way while we were shooting and riding around the property. If anyone has any experience with that holster Id appreciate some tips on proper fit and what not, it worked fairly well the way i had it set up.

I ended up loving the .45. I'm a fairly heavyset guy so I shouldnt have been surprised I could handle it, I just had that childhood fear in the back of my head. I ran about 100 rounds through it. I shot much better than I thought I would. We shot the pistols at mostly 10 yards. I foolishly didn't take any pictures of my targets. I put one or two in the bullseye every mag. I would say my smallest group would have probably been 2-3 inches. It wasnt spectacular, but I'm excited about it. My buddy and I have decided to shoot as much as work allows this summer. Planning on going again next weekend. I've got to go to academy and stock up on FMJ and build a couple of target stands. Dad is going to miss this one.


My friend's M1 Carbine. Had a blast with it.

and a little video my buddy shot of me with the M1 and 1911


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Johnny Lightning
May 16, 2011, 07:23 PM
Nice Colt! Yea your dad is gonna want that back. ;) I have had my heart set on purchasing a Colt Gold Cup for a while now but have to save up some bones. The Colt feels just right in my hand...I know how you feel about your dads colt.

May 17, 2011, 11:52 AM
grats and there is no 12 step program for 1911 lovers

May 17, 2011, 11:59 AM
Congrats on the love affair that will last a lifetime. FWIW, I got out of shooting for a while and when I got back into it, the 45 felt like it had too much recoil. I shot mostly 9 mm then 45s on occassion. By shooting a pistol where I felt comfortable with the recoil and then something that felt a bit more I slowly over 3 or 4 months built up to the point where I really liked the recoil of the 45. It's not my favorite cartridge. I've found the same thing to be true of rifles and shotguns. In fact, I now like a bit more bump when I shoot a rifle. I guess what I'm trying to say is "never say never." If you dont' like the way something feels, try it out at a later date. You might have a different opinoin.

May 17, 2011, 04:35 PM
I think the 45 acp is great in any platform. I also think that anyone who likes to shoot handguns should own a 1911 45 acp. They are in a price range where they're affordable to almost everyone.

Sniper X
May 17, 2011, 05:21 PM
Oh yeah, you are done now! My first 1911 was about thirty years ago and I still have it as bad, or possibly worse than I did then! ALL I own in autos is 1911s other than one tiny carry gun.

May 17, 2011, 06:31 PM
It's hard not to enjoy a 1911.

Next trip - eye protection. A pair of regular old safety glasses from Home Depot or Lowe's are inexpensive and will work just fine. Protect those eyes. They need to last you for a while.

May 17, 2011, 07:52 PM
Great advice about the eyes....I'm dealing with a torn retina and waiting to be able to shoot again. Not a gun related accident but....those eyes are priceless.

May 17, 2011, 09:01 PM
I wore Costa Del Mars most of the day. I'll have to remember to throw a pair of clear glasses in the bag this weekend. I do keep ear plugs in at all times, and about 6 spares in my bag for visitors.

May 20, 2011, 09:37 PM
Browning was brilliant. A LW Combat Commander was my first pistol in 1975, bought a Kimber Custom Classic a year ago. My dad wanted a new pistol and asked me what I would like to inherit...Kimber Tactical Pro.

I own a LOT of pistols and it's hard to beat how a 1911 fits in your hand.

May 20, 2011, 11:22 PM
It is a platform ahead of its time and at 100+ years old it is timeless. It's one of my favorites too.

May 21, 2011, 12:01 AM
I'm taking it out again tomorrow. I've got a blackhawk Serpa, 150 rounds of FMJ, and one of those large circular self-healing reactive targets to test out.

May 21, 2011, 10:09 PM
Well, love the blackhawk. The target was a disappointment. I had a Polaris fuel pump go out on me a mile and a half from a phone. Oh, and my rear sight came off. I'm not very pleased about that, and I dont really know how to go about having it fixed. However it was an overall great day of shooting. Ill get some pics of my target groupings up and the broken sight up tomorrow. I'm exhausted at the moment.

May 21, 2011, 10:23 PM
Very cool! I am another young shooter, and I have fallen in love with the 1911 as well. When I get the chance, I'll post up the picture of my Kimber Custom II. Kimber bashers can say what the like, but I love mine. That Colt is hot, though.

Bob Shoots
May 21, 2011, 10:25 PM
I shot in a local league a couple of years ago using a Hammerli 22. I decided to rejoin this year but wanted to shoot center fire as well. I just shot my new 1911 today for the first time and realize that I need to spend a LOT more time at the range. I also need to look at target loads seriously. Any recommendations on where to start? The 1911 is a Springfield Armory Loaded Target model with a 5" barrel.

May 21, 2011, 10:34 PM
Dry fire... a lot! The 1911 trigger is different, and can take some getting used to. As far as ammo goes, I like Black Hills ammo personally, but that's just me. Also, you may not be used to the recoil of a .45 yet, coming from a .22 LR. For me, a set of Hogue wraparounds helped my accuracy and recoil control tremendously. (http://www.hoguestore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=24_50_146&products_id=4203) Hope this helps, and welcome to The High Road!

May 21, 2011, 10:39 PM
I agree with dcarch about dry firing and handling. I worked on my grip and stance and trigger control for hours before i was ever able to make it out to shoot. I have shot Blazer Brass with great success so far. However I am still only getting used to handling a .45 and rapid firing. I'm shooting respectably but I'm not going for target accuracy just yet. I'm gonna run through quite a bit of FMJ fodder before I start looking to pay for target loads. I can recommend Blazer Brass and Monarch as great FMJ to send down range.

Bob Shoots
May 21, 2011, 10:48 PM
I bought the snap caps when I picked up the gun and have gone through a dry fire practice a few times - you are right about the trigger pull. The Hammerli has grips target grips and I did notice their lack today. I will try the Hogue grips. Thanks for the input!

May 21, 2011, 10:53 PM
The price tag on those Hogues is really more suggested than anything else. I bought mine for $8. They help a LOT. Hope you enjoy your new gun.

May 21, 2011, 11:04 PM
The 1911 is easy to love

The Lone Haranguer
May 22, 2011, 08:23 AM
If I could find one that worked, and .45 practice ammo went back to the "good old days" of a ten-spot for a box - even $15 would be an improvement - it is hard to beat their combination of speed into action, handling and accuracy. Also, despite the weight and caliber, they are very slender and flat.

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