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Arched or Flat?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by SuperNaut, Mar 5, 2007.


Arched or Flat?

  1. Arched

    41 vote(s)
  2. Flat

    49 vote(s)
  1. SuperNaut

    SuperNaut Well-Known Member

    I've slowly come to the realization that with 1911's, I prefer the feel of an arched mainspring housing, but I shoot better with a flat one.

    Which do you prefer and why?
  2. Stinkyshoe

    Stinkyshoe Well-Known Member

    I prefer flat. I have often wondered if guys who like the arched are also naturally Glock people. An arch 1911 and glock point the same for me.

    BADUNAME13 Well-Known Member

    Flat, with a memory bump on the beavertail.

    feels batter.
  4. Sniper X

    Sniper X Well-Known Member

    I use both, flat on most of my 1911's but oddly enough i have an arched checkerd one on my SA Defneder I use in 3 gun, and really like the way it feels although I don;t find any diffeence in accuracy with me between the two. I think arched looks cooler....if that means anything to anyone else but me!
  5. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Flat just feels better to me. Besides, it is supposed to be flat.:)
  6. Sniper X

    Sniper X Well-Known Member

    Werent most of the early or all the Government issued ones arched?
  7. Technosavant

    Technosavant Well-Known Member

    The model 1911 had a flat MSH. When they revised it to the M1911A1, it received the arched MSH.
  8. DorGunR

    DorGunR Well-Known Member

  9. Majic

    Majic Well-Known Member

    Arched with a long trigger. Places my finger in the right spot and gives me a more natural point with the pistol.
  10. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    The arched housing was added because many soldiers were hitting low. I found the same thing, so I added an arched the same time I dropped the full-length guide rod in my Kimber.
  11. wally

    wally Well-Known Member

    I prefer the flat, but the preference is not anywhere near stong enough to make me change one or not buy one in the first place.

  12. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I prefer the arched MSH because I can get a higher more secure grip ;)
  13. ron8903

    ron8903 Well-Known Member

    Flat MSH for me too.
  14. SuperNaut

    SuperNaut Well-Known Member

    Too early to judge, but I'm surprised at the preference for flat. I would have sworn on a stack of pancakes that arched would be more popular.
  15. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Well-Known Member

    Arch that sucker!
  16. byf43

    byf43 Well-Known Member

    And your point is????? :)


    While I love the look/feel of the FMSH, the bottom of that puppy hits me in the heel of my hand and digs in, like a shovel.
    So, on my Gold Cup, I put an AMSH from Pachmayr.

    Arched and long trigger. Perfect for my 'ham hands'!
  17. D-Man

    D-Man Well-Known Member

    My Colt came with a flat MSH, and the first few times shooting it I didn't have a problem with hammer bite (it does not have a beavertail on it).

    I liked the way the arched MSH felt, so put one on. The first time at the range with it, I was bit by the hammer. Not sure if that was a one-time only thing, or if it will be repeated in the future.
  18. byf43

    byf43 Well-Known Member

    My Gold Cup (above) is a 1984 model. I put the Commander hammer and beavertail GS on it, after discovering that the sear had one 'leg' chipped on it, a couple of years ago.

    I put the grip safety, sear and hammer in it, and no more hammer bite!!!!
  19. Dreamer

    Dreamer Active Member

    Arched with a long trigger. :)
  20. Shaughn Leayme

    Shaughn Leayme Well-Known Member

    Arched with long trigger.

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