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Colt 1911 9mm

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tedcaster, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. tedcaster

    tedcaster New Member

    Feb 17, 2011
    I have heard that the Colt 1911 9mm barrel is inaccurate and that after market barrels are better, is this true?
    Also, does anybody have any information on a "MODEL 1972" Colt 1911 9mm?
    Any info on this would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you
  2. Oro

    Oro Senior Member

    Sep 22, 2007
    WA state
    An objective test of many factory and aftermarket barrels in the 1911 has shown that it's the fit of the barrel to the frame/slide that matters, not the maker's stamp on the barrel. Sorry I don't have the magazine article reference handy. Colt barrels will shoot almost equal to any manufacturer.

    If you are unhappy with the accuracy of your barrel after finding a load you shoot well and confirming your expertise, you can have a new barrel fit, or the existing one tightened. Either route works.

    I'm a 1911 fan, collector. Don't know of any 1972 variant of the 9mm models that was of note. The commander models split in 1970 (LW vs. Combat). The Series '70 started in July of 1970. Possibly 1972 was the first time they got around to making 9mm's in the series. However, it's not noted as special or worth a premium but to a die-hard collector and only if it's boxed in mint condition.

    On the dyslexic front, there's a well-known "M1927" Colt. That's the Argentine model, but it was only in .45 ACP. Fantastic pieces if you can get one intact.

    I stuck a Group-gripper guide rod in this 9mm Commander; it out-shoots any Sig I've seen or fired. Don't see a problem with those Colt barrels... ;)


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