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1911 question

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by BP Hunter, May 3, 2012.

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  1. BP Hunter

    BP Hunter Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Ok. I have a Taurus PT1911. It is the only 1911 I have and the only 1911 I have ever shot. It happens to me my favorite handgun in terms of getting to a target fast, its trigger pull and its accuracy. And for a Taurus, it has been uttely relaible. My brother didn't like it. He said it was too snappy and hurt the web of his hand when he shot it. He has tried shooting the Ruger SR1911 and a Kimber (model, I don't know). He said they were more comfotable and the recoil was lighter.

    1911's basically have the same components, correct? The type of steel are maybe different. But I am asking, what made those more expensive guns more shootable than my Taurus? Will changing the recoil sping also make a difference?

    Thanks for you responses.
  2. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Member

    Feb 5, 2010
    Hawkeye East
    There are many ways to change a 1911's recoil characteristic. Among them: ammo, recoil spring, hammer spring, overall weight, firing pin stop profile, higher blended beavertail GS, compensators and lightening cuts.

    So yes, it is possible to prefer one to another. Many people also benefit from double ear protection as their brains perceive louder noise with more recoil.
  3. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

    Jan 19, 2006
    Happy Valley, UT
    Was ammo the same? Ammo makes a BIG difference.
  4. Greg528iT

    Greg528iT Member

    Mar 10, 2010
    I shot my Springfield hand in hand with a Kimber.. literally shot one shot, set down, picked up the other back and forth. just to compare triggers, general function. same bullets. I had a hard time telling the difference.

    I also have some nice soft shooting 200gr, 700 fps loads. Run them compared to 230gr, 880 fps loads and you'll notice a big difference.

    Also as already said. recoil spring and other differences will affect felt performance.
  5. Jim K

    Jim K Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Sometimes small things, like the angle of the corner of the frame or the thickness of the grip can make a difference. Also, people's hands are different as are other parts of the anatomy. I have a friend who owns several custom stocked rifles, but I cannot shoot them. Why? Because he has high cheekbones, and I can't "get down" on his stocks to use the scope unless I put my head sideways on the stock.

  6. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Member

    Apr 16, 2010
    Quincy, FL
    This. Cheaper ammo tends to be not as hot as defensive type loads. If he was shooting Tula in the Kimber and Ruger, and defensive loads in your pistol, yours would feel more snappy. Also, the Taurus may have sharper edges on the frame compared to the kimber or ruger. Personally I carry an RIA FS Tac every day and love it, my Colt stays on the shelf.
  7. threoh8

    threoh8 Member

    Dec 29, 2010
    Lubbock, Texas
    Ammunition, as stated, can make a big difference in the shooting experience.
    Also, sharp edges, stock thickness and shape, recoil spring strength can also change how the pistol feels in recoil.

    In the early 1980's, a friend bought a new 4" Colt Lawman .357 with the factory wooden stocks (skinny at the top, huge at the bottom). We went to try it out, and I brought my 6" Ruger Security Six with Pachmayrs.

    He was convinced that the Colt was much more powerful than the Ruger, using the same ammunition, because you could FEEL the difference. It hurt his hand more, and was louder. I suggested that, if anything, the Ruger was probably throwing bullets faster, having a longer barrel. It didn't hurt that it had no sharp edges or hard checkering to bite the palm or thumb, and had a more muzzle-heavy weight distribution. But, he was a lawyer and I was just an engineering undergrad. Silly me.
  8. jimniowa

    jimniowa Member

    Apr 17, 2011
    Georgetown, TX
    I bought my first 1911 Colt series 70 over 30 years ago. I acquired a taste for the 1911 as the USN had me on the firing line every 6 months starting at age 18. This in my opinion is the most incredible pistol. My old series 70 has been tricked out to handle most types of ammo I would feed it. I recently bought a Kimber 3" in a .45 acp this a piece of work as in accuracy and function. This 3" is a differnet carry piece for me as over 300 down the throut of fmj, jhp, and lead. Would like to find some 200-230 jsp for it. " In any case bring them on"
  9. Stever301

    Stever301 Member

    May 4, 2012
    @Raildriver "Personally I carry an RIA FS Tac every day and love it..." I've shot Kimber, Springfield & Ruger 1911's. I own a RIA 1911 FS Tactical and couldn't agree with you more! The weapon is tight, accurate and comfortable to shoot.
  10. doubleh

    doubleh Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    NM-south of I-40
    I own a Taurus PT1911 and a Colt Series 70 Gold Cup National Match. Shooting the same ammo in either I can tell no difference except the Taurus stacks the empties in a small area and the Colt scatters them everywhere. :D That includes shooting one, then picking up the other and shooting it.

    Sensitive hands, maybe?
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