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Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by jhansman, Nov 26, 2007.

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  1. jhansman

    jhansman Member

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    ...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...
     
  2. Nitrogen

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    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.
     
  3. 10-Ring

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    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.
     
  4. TOADMAN

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    Yep, several times... Nature of the beast... I usually end up selling them at a loss.. Unsuccessfully, try not to repeat the mistake again.
     
  5. Sgt.Dusk

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    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)
     
  6. dsk

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    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.
     
  7. DogBonz

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    Yup

    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-
     
  8. Steve C

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

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    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.

    Boarhunter
     
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    +1

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

    Doc2005
     
  13. Bravo11

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    +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...
     
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    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.

    Doc2005
     
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    I'm not a big fan of Springfield's beavertails. They just don't feel right to me.
     
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    Yep

    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.
     
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    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.
     
  21. jhansman

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.

    Doc2005
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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