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pros/cons of slide mounted scopeon 1911

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by edg19, Oct 18, 2005.

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  1. edg19

    edg19 Member

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    Thinking of putting a red dot on my 1911 springfield. What are your thoughts pro or con of a slide mount? If not a red dot what do you think of doc optic sights. THANKS EDG19
     
  2. DMiculek

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    I use a slide mounted dot (Ultradot) on my 1911 for bullseye. It lowers the dot to the c/l of the bore and the pistol feels more natural (like a iron sighted one) when I fire.

    I don't like a slide mounted dot (tube type dot) for action or speed shooting as it makes the slide feel to sluggish.

    I can't speak for the doc type sight as I have never tried one.
     
  3. mattjoe

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    I dont think there are any pros to mounting a dot scope other than a JPoint sight on a slide. (jprifles.com)

    Sticking a tube sight on a 1911 slide is going to slow the slide down, screw up the guns timing, and beat your scope to death.
    Get a scope mount and mount it to the frame so it's just above the slide, and you'll be fine. This method won't let you lose sight of the dot during firing either, since it won't be moving back and forth and up and down some with the cycle of the slide.
    You'll just see your dot rise and fall some.
     
  4. lycanthrope

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    On a compensated gun the Doctor or JP sight will run just find and you won't lose the dot on a .38 super gun.

    Slide mounted dots are a bit easier to shoot close with as you don't have to adjust for the height above the bore. Some people who have shot irons for a long time have an easier time finding the dot in the beginning with the slide mounted option. On the other hand, an optic mounted off the slide tends to be a bit more stable on a compensated gun.
     
  5. bdutton

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    I know lots of bullseye shooters that use a slide mounted scope and swear by it.

    Pros:
    Easier to rack slide (Just put the palm of your hand over the front tube and press back).
    Easier to clean. No frame mounted shrowd to remove or clean around.

    Cons:
    Changes the feel of the gun. More mass moving with the slide.
    Frame mounted means lighter loads (not as much mass to move)

    I have a frame mounted scope and have shot other peoples slide mounted scoped guns. I prefer the frame mounted. It just has a better feel.
     
  6. rwmagnus

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    What frame mount do you use on a 1911? Happy with it?
     
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    Sorry for the delayed response. Mine is the Weigand scope mount.

    Mine was a bullseye gun built by David Santurri:

    http://www.santurriltd.com/
     
  8. md2lgyk

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    I've had an Ultradot (actually, the same one) on my bullseye .45 for almost 20 years. It still works fine. You might have to experiment with different recoil springs but that's not hard to do.
     
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