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Scandium 1911 from S&W

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by mrmeval, Jan 18, 2006.

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  1. mrmeval

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    http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0BQY/is_1_51/ai_n7581226

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    Way back in 1950 Colt introduced the Lightweight Commander and began new era for both the 1911 type and handguns in general. By using a strong aluminum alloy for the frame and reducing the barrel length to [4.sup.1][??] they shaved about 13 ounces of weight off the gun. Detractors and naysayers said it couldn't be done or that the pistol would rapidly self-destruct. Of course neither was true and somebody has made an alloy framed 1911 ever since.

    Then a couple of years ago Smith & Wesson learned of an aluminum alloy that contained a small percentage of Scandium and, using it coupled with a Titanium cylinder, gave us a 10.5-ounce .357 Magnum that can ruin the day of both shootee and shooter. The history of the gun industry teaches us that there are rapid spin-offs to any technological advance so it was really only a matter of time before S&W employed the Scandium alloy to join their new 1911 pistol. And they did it with the 4 1/4" barrel length. Hoo-rah.

    One of the most persistent myths about alloy-frame 1911s is the frame's feed ramp gets deformed as bullets pass over it from the magazine to the chamber. The hype is so bad sometimes it seems nearly miraculous to get a few hundred rounds through the gun. As I'm sure you know, the truth is far removed from the gunshop grapevine. It is surely true that feed ramps get battered sometimes. The myth usually blames one brand of ammo or another but most of the time the guns live long, happy lives with never so much as a burp or dent. If there is a problem, I think it is mightily exaggerated.

    One of the real issues with any lightweight firearm is how practical--or comfortable--it is to shoot. But in broad terms, reducing weight generally also reduces the number of rounds we fire in any given period of time.

    That said, the addition of a small amount of Scandium can almost double the tensile strength of an aluminum alloy. That would seem to be the ounce of prevention needed in case frames really do get beat up.
     
  2. The Real Hawkeye

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    I have one and like it. No malfunctions. Light and strong. A 1911 .45 ACP. What's not to like?
     
  3. jungle

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    The damage on aluminum framed 1911s feedramps has been attributed to the old style sheet metal followers in the magazine impacting the ramp on the last round. Use of a plastic or steel follower with a forward leg in these pistols will eliminate the damage.
     
  4. Ala Dan

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    S&W 1911Sc

    Greeting's All-

    While I don't own one yet (notice I said "YET":uhoh: ), I have sold quite
    a few. New owners rave about the quality of the S&W 1911Sc, and there
    have been NO reports of problems~!:D
     
  5. WillBrayJr

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    There haven't been any problems YET. I'm not convinced that "Wonder Metal" are for autoloading handguns.
     
  6. XD Niner

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    I sure like mine. Light, totally reliable and dead on accurate to boot. The fit and finish are excellent and it looks good too. :)
     
  7. IndianaDean

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    I liked my first PD so much I bought a 2nd one in full size. First one Commander sized.
    S&W 1911s are the best 1911 on the market in their price range.
    One of the best ones, period.
     
  8. WillBrayJr

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    I wouldn't say that, S&W has alot of competition from Springfield Armory.
     
  9. Khornet

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    Quite happy with mine

    no failures at all. Much easier to carry all day than my previous gun, a Para Tac Four with 14 rds of ammo.
     
  10. IndianaDean

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    I've owned 3 Springfields. While they were ok, I think the Smiths are superior.
     
  11. scubie02

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    well, we'll see--I'm picking mine up tomorrow! :evil: I've got 3 SA's that have all been problem free so far, so here's hoping its even better somehow ;) Perhaps it'll have a hot sister...
     
  12. IndianaDean

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    Are Springfields 100% compatible with Colt parts?
     
  13. jamz

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    For me, I think that the 4" SW1911sc would be the ultimate carry pistol.

    I just don't have the $800.00 for it yet.

    -James
     
  14. AnthonyRSS

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    +1, and + a bobtail frame. If Smith would offer that as a factory option, we wiould be set.
     
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