Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

What are the Top 5 Problem for a 1911

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Brad5192, Jun 28, 2010.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Brad5192

    Brad5192 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2008
    Messages:
    202
    Location:
    MN
    What are the top 5 problem you will have with a 1911?
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2010
  2. gbw

    gbw Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2009
    Messages:
    621
    Location:
    Deep South
    From some experience, and assuming a quality manufacturer,

    #'s 1-3: People messing with them

    #4: Magazines

    #5: Ammunition

    Not to say there aren't other problems, there can be other problems and they show up occasionally, not more so than any other well built pistol.
     
  3. FLAvalanche

    FLAvalanche Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2010
    Messages:
    810
    Location:
    Port Charlotte, Florida
    Reply of the century...
     
  4. loadedround

    loadedround Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2006
    Messages:
    3,351
    Location:
    Valley Forge, Pa
    I was not aware of any problems with the 1911 with the exception of the current prices. :)
     
  5. barnett

    barnett Member

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2006
    Messages:
    145
    Location:
    plano texas
    Biggest problem I see, is that now that folks in Chicago can buy them, the price will prolly go up!
     
  6. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2006
    Messages:
    12,993
    Location:
    Happy Valley, UT
    1. Not enough ammo
    2. Not enough time to shoot
    3. People want to borrow it
    4. Sense of superiority
    5. Makes you want to buy more 1911s.

    :D
     
  7. rellascout

    rellascout member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2004
    Messages:
    5,149
    Location:
    VA
    None if you do not Bubba the gun my modifying it without the proper skill and knowledge.

    Mags sometimes can be an issue but for the most part if you are sticking to brands like Wilson, Chip McCormick, Metalform, Colt, Mecgar etc.... you will be fine.
     
  8. Fremmer

    Fremmer Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2009
    Messages:
    2,284
    I'll try.

    1. Small parts prone to breaking: Lots of small parts in the 1911, and some of them will break (slide release lever, etc.).
    2. FTF last round, sometimes caused by mag problem (hence the dimpled follower or paying $35.00 for a super dooper mag).
    3. Lack of ammo capacity. You're limited to 8 (or 7 if you don't trust 8 round mags) rounds.
    4. Pinching the hell out of your hand when you slap that mag into place. Padded base plates on the mag will help, but won't look as good.
    5. The sights aren't so good on the GI models.

    That's the best I can come up with. But every type of pistol can, and will, have its own problems.

    Edited to add: and full-length guide rods make re-assembly a pain without a special tool.
     
  9. Canuck-IL

    Canuck-IL Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2005
    Messages:
    1,590
    1. Manufacturers who veer too far from established specs
    2. Newbies 'improving' the gun
    3. Poor quality reloads
    4. Lack of basic maintenance, mags included (springs are a consumable item)
    5. Cheap mags

    I disagree re too many small parts - the model is one of the absolute simplest to strip and reassemble; quality parts, not always the cheapest, are not prone to breakage.
    /Bryan
     
  10. jem375

    jem375 Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2003
    Messages:
    1,508
    Location:
    Minnesota
    If there were 5 problems with the 1911's, no one would buy them:)
     
  11. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2002
    Messages:
    18,684
    Location:
    Deep in the Ozarks
    My experience:

    1. Bubbaized guns -- people who don't know what they're doing messing with them.

    2. Quality control -- the patents are all long expired and the gun is popular. Everyone and his dog produces M1911s, and the dog has poor quality control.

    3. Magazines -- the dog makes magazines, too.

    4. Ammunition. A lot of bullets, including many cast bullets, were not properly designed for the M1911, or were designed by people who didn't understand the M1911. A lot of lousy handloads have been shot in M1911s, too.

    5. Poor or sloppy aftermarket (and sometimes OEM) parts -- extractors that "clock," rough or inadequate ramping and throating, sloppy firing pin stops, and so on.
     
  12. ghitch75

    ghitch75 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2009
    Messages:
    744
    Location:
    Greene County,Indiana
    1911'S are a sickness....only problem i have..
     
  13. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Member

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2008
    Messages:
    2,873
    Good try but.....:
    1. A slide release is not a small part, and if you get a good one they will never break.
    2. Any gun can FTF last round.
    3. Dude, if you need more than 8 rounds, plus a reload, your first bet is to get a bigger gun, or some shooting lessons.
    4. I've done that once, it's all it took. :cool:
    5. But worked fine for the GIs that used them.
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2010
  14. Brad5192

    Brad5192 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2008
    Messages:
    202
    Location:
    MN
    So would one be crazy to trade his Glock 21sf for a 1911???
     
  15. Ratdog68

    Ratdog68 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Messages:
    1,978
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    I'll play

    1. Not enough of them in my possession
    2. Unfair sex appeal advantage over other platforms
    3. Just their mere presence/mention evokes jealous rants from others
    4. Ammo is spendy
    5. Not enough of them in my possession.

    :evil: :neener:
     
  16. Ratdog68

    Ratdog68 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2008
    Messages:
    1,978
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Had this dislexia problem long? :D
     
  17. Brad5192

    Brad5192 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2008
    Messages:
    202
    Location:
    MN
    WHAT!!!!
     
  18. Lone_Gunman

    Lone_Gunman Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    8,056
    Location:
    United Socialist States of Obama
    I will agree with you, if by "people" you are including all the employees at Kimber.
     
  19. ghitch75

    ghitch75 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2009
    Messages:
    744
    Location:
    Greene County,Indiana
    have you traded yet?
     
  20. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2006
    Messages:
    12,993
    Location:
    Happy Valley, UT
    Depends on which 1911. ;)
     
  21. Brad5192

    Brad5192 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2008
    Messages:
    202
    Location:
    MN
    No I have not traded yet.
     
  22. trekgod3

    trekgod3 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Messages:
    246
    Location:
    Jupiter FL
    Keep the Glock! It's lighter and holds more rounds:)
     
  23. ghitch75

    ghitch75 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2009
    Messages:
    744
    Location:
    Greene County,Indiana
    i wouldn't trade a run over by a semi 25 times for llama 1911 for a Glock!!!!
     
  24. yongxingfreesty

    yongxingfreesty Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    1,396
    where is that funny 1911 picture when you need it? the one about keeping gunsmiths employed and job security?
     
  25. wojownik

    wojownik Member

    Joined:
    May 15, 2009
    Messages:
    1,872
    1. issues with magazines - my Springfield mag were doo-doo, and replaced those. On the other hand, I'm still using the Colt mags my Colt 1991A1 came with a decade ago.
    2. feed ramp (depending on vendor - I had to have mine polished on a NIB Springfield, but my Colt has worked flawlessly right out of the box.)
    3. occasional extractor problems (not that that doesn't happen to other pistols as well - and it's never happened to me personally).
    4. not as easy to re-assemble for some folks after field strip (OK, yeah, I'll admit to be being clumsy and leaving idiot marks...)
    5. not much else worth noting - the 1911 is a truly solid design. Just go with a good manufacturer, and that should minimize most potential issues with any firearm.

    Pretty minor issues all in all for a reliable time- and combat-tested platform. I have three 1911s (Colt, Springfield and Argentine Sistema Colt), and will soon be in the market for a fourth (either a 1911 or a Sig p245, if I can find one). Maybe the biggest problem is too many options/variants to choose from, but on the other hand, if you want a 1911, you can be sure to find something that tickles your fancy.

    I had a Glock once. Not my cup of tea. For me, the best .45 platforms by far have been the 1911A1 and the Sig p220. Plus, for a "full size" pistol, I've found the 1911 to be more concealable and carry-friendly than smaller handguns. As in all things, YMMV.
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2010
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page