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Your first 1911.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Demitrios, Apr 7, 2009.

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  1. dmazur

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    Satin nickel Combat Commander -

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    I bought it 30+ years ago. Minor changes since, like polishing ramp and throating chamber. Titanium firing pin, slightly lighter mainspring, FLGR and night sights. Rosewood grips, but I still have the walnut ones with the Colt medallion.

    Trigger pull is 4.5 lbs and is "glass rod". I'm not planning to sell this one.
     
  2. BENELLIMONTE

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    My first 1911 was a 1st year S&W SC 1911. Very accurate, lite weight. I now own 4 1911; Les Baer Concept2, Taurus PT1911 & Springfield GI 1911. All great pistols, no malfunctions thus far. Not bad for a design almost 100yrs old. It is a true testament to the genius of John Moses Browning. I believe he will go down in history as the greatest weapons designer of all time.
     
  3. dwave

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    My first 1911 was a 1911a1 made in 1943 by Colt. I got it from a soldier from WW II. Very interesting guy. I spent a few hours talking to him. He kept it in immaculate condition.

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  4. cbailey

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    Early 1990’s Auto-Ordnance 1911: Worst pistol I’ve ever owned. Pretty much everything about it sucked, from reliability, durability, and accuracy standpoint. Local 1911 gunsmith wouldn’t touch it. AO couldn't get it working. Scared me off the platform for many years.

    My next 1911 (a Kimber, of all things), acquired over a decade later, is my favorite pistol of all times.
     
  5. Dr.Rob

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    My first was a 50's vintage Colt Commander Lightweight that was given to me as a gift for graduating college.
     
  6. John_galt

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    By summers end plan to own a SA TRP w the Army Kote finish. Will be my first.
     
  7. ejfalvo

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    Springfield Custom Operator, 4 inch, nite sites. Great, accurate pistol.
     
  8. Deanimator

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    Bottom, my first M1911 (and my first handgun), a Series 70 Colt, now my bullseye wadcutter .45.

    Top, my Giles .38 Special M1911.

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  9. goldcup

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    My first pistol and first 1911 was a colt gold cup tropy series 80
     
  10. metallic

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    My first and only 1911 is a Kimber Pro TLE II. Has 300 rounds through it so far and seems like its finally getting broken in. Still not reliable enough to carry yet.
     
  11. mljdeckard

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    I had an Auto-Ordnance one that was very problematic. I now carry a Kimber that has been flawless.

    In between I had a few others, a Colt 1991 that wasn't bad, but was unremarkable, a Para-Ordnance P-12 that was ok. None of them have been as good as my Kimber.

    I have shot the high-end custom guns, but never bought one. Nothing about them convinced me that the difference in cost was justified.
     
  12. skoro

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    My first was a Colt Combat Commander and for a long time it was my only. I've just recently latched onto a little Rock Island Compact, though. Doesn't compare all that well to the Colt in some ways, but it's a handy, pint-sized 1911 and has all the 1911 qualitites that I like so much. ;)
     
  13. Kind of Blued

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    Mine was acquired last year. In hindsight, I wish I would have bought something with Novak-style sights, but I understand that one's "First 1911" is a special thing, so I can't get myself to sell this thing.

    Here it is a couple hours after I walked out the door with it, at the range:

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  14. Browns Fan

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    There are only 2 guns that I have sold that I wish I had back... both are Colt Commanders. The first was a satin nickel series 70 9mm. It was gorgeous!
     
  15. effengee

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    Ever since I could point my finger and say BANG it's been a Colt 1911...

    After years of unfullfilled carrying of many different handguns, I got my tax returns this year and started calling gunshops for a 1911 that was less than $1,000... Figuring I was going to have to settle for a clone I just asked if they had any... The first 2 places named off a bunch of cheap ones but the third guy said: "I don't have any clones, I got a Colt Commander in the case" I screamed: "I'll take it!"

    And so I did, and it was good.
     
  16. underwritingtech

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    My first 1911 was a Kimber Custom Target, I bought back in 1997. It was my second handgun that I had purcahsed for myself. I still have it and it has always been reliable and it is my favorite 1911 among the five that I own.
     
  17. Demitrios

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    It finally happened. When I started this thread I had put a down payment on my RIA and today I went and picked it up. I must be out of my mind because I can't put the damn thing down. I can't wait to go shooting tommorow, pictures will be forthcoming. :D
     
  18. B BRI

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    Same here, I was 18, Remington Rand shot it for years and traded it off when I was 24 . . . . :banghead:

    Congrats on your new sidearm . . . John Browning is smiling down upon you . . .

    20 years later, I have several, but none replace the Remington Rand that got away.
     
  19. mjb03bolt

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    My first was a Browning BDA 45 , bought in a pawn shop in California in 1979Still have it and still is the best shooter I have. Also the only pistol that I have kept longer than 5 years.
    Mark
     
  20. spyderdude

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    I remember buying my first 1911. It was a Springfield Armory 1911A1 GI45 with the standard black finish. It felt like I was holding a piece of history, and I really liked it until I got out to the range to shoot it. The grip safety dug into the web of my shooting hand and almost made it bleed. I tried shooting the pistol with my thumb off the safety and that did not help any either. I really wanted to like the gun, but that grip safety just did not agree with me. I ended up selling it, and of course my desire for a 1911 continued and I tried a GI45 stainless and Mil-Spec models, same thing happened.

    Now I won't even bother with basic GI style 1911s. I've been after the Springfield Armory 1911A1 Loaded Black Stainless for quite some time, but its been put on the back burner as I've been concentrating on getting ammo and magazines for the guns I do have.
     
  21. Prion

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    My first was three months ago. SA TRP satin SS. First but not last. Nothing feels better in my hand. Love the 1911.
     
  22. Hostile Amish

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    Colt Gold Cup National Match. As soon as I shot that thing, I fell in love with the 1911.
     
  23. krs

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    I bought this Colt in 1966 through the mail. It was $17.95 + $2.00 to ship it from Texas (as I remember). It was an ad in the back of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. They had one that was $2.00 more, I remember, and now think that those must have been 1911a1's. There were Lugers too but I didn't get one even though they were cheaper than my Colt. Seems like there was some deal where if you bought two or more they'd send a Nazi helmet for free. There were lots of those for $1.00 each. Big ads that ran each month in a lot of magazines. Whole bunches of surplus sellers back then.

    Wish now that I'd been able to afford hundreds of them all but the $20.00 was a lot of money to 17 year old me.

    Same year I bought a 1957 Chevrolet Bel air two door hardtop for $450.00. A 283 with a 3 speed column shift that I changed to a Hurst floor shift, of course.

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  24. Carbon Helix

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    SaxonPig,

    I have seen you post pictures of your 1911 on other threads. I have to say it is one of the nicest looking firearms I have ever seen. Rugged but still elegant. It has just the right balance. I am very envious! ;)
     
  25. Loyalist Dave

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    Mine was a very old Thompson Auto Ordinance 1911A1 Govt. Very solid, but very mil spec. Part of the experience was to see if I could upgrade it to good accuracy and dependability without too much expense. Got a Colt match barrel and bushing, and had the barrel ramp adjusted. Had a trigger job done, and swapped out the extractor, the trigger, firing pin and spring, recoil spring, added a commander ejector, and added a full recoil spring rod, and flat mainspring housing, all from Wilson's Combat. Had the smith add MEC fixed sights. That thing shot very well, and I did very well in IPSC at the local matches (this was 1985 - I never got above C class). Used to gall the guys with the custom guns, as I had spent a whopping $500 for all my stuff, and they were looking at $800 - $1200 back then..., and I'd often place higher than about a 3rd of the folks.

    The local custom "combat" pistol smith in the area was a guy named Jim Funk, and he'd chuckle when I'd do well (I was just having fun and trying to learn some stuff, while getting better, not worried about winning), and he'd tell the guys who got angry at their expensive tricked out guns, "The magic is in the wizard, not the wand". I should've never sold that piece!

    LD
     
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