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Old 6 January 2015, 11:42
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Late to the party, favorite is a Colt Commander I started with in the 80's, currently have a Colt Government model. Most fun is my Remington Rand made in 1923, it was a shooter when I bought it from a widow in the 90's so I just kept shooting it. It is currently on loan to a friend who loves to shoot it as much as I do and has more time to play.
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Old 24 January 2015, 13:42
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Finally had a chance to shoot my 1911 with the standard guide rod (deep-sixed the full length), and 18.5 lb. recoil spring. As long as I download spare mags by one it runs like a champ again.
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Old 24 January 2015, 15:57
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Kimber Stainless Target in 10mm. What a great pistola. I bought some Trip research 9 rd mags that worked like champs as well.

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Old 25 January 2015, 02:31
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Finally had a chance to shoot my 1911 with the standard guide rod (deep-sixed the full length), and 18.5 lb. recoil spring. As long as I download spare mags by one it runs like a champ again.
Same repetitive issue when you don't?
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Old 25 January 2015, 11:52
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Same repetitive issue when you don't?
Yes. Even with the slightly stiffer recoil spring, the slide still didn't always want to go into battery when I conducted an empty gun reload by retracting the already locked open slide on a fresh 8 round Wilson brand mag (again, was not riding the slide home at all. Pulled to the rear until it slipped from my grasp). Download by one and it works just fine. I can live with it for duty carry, but not super thrilled with having to do it.
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Old 25 January 2015, 13:11
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Y'know, I think it's time to see a gunsmith or send the pistol back to Kimber.
My 20 year old 1911 has a long rod AND a shock buffer; it has always eaten anything and an eight round Wilson Combat is de rigueur.
My gun WAS built up by a smithy and it did make a couple of trips back until all was PERFECT.
Heavy spring and new Wilson Combats; makes me wonder about the feed ramp, now.
I'd have recommended, again, to have the magazine feed lips reformed, but a new Wilson? Arghhhhhh.
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Old 25 January 2015, 20:53
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I'd send it back into Wilson to have it fixed. It could be any number of things. You shouldn't need to download your mags, run anything heavier than a 16# recoil spring (unless you just WANT to) and you shouldn't need to change it before at least 1500 rounds (but probably closer to 2000-2500).

Even if you didn't buy the gun from Wilson, they'll take a look at it. You just pay for shipping, and they'll usually "reimburse" you by throwing in a mag or two when they return it.
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Old 25 January 2015, 21:00
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I have a bunch of Wilsons, a couple of of Les Baers, and an STI or 2 (custom built by Brazos Custom).

One of my Wilsons has over 10k rounds through it with 0 malfunctions of any kind. Out of all my Wilsons, I've only had one malfunction and that was with Speer Gold Dot...which isn't uncommon because of the shape of the round and the way it's seated in the case (farther out).

I describe 1911's as Ferraris. Great performance, but they require a lot of upkeep/maintenance. Glocks are like a good Chevy truck. Not quite the same performance, but works every.single.time.

Wilsons and other high-end 1911s give you the best of both worlds (for the most part). Tight tolerances and outstanding accuracy, but since the tight tolerances are "perfect" tight tolerances, you get great reliability as well.

I love them. But I still carry a Glock 19 most of the time... ???
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Old 26 January 2015, 00:41
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I'd send it back into Wilson to have it fixed. It could be any number of things. You shouldn't need to download your mags, run anything heavier than a 16# recoil spring (unless you just WANT to) and you shouldn't need to change it before at least 1500 rounds (but probably closer to 2000-2500).

Even if you didn't buy the gun from Wilson, they'll take a look at it. You just pay for shipping, and they'll usually "reimburse" you by throwing in a mag or two when they return it.
Really trying to avoid sending it back, but if it's still finicky after a few hundred more rounds I may do just that...
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Old 26 January 2015, 10:57
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As best I can recall, the standard for breaking in new 1911 was 300 rounds of military hardball. After that, there's an issue.
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Old 11 March 2015, 17:45
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Anyone got a Para P16.40 Pro Custom?

http://para-usa.com/2013/firearms/co...custom1640.php

I don't have a 40S&W at the moment and debating if I should fix that issue. I may save $500 and just get an M&P since I hate adjustable sights on (non-bullseye) pistols. S/F.....Ken M
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Old 13 March 2015, 16:08
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Love them

I too am a 1911 fan, there's just "something" about that pistol.
Have, well "had" (I gave my original series 70 armoloy finish to my son) four - Springfield Longslide, Kimber Custom II and Kimber UltraCarry II which I occasionally carry.
My 95% of the time carry is a Kel-Tec PF-9 in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster because it's just so convenient.
Also a fan of HiPowers, have a Capitan model and CZ-75B, just love wood and steel pistols.
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Old 11 April 2015, 01:24
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Just picked up a DW Specialist. Put 100 rounds through it day 1 and had no issues at all. Have to get more comfortable with the S8 sights however. Great gun and from what I could tell from appearance and finish, it was just as nice as the NH, EB, and WC that I saw and at about half the price. I understand looks aren't everything but still a pretty damn nice production gun.
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Old 14 April 2015, 10:00
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I picked up a WC Spec Ops 9 very nice gun, feel of 1911 with a polymer frame 16 round mags. As far as DW, will never buy another after my experience with that company.
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Old 14 April 2015, 12:31
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My first 1911 was a Colt Delta Elite, I loved that gun but in a moment of weakness traded it to a buddy. The good news is I still get to shoot it. 2nd 1911 was a Kimber Eclipse Custom 2, it was nice enough but when it got dirty it would fail to return to full battery. I know there are tons of folks that enjoy tinkering with or tricking out their 1911’s but if I have to do any work to a weapon so it will be reliable I just get rid of it. I will not own a weapon that is not “bet your life” reliable out of the box. My current 1911 carry is a Springfield loaded that I traded a member of Socnet for. It’s been a few years but I believe he said he had over 10k rounds thru it, I’ve put several thousand more and I can’t recall any malfunctions. There might have been one or two but nothing noteworthy. All my mags are Tripp Research and I’ve never had a problem with them.

This is my new baby, Colt MK IV series 80 in 38 supper. Recoil is about like a 9mm and she shoots as sweet as can be. I doubt I’ll carry this one unless she get a scratch, she’s just too pretty right now!

Funny story about the Kimber, I was hunting in East Texas when a local buddy showed up and asked if I wanted to go to a birthday party. I strapped the Kimber on and we headed out. When I asked who’s party we were going to he just said a friend of his named “Bill”. Turns out “Bill” was Bill Wilson. It also turns out that even though Bill and his wife were very cool and gracious he does not have much of a since of humor when you bring a Kimber to his house!
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Old 5 May 2015, 13:42
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Have quite a few 1911's, WC, Les Baer, Guncrafter No Name, and my new everyday carry is a Ruger SR1911. I now have over 2500 rounds through it with only one problem. At rnd 525 the Slide Lock broke which caused me to replace all cast parts with WC Bullet Proof parts and Big Dot 24/7 sights. I am having it Cerekoted in SOCOM Blue, with Micro slick insides. For the $ it is hard to beat.
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Old 5 May 2015, 13:45
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Have quite a few 1911's, WC, Les Baer, Guncrafter No Name, and my new everyday carry is a Ruger SR1911. I now have over 2500 rounds through it with only one problem. At rnd 525 the Slide Lock broke which caused me to replace all cast parts with WC Bullet Proof parts and Big Dot 24/7 sights. I am having it Cerekoted in SOCOM Blue, with Micro slick insides. For the $ it is hard to beat.

So what parts did you replace? What was the total cost of all replacement parts? Easy to install the replacement parts, drop in?
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Old 6 May 2015, 09:41
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I have Colts; one Series 80 Combat Commander and one 1991A1 full-sized that I've tweeked the internals and other small parts on. Both are very accurate and reliable, but it's just hard to beat Glocks or my Shield for daily carry. I really like Springfields, but have none at the moment. For leopardprey, I replace the slide stop, thumb safety sear and disconnector with bar stock or forged parts to take the place of any MIM. I also usually fit a grip safety with pad (manufacturers vary, depending on what suits me at the time).
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Old 6 May 2015, 11:56
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So what parts did you replace? What was the total cost of all replacement parts? Easy to install the replacement parts, drop in?
Replaced thumb safety, slide lock, all pins, main spring housing, and grip safety. All were replaced with Wilson Combat bullet proof parts. The cost was 549.00 for the pistol and 450.00 for the parts including the 24-7 big dot sights, and VZ grip panels. If you use Brownells you can get a better price as a vet...
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Old 8 May 2015, 17:48
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It looks as though you might be able to get milsurp 1911s from the CMP soon.

http://www.guns.com/2015/05/08/house...s-through-cmp/

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An add-on to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act that passed committee includes a plan to transfer the U.S. Army’s remaining stock of .45 ACP 1911A1 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Added as an amendment by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, while the NDAA was in debate in the House Armed Service Committee, it could see potentially the largest remaining stock of military surplus World War II-era handguns in government hands sold to the public.

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An add-on to the upcoming National Defense Authorization Act that passed committee includes a plan to transfer the U.S. Army’s remaining stock of .45 ACP 1911A1 pistols to the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Added as an amendment by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Alabama, while the NDAA was in debate in the House Armed Service Committee, it could see potentially the largest remaining stock of military surplus World War II-era handguns in government hands sold to the public.
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