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Colt combat commander and Kimber Eclipse ultra. Nothing like throwing a .45 caliber freight train at a BG
Hello. Yes, I am a fan of the 1911 pattern pistol and have been for years.
This is an early Kimber "Clackamas" Custom that has served well over the years. (I should have had enough sense to buy two.)
This is a Series 70 Colt that I bought new in that decade. It was customized by Lou Williamson.
An STI Trojan in .38 Super...
This is a like new Norinco I found at a fair price. It is pretty much "home tinkered" but has never missed a lick. I did have a gunsmith install the fixed sights and reblue the slide.
This is a "home built" Caspian .45 ACP Long Slide. It has a Kart EZ-fit bbl and has proven itself both accurate and reliable. Only handtools were used; no dremel other than to polish the inside of the dust cover.
Gunsmith, Lou Williamson, did this Colt slide/Caspian frame/Kart bbl gun for me in the mid-80's. It's run fine for decades.
...a second "home build" but in the 5" version.
STI 9mm Trojan Long Slide...
Nice rack of 1911s there Stephen,
I just picked up a Combat Commander, high polish blued. It looks to be close to original. GI sights rubber grips, 7 rd mag, short trigger, 95% barrell, and all parts work! It does need a trigger job though, And I may need to slather some International Orange on the front sights so I can see them!
I'm headed to the gun show tomorrow to try to fing some factory 7 rd polished blue mags.
Hello, sir, and good luck with your Combat Commander.
Thanks for the kind words.
Nice collection of 1911s, Stephen. I would like to have a 1911 in 9mm, what can you tell me about the STI?
Hello. My 9mm Trojan Long Slide is an earlier one and has the flatter front grip strap than the more rounded ones on current guns. The pistol has a one-piece feed ramp and a trigger that I would estimate at about 4-lbs, perhaps a tiny bit less, but it breaks cleanly with no creep.
The pistol has never malfunctioned with +P ammunition, but on occassion the slide will fail to lock back when using standard pressure loads. I think these come with 10 or 11-lb recoil springs (Don't remember for sure), and a friend having the same problem went with a recoil spring 1-lb lighter in his long side and the failure-to-lock-back after the last shot went away.
As I normally shoot warmer loads in this one, my recoil spring was not reduced.
The pistol has never, ever failed to feed, extract, or eject with a wide variety of handloaded JHP's, usually Hornady 124-gr. XTP's loaded to about 1240 to 1260 ft/sec.
To me, felt recoil from any 9mm in a service size pistol is not "bad" at all, but it is very, very reduced in this pistol. When firing quick repeat shots, the sights hardly seem to move in recoil.
Accuracy is superb and well beyond what I can do off-hand in the field. I own a SIG P210, a handgun usually given great honors for accuracy, and it truly is, but whether the STI is as accurate or just easier for me to shoot well, I don't know; I shoot the STI Trojan Long Slide better than I do the P210.
On a good day and from a rest, groups from the Trojan with selected loads
usually go into about 1 1/2". On an average day, they hit about 2 to 2 1/2"; I'm sure it is me.
The chamber is very well supported and I guess if a person wanted to hotrod 9mm, this might be a good choice. I do shoot warmish loads, but nothing in the "nuclear" range.
These 5-shot groups were fired with the STI Trojan at 15 yards. They were done with me seated, with my wrists braced, and in slow fire.
This 25 yard 9-shot group was fired seated, wrists braced, and in slow fire using Winchester USA 115-gr. ball.
This is what my 9mm Trojan is "fed" most of the time. It's a heck of a good small game load and one that's proven accurate in a number of my 9mm pistols.
The "STIppling" or scallop-like cuts on the front slide do offer a bit more purchase than plain steel, but to me not as much as either vertical grooves (ala Gold Cup) or checkering.
#1 'riinco setup for pins and targets:
#2 'rinco setup for carry:
I own a few 1911's:
This first one is my pride and joy an SVI widebody I used to take the Minnesota section title last year in the limited class. It is currently off to Tripp research to have a hard chrome finish applied to the stainless steel.
This pistol is one of my favorite carry pieces. It is a Springfield TRP Professional.
The last one for display is my S_I open gun. I was able to make master class with it this spring (USPSA sport)
It's hard to really have an overall favorite. They all serve their purpose and they do it well.
My Ultra-Compact Mil-Spec Springfield
I have a Kimber Pro Carry and a 70 series Colt Government Model. Gotta love the 1911's.
Yes, I own several 1911s. All Colts save for a Kimber.
Here is the latest addition.
Series 80 MK IV Combat Commander. African Ivory panels over Pierce wraparounds.
Box stock otherwise.
A Colt NRM Commander and a Springfield LW Champion
I got one and the boss's got one.
Mine is S&W a 1911 .45 scandium PD with a 41/4" barrel.
1911 S&W .45 SS with 5" barrel. The bosses target and home defence gun.
Between the two guns we got over 4000rds with only one failure. I run all kinds of ammo through them as I reload my own. Good guns.http://www.handgunforum.net/newreply...wreply&p=40513
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Not one for me yet. I'm happy with my G23 but hope to get a 1911 someday.
Guilty - have a few in the house.
Colts, Kimbers, STI, Wilson
9mm/38Super, 45ACP, 40 S&W, 10MM
I've got 2 Springfield (champion) 4"bbl and my ccw Colt Officer's 3 1/2"bbl
I have "a few". I really like the 1911 platform.