Make mine Baer
Definately a Wilson or Nighthawk in a officer sized frame for carry. Nice tight fitting slide there eh Dredd.
I also,Les baer SRP.
How ironic that military special forces, swat teams and other specialists of the culture, seek and demand 1911 pistols in 45 ACP; while amateur, wanna-be gunfighters denegrate a fairly asked question with off-topic banter.
I view a semi-automatic handgun as a close-range, defensive weapon. To that end my favorite 1911 is one that is loose and reliable, such as my Springfield Mil-spec, or a GI version from Springfield, Colt or other reputable companies. I see no real life context for a 1911 that is so tightly constructed that it may jam under fire. Loose and functional are the words. At close range the accuracy of the GI models, or Mil-specs is more than adequate.
Changed my mind. I want a Wilson Combat Master Grade 30th anniversery.
Brisk 21, have you ever used a 1911 in combat, where it was dirty, soaked with water and mud? The loose, mil-spec ones will fire under those conditions. That's what they were made to do. The tigter, custom 1911s, and I have one, often will not. Perhaps that is why Mike naively considers them "range toys".
I purchased a Smith a couple of months ago. My first 1911. I've run about 500 rounds of white box Winchester thru it so far without a hitch. I wouldn't know the difference between an ED Brown or a Wilson or any others cause I haven't had the opportunity to shoot one. Hope to some day. I like the gun. I've had to concentrate on my trigger squeeze a little more than my 229 or 686, but now I seem to be on at 15 yards, which I usually shoot at. I've been told the trigger is crisp and the safety seems to click well according to my friend who is the range master at our range. Any other comments on this gun. I might be in the market for another 1911 if I can find a deal on one. Maybe a Wilson or a Les Bear if there is that much of a difference against my Smith.
Les Baer Commanche, heavy barrel, then my mission in life would be complete.
IF I could have any 45 and $$$ were no object, it would be a "Jan Libourel Special". It's a super contoured 45 that shoots like a dream. Take off the target sights and instal trijicon night sights. Check it out:
In the right hands it can shoot a 1" group @ 25 yards. It doesn't get much better than that.
For a do all piece I would be happy with the Wilson KZ series full or compact size. 1 each KZ Full size and compact in 45 and 1 KZ in 9mm and I'd probably be done aquiring pistols and looking towards long guns. But 4 grand in one slug I'd also be divorced so it's not likely to happen. Guy can dream though.
Right now I am waiting on my Kimber Custom Crimson Carry II. Or I should say its waiting on me. I will pick it up when I go on my Mid-tour leave from Iraq.
I'm waiting on my dream 1911 right now - Springfield Custom Shop is making it - a Springfield Custom Shop FULL rail operator. It will be like a Pro, except with the full rail. Also, it will be completely matte hard chromed, and in 9mm. Also, getting white ringed Novaks (instead of the night sights Springfield usually uses) and the rear of the slide will be serrated. also, it will have a bull barrel.
If cost was no object, I'd like a Ed Brown Kobra Carry full size. A friend has one and I shoot that gun so well, its not even fair. For a "budget gun" I really like the Kimber Gold Combat model.
But back to reality. All of these comments about how the 1911 is not reliable or needs a bunch of special attention is not true. My most recent 1911 is the SA GI champ and it is totally reliable out of the box. I didn't clean it, oil it or anything special. I took the mag that it came with and put the gun to works, no problems. My main 1911 is a SA Black Stainless Target, I've shot 1000's through that gun with no malfunctions. I bought it used, had a trigger job done by preference, not necesssity. I shoot the crap out of that gun. Before that was a Kimber Tactical Custom. I put a couple thousand through that gun before I sold it to fund a AR purchase, No trouble. Before that I had a SA Officers model that wouldn't run too good, sent it back to SA, they fixed it up, it worked when it came back but I sold it. That was a long time and many guns ago, I wish I had that one back now. My next purchase will probably be a Kimber TLE or a Dan Wesson Bobtail. I would expect good service from either one of them.
I don't generally clean my guns too often because I shoot them every week. A dirty 1911 has never malfunctioned for me but a dirty Glock gives me trouble.
I've seen many 1911's jam over the years but there is usually a good reason. And I've seen many other brands have trouble as well, and they usually require a trip back to the factory.