Hi and welcome......JJ
Hello everyone, I am new to your forum. It looks very well organized.
I currently own five 1911’s. They are Kimber 1911 Stainless Ultra Carry II. 9mm. Then I wanted a 5 inch 1911 and at that time I only reloaded 9mm on my Dillon XL650 so I bought a Les Baer P II 9mm. This was a very accurate pistol and I shot it a lot. I wanted to join the Bulls Eye league at the club I belong to and started with a Ruger Mark II with an Ultradot 4MOA site. I saw a lot of guys shooting 45 ACP so I decided I wanted to punch a bigger hole than a 22LR and after feeling the quality of the Les Baer 9mm I looked at the Baer 1911 Bullseye Wadcutter Pistol with Baer Optical Scope Mount. After saving a few dollars I bought the Les Baer Bulls Eye 45 ACP. And put the site from the Ruger on it. I ended up with a nice shooting LSWC load that shoots very accurate and has very little recoil to get back on target. Now that I had the dies for the 45 ACP I wanted to get a 1911 for concealed carry instead of the 3 inch Kimber 9mm, I bought a Sig Saur C3 1911 with a 4.2 inch barrel with officer grips. I put a laser on it and for the slop in play with the slide and the barrel I was surprised how accurate the sig was. At 50 feet I can shoot 2 inch groups with the iron sites and then pointing and shooting with just the laser I had the same results. The Sig is a nice little well made 1911 and I have shot over 2000 rounds through it and I never had a fail to feed or fire. For practice I shoot Barry’s HBRN bullets with a light load of Bullsye powder. I just recently bought another 1911 5 inch. I wanted a 1911 that was moderately priced well made and have the ability to shoot well. I was on another forum and was sending PM’s to Alchemy Custom about some Les Baer questions and I told him I was in the market for a 1911, He suggested the Springfield Range Officer. What a great choice. I purchased it after looking at Colts Gold Cups and other 1911’s in the same price range. When I picked up the Range Officer I could not believe how tight the gun was, It had a heavy trigger at just over 5 pounds, so after taking. Alchemy Custom advice I put in all new parts and replaced the MIM components. I put in a new sear, Disco, Hammer, Hammer Strut. MSH, Main Spring, Sear spring, All I had to do was a little fitting on the thumb safety and the gun went from a 5.1 pound trigger pull to a 3.5 pound trigger pull. The Springer shoots as smooth as the Les Baers I have. If you were to shoot this pistol now you would think you were shooting a high end 1911 like the Les Baer and so on, It just says Springfield Armory on the Slide.
Shooting and reloading are the only hobby that I can have because of physical restraints. I have had 6 back surgeries. The last one was December 9th 2011. I am recovering slowly, I have been able to start shooting again. I mostly shoot my Smith & Wesson 686 ,357 so I do not have to bend down to retrieve brass. I am slowly starting to shoot my 1911 now and use a Pick up stick to get my brass. It works well and slows me down so I am having quality shooting time not just shooting lead down range.
My other surgeries were in 1995, 2002 2003 and 2004,
I had a great job for Eastman Kodak. for 24 years. I lived in China for 3 years and traveled all over the world. I spent time in Australia, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Bali Singapore Thailand and Malaysia. So now at 52 years old I had a great life and saw things and did things I could only dream of. When I went out for the first surgery and things went south my boss called and said if I can get you on Long Term Disability would I take a lay off. It was a good buy out package. Being single I do not have a lot of needs. I am able to save my money and buy the toys I want. I am thankful I did not get laid off and then have the back problems. I would have been in real trouble. I always try to look at the bright side of things. That is how I can enjoy the little things that I can,. Shooting two times a week and the other days recovering so I can reload what I want to shoot and go to the club. They have a great indoor heated range and a nice outdoor range for the spring summer and fall. They also have a Rifle range and three archery ranges. The best thing is it only takes me about 15 minutes to get there and the large gun shop where I do most of my business is about 3 miles away from the range.
I have a lot of other pistols but after shooting polymer framed guns and then picking up the first 1911, I knew I was hooked and I like owning quality products. That is why I bought the Les Baers and the Dillon XL 650.
That is a little history of how I ended up shooting 1911’s. I live in upstate NY USA. I have had my pistol permit since 1983 and had a few pistols over the years. In the past 3 years I filled out the back of my permit and had to have another piece of paper added for all of my new purchases.
I have taken a few NRA sponsored outdoor self defense classes as I would never carry a gun for protection before I only used my pistols in the 80’s for hunting. Being noticeably handicapped I felt like a mark, That is why I took the self defense classes. The people at the club I belong to are great, Every Wednesday the clubhouse is open for dinner, You can order steaks to burger and chicken wings, Same on the weekends for lunch. The league I am on has one of the best banquets steaks and all the fixings to go with it. That is about it for now. I hope my back does not get any worse. It is not getting better; I hope I can have a good quality of life for as long as I can.
I am a Proud Lifetime NRA Member
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Hi and welcome......JJ
Welcome to the site!
"Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
(RIP, Mr. Camp; you will be remembered, and missed)
Hello and welcome to the forum.
Welcome from Western Kentucky.
BrokenBack, welcome to the site from another WNYer!! Nice selection you have there! You have to love the quality 1911s, I have a nice full size Kimber SS Target II! A lot of good folks here with a ton of knowledge! I'm sure you'll be glad you found us!
Welcome from Jersey