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Old 06-02-2004, 05:31 PM
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Who makes a 1911 in .40 S&W




I may get flamed for this question but I have the itch for a 1911 and really don't want to set up my reloader for two callibers. I know ... suck it up and quick whining, yada, yada, yada.

Seriously though, are there any current makers of 1911 in .40?

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Old 06-02-2004, 06:01 PM
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Kimber , STI, Para-ordnance are a few.
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Old 06-02-2004, 06:31 PM
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Old 06-02-2004, 07:14 PM
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Springfield did, PX9155L. They discontinued it a few years ago. Nice pistol, I use it for IPSC.

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Old 06-02-2004, 10:35 PM
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www.kimberamerica.com nuff said.
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Old 06-02-2004, 11:40 PM
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Gallery of Guns...

Has a LB 40 cal S&W listed...

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Old 06-02-2004, 11:59 PM
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Both STI and SVI make

excellent .40's in a variety of features.
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Old 06-03-2004, 12:35 AM
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You may want to skip the .40 and go to 10mm. There are .40 like loads in the 10mm, you get a weapon that was made for the longer length cartridge, and you can always get hot 10mm loads that give you 700+ ft-lbs of power.

Kimber and Dan Wesson have production 1911s in 10mm. The round is coming back in popularity, and places like Georgia Arms make the ammo no more expensive that .45s.
10mm is literally a blast. You might want to consider it if you're looking at .40 Short and Weak.
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Old 06-03-2004, 01:59 AM
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I love my Para P10/40 in .40 S&W. I mostly shoot 45 ACP, however 40 ammo and brass is availible more of the time at my department. Policy says that they will supply either 45 or 40 duty and practice ammo, however it's like pulling teeth to get 45 so I reload for that and shoot department ammo in my P-10.
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Old 06-03-2004, 10:48 AM
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Good luck getting a 1911 to feed factory-length .40 ammo...
I know it can be done, but mine runs like a top at 1.200"; I wouldn't even consider trying to share ammo with a Glock or what-have-you.
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Old 06-04-2004, 12:08 AM
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Just curious, but why??? The .40 was designed as a compromise between a 9mm and a .45, in terms of power, mag capacity, grip size and recoil. But if the grip size is the same, and the mag capacity only 1 round greater, why not just get a good 'ol .45? Or my personal favorite, a 10mm? I personally dislike the .40 S&W round ( I have owned 3, sold 2-and I DON'T sell guns) The one I have now is a Glock 22 (I don't like Glocks either). The purpose of this gun is that since I don't like it, I don't baby it and therefor, it can go in my truck box or what have you. But if the gun is gonna be the same, regardless of chambering, get a gun that chambers a worth-while cartridge.
Hint: .45/10mm
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Old 06-04-2004, 09:48 AM
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Colt also made a stainless enchanced 40 S&W when the round first came out. Owned one for a while, suspect they're pretty difficult to locate anymore.
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Old 06-04-2004, 07:08 PM
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What's the problem?

"Good luck getting a 1911 to feed factory-length .40 ammo...
I know it can be done, but mine runs like a top at 1.200"; I wouldn't even consider trying to share ammo with a Glock or what-have-you."

I regularly ran reloads (LSW's no less) through my Glock without any ammo-related problems. My P-16 has no FTF's either.

The fact that so many makers chamber for .40, and so many (if not most) law enforcement agencies use it, suggests that feed crises are largely imaginary.
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Old 06-04-2004, 07:13 PM
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Nowlins Crusader in 40s&w.
factory and reloads the gun eats it all and spits it out without any hiccups
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Old 06-05-2004, 10:32 AM
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I think you misunderstood me.
Most .40's, such as Glocks, SIGs, &etc. were built on 9mm platforms, and thus have 9mm sized magazines. These guns have no trouble feeding .40 rounds loaded to normal OAL's of around 1.135". The 1911, on the other hand, was built around the .45ACP and hardball ammo with a nominal OAL of 1.275". The 1911 is easily able to feed cartridges with similar lengths, like 10mm and .38Super, but tends to choke on short rounds like .40 and 9mm. The solution is to load these cartridges to over-spec lengths, like the 1.200" I mentioned for my own .40 loads. Problem is, rounds at those lengths won't even fit in the magazines of conventional designs like Glocks, SIGs, etc., hence my comment about being unable to share between platforms.
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Old 06-05-2004, 10:38 AM
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Ed Brown used to offer a 40 S&W in the 1911 (Full Size or Commander). It was available in the now defunct Class-A Ltd. Line. But, they no longer offer a "build your own" 1911. However, I believe that Nighthawk Custom will build you one: www.nighthawkcustom.com . Give them a call toll free at 877-268-4867.
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Old 06-05-2004, 10:50 AM
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I just picked up a Para Ordnance 14-40 LDA a week or so ago and am real happy with how it shoots. I'm sure the Standard Para 40's are pretty good as well. I will also agree with the statements above, if you are going to get a 1911 go for a 10mm. You use the same reloading equipment so it's just a matter of gathering some brass for it. Also, the 10 will shoot 40 with just a barrel change so you can play with full-house 10mm loads as well as anything you typically load in the .40. As for FTF on shorter rounds, I'm assuming this may be gun specific since my Springfield Linkless 10 will load anything you put in the magazine including empty 10 and 40 brass (both resized and freshly fired).
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Old 06-05-2004, 01:28 PM
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I use chip mccormick .45 power mags for my Nowlins 40.
I don't have any feeding problems or ftf whatsoever.
gone through about 6000 reloads and factory rounds(lsw, hp, fp)
with no problems whatsoever.
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