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Slater 10-21-2019 09:49 PM

SDS Imports M1911A1
Another one of those sub-$400 1911's. Made by Tisas in Turkey. Has a beautiful uniform gray Parkerizing job (even on the magazine). At least, it looks like Parkerizing. If it is, then the Turks have figured out how to get the frame and slide to a uniform appearance.

Slide is marked "MODEL 1911A1 US ARMY" in a similar vein to Auto-Ordnance's marking.

Time will tell how it works out, but the reviews seem to be positive thus far.


dsk 10-22-2019 12:21 AM

So, a Turkish M1911A1 US Army. That reminds me of the Chinese-made "Model of the 1911A1" Norincos. :hrm:

Seriously, it looks pretty good from this distance. How about some closer-up pics so we can see details like the markings and such?

AlchemyCustom 10-22-2019 09:14 AM

The reason slides and frames don't match in color is that the hardness of each is different. Spec for slides is 38-42 and frames are 28-32. People often make frames even softer. There's a reason for this and if they made the frame and slide the same hardness it would be better if the frame were as hard as the slide...although that has a downside too. Not a big one on a gun like this though. A person likely won't put tens of thousands of rounds through one of these.

dsk 10-22-2019 10:44 PM

WW2 GI pistols matched because back then slides and frames were unhardened. Only the front ends of the slides were hardened and those areas did often look slightly different. In more recent years both Colt and Auto Ordnance had trouble getting a consistent Parkerized finish on their WW2 replica guns, and AO eventually switched to a standard matte blue which looks close enough anyway.

DPS1911A1 12-25-2019 01:23 PM

This pistol has a lowered ejection port. Otherwise it's nearly a perfect clone of the post 1924 M1911A1 and does not have the firing pin block.

Inland Manufacturing makes a near perfect 1911 clone, the ILM1911. It is perfect in appearance but mechanically its not true to the original because it has the series 80 firing pin block. This one is nearly $500 more and is out of stock at nearly all the places I check as of 12/25/2019.

Tisas makes the Browning Hi Power clone and from the YouTube reviews I've seen people are very happy with those.

If the lower price appeals to you and you don't mind the lowered ejection port I'd go with the Tisas. While I love the correct appearance of the ILM1911 I really dislike the series 80 firing pin block.

If I had to choose, I'd pick the Tisas due to the cost. I could then leave my two Colt 1911s in the safe.

DPS1911A1 12-25-2019 01:27 PM


Originally Posted by AlchemyCustom (Post 12969240)
A person likely won't put tens of thousands of rounds through one of these.

The average shooter won't reach a few hundred rounds through any gun they buy. I belong to a private gun club that boasts nearly 4000 members yet I have zero trouble getting time at the pistol bays or rifle range...I never ever have to wait no matter what day I go.

So a gun like this would likely be a good 'truck' gun. One that you could shoot regularly and not worry at all about how its treated.

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