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Old 03-31-2020, 04:47 PM
bullet45acp bullet45acp is offline
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In 1991 I bought a new Colt Custom Carry Lightweight Commander.
at some point it had a slide failure and I send it back to colt.
They fixed it wrong - so I sent it back to them again, then they fixed it correctly.
I sold it not long after I got it back, I had lost faith in it.
I probably should have kept it...
Hindsight is always 20/20

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Old 03-31-2020, 06:44 PM
Autonomous Autonomous is offline
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My first 1911 was a 2015 build TRP. The important stuff is fitted pretty well but a couple minor issues were the motivation to learn a little bit about working on guns.
First project was doing the log man mod to the reluctant slide stop. Nice! Easy and gave me a bit of confidence.
Next, the mag release was crunchy and the fix was easy too, just took more time with the needle file.
A couple more small mods then learning to tune the trigger group really woke the gun up. Now it compares pretty well to more expensive 1911s.
There is something to this 1911. I think it'll catch on.

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Old 03-31-2020, 06:47 PM
VetPsychWars VetPsychWars is offline
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October 1918 Colt from the local gun store. It had been refinished and its UNITED STATES PROPERTY marking removed. Finish was thin so I had it reblued. Didn't hold up very well. Might get it refinished again some day.

While it is not shot often, I do shoot it, in defiance of people who tell me not to. Contrarian, I am.

Now I have a Turnbull-made Remington UMC commemorative and a Remington R1S.

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Old 03-31-2020, 07:07 PM
Oldschool1911 Oldschool1911 is offline
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When I was 18 I purchased a stainless Colt Gold Cup from a friendís dad. I didnít really know what a 1911 was back then and I only bought it because it was for sale! Sadly I sold the gun about a year later for rent money. Although ever since I have been fond of a full size 1911.


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Old 03-31-2020, 10:18 PM
tomrkba tomrkba is offline
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Springfield Micro Compact. It was garbage.

Second was a Springfield Loaded (M9109) that as also garbage. I should have learned then.
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:25 AM
Camtwo69 Camtwo69 is offline
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Stainless steel Colt Officers Model bought in the mid 90's , still have it now .
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Old 04-01-2020, 09:02 AM
1911turbo 1911turbo is offline
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I've only had two.

Several years ago I bought a new Remington R1. It was my first semi-auto pistol and it was terrible - sharp edges, lots of failures even with WC and Chip mags, etc. It made me swear off of 1911s.

Well, two months ago I came across a beat up RIA for just $250 at a local gun store; it was calling my name so I bought it and it's been much better than my old Rem - very reliable and nicer ergonomics.
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Old 04-01-2020, 11:46 AM
klind45 klind45 is offline
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Hello everyone my first 1911 was in 1996 after my divorce, I thought it was a great way to cheer myself up. A colt combat elite still have it great gun. Seven colts later love them all.

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Old 04-01-2020, 01:35 PM
Brian48 Brian48 is offline
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It was custom gun built on an Essex frame and misc military spare parts. Got it from a SSgt who in turn got it from an armory friend who built it for him when he was stationed in Quantico. When I got it, it had a high-mount Bo-Mar sight and a Bar-Sto barrel. Absolutely tack driver.

Learned a lot from that gun. Upgraded it over time with a Wilson thumb safety, match trigger, sear, hammer, mainspring housing, and grip safety. Had the slide milled to accept a low-mount Bo-Mar and refinished it to black satin. Was about as tacti-cool as anything else out there in the early '90s.

Made the mistake of selling it. Regretted it ever since. Lots of memories with that pistol.
Proud to have served.
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Old 04-01-2020, 01:47 PM
Dddrees Dddrees is offline
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In the early 80s I was volunteered to be on our unit pistol team. No experience with a 1911 until then and I asked why it was so loose. My SSG told me it was due to it being taken apart and cleaned so many times.

The first one I purchased was a Dan Wesson VBob and since then I have purchased a few Wilson Combats.
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Old 04-01-2020, 03:21 PM
old doc old doc is offline
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I think mine was a Gold Cup I bought back in the 70's. Can't remember where I bought it, only that I wish I still had it. The next was a LW Commander bought for me by my first wife. Still have it but not her. At least, that worked out right.
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Old 04-01-2020, 05:09 PM
jtkrpm jtkrpm is online now
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Ruger SR1911 full size
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Old 04-01-2020, 05:17 PM
Lman57 Lman57 is offline
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Rock Island 1911 EFS 45Acp Full Size 5 8RD Stainless
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Old 04-01-2020, 05:22 PM
Pandaz3 Pandaz3 is offline
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Ruger SR-1911 45 5" when they first came out, great gun still have it. Then a Para 14-45 Commander, it went back to factory three times, finally good, Son has it. Then a RIA 'GI' series Officers Model 45 and I really like it. My carry 1911.
I was born stupid and frankly I think it's more fun!

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Old 04-01-2020, 05:31 PM
LAROCCA1911 LAROCCA1911 is offline
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First gun I ever bought myself when I was old enough to own one was a Thompson Auto-Ordnance .45 ACP ZG-51 "Pit Bull" It was not the most reliable thing but I got it for a couple of hundred bucks and I enjoyed it. Wound up selling it and getting a Colt Stainless 1991 A1 that I still have today. It's my best shooting .45!
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Old 04-01-2020, 05:34 PM
old tanker old tanker is offline
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No longer new and shiny, but it has been true and faithful. This "United States Property" marked 1911 came to me through DCM sales in 1961. Frank Krack Assistant Foreman of the Inspection Division at Rock Island Arsenal stamped his initials on it and called it good. An uncle gave me the old wood grips to replace the plastic ones Rock Island put on it when they rebuilt/refinished it. Later, it went with me everywhere the Army would let me take it, and perhaps a place or two it didn't

It was built to be a soldier's sidearm, and, even though both of us have long since been retired, it remains one.

The Combat Commander has taken over as the every day carry. At well over a hundred years old, the old war horse has too much sentimental value for me to risk it sitting in an evidence locker while they try to figure out if some thug deserved the shooting he got.
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Old 04-01-2020, 05:37 PM
Flattops Flattops is offline
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My first was a Series 80 in bright polished stainless bought in the mid 80's. I had a friend who worked at the range and he did a mild accurizing job on it and I used that gun in competition for a few years afterwards. It was so crazy accurate it was almost boring, like I couldn't miss. My other pistol was a Ruger Mk II Gov't model, again, crazy accurate. So accurate as to be almost boring.

The, around 2002 I stupidly sold them both as I wanted a series 70 in blue, and a shorter .22.

What an incredible mistake, my pre series 70 I picked up couldn't hit the broad side of a barn from the inside, and the shorter Ruger was not much better. NEVER SELL A GOOD SHOOTIN GUN !!!

I now have a Les Baer Stinger and a Colt CCO that shoot as well or better, and they aint goin' nowhere.

And, I finally found another Ruger Gov't model as well.

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Old 04-01-2020, 05:45 PM
BulletCaster BulletCaster is offline
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Norinco, Model of the 1911 A1.
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Old 04-01-2020, 05:48 PM
Markbo Markbo is offline
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From Gun Tests magazine. A Kimber lightweight Commander. Still my preferred EDC.
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Old 04-01-2020, 05:55 PM
alamogunr alamogunr is offline
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In 1963 I was in college and working a summer job traveling for a seed company. My territory for most of the summer was the state of Nebraska. I had a S&W Model 1917 in my suitcase since I wasn't sure what the laws in Nebraska were. I had a habit of stopping in every gun shop in any town I happened to find myself at night.

In Norfolk, NE I ran across a Remington Rand 1911 with Government Property stamping. It had very little collector value due to being refinished(?) although I didn't know it at the time. I decided that I had to have it and worked a trade with the owner. I carried that pistol in the car(station wagon) all over Nebraska and finished up the summer in Michigan. Took it back to school with me when classes started in the fall.

Shortly before graduation, I decided to sell it because I couldn't afford to shoot it. I couldn't afford much of anything back then. I sold it for $50 and bought a Ruger 10/22 which was new at that time.

I didn't have seller's remorse until I got back into guns after our sons were out of college. Then I started to see what Remington Rand 1911's were worth.

I should mention that I now have a Kimber, 3 Para Ordinance and just recently a Dan Wesson ECP.

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Old 04-01-2020, 05:56 PM
45ver 45ver is offline
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Colt series 70 bought in 1980. I was fifteen and my older brother signed for it. Think I paid $400 but I’m not sure. Carried it through college then traded it for two Ruger MKll target models. Gave one to my brother.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:07 PM
Longhunter7 Longhunter7 is offline
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First 1911?

My first 1911 was 5 inch Colt Series 70 that I purchased in 1980.

I still have it and enjoy shooting it!

Northern Illinois
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:08 PM
shooter1201 shooter1201 is offline
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Summer of 1982: a brand new Satin Nickel Combat Commander in .45acp.
I was paid $7.54/HR(I got a raise) to go into harm's way so you didn't have to.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:08 PM
Nlmadog Nlmadog is offline
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My first 1911 was a Sig Sauer Triple T. I am up to 30 now
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:11 PM
anticus anticus is offline
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My first 1911 was (and is) a 1927 vintage commercial A1 acquired in the early 1980's.
"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That'll teach you to keep you mouth shut." - Ernest Hemingway

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