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Old 03-29-2020, 01:09 PM
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An early 70s vintage Colt, a gift from one of the LEOs i worked with in my mid teens...
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Old 03-29-2020, 02:37 PM
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My first 1911, and first handgun, was a LW Colt Commander I had my dad buy with my money, in 1970, for the princely sum of $125.00.

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Old 03-29-2020, 03:34 PM
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A blue steel frame Colt Commander in 45.
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Old 03-29-2020, 03:51 PM
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Colt series 70 in 1979. A gift from my Dad. It was used, customized a little, and man was it accurate. It had some type of wide add on trigger shoe that I hated. Just didn't feel right. Thankfully they fell out of vogue. Wish I still had it though. It disappeared while I was overseas.
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Old 03-29-2020, 03:52 PM
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Old 03-29-2020, 03:55 PM
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1978 Colt Gold Cup. And no I don't still own it It went away like so many fine guns this idiot sold or traded away. !!
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Old 03-29-2020, 03:58 PM
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1977 Colt Combat Commander, been hooked ever since
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Old 03-29-2020, 04:45 PM
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Old Auto Ordinance 1911. West Hurley NY factory. Made on a Monday or a Friday by the most impaired employee. I still have it. Or rather 4 parts of it. Frame, slide, MSH, mag catch. I still shoot it.

I think it was cobbled together from old parts by Auto Ordinance. Must have had the short tang grip safely. Always bit me. When it went off. Doubled and tripled too.

Grateful for it. It taught me how to fix 1911 pistols.

My understanding is that the new ones are excellent.

I had no idea of what I was doing back then. No internet. Kuhnhausen’s book was/is a Godsend. And Brownell’s.
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Old 03-29-2020, 05:11 PM
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^Me too, first one was an AO, mid '70s, replaced it with a Colt within ~3 years.
A friend of mine bought the AO, had some work done on it and he still has it, its been a good dependable gun.
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Old 03-29-2020, 05:50 PM
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My AO was also from the "bad old" era when they were made in West Hurley. Like you it taught me a lot about how to fix 1911s. The first time I took it to the range and it flat out refused to feed a single round out of the magazine I couldn't believe any manufacturer would let such an obviously defective gun out of their plant. I remember my dad was pissed, saying he wondered if they even cared if the thing would blow up in my hand or not as it obviously was never even test-fired. Both the barrel and extractor were way out of spec, and after those were replaced it actually ran okay. But I didn't want to trust it so it didn't remain in my possession for long.

It was an eye-opener for me to realize that many gun companies assemble and ship firearms without ever test-firing them, taking it on blind faith that simply testing the occasional batch sample will reveal any manufacturing problems. That means the consumer ends up being the one who learns whether the gun is going to actually work or not and not simply come apart in their hand. At least in Europe there are laws regarding the manufacture of firearms, and a legal requirement that they be proof-tested before leaving the factory. I miss my first Beretta 92FS, an Italian model that had proof marks all over it as a sign of their impeccable quality control.
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Old 03-29-2020, 05:58 PM
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I was thinking about buying a 1911 when a friend of mine advised that I buy the best one on the market, expense be damned. He said the 1911 is one of those guns where you buy it and get good with it, then find there's a better pistol out there so you buy it. And you get good with it, only to find you can do better, etc. etc. So, buy the best one now and learn to use that. It'll take a long time, but you won't be buying a new gun every ten years or so.

So, on May 7, 1976, I put down $303.47 at Siegle's in Oakland CA, and walked out ten days later with a Colt, Mark IV Series '70 Gold Cup National Match. My friends thought I crazy for spending that much money.

I still have that pistol and my friend was right. I have other 1911's (Wilson, Kimber, Baer) and thanks to that first one I shoot all of them pretty well.
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Old 03-29-2020, 06:07 PM
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So in other words, some of us bought 1911s to become better shooters, while some of us bought them to become better gunsmiths.
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Old 03-29-2020, 06:19 PM
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So in other words, some of us bought 1911s to become better shooters, while some of us bought them to become better gunsmiths.
I was given one (technically a felony) by an LEO, and directly instructed not to go into certain areas without it...
Where do I fall in the spectrum?
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:00 PM
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Colt 100th Anniversary Tier 3, gently used when I got it.
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:04 PM
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GI issue, "combat lost" in VN; my issue weapon was an M-16, but I carried the .45 in a shoulder holster until the C. O. realized I wasn't supposed to have it and confiscated it.
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Old 03-29-2020, 07:14 PM
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NRM 1991 Colt in 2002. 100 percent reliable with any factory ammo and any of my reloads.
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Old 03-29-2020, 08:48 PM
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Old 03-29-2020, 09:07 PM
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Old 03-29-2020, 09:16 PM
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The late 70's, a friend was selling his deceased fathers handguns brought home after WWII, he was a OSS officer. He sold the lugers but I purchased the 1911, it like brand new for $100, turned out to be a Union, Switch & signal model, wished I owned today.
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Old 03-29-2020, 09:30 PM
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For me it was a Colt stainless government series 80 bought from the rod & gun when stationed in Germany many years ago. Traded it when at my last duty station where I retired for a S&W 686-4. But always had a 1911 since- currently have a S&W e series, a DW Specialist Commander and a DW TCP in 9mm
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Old 03-29-2020, 09:43 PM
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My first was this 1991A1 stainless that I bought back in 1996 after getting out of the Army. I had some things done to it by a local gunsmith and have had it since. I still carry it sometimes.

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Old 03-29-2020, 10:29 PM
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Many years ago. a Colt Combat Elite
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Old 03-29-2020, 10:35 PM
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Started in the mid 70's with a GCNM, been collecting ever since, latest additions......Delta Elite National Match and a Special Combat Government. Don't know if I add on to the stable or add ponies more. Mark
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Old 03-30-2020, 05:58 AM
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Para Ordnance Slim Hawg. Extractor claw broke after 40 rounds and the grip emblems fell out around the same time. Sent it in for repair and dumped it after it returned back to me, for a Sig 1911.
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Old 03-30-2020, 06:34 AM
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