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Old 12-03-2019, 07:24 PM
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Protector II Professional twins

Right before the Bash I picked up my 1st Pro sized Wilson, a steel frame Protector II.
https://forums.1911forum.com/showthread.php?t=993876

This is a very fine pistol. So I kept my eye open for it's light weight brother. I came across a deal for this one, 2018 build with less than 100 rounds thru it.

I put about 280 rounds thru her this week. Really fine carry pistol.
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Old 12-03-2019, 07:27 PM
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I'll have ambi safety installed later. Already ordered the WC/Ameriglo front sight. The trigger is this pistol is very good.

The one with the French Walnut grips and ambi is my steel frame. Holster is a Sparks 55BN.
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Old 12-03-2019, 07:34 PM
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Nice guns, nice holster. I do like the Professional size and of course the 55BN’s.
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Old 12-03-2019, 07:36 PM
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I shot them side by side to see how much more the light weight would recoil. Too my surprise, the recoil "feels" less in the light weight to me. I knew this could not be right so I had to RO's shoot them without telling them which was which. They both agreed to no "felt" difference.

It was 24 degrees with a bit of a wind so I did not spend an extended time on the range. However, the recoil spring in the light weight must be a 10lb. as it is very easy to pull the slide back. No issues with feeding 115 and 124 ball as well as 124 & 147 Ranger T JHP.

More later but that combo of mainspring / recoil spring seems to really work on reducing "felt" recoil. I'll make sure to run some drills with a timer after deer season.

The newer pistol is more of a matte finish than the early version. Also has the old style rail. I have a Streamlight with an adapter for it. FWIW.

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Old 12-03-2019, 07:40 PM
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Still new to the 9mm 1911 game. This came with two recoil springs. One for breaking in and a heavier one for SD loads I assume.

Any issue leaving the lighter flat wire spring in? Seems a good combo.

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Old 12-03-2019, 07:48 PM
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Yes, the lighter recoil spring is for break-in, and the heavier one for more powerful loads - I still have my "break-in" recoil spring in my XTAC Elite 9mm Pro, shooting almost all range loads, and it still works great. IME, a 1911 in 9mm is hard to tell the difference in "felt" recoil between a steel frame and a light weight frame if the operator has a solid grip as far as comparing Pro to Pro. The light weight should be a great carry pistol. Congrats, and enjoy.
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Old 12-03-2019, 09:54 PM
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9mm pros when sprung well shoot so good it's indeed hard to tell unless you start using serious +P loads. The mainspring and recoil can be tuned to cancel most of the recoil out without getting the gun getting too slow like a full-size tends to.

Congrats on the new gun!
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:12 PM
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Yes, the lighter recoil spring is for break-in, and the heavier one for more powerful loads - I still have my "break-in" recoil spring in my XTAC Elite 9mm Pro, shooting almost all range loads, and it still works great. IME, a 1911 in 9mm is hard to tell the difference in "felt" recoil between a steel frame and a light weight frame if the operator has a solid grip as far as comparing Pro to Pro. The light weight should be a great carry pistol. Congrats, and enjoy.
Thanks Roger. I'm staying with the break in spring for now. See how long it will be serviceable and decide from there. If it works for a good number of rounds, I may go 10lb springs in the other one too.
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Old 12-03-2019, 10:25 PM
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9mm pros when sprung well shoot so good it's indeed hard to tell unless you start using serious +P loads. The mainspring and recoil can be tuned to cancel most of the recoil out without getting the gun getting too slow like a full-size tends to.

Congrats on the new gun!
That's pretty much what I'm thinking. I mostly use standard pressure loads such as 147 HST or Ranger T for SD. The 10lb recoil spring may be the ticket. More testing to be done.

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Just curious, are your 9mm’s primarily range guns or are you carrying them instead or along with your .45’s.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:26 PM
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I'm still carrying a pair of 45's. The 9mm are a backup pair in case one of the 45's goes down. I want to carry same caliber pistols and mags on my person at work since the mags for either caliber will "insert" in either pistol.

One day I may be able to convince myself that 9mm, 40, and 45 all work the same. I like big bullets for social purposes.

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I'm still carrying a pair of 45's. The 9mm are a backup pair in case one of the 45's goes down. I want to carry same caliber pistols and mags on my person at work since the mags for either caliber will "insert" in either pistol.

One day I may be able to convince myself that 9mm, 40, and 45 all work the same. I like big bullets for social purposes.

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Same here - for the same reason(s).
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