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Old 04-01-2020, 06:14 PM
19and41 19and41 is offline
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In 1982 I bought a Colt commander in electroless nickel with the proceeds from my first civilian income tax refund. I was mighty proud of it, but as my first civilian job paid 5.60 an hour I had to periodically board it in the pawn shop. It took about 2 more years before I secured it's permanent custody.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:16 PM
hancdc1 hancdc1 is offline
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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.

That is a beauty!
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:18 PM
dpotter58 dpotter58 is offline
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Springfield black stainless loaded target model.

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Old 04-01-2020, 06:23 PM
Weldonjr2001 Weldonjr2001 is offline
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I carried a .45 pistol as part of a security watch team in the Navy 1970-1972. I marveled that I never saw a Colt, remember Remington Rand, Ithaca, and Singer. Old WWII vintage pistols. We only carried 5 rounds to the mag, I guess to save the old springs.
When I got out in 1973, and as soon as I had saved the $425, I bought a beautiful Colt Gold Cup series 70.
Now the old .45s I shot in the Navy never jammed, this thing jammed regularly with ball ammo. This was in Colt’s declining quality control years unbeknownst to me. The word “Colt” still had almost a mythical ring to it.
After the rear sight flew off due to a broken roll pin one day, I was done.
Sold it at a loss, and went many years without a 1911 until I fell for a Kimber ad. Long story short it became a good pistol with the addition of several Wilson Combat parts to replace the MIM parts that failed on the Classic Custom.
Still have that Kimber, and added a Ruger SR1911, which has been flawless.
I love the 2 1911s I have, and carry them regularly.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:23 PM
supergus supergus is offline
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1991 Colt Officer's model, back around '94 I think. After a serious motorcycle accident I sold it to pay some medical bills. Then picked up a Sig GSR Compact, a Colt Series 80 Government, and a DW Valkyrie. So yeah I guess I kinda like 1911's.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:33 PM
rgbnov53 rgbnov53 is offline
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My 45cal

Colt Government Rail Gun
G10 grips, Hex head grip bushings
Stan Chen 1 piece Magwell.

I absolutely love this gun. Starting to get my reloading equipment and work up some accurate loads for it.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:38 PM
Chuckdaman24/7 Chuckdaman24/7 is offline
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STI Spartan 5" .45 ACP.
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:45 PM
diedeldr diedeldr is offline
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I only have one 1911, a Wilson CQB. I gave it to me for my birthday, about 10 years ago.
Would really like to have a CMP 1911, but probably not going to happen unless lady luck smiles at me!
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Old 04-01-2020, 06:47 PM
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A Springfield Armory Lightweight Government model. I purchased in 1996 after I got out of the Marines.
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:11 PM
LOU D LOU D is offline
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My first 1911 was a Series '70 Colt GM,got it in '78...Almost lost it a year later after I sent it out for chrome,guy died..I made all the goodies back then with my bare hands,silversoldered the custom parts like the beavertail..Recently got a nice used Clark Pin Barrel,I cut the end weight down to a bull barrel,20 years ago,it got the nice Bomar sights when I finally got a milling machine....By the way,has a nice set of Bloodwood grips I made for it now..JUst realized,I made a better beavertail,too..[REALLY old pic..]
Had a good laugh a few years ago with it..I have a dozen better 1911's,but I took the old girl to a PPC shoot..Guys were laughing,65 year old guy with a chrome gun..Started calling me the pimp..They stopped laughing when I shot 2-600's..
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:14 PM
Walt3 Walt3 is offline
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My first handgun and my first 1911.

Just after my 21st birthday in 1971 I went to Dunhamís and bought an Argentine DGFM Model 1927. It was well worth the $45.00 I paid for it. I wish I still had it.
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:42 PM
shep854 shep854 is offline
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A first run Colt Stainless Combat Commander in '89.
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:50 PM
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I bought a Llama in 2001 for $100. Totally reliable with a great trigger and the most inaccurate gun I have ever fired. Currently wears an Advantage Arms .22 upper and is
easily my most accurate pistol. My Rock Standard FS is currently my EDC. Seriously
considering a Stan Chen.
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:58 PM
Cliffdropover45 Cliffdropover45 is offline
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Para Ordnance P14 then a Kimber Gold Match stainless. Been hooked on 1911"s ever since.
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Old 04-01-2020, 08:23 PM
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Got a Colt 1911 from my grandfather back in about 1972.
He asked for it back to leave to my mom's brother, and I got a satin nickel Combat Commander in its place. That was in 1974 because I had just gotten my learner's permit and kept it under the seat of my ride. Sure, I was 15 but it was a different world then, and rural Tennessee to boot.
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Old 04-01-2020, 09:26 PM
warner0524 warner0524 is offline
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Marine issued Colt piece to my brother who was killed in Vietnam. It was returned to his wife with all of his personal and maybe his 782 gear, and she gave it to me. I have never liked the sights on the military version but love the 1911pistol. Several years ago I bought my second, a Dan Wesson 9 mm stainless machine on which I put laser sights. Absolutely beautiful and very accurate.
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Old 04-01-2020, 10:06 PM
ParaUSA2timer ParaUSA2timer is offline
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A US Army Colt 1911A1 Issued as Part of my Flight Gear back in 1969, have bought many others since.
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Old 04-01-2020, 10:08 PM
lexicon5 lexicon5 is offline
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A SA 1911-A1 identical to my sidearm...no frills, stock standard for the most part.
I installed a magwell by Wilson Combat. Bought a few Wilson Combat 8 round mags for it. Besides those "mods" it's bone stock.
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Old 04-01-2020, 10:32 PM
Fatboy46 Fatboy46 is offline
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1st 1911

Dad's 1943 issue Colt.
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Old 04-01-2020, 11:53 PM
George Sr. George Sr. is offline
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Original Military Springfield Armory 1911 for what was a lot of money at the time, $85. I'm almost 90 years.
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Old 04-02-2020, 12:52 AM
CamoColt CamoColt is offline
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Taurus PT1911. Followed shortly thereafter by a Kimber 1911A Target .22LR. Then a number of others. The original PT 1911 was soon joined by a stainless version. I made the mistake of letting dad use it ( the blued one ) and then selling it several months later. I never heard the end of it. Why, because when he used it he put 27 out of 28 rounds in the 10 or X ring. The 28th was in the 9 ring and was his first shot with it.
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Old 04-02-2020, 02:03 AM
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A Llama. And I hated it. It’s long gone.
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Old 04-02-2020, 02:20 AM
Slohunter Slohunter is offline
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My shiny black Springfield, bought 35 years ago and still flawless.
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Old 04-02-2020, 08:06 AM
Old Corp Old Corp is offline
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I'm 62 and still have my first M1911, a Colt Series 70 5" I bought slightly used as a teen in the mid-70's.
I was working at an area Sporting Goods/LGS. My manager/mentor told me he was aware of a guy wanting to sell the above described gun, and gave me his phone number.
I called - learned he was a police officer in a small town 20 miles south.
We agreed on a meet-time and, it's funny - but I recall him telling me that as soon as I got near town, to call him on the CB, don't recall handle, but I did so and he directed me to his house.

Almost NIB, a Colt Series 70, blue with the 'Coltwood' grips - $175.

It immediately got a pair of Pachs on it, which was what any serious shooter was doing then.
At the time, there were very few options for good carry sights on 1911's. I didn't care for the MMC sights.
My manager/mentor, who was an accomplished Bullseye shooter and very knowledgeable gun-guy knew a very skilled 'smith who lived 75 mi. South and we arranged a trip to see him.
Since our store stocked and sold gun parts, I bought a S&W K frame adjustable sight.
A few weeks later we drove to the 'smith's house and dropped the gun and sight off.

A few weeks after that - went and picked it up. The 'smith had expertly milled and fit that S&W adjustable and placed a serrated ramp front sight on.

Now - that's not considered much these days - but back then that was considered very 'high speed - low-drag'!
Got dies, lots of military match brass, molds for casting bullets, and began to shoot that gun A LOT.

After college I began shooting a lot of IPSC, usually using that same gun. Even won a few matches in my class.
When I entered LE, I would often carry that 1911 when off-duty. That was a violation of policy, but I'd already been in a OIS where the duty .38 round proved inadequate - but that's another story.

Eventually dumped the Pach grips and put some G10's on it. It also wears a small thin stippled-type strip from Brownell's on the front of the grip frame.
A different 'smith friend fit a solid bushing to it, getting rid of the collet bushing (which never did fail after many thousands of rounds), along with an Ed Brown beavertail, trigger and hammer.
Have other M1911's - but I'll keep this one 'til the end.
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Old 04-02-2020, 08:09 AM
markmmg markmmg is offline
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My first and only 1911 is a Para Ordinance Expert. It is a wonderful gun.
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