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Old 06-11-2017, 10:12 PM
splashzone splashzone is offline
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I really like # 6.) Pay attention to the features. I was going to have a custom carry gun built. While researching I realized that the Kimber super carry ultra plus, is the gun I was building. I bought it. I shoot it and I carry it every day.

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Old 06-12-2017, 11:10 AM
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Great advice! I went with the new sa mc operator. Super excited to get to the range!!!
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Old 07-01-2017, 10:44 AM
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DSK, I love this post!!

May I add one thing?

11) Shoot the gun you bought. I don't mean 50, 100, 250 rounds, I means 1000's. Shoot it until it breaks. I say this because I see so many people drop $700+ on a 1911 and then change something. If you are going to change it, get it n the original gun, or don't. Honestly, not changing your gun is a huge skill builder in and of itself. I know it sounds cool to fiddle with a safety, trigger job, etc, but all those reset your round count since failure. Better to just shoot it and build skills.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:25 PM
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Originally Posted by dsk View Post
I think its safe to say that the 1911 is easily the single most copied handgun in existence, and probably the most copied firearm period, with the possible exception of the Kalashnikov (AK) rifle.
I've actually read in several places that the CZ 75 is the "most copied" firearm in the world, however I only used a little of my Google-Fu to try and find credible source material either confirming or disproving the assertion (yours and mine) and thus was unsuccessful on both counts.
But that being said, EXCELLENT post and definitely useful for those like myself who are strongly considering buying our first 1911. So thank you for taking the time to compose it for the 1911 community.
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Old 08-03-2019, 05:27 PM
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First 1911

DSK, you are to be commended for the time and forethought you devoted to helping your fellow shooters. Much appreciated.
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Old 08-04-2019, 06:27 PM
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I don't believe there's really anything wrong with MIM parts
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:38 PM
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How you hold and pull the trigger on a 1911 is important
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Old 08-05-2019, 10:00 AM
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:15 PM
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They are correct. On a 1911 frame without the slide mounted, pulling the trigger and dropping the hammer is a good way to crack your frame right at the thin web where it hits. Once or twice won't hurt it, but make a habit of it and you'll be sorry.
Avoid the temptation to replace everything on your brand-new 1911 just to make it "better". Know what you're changing out and why. You may spend a lot of money fixing things that weren't broken to begin with. Shoot at least 500 rounds through it first, then decide what you don't like and want to improve. Regarding vintage 1911s, pre-1970 pistols are highly collectible in original, unaltered condition and should NEVER be refinished or modified as it completely ruins their monetary value.
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Old 01-18-2020, 03:40 PM
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#7,8,9,and 10 are critical. Others on another forum (many of them members here) have also stressed these in my learning curve. Thanks to you all.
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