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Old 11-06-2015, 06:22 PM
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So who carries an A1 configuration 1911 these days?

I was on the Longmire thread talking about that wonderfully simple yet elegant pistol that Walt Longmire carries in the TV series and started wondering...How many carry a simple A1 (or A1-ish) 1911 these days?

Although it's not my primary carry gun, I do carry my A1-ish .38 Super from time to time. It's pure A1 with the exception of the sights which are a little higher profile. She's completely reliable and I can hit a milk jug at 150 yards with it, so she's got the goods.

Anyone else?
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Old 11-06-2015, 06:24 PM
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Close. My Les Baers have the arched mainspring housing and have the turn bull retro thumb safety on them. Does retain though the beavertail and blacked out 10-8 rear sight, so that is a bit modern.
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Old 11-06-2015, 08:36 PM
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My Colt Commander EDC is an 'A1 configuration with a short trigger and arched housing. So too are my Rem-Rand/Sistema and CZ 1911, both of which get carried on occasion.
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Old 11-06-2015, 08:43 PM
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I carry both a G.I. style basic nothing 1911 .45acp in full size and compact (3.5"). I'd say they're A1-ish / esque.
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:06 PM
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01991. No beavers. No ambis. Just 230 grains of fun. Had a Springfield GI I rescued, then blew up, then rescued again via alchemy. It ain't no GI no more.
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:26 PM
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I sometimes carry my Mil Spec, it's close enough to an A1.
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:05 AM
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My Norinco is an A1 clone (except for the long trigger I had installed).
It's in my EDC rotation & was my first 1911 purchase.
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:07 AM
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01991 here too with arched MSH and short trigger.
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:08 AM
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What all qualifies as "A1 configuration?"
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:15 AM
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Here are original, military-issue M1911 and M1911A1 pistols for comparison:



Generally speaking, the use of an arched mainspring housing and short trigger makes it an 'A1. Of course you can use a flat housing with a short trigger and so forth, so it's hard to say for sure what the OP is referring to. My assumption was that he was referring to a basic mil-spec style pistol with no beavertail, Novak sights, mag well funnel, et cetera. Just something similar to what GI Joe might have carried. But I'm not the OP, never played him on TV, and didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:39 AM
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Heh, Holiday Inn... That photo with descriptions is really helpful, thanks.
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Old 11-07-2015, 12:47 AM
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Here are original, military-issue M1911 and M1911A1 pistols for comparison:



Generally speaking, the use of an arched mainspring housing and short trigger makes it an 'A1. Of course you can use a flat housing with a short trigger and so forth, so it's hard to say for sure what the OP is referring to. My assumption was that he was referring to a basic mil-spec style pistol with no beavertail, Novak sights, mag well funnel, et cetera. Just something similar to what GI Joe might have carried. But I'm not the OP, never played him on TV, and didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
I'd love to have a framed poster of that pic in my office!
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Old 11-07-2015, 02:14 AM
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I've got the original pic on my hard drive somewhere, but I'll be damned if I can find it.
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Old 11-07-2015, 02:16 AM
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my home defense pistol is 100% GI configuration, plastic grips, small sites, GI mags, standard trigger, arched mainspring with lanyard loop, WWII thumb safety lever, parkerized finish, factory 16 lbs recoil spring, standard ball 230 grain FMJ ammo, and carried in a GI tanker holster.

the most noticable difference is a lower ejection port than a WWII GI model

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Old 11-07-2015, 08:43 AM
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While I don't carry mine, it is my truck, woods and when something goes "bump" in the night gun. Loaded with 230 ball of course.
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Old 11-07-2015, 09:25 AM
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Most of my 1911s are in the original long trigger, flat MSH configuration, which fits my hand much better than the A1 config. But otherwise they are all in basic "GI" configuration without any bells or whistles. I also use USGI mags and hardball ammo, so I guess that makes me a troglodyte.
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Old 11-07-2015, 10:11 AM
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I carry a Springfield GI, stainless. Short trigger, arched MSH. It works.
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Old 11-07-2015, 03:01 PM
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I carry a WWII Remington Rand around my place sometimes.

I even have a Patton style Holster for it.
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Old 11-07-2015, 03:13 PM
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Me too, it works, and I like it. But then, I drove my 74 1/2 ton until just last year.....
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Old 11-07-2015, 04:13 PM
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I normally switch to one for winter carry.
It's a Springfield FWIW.
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Old 11-07-2015, 05:43 PM
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I sometimes carry my combat Commander with arched msh, short trigger, and rat tail ( GI) grip safety. Oh and those small military sights.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:51 PM
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Here are original, military-issue M1911 and M1911A1 pistols for comparison:



Generally speaking, the use of an arched mainspring housing and short trigger makes it an 'A1. Of course you can use a flat housing with a short trigger and so forth, so it's hard to say for sure what the OP is referring to. My assumption was that he was referring to a basic mil-spec style pistol with no beavertail, Novak sights, mag well funnel, et cetera. Just something similar to what GI Joe might have carried. But I'm not the OP, never played him on TV, and didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
You assume correctly.
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Old 11-07-2015, 11:33 PM
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I cut the "Extra Big Ass" paddles off an ambi safety, and I had a bobbed spur hammer on my home made "commanding officer" until I boogered it on a trigger job.

I just picked up an SA 1911-A1 that will also see carry duty as pictured. I changed the grips and the MSH. I do plan to add a longer trigger.

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Old 11-07-2015, 11:42 PM
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Old 11-08-2015, 12:35 AM
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Recently added to the carry rotation:



Note that Bob and I both have 'A1 pistols but which are set up pre-'A1 style with the long trigger and flat housing. For me it was a simple matter of aesthetics. I have enough 'A1 pistols with short triggers and arched housings and wanted one set up this way instead.
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