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Old 05-21-2020, 01:56 PM
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I think of nice firearms the same way I feel about nice cars. I enjoy maintaining both but I also enjoy using both.

I won't buy a gun to sit in the safe the same way I won't buy a car to sit my garage to only come out for car shows.
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:24 PM
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Would you apply the same philosophy of use/disuse to women?
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Old 05-21-2020, 03:59 PM
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90% of the time I shoot my WC's, STI, and Infinity, they are all expensive, but that has nothing to do with it. What it has to do with, is all other things equal, they will help you perform even better than your less expensive 1911's. Yes it is the shooter, not the gun, but an excellent gun helps.

I do like shooting my two PPQs too though in 9 and 45 because they shoot almost as well as my custom guns but at about 10% of the price. It is fun to try to see how well one can do with these guns vs a fancy 1911...

I don't really shoot anything in-btwn anymore, sold most of the in-btwn stuff a few years ago (mostly 1911's which I purchased before I got into the custom market). I found these guns just sat in the safe for years on-end.
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Old 05-21-2020, 04:03 PM
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Shoot them and enjoy them.
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Old 05-21-2020, 04:07 PM
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I have three customs, they each get 4k a year through them..like it or not.. each one shoots very well.. get em dirty and enjoy
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Old 05-21-2020, 04:54 PM
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So last year I purchase a what most might call a mid level 1911 but others might say not to fire too much. It's a Colt pre 70 1911 NMGC built in 1966.
.45acp. A few scratches but considering being 54 years not very bad. Also no papers or box. It was my first 1911 purchase and I bought it off of GB for $1350 not including tax, transfer and shipping from out of state. I thought the value of it increa-
sing in value doubtful. I do enjoy shooting it but only has had maybe 300 rounds down the pipe from me.
Have no idea of total round count. I'm
wondering if I should make it a shooter. It's not a military piece. Or should I put it away.
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Old 05-21-2020, 05:05 PM
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My most costly 1911 is my Ed Brown Alpha Elite stainless....I shoot it a lot....but never carry it. My Dan Wessons are my carry pieces.
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Old 05-21-2020, 05:54 PM
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Would you apply the same philosophy of use/disuse to women?
Never the best analogy.
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Old 05-21-2020, 05:58 PM
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So last year I purchase a what most might call a mid level 1911 but others might say not to fire too much. It's a Colt pre 70 1911 NMGC built in 1966.
.45acp. A few scratches but considering being 54 years not very bad. Also no papers or box. It was my first 1911 purchase and I bought it off of GB for $1350 not including tax, transfer and shipping from out of state. I thought the value of it increa-
sing in value doubtful. I do enjoy shooting it but only has had maybe 300 rounds down the pipe from me.
Have no idea of total round count. I'm
wondering if I should make it a shooter. It's not a military piece. Or should I put it away.
Nah, shoot it without worry. The collector value was already lost with the finish wear and the box and papers, so enjoy it.
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Old 05-21-2020, 06:42 PM
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who on this forum shoots their expensive 1911’s a lot? I have a les baer premier ii and a springfield professional. My buddies tell me not to shoot them a lot because of the price tags. I think they should be shot a lot. Why else have them? It’s not like they are going to be collectibles one day.
That logic i never understood. It's like having a supermodel for a wife and your not going to use her much? That's absurd.
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Old 05-21-2020, 06:45 PM
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No. I shoot and enjoy.
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:46 PM
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That logic i never understood. It's like having a supermodel for a wife and your not going to use her much? That's absurd.
Except for loaning to a friend.....

Unless you're into that.......
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Old 05-21-2020, 07:46 PM
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I shoot mine in USPSA and for casual range plinking, they get shot a lot.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:04 PM
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Guns are made to be shot.

I don't own any inexpensive 1911s, and they all get shot equally and a lot.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:16 PM
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I buy good guns to shoot them...I shoot everything I own...a lot.

No point owning a good gun and NOT shooting the snot out of it.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:54 PM
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Like I said earlier, custom 1911s aren't collectibles. Vintage ones are. I see no reason to spend $5000 on a top-tier 1911 and just let it sit in the safe. That would be like buying a McLaren supercar and never driving it.

On the other hand, the vintage ones are like museum pieces and are historical artifacts. They're no longer being made and can't be replaced. If you shoot your high-dollar Wilson custom and the slide cracks, they'll fix it as good as new for free. But if the slide cracks on your 1938 Navy contract Colt, you just lost $10,000 of it's value as you won't be able to find a matching slide since the original was numbered to the frame.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:59 PM
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I am going to shoot my Nighthawk T4 quite a bit. It'll be my everyday carry. I'll take it to training too.

Fast forward to 13:45 and just watch....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NzBIUPZGbk
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like i said earlier, custom 1911s aren't collectibles. Vintage ones are. I see no reason to spend $5000 on a top-tier 1911 and just let it sit in the safe. That would be like buying a mclaren supercar and never driving it.

On the other hand, the vintage ones are like museum pieces and are historical artifacts. They're no longer being made and can't be replaced. If you shoot your high-dollar wilson custom and the slide cracks, they'll fix it as good as new for free. But if the slide cracks on your 1938 navy contract colt, you just lost $10,000 of it's value as you won't be able to find a matching slide since the original was numbered to the frame.
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...and precisely why I dont buy 1938 Navy contract Colts, or ANYTHING irreplaceable. I'd be afraid to use it...and where's the fun in that. Now if I had Bloomburg money, I'd use a vintage Singer to pound nails if I couldn't quickly find a hammer. Actually, I'd make my Guatemalan housekeeper do it for me. I think that's why God keeps me from winning the Powerball...he knows being rich would make me a bigger dick than I already am.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:55 PM
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I don't have really expensive 1911's (compared to many here) but I shoot my 2 most expensive ones most. (almost exclusively) because they shoot the best and I love shooting them. They are also the ones I carry when carrying a 1911 - because I shoot them best.
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:07 PM
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I don't own guns I won't shoot. I have a 1960 and 1965 Colt GCNM. The '65 saw heavy use in years of bullseye and even daily carry.
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:18 PM
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*raises hand*

I shoot springfield professional more than all others combined

But if you mean expensive like a Wilson supergrade, then probably not so much, hah!
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:32 PM
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3 Wilson's and 1 NHC here. I shoot 'em a lot.
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Old 05-22-2020, 10:38 PM
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not expensive but my object is if I own it, I shoot it.
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Old 05-23-2020, 01:06 AM
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My Ed Browns get shot more than any other guns I own.
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Old 05-23-2020, 05:27 AM
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What, you gonna wear it out or use it up by shooting it?
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