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Old 02-02-2020, 07:29 PM
johnireland johnireland is offline
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The asthetics of the basic 1911

When I bought my Kimber (and I still like it) I was infatuated with the lure of the up market side arm. And certainly there are 1911s far more "up market" than my Kimber...but I put it all in the same salad bowl. Perhaps an alloy frame, or special sights or grips or checkering or tolerances or custom this and that, etc.

Then I saw a video of the guy named Hickock 65 or something, and he was comparing a cheap MIM Turkish made example against one of the designer high end versions. The truth is that he shot them equally as well. Neither jammed or failed to feed, or etc.

A week or so later I was in my lgs and spotted my RIA 1911 .45 Compact. Yes it wasn't pure GI or Mil Speck...the hammer was bobbed and it had a beaver tail (which I need). But beyond that it had the plain wooden smooth grips, the low iron sights, and the old dull Parkerized finish. And when I shot it, it did exactly what I wanted, where I wanted.

My initial reason for buying it was as a back up to the Kimber...but their roles have been reversed. I have come to appreciate and take pleasure in the basics of this RIA.

It is not pretty or beautiful or handsome or whatever else one could use to describe the "better" models. In fact it is as ugly and mean looking and brutal looking, as a street thug. It is a beast with only one function, to turn the enemy into meat. It is heavy enough and hard enough to use as a club. Like a hooker after five or six drinks, it is all you need.

Yes, if I was going to dinner at Spago's I would probably carry the Kimber just because it is lighter and the half inch shorter barrel makes it more comfortable to tuck in my waste band.

But when the world is looking mean and hungry, I want my RIA, I want a gun that looks just as mean and just as hungry. A tool to take care of business.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:26 AM
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Hickock 65 or something?
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:42 AM
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Hickock 65 or something?
Yea, that ain't right...........
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:47 AM
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Your basic WWII configuration 1911A1 is the pinnacle of 1911 perfection.

The young kids can keep their extended do-dads, full length guide rods, flat mainspring housings and all that tactical combat nonsense.

Just give me an old school, plain Jane, 1911A1
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:51 AM
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Yea, that ain't right...........
Yeah I think he knows better.
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Old 02-03-2020, 10:52 AM
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Your basic WWII configuration 1911A1 is the pinnacle of 1911 perfection.

The young kids can keep their extended do-dads, full length guide rods, flat mainspring housings and all that tactical combat nonsense.

Just give me an old school, plain Jane, 1911A1
To each his own!
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Old 02-03-2020, 11:05 AM
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I own Colts, Kimber, DW, SA ,Ruger and a Citadel. They are all fun but the Citadel is not of the same quality as the others. I have run 3 to 4000 rounds thru the Citadel, the only real problems I've had are a broken ejector(9MM gun), and the rear sight is loose, too much clearance, I installed with locktite the last time it came loose. I did do a trigger job, put in a Colt sear spring, EGW bushing and an extended mag release. I found that I like the thick grip panels. The gun has been fun, I wasn't afraid to work on it, cost was 340.00 from Bud's.
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Old 02-03-2020, 11:31 AM
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Just as I refuse to wear an ugly pair of shoes I also have no desire using other things which don't look as nice. Heck, if that were the case I might as well start buying High Points but that aint happening either.

Life is too short to shoot an ugly gun.

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Old 02-03-2020, 04:24 PM
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My mistake. Hickok45. Here is the link to the comparison. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W7sb9Zp-8o&t=1923s
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Old 02-03-2020, 05:37 PM
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Mr. Hickok45 deserves respect.
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Old 02-03-2020, 09:17 PM
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I had to take the plain wood grips off my RIA and for 8 bucks I bought a set of Springfield armory grip panels. Also, replaced the MSH with an arched one with lanyard loop.
Now I have what I want visually with this pistol.

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Old 02-04-2020, 10:50 AM
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This is beauty to me. A true work of art.

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Old 02-04-2020, 11:19 AM
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GI style 1911s look awesome.

More modernized ones are what I like to shoot though.
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Old 02-04-2020, 08:31 PM
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Both the GI 1911 and the modern 1911 have equal aesthetic appeal when built with an experienced eye. I believe it all has to do with how the features visually work together.
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