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Old 01-23-2020, 06:42 PM
Wavygravy Wavygravy is offline
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First 1911 Range Trip

Got my first 1911 a week ago and finally got to my club range (outdoor) today after days of winter weather. It's a handsome Colt Wiley Clapp LW Commander .45acp. I put 100 rounds of Blazer Brass 230 gr. ball and 50 rounds of WWB 230 gr. HP through it without a single hiccup. No problems at all. It shoots nice tight groups -- just 2 inches low and left. Just like my S&W Shield, but much tighter groups. Heheh. Something tells me it isn't the guns' fault....
Seriously, I really like the Colt -- a fine pistol. Very smooth trigger, and will only get better. So will I, hopefully!
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Old 01-23-2020, 06:47 PM
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Wavygravy, congratulations! I think the LW. Commander is a great gun. Awesome to carry & fun to shoot.
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Old 01-23-2020, 09:17 PM
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Got my first 1911 a week ago and finally got to my club range (outdoor) today after days of winter weather. It's a handsome Colt Wiley Clapp LW Commander .45acp. I put 100 rounds of Blazer Brass 230 gr. ball and 50 rounds of WWB 230 gr. HP through it without a single hiccup. No problems at all. It shoots nice tight groups -- just 2 inches low and left. Just like my S&W Shield, but much tighter groups. Heheh. Something tells me it isn't the guns' fault....
Seriously, I really like the Colt -- a fine pistol. Very smooth trigger, and will only get better. So will I, hopefully!
Low left POI from POA is common for a right handed shooter. Check videos from Doug Koenig and Rob Latham for grip and stance. Easy fix when you know what to look for.

All the best in 2020,
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:18 PM
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Got my first 1911 a week ago and finally got to my club range (outdoor) today after days of winter weather. It's a handsome Colt Wiley Clapp LW Commander .45acp. I put 100 rounds of Blazer Brass 230 gr. ball and 50 rounds of WWB 230 gr. HP through it without a single hiccup. No problems at all. It shoots nice tight groups -- just 2 inches low and left. Just like my S&W Shield, but much tighter groups. Heheh. Something tells me it isn't the guns' fault....
Seriously, I really like the Colt -- a fine pistol. Very smooth trigger, and will only get better. So will I, hopefully! [IMG class=inlineimg]https://forums.1911forum.com/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]
Want to stop shooting low left?

Do this....

Hold the gun and point at a target on the wall. Ideally, use a laser light in the barrel or mounted to the frame.

Hold the front site (or light) as steady as possible. Then without pulling the trigger, suddenly squeeze your grip tightly......note the laser light/front site dipping low and left.

I am CONVINCED most shooter that do this are tightening their grip when they press the trigger. I have cured many a shooter of this and it starts with recognizing why it happens.

Next step....learn to PRESS the trigger as an isolated finger motion without squeezing your grip.
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Old 01-24-2020, 08:10 AM
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This!!

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Want to stop shooting low left?

Do this....

Hold the gun and point at a target on the wall. Ideally, use a laser light in the barrel or mounted to the frame.

Hold the front site (or light) as steady as possible. Then without pulling the trigger, suddenly squeeze your grip tightly......note the laser light/front site dipping low and left.

I am CONVINCED most shooter that do this are tightening their grip when they press the trigger. I have cured many a shooter of this and it starts with recognizing why it happens.

Next step....learn to PRESS the trigger as an isolated finger motion without squeezing your grip.
This!!

The above vids Post #3 will show the same thing that you can go back to as you practice and improve.

I find when I'm overly tired I will begin to drift low left due to lack of concentration.

All the best in 2020,
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Old 02-11-2020, 12:02 PM
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Super range time with your nice Colt. Super carry gun, too.

As the guys said there are small refinements to grip that can make things much more pleasant and consistent.

Great gun and hoping you keep at it and master it.
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Old 02-13-2020, 02:40 PM
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I've put right at 300-325 rounds through my new Colt Commander now. It's getting better. Here's my first 7 rounds at the range yesterday -- shooting at 20 yards. I had one flyer, but the rest were OK. I was shooting a round per second or less -- not slow fire, but not mag dumping.
The pistol shoots and works flawlessly. No malfunctions or hiccups at all so far. I have committed myself to improve further.

The red bull is 1", first black ring a 2" circle.

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Old 02-13-2020, 02:51 PM
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I've put right at 300-325 rounds through my new Colt Commander now. It's getting better. Here's my first 7 rounds at the range yesterday -- shooting at 20 yards. I had one flyer, but the rest were OK. I was shooting a round per second or less -- not slow fire, but not mag dumping.
The pistol shoots and works flawlessly. No malfunctions or hiccups at all so far. I have committed myself to improve further.

The red bull is 1", first black ring a 2" circle.

Phenomenal shooting !!!!!!


I'd say you and that pistol are matching up well.
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