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Old 02-17-2020, 12:19 PM
DC_boffin DC_boffin is offline
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My introduction to the 1911 - What has surprised me the most

I've managed a few trips to the range with my 1911, and now have put about 200 rounds through it. What's surprised me the most about it is just how sensitive the 1911 is to my grip. I guess I've gotten spoiled by the "fatter" grip of my double-stack pistols. I've noticed that small differences in my grip play out on the target in a way they don't quite with the fatter grip on the p226.

I've also learned that I have had a DA/SA trigger imprinted in my brain, but that's another story
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Old 02-17-2020, 12:36 PM
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Grip consistency is important with any handgun. I shoot 1911's and when I pick up a double stack it's huge handful and I don't think I control it very well. I suppose everyone gets used to a grip and another grip feels funny. That's another reason I limit the number of different type pistols I shoot. I noticed after a summer of glock shooting my 1911 felt funny. To heck with that, the glocks had to go. LOL!
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Old 02-17-2020, 12:50 PM
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Grip consistency is important with any handgun. I shoot 1911's and when I pick up a double stack it's huge handful and I don't think I control it very well. I suppose everyone gets used to a grip and another grip feels funny. That's another reason I limit the number of different type pistols I shoot. I noticed after a summer of glock shooting my 1911 felt funny. To heck with that, the glocks had to go. LOL!
You are definitely right about grip consistency. And, clearly, I'm still getting used to this pistol. I suppose the lesson here is that the first 500-1,000 rounds are more about about getting the shooter broken in than anything.

Even so, this really does feel like a pistol where even small differences in pressure from either hand shift my grouping. It's a great challenge.

I'll also say this: you made the right call with the Glocks. They are unquestionably good guns, but they aren't 1911s.
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Old 02-17-2020, 12:57 PM
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1911s hide nothing, if you are a perfect shooter it will perform like no their handgun in existence, if you make even the slightest error it will show downrange. It's a very high skill ceiling platform
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Old 02-17-2020, 01:20 PM
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No matter which handgun you choose, grip is very important. Consistant grip is important no matter the handgun!
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Old 02-17-2020, 01:38 PM
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1911s hide nothing, if you are a perfect shooter it will perform like no their handgun in existence, if you make even the slightest error it will show downrange. It's a very high skill ceiling platform
I believe it. And I believe it only makes the 1911 more attractive.
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Old 02-17-2020, 01:45 PM
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I only have 2 1911's at this time and they each have different thicknesses of grips. Started out with the one with thinner grips. After about 3000 rounds I purchased the second one with fatter grips. WOW talk about a learning curve. Now with 500 through that one, I'm finally catching on. Who says can't teach an old dog new tricks?
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Old 02-17-2020, 06:52 PM
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Old-timers made big fat target grips with thumb rests and called them "stocks."

You can layer some duct tape to the sides to build up the thickness to see if you do better with thicker grips. It's cheap and you can peel it off later when you're done.
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Old 02-17-2020, 06:56 PM
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If you're used to fat double-stack handgun grips the slim, slab-sided 1911 grip will feel strange at first. Fortunately you can change the grips out and put on thicker ones. Of course there was a time not long ago when everyone was used to 1911s, and the new European 9mm "crunchentickers" all felt weird.
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Old 02-17-2020, 07:04 PM
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Here are some video's that I'd find helpful to a new 1911 shooter...

How to grip an auto pistol with Doug Koenig (note where his right thumb goes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDzC6djUQxM

Ed Head demonstrates the draw stroke in this GunTalkTV video at about the :40 mark. Note when he gets to the thumb safety https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGGxwJrrABY

Tiger McKee handling malfunctions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkZgYb-ReSU

Dave Andersen how to lube an auto pistol. Note at the end how he lubes without field stripping. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eUacqOIAaU

Wilson Combat lube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4D2mRlDo48
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Old 02-17-2020, 07:14 PM
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Thanks, guys, for all the great links, thoughts, and feedback. It's still early days, but I'm definitely enjoying the 1911 platform.

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Old 02-18-2020, 01:37 PM
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Whatever is going on with your grip, the bottom line is keeping the gun still as you press the trigger. If you can do that one thing consistently, it's gold.
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Old 02-18-2020, 03:29 PM
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Whatever is going on with your grip, the bottom line is keeping the gun still as you press the trigger. If you can do that one thing consistently, it's gold.

Agreed. And I don't mean to suggest that my grip is all over the place. More that I've noticed a small change in pressure from the support hand or a little shift of the fingers (I took off my wedding ring, which caused my hands to overlap slightly differently) and I would shift my groupings at 10 yards in a way I wouldn't expect from my other 9mm handguns.

As Striker said: it is a platform that hides nothing. And that's a good thing - for me, anyway
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