I went to an IDPA Classifier match today, intending to get classified with my 1911 in the CDP division. I had my bro Jay ship it out to me (there wasn't enough room in the truck to bring everything here, so it was staying in his safe for a while) for the purpose of competing with it.
I attempted to compete with it today, and shot well with it. The problem is that the dang thing wouldn't run consistently. I had at least four failures to go into battery, and all those malfunctions caused me to take too much time to classify.
Chances are it needs new springs, and perhaps some new magazines. But that's the problem with a hundred year old design. Get a Glock and shoot the recoil spring to death in it, and it'll still run. That'll be true of several new gun designs: they're just engineered from the ground up to have fewer parts and to run with minimal maintenance. That's definitely not the 1911.
The 1911 still has some characteristics that are outstanding: they're typically very accurate guns that are easy to shoot well. A tuned single action trigger in one is an amazing thing. They're only an inch wide, so they're easy to conceal...although a steel 1911 is a heavy beast by the end of the day.
They have other downsides, too: they're magazine finicky, and as Ken Hackathorn has stated, they're "the king of feedway stoppages". Add to that their limited magazine capacity, and I think I'm pretty much done with the 1911. The upside isn't outweighing the downside. I'm beginning the process of considering what to do with the gun. It may end up traded or sold for an MnP .45 or perhaps a Glock 21 or 30. I miss my old 30.
Who is this guy, and who let him have a blog? They gotta police these things better. Hmmmm...what about me, then? Here's a few tidbits:
I'm a Christian.
I work for ATS Tactical Gear in Oak Grove KY as a multi-manager.
I got my BS (so very appropriate) in Business Management in Dec. of 2007.
I'm a shooter, gun collector, knife kook, and pretty much find anything that shoots, goes bang, or explodes pretty interesting. I'm especially fond of full auto weapons with supressors, which are legal in KY. Yes, I realize that quiet firearms and the love of BANG! makes a contradiction, but that's how it is.
I'm an NRA supporter in general and a supporter of the 2nd Amendment in particular. The Constitution is second only to the Bible in importance.
I'm a Conservative that more often than not holds his nose and votes Republican.
I like loud stuff. Movies, music, cannons...whatever ya got.
I like comments on my Blog. Comment as much as you like! Unless you really offend me (and I get the last word, so that's not easy to do), I'll publish them all. I'll also have the last word. ;) That holds true unless the post is Anonymous. Most of them don't make it. Own your words.