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Old 08-10-2017, 03:58 PM
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I've owned quite a few 1911s. Some of them very high end, some production models. Some worked, some didn't.

I decided I wanted a basic no frills Colt series 80 for carry.

Got the blued version, brand new. Extractor tension seems perfect, thumbsaftey is perfect. The slide to frame fit is quite loose: the slide rattles against the frame with a light shake. Colts tend to do this.

I'm liking this Colt.
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Old 08-10-2017, 04:27 PM
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I sold several of my 1911's and gave each son a 1911! I am down to 6, and feel kind of under gunned!

Cocked and locked since 1911!

I was camping in a state park with my family several years ago. I had to GO really bad and walked to one of the wonderful pit toilets by our sight. I noticed this group of sights was full of low-lifes, as I walked in. After a few minutes, One standing in the doorway, says to another, " Some A. hole is using our toilet". My response was I pulled the slide back on my 1911 (it was hidden under my shirt) and let it cycle around into the chamber. The sound just echoed of the block walls! I heard some small noise, but finished my business and went to leave. The small noise I heard was about 40 people disappearing from their camp sights! Lawn chairs knocked, and over paper plates with food just dropped! I almost looked like an old west ghost town.

I learned 2 lessons that day; 1) I have never carried on an empty chamber again! 2) the sound of chambering a round is a universal language!

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Old 08-10-2017, 08:30 PM
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I got a brand new M1991A-1 as a 21st birthday gift from my parents. As I recall it was $425 back then. It was the first semi automatic I owned, and I still have it. I have put well over 5,000 rounds thru it, and it has never jammed. The only changes I've made to it over the years were to replace the plastic mainspring housing with steel and upgrade the trigger. I've bought a lot of 1911's over the years, but that 1991 is still my favorite.
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I love it when they rattle. Sound of reliability!!!! Anytime I pick up a tight one I always wonder what high dollar ammo is this going to need and will it still work if I don't clean after each mag!

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I am a little slow in amassing my 1911s. I have 2 in hand and awaiting permits for 2 commanders. My first 1911 was a used MkIV Series 70, and I still have it after 42 years. A year after I got my Series 70, I had to qualify in ROTC. The 1911 that I drew sounded like a thrashing machine, it was that loose. On the pop-up pistol range, I easily qualified Expert. Since then, my 1911s have faithfully served me. As much as I enjoy wheelguns, the 1911 holds a dear place in my heart.
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I have 4, 1911's. 2, are 45's, 1 9mm, and 1 .40. Still no Colt. Hope to try 1 someday. BECAUSE. Bob
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:08 AM
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Colt has really ramped up the quality on their 1911's of recent years. A lot of gun at a realistic price.
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My 1991 has been a trooper over the years. Most of the (limited) tinkering I've done with guns has been on that one. It usually has my .22 Ceiner conversion slide on it these days.

Now that I think about it, it's my only .45.
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I love it when they rattle. Sound of reliability!!!! Anytime I pick up a tight one I always wonder what high dollar ammo is this going to need and will it still work if I don't clean after each mag!

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Thanks for the feedback on the rattle. I was surprised to see how much play there is between the slide and frame, both at the front and the back. It 'clacks' back and forth at the rear of the slide if you wiggle the frame and slide.

I'd rather have loose and reliable than tight and just on the edge of a jam. I've had tight 1911's have FTF problems before, so loose is what I'm going to learn to like.
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One of mine is from 1913. Unfortunately it was reblued years ago...but she shoots. The property of US makes her more valuable to me.
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