When the United States Military decided to look for a sidearm with a little more “Stopping Power”, John Moses Browning answered the call. Introduced in 1911, the Colt .45 became an instant part of history. SInce its inception, the 1911 has garnered a tremendous share of adoration from the gunn community…along with more than a fair share of criticism.
While lauded for its power, it was faulted for its lack of reliability. It has been said that you would have to put a thousand or more rounds through it before it became “loose” enough to keep running efficiently. It seems that the tighter it was machined, the more prone to failure it was. Now, we all understand that there are things that require a “break-in” period, but imagine if you bought a new car, and the salesman told you that you should expect to break down every couple of miles until you got to your first oil change. I don’t think you would find that to be a shining example of reliability, but that is what a lot of 1911 owners have had to deal with.
Now, as time and technology have both marched on, many of the ailments that plagued the 1911 have been quashed, but the reputation for the lack of reliability have continued. Yes, there are 191
1 manufacturers that can produce one that will “never” jam…but those come with a price. A Very HEFTY Price. There are also bargain basement manufacturers that seem to be able to put one together out of scrap parts and have flawless function…but look like something Dr. Frankenstein whipped up in the lab.
That brings me to this one….my personal 1911. It’s a 2017 Gold Cup Trophy Series 80, chambered in .45ACP. Truth be told, the only reason I opted to buy this particular handgun was to fulfill a wish that my father was unable to before he passed. I bought this one for him…and I am glad I did.
With the exception of polishing out the feed ramp (before ever firing it), I have done NOTHING to this gun but fire it. Yes, I have had a couple of jams, but mostly because I had inadvertently left the target spring in the frame instead of the carry spring(yes…there are 2 different spring weights depending on what you are loading). Other than that…nada.
I have spent many a day at the range, sharing this firearm with friends and students alike, and all of them have run a couple mags through it, leaving with the intention of buying one for themself. It is a most enjoyable firearm to own, shoot, and compete with. However, it is not the firearm I am going to depend on in a time of crisis. That will be something that has a bit more of a notable reputation for reliability. No, it’s not going to be a Glock, or Sig, but my time tested Beretta 92FS Centurion. I know, I know….it’s not a striker fired super duper plastic fantastic. She’s big, heavy, and a DA/SA…but she’s also never given me a reason to lose any faith in her reliability or accuracy….something that I cannot say about many other guns.
1911 Art Work by Randall Sappington.
Video and Photography, Steve Sciannamea
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