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Bart Solo

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Modern 1911
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:47:53 AM »
I am thinking about a Colt XSE and wonder if it will require any additional work for Wild Bunch.
 

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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2014, 03:01:33 PM »
Bart Solo, it is perfectly legal for the Modern category. May need a trigger job but should work great.
 

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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2014, 08:13:54 AM »
I have read that it has sharp edges.  Is that true?

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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2014, 08:37:18 AM »
Bart, all the recently built 1911s I have handled has some sharp edges, unless it is sold with the "melted" look. My custom built on a Wilson frame and slide has very sharp edges. Very crisply finished, like a 1911 should be. Its not a problem for me. I'll occasionally pinch my hand switching magazines.
That model Colt is one of my favorites and I have handled many of them. I would gladly shoot one, anytime and you don't have to worry about sharp edges. 

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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2014, 08:12:11 PM »
Bart, I have a XSE Combat Elite.  Cleaned and lubed it, checked magazines for fit and function, shot about 100 practice rounds of 230 gr ball ammo, and entered the WB match.  No hiccups.

I haven't noticed 'sharp' edges so I just compared it to a S&W1911E, Ruger SR1911, Mag Research Desert Eagle 1911G.    Perhaps the Colt's edges aren't quite as radiused as the others, but if so it's almost microscopic.  In hand, I don't notice an appreciable difference and nothing feels sharp, except for the lower edges of the forward cocking grooves on the slide, but so are they on the DE 1911G and the S&W1911E.

I think that you'll like the XSE!  Tight barrel/slide/frame fit.  Nice trigger, slightly heavier than the DE1911G but not objectionable.  I don't have a trigger pull gauge, so that's a bit subjective.  In Wild Bunch you'd not notice it.  Maybe shooting 100 yd bullseyes you might.  Miaybe.

The 1911G has the lightest, smoothest trigger pull out of the box, compared to Rock, Ruger, Rem, SA, Colt XSE, S&W 1911E.    And that's on three 1911Gs so it's probably not an anomaly.  It's actually a sleeper in value for $557 at Buds.
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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2014, 06:40:11 AM »
Keep a file handy!  Knock the sharp off the edge and keep shooting.
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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2014, 09:13:24 AM »
I asked the original question because I recently added a magwell and an upgraded front sight to my SA Range Officer.  It makes for a really good UPSPSA limited 10 pistol, but it is no longer legal for Wild Bunch.  I have a Springfield Mil Spec that I shoot traditional. It is nicely set up for traditional. Of course, I could always shoot the SA in modern if I elected, but I have always wanted a pony. 

That said I have been doing some research, and wonder if any of you really find a quality difference between the various major brands in the 800-1100 range.   I am still thinking about buying a Colt, but the one thing I have learned about our sport is we actually shoot a lot. Many of the folks I know keep their Colts as safe relics bringing them out only to show them to visitors. I want a gun I won't be afraid to shoot.   Which of the main brands are real shooters and which are just nice to look at.
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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2014, 09:46:52 AM »
As a former dealer in collectable 1911's I can say that NO Colt 1911 made in the last 100 years is collectable and worth more than what someone is willing to pay for it. If you have a newer Colt just shoot it. As for who makes  a good 1911?? Lots of people. I like Kimber, Springfield and S & W custom shop ones and obviously the expensive stuff from Le Baer, Wilson, etc. etc. Almost any new manufaxcture 1911 will work for our game. Some are obviously better than others but many have good luck with guns from the Armscor, Ruger, etc.
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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2014, 02:05:56 PM »
Which of the main brands are real shooters and which are just nice to look at.

I have absolutely no regrets shooting my Colt Series 70s, either the original run from 1973, or a recent return-to-Series 70 run (probably 2009 or so).     They both shoot so well for traditional I look to no other factory's line.  They are THAT good, and still reasonable.    Up over 100K rounds through the old one - finally had an in-match failure, which I fixed in five minutes.

In Modern category, you get the luxury of SO much choice.   But a Colt or Springfield frame and slide is never a bad place to start.

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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2014, 04:20:43 PM »
Wife & I both shoot traditional Colts. Hers a series 70 and mine a series 80 (with all the 80's safety crap removed).
As GJ said, no regrets.

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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2014, 08:27:50 PM »
I shoot modern and use both a Ruger and a Remington R1. They both perform very well. Just my 2 cents for you.

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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2014, 07:03:52 AM »
In my not so humble opinion, the best money spent out of the box right now, would be a Ruger.

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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2014, 01:45:02 PM »
I've owned multiple 1911's, including a Colt made in 1916 that I foolishly sold; Duh!

In my opinion, Ruger is the best one for me. It has all the mandatory options at a reasonable price. Use good magazines and it's foolproof.
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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2014, 08:10:20 AM »
I still want a pony, but the Ruger has a lot going for it.  A great manufacturer, 100% American made, wonderful support, everything you would want in a Wild Bunch modern gun, but not much more.  Enough accuracy for our game.  From what I have heard they hold together well under hard use.  Best of all it is 2 or 3 hundred less than the Colt.     

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Re: Modern 1911
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2014, 01:35:51 PM »
Returning to Colt, I have always heard that the original is the best (until you spend 2-3 K for a wall hanger from one of the custom shops) but I have found the Springfield's assembled in Illinois to be hard to beat.  My current Range Officer is perhaps the tightest and most accurate 1911 I have ever encountered.  Others who have owned them have told me the same thing.  How does Colt's accuracy hold up when compared to other pistols?