As readers will know, last week I picked up a 1911 Commander from ATI. “American Tactical Imports“.
I remain impressed with the overall quality of the gun. It’s so far proven to be a great buy. At the time of purchase, and even since I had first seen them, I had only one complaint. The wood grips look like they are cheap plastic. Now I have another complaint.
The finish on the gun wears off if you look at it wrong. Today is Wednesday, and I got the gun last Saturday. Sure, I’ve been packing it, CCW and shooting it when and where I am able… But in this very short time, I already have spots where the finish is worn down to the bare metal. I don’t mind some finish wear on older guns. Well worn guns are a thing of beauty. I love my Springfield GI just for this very reason. But this is a new gun that I’ve not even had for a week and all the edges are down to the bare metal. WTF?
No, I am not worried about it, upset about it, or anything… Like the post title says, this is just as observation and not really a complaint. Remember, this is a 1911 that only cost 449 at retail. So I can’t be bothered by this… but I know some guys would be completely bent out of shape by this thin and delicate finish. This gun will be getting a complete Duracoat job from Crusader Weaponry next time I’m out in SLC. (When I go out there to work on the Sterling SMG’s)
The Upshot to the ATI 1911 is that the trigger breaks perfectly at 4 pounds on the dot. The pull is consistent and flawless with no over travel. It has a little bit of take up before you get back to the actual trigger pull… and from there it’s damn near perfection. During dry-firing, one notices that as the trigger breaks, the front sight doesn’t have any twitch at all, and the hammer has a very fast lock time. This is why this gun is proving to be such a great shooter.
The ATI remains a great “Working Man’s 1911”.