I am big fan of the 1911 also. I like the new grips as I stated before. have you ever tried pacmeyer wrap around grips. I have had them on my 1911 for around thirty years and have tried to go back to the stock grips and that lasted about an hour.
I have. And they are nice. But if I’m going to wrap the front, I’m getting Hogues – which used to be the only grips I’d have on my 1911’s… the Hogue finger grooved grips. But I’m at the point in life now where I prefer just the panels.
I’ve always loved the 1911 and it was also the very first handgun that I ever owned. I was 16 and traded a shotgun to one of my cousin’s friends for his WW2 Ithica that was modified into a bullseye pistol.
Through the years I’ve owned no less than 6 compact 1911’s (4″ & shorter) and I never had any reliability issues but when I let someone else shoot one there were a few FTF & FTE. Now my conclusion is that “reliability issues” from compact 1911’s is more of an operator issue than a design issue as someone who isn’t used to or doesn’t have the experience of shooting a light weight big bore pistol so they either limp wrist or have a loose grip which isn’t conducive to proper blowback action.
I guess the Army is different from the Air Force when it comes to issuing weapons as I wasn’t allowed to touch a weapon until I took a qualification course and had it added/signed off on my weapons qual card (AF Form 622?? It’s been a few years…) and later in my career when I was the Squadron’s Weapons Custodian I couldn’t issue a rifle or pistol unless that individual had current qualification. Those were the days I guess.
Lastly just a little suggestion, you might want to take note of any back lighting when filming/videoing as it will darken the subject (mainly your pistol) which made it hard to see any details. If your camera is attached to your monitor see if you can rotate it so that you have a wall in the background and then have your lighting from behind your camera shining towards you. That way the lighting will be against the subject (you & your pistol) and the details & colors/finish will be very visible and will stand out.
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