Top 5 1911’s

One of The Horde has asked for a Top 5 1911 list.  This is difficult, because saying 1911 is like saying Pickup Truck.  There are different types, classes of truck.  Class wasn’t specified.  So this is going to be an overall pick, cross classes.

1.  Springfield TRP
2.  SIG 1911 TacOps
3.  Dan Wesson V-Bob
4.  STI Ranger II
5.  Springfield 1911 GI

Three of the five selections are full sized, 5” guns.  The other two are Commander length guns.  There are no three inch guns on my list for a reason.   The smaller sized guns get more finicky in terms of reliability and for me, that’s a huge disqualification.  The full size and the Commander length guns are where it’s at.
If I was going to pick a few more, the other guns on my list would be the guns in the Colt CCO type configuration with a Commander length barrel and slide on an Officer’s length frame.  Such as the SIG C3 and RCS.  Both would make the list for sure.  Also, if I had another spot, I’d have to put an STI Tactical 4.15, which would also be the only double stacked 1911 on this list, and the only one in 9mm.
If I was going to pick something on the more Budge Minded level, the options are fewer, but some stand out.  The pistols from ATI have a strong showing with tolerances on par with guns that cost 3 times as much.  The newish Remington R1 is a nice pistol, if you can find one.  The Para GI Expert is a very similar gun at a similar price point, and it’s a good one.  Then there are the guns from Taurus which are solid values and surprisingly good shooters.
Notice I am not talking about the Semi-Custom Production guns from makers such as Wilson Combat, Les Baer, and Ed Brown.  They are certainly good, but the cost level is puts them far and away above the reach of a lot of shooters, without a drastic or tangible increase in returns for the money.

Spending

Obama wants to cut the deficit.  First thing he wants to cut, as all Democrats are want to do… Military Spending.  Who could have seen that coming?  Yeah, that’s shocking.  78 Billion reduction in spending.  That’s interesting, because I bet we could cut a lot more from other useless programs before we touched our National Defense.  For example, we gave the Art Institute Of California Hollywood a total of 16.5 Million dollars.  The Art Institute Of Houston was given 38.9 Million.  28 Million went to the Art Institute of Las Vegas.  Of all this money, really and honestly how necessary was this spending?  In what national interest was this spending made?

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Celebrations

So much of the main stream media are orgasmicaly celebrating the overthrow of the government in Egypt.  Even the President of the United States is caught up in it.

I’m not so gleeful.

I look sideways at mobs of Communists and Muslim Brotherhood when they are happy about something.

The Egyptian Military has said that it will honor the peace treaty with Israel.  I think it offered that up a bit too quick, don’t you?  Maybe it’s genuine.  And maybe they are saying “Nice Doggy” while looking for a rock.    I suspect it’s the latter.  If I was Israel, I would very carefully, very subtly, move some assets around in preperation for a sudden hostile act.    Look for small insurgency actions to make Israel respond so Egypt can say “SEE, SEE!” and jump on Israel with both feet.

This would give Egypt a great deal of support and credibility with Liberal Media and the Middle East.  Both are two things I don’t trust.

The NAA Ranger Mini .22 Mag

North American Arms has really slammed a home run with the Ranger.

It’s finally an NAA Mini that you can pop open and empty the brass with one hand, and then use the other hand to quickly feed the new rounds in.  We are talking about a 4 second reload.

If NAA made some sort of mini speed-loader – that would be wicked cool.  Kind of pointless, but still, very cool.

I would like to see a version of the Ranger with a longer barrel, but as it sits, this is the world’s coolest .22 Mag.

Public Office

I had an interesting conversation with a pretty important figure in the community. He encouraged me to run again for the State Legislature. Next time on the Republican ticket. He said that while it would be a tough race for the Primaries, but winning that, I’d pretty much walk into Congress. He dropped some names on me of people who would support me. It’s tempting. I said that I would give it the utmost consideration. The support that I had was incredible, and knowing that I would have more really is encouraging.
However to be honest, the process of campaigning was draining. A lot of work for very little reward other than “Just Doing The Right Thing.” The compensation for being in office doesn’t equal the expenses that I would have being out in SLC while the House is in session. I was willing to do it before, but it was a lot to put my family through. We made a lot of sacrifices as a family, and I don’t want to ask them to go through that again for another run at the House.
State Senate on the other hand, that’s a different story. If I was to run for office again, it would be for the Senate and right now, the man in that office is unassailable. I’d have to wait until he was more vulnerable. So until then… I just have to say “I’ll think about it.”

Bonehead of the Week

As those that listen to Armed American Radio know, ever week we pick a Bonehead.

We go through emails and stacks of newspaper articles and TV Reports and… well, let’s just say that its a hard choice.  Every week, it’s like an Oscars of Idiots.  But we have to pick one main Bonehead… the Prince of Pathetic.  The selection process is tough… but we do it because it has to be done.  The headache these jackwagons give us… we go through a lot of Advil… But these guys need to be called out.

Now just because your favorite Bonehead didn’t make this week, doesn’t mean he or she isn’t a bonehead.   Be comforted in knowing that they are… because we can only pick one.  (Even if we just post the one)

So bookmark this page.   BONEHEAD OF THE WEEK.  It’s on the A List now there on the right side.   You can also sign up for the News Letter, so you can have that Bonehead come straight to your email.

Letter to Springfield Armory

Dear Springfield.  How are you doing?  I missed you at SHOT SHOW, but I ran into your man Robby L at the Media Range Day.  Great guy.  He still does the bulk of his shooting with a 1911… Wouldn’t it be a good idea to transition him to an XDM full time and maybe make a Signature Edition XDM based on his customizations?  I think it would be a great idea.  Didn’t see it in the Catalog I just downloaded, so, you know… Just sayin… Think it would be a great idea.

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More on the 1911

ToddG from Pistol-Training.com knocked it out of the park. This is well said.
I look at the 1911 much like Muscle Car. You can buy faster modern cars, but they just don’t have the class and style that a classic muscle car has.
As much as I love my G23RTF2, it doesn’t evoke the romance and the passion that my 1911’s inspire.
The 1911 is for the Aficionado and the Professional. It’s not for the rank and file foot-soldier. Yes, there is an Elitist aspect to it.