The nice wood double diamond grips were just too nice for the ATI. They didn’t go well with the matte black finish. After awhile it got to the point that I found them just irritating. So I got some nice plain old Hogue grip panels in OD green. The matte finish on the Hogue work very well, keeping the ATI in a nice subdued scheme.
The gun is north of 600 rounds now, with only one fail to feed. Again, that failure to feed was in the first few rounds right after I got the gun, and it has never happened since. I did replace the recoil spring after those first few rounds, because the gun did feel under-sprung. The gun has been perfectly reliable since. The gun shoots point of aim/point of impact at 30 feet or so… I’ve had no complaints about accuracy, only compliments from everyone that has shot it. I’ve let a few people shoot it and no one has had a negative bit of feedback, and no one has reported any malfs.
The biggest question about the ATI is the quality of the steel. So far, there has been no unusual wear on any of the internals. So I am thinking, so far, that the steel is up to snuff. I have no reason to suspect that its a lesser quality steel alloy. I don’t think it’s anything great or special… but it doesn’t look bad at all. The only real wear the gun is showing is on the finish, which looked suspect right from the beginning. If you look at that photo closely, look at the muzzle end, you can see the wear. I’ll have Joe at Crusader Weaponry give this thing a Duracoat treatment, and that will take care of the finish – no problem. It’s a 450 dollar 1911, so you do have to cut it some slack. And finish that shows holster wear only makes it looks like you actually use the thing… I think a gun with some holster wear looks better than a gun that looks like it’s a Safe Queen. But that’s just me.
I don’t have much gasoline in the truck, and I’m so broke I can’t afford to pay attention. But I have ammo and Ballistic Testing Zone One is practically out the back door of Ogre Ranch. So we did a little bit of shooting while the kids were doing school work.
The Sterling was once again… impressive. The gun was flawless, but one of the magazines was under-sprung and caused two malfunctions when loaded to capacity. Continue reading →
I’ve been thinking about what a Crusader Ogre Edition 1911 would be. I don’t have any photoshop skills, so I can’t do up a picture to show you. But let me paint the picture for you in the mind. A stainless Dan Wesson V-Bob, a Commander length… with a blued carbon steel slide, and a muzzle treatment like a Nighthawk T3, and Straight 8 night sights. Done. Simple. Oh, and it would be a 10mm.
I sold a 1911 to a fellow who wanted to install a set of Crimson Trace Grips. So that’s what I did. I offered 10 bucks to the fellow for his “old” grips. He took me up on it. So now my ATI Commander has a decent set of wood grips. Looks much nicer… what do you think?
Compare that to the old grips…
Also, the old grips were squared off at the bottom and the new ones have a nice beveled touch to it. Much much better.
ATI is bringing in some really well made 1911′s. I’ve been eyeballing this Commander for almost 5 months now. Had to do it… I… can’t… help… myself.
I’m an addict… I know. I have a problem. I admit it. I LOVE guns.
Crusader Weaponry list of soon to be done upgrades: Full ST-1 Treatment. Trigger Job, Action Job, and an OD Green Duracoat on the grip frame. Then those nasty wood grips are getting replaced with something else… I don’t care what.