philip964 wrote:I've never considered a 1911. But having a surplus military one is interesting.
The trigger will steal your heart. Very, very clinically perfect release when properly smithed up. When not properly smithed up, still just about the best. The crowd I ran with when I first got into guns would set aside a 1911 with disdain if there was any sensation of trigger movement. Five to seven pounds was the desired weight for a defensive trigger, three or so was good for competition. I have a 1911 that's shot 5,000 or more rounds with a clean three pound trigger that hasn't changed characteristics at all.
I hear the criticism of the old design, and I know they require more precision in setup. But there's nothing like a sweet running Government model.
Also, to tell a personal secret, I like to write. A 1911 hammer reminds me of a typewriter impression bar. I know I'm not supposed to have any patience with gangster slang or "Chicago typewriters," but the analogy fits. Writing is a precision exercise. So is shooting.