With the Kid at school and a mandatory holiday from work I headed down to the range for a little “me time.” We’ve had our eyes on the Smith and Wesson 1911 .45 for awhile now, but since the experience with the .40 I wanted to try it out alone before I handed it over to the Kid.
This was my first time firing a large bore handgun, and the 1911 did not disappoint. The gun felt substantial without being heavy and honestly kicked about as much as some of the smaller calibers I’ve fired. At 10 yards out after my first shot hit at the 8 mark, I hit 9 nine marks and the remaining 40 falling into the red 10+. The groupings were very narrow left-right, leading me to believe that had I focused more on my breathing I would have shot even better. This was some of the best shooting I’ve done with any handgun, and the accuracy of such a large bore weapon surprised me. The trigger was smooth without being squishy, giving me that bit of surprise when I was on target and triggering the round.
On the negative I did have a few jams ejecting the rounds and reloading. I attribute these to my modified weaver stance with married thumbs – or rather my failure to execute the stance properly. My right arm was slightly bent at the elbow so that when the round fired, my arm took some of the force that should have gone into moving the slide. Towards the end of the session I did manage to keep my arm solid in the stance without causing too much shake, but I think it would be much easier to fire the gun with a classic stance. Stronger arms would no doubt have helped too.
After finishing a box of 50 I switched to .22 do to price ($20 vs 100 rounds of .22 for $7) – but reluctantly. Even with the power of the .45 I probably could have shot another box without tiring.
Overall I’m very impressed with this weapon. For stopping power and accuracy this gun will serve you well.
A better review of the gun can be found at Gunblast.