A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, December 02, 2005

Unfair Guns

“The 1911 pistol remains the service pistol of choice in the eyes of those who understand the problem. Back when we audited the FBI academy in 1947, I was told that I ought not to use my pistol in their training program because it was not fair. Maybe the first thing one should demand of his sidearm is that it be unfair.”
Jeff Cooper— Guns & Ammo, January 2002

Pictured: Two carry 1911's, a modified Sistema Colt, and a modified Colt Compact.

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Anonymous chaos said...

I am one of those diehard 1911 fanatic types. Thanks for the post.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you tried any modern .45acp pistols?

Like Sig 220, SW990, CZ97B or HK USP?

I can understand .45acp, but lugging around a 1911 with only a 8 round mag and a real tendency to jam?

Most people who luv their 1911s spend about $900 bucks on NIB then another $500-$1000 in work. A NIB CZ will outshoot the 1911, be more reliable and carry 2 more rounds for less money.

7:13 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...


No thank you. I own quite a few modern pistols, and have sold quite a few of them because they did not measure up. Your experience with the 1911 must have been bad. What type did you own?

7:31 PM  
Anonymous MarkF said...

Now, (and it took me many expensive years to learn this) if they'd left their $900 pistol the way it was when they pulled it out of the box, they probably wouldn't have shown any 'real tendency to jam'.
Make sure your extractor is a good one, use decent magazines, and don't 'limp-wrist' it, and you'd be amazed how reliable they can be.

11:32 PM  
Blogger The Sight M1911 said...

Just wanted to say that I really like and enjoy your blog.


1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never owned a 1911, wouldn't want one. Did you ever try a CZ97B?

3:13 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Wow Syd!
At the risk of sounding like a mutual admiration society, your work and website has been a continuing source of education and inspiration for me.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

Never owned a 1911, wouldn't want one. Did you ever try a CZ97B?

No. Why would I want to? How is it "better"? It looks like an overgrown CZ75 to me, just another DA/SA pistol made bigger to shoot .45ACP. Nothing wrong with that, but I fail to see the advantage of the gun. I have shot other CZ products. I do not own any.

Before knocking the 1911 so hard, you might want to try it yourself. I knocked 1911s for about a decade until I finally shot one. That's all it took for me, and for most people.

6:45 AM  
Anonymous freddyboomboom said...

I've got a Colt M1991A1 Commander.

I bought it New In Box about 8 years ago, for around $480 or maybe a little less if my memory is correct. Certainly under $500.

The only failures I've had were with one magazine.

I recently bought a couple GI magazines at an Army surplus store for $5 each, that function flawlessly.

I've run several brands of FMJ ball ammo, Blazer JHP, and Federal Hydra-Shok through it.

The only hiccups I've had were with the one bad magazine.

The only other 1911 I've owned was an AMT Hardballer my Dad gave me years ago. It never had an FTF, or FTE, even after I kinked the recoil spring (that I replaced anyway). I gave it back to my Dad because he told someone else in my hearing that he was thinking of buying a 1911...

Yup, those are expensive 1911's, that needed a lot of expensive gunsmithing to function... Both have had Hogue grips put on them... And I'm not giving up my M1991A1... I "luv" it...

2:44 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

I have a Ruger P90, had a SW99 and have fired the HK, Glock and the CZ. My 1911 pimp gun trumps them all. And that's just at the range. Modern doesn't necessarily equal better. The 1911 is thinner and feels better to carry around. A little heavier, but a decent belt and holster mitigate that out of the equation. That being said, if they made the XD in .45ACP, I'd be all over it.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what MADOGRE can do:


You can read the full report here:


This is what Kim du Toit thinks:


I'm sure you are familiar with these two gentlemen. Most people respect their opinions on the subject of firearms.

6:15 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

I read Kim's review. I looked at Ogre's pic. I fail to see your point. Why are you continually hyping a CZ97B on a post that was a Cooper quote about the 1911? Do you feel THAT threatened by an old gun and an old man?

6:49 PM  
Anonymous MarkF said...

Xavier, anybody opposing Col. Cooper in a serious way OUGHT to feel threatened (grin).
I've got an EAA witness in 45, with hi-cap mags, holster, and mag pouch - I'd trade it flat out for a decent sistema colt in about 3 seconds. Anybody?
Of the half-dozen 1911A1's currently residing in my pistol box, my two favorites are both box-stock, sub-$500 Springfields.
A few years back, I had the opportunity to go to the range with the Captain who ran the Navy Pistol team when he evaluated the HK USP. Groups were twice the size of the SA Milspec I had just bought (Springfield gave navy competitive shooters a break on the price).
The 'New is Better' brigade wants to laugh at Ol' Ugly - on the other hand, they aren't competing with us at gunshows and pawnshops, so... laugh it up!

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Billy Budd said...

The Sight 1911A1

Cool Site, I love my 1911 and I am sticking to it!

10:56 PM  
Anonymous OldeForce said...

Looking at the .45 S&W revolver the other day, as my arthritis is getting so bad I have trouble just loading the mag for my Kimber. (Even using a plastic-faced vise to hold the mag,with an "assist" to pull down on the spring.) Then you should see me try to wrack the slide! Memory (and that other thing) aren't necessarily the first things you lose as you grow old!

9:56 PM  

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