Posts Tagged ‘1911 Handguns’

Dan Wesson Guardian pistol on a used target

Range Report: Dan Wesson Guardian

After many years of carrying the 1911 Government Model .45, I find that the weight on my back is beginning to drag. It isn’t the handgun, but a number of difficulties, fights for my life including a fall from a porch of some four feet with 400 pounds of felons intertwined with me, car wrecks, and climbs in ancient artifacts of architecture have been a strain on the lumbar. Just the same, when the time came, the 1911 sounded loud and clear and did its job like no other I wish to consider.

Colt Competition 1911 pistol with assorted loaded magazines

Range Report: Colt’s Competition Pistol 1911

We all like to be competitive, which isn’t easy in fast paced shooting sports, such as IPSC or even in local IDPA matches. Custom grade 1911 handguns often cost well over $1,000, and the sky is the limit for a true top-end pistol. With standard and stock categories, and many matches catering to guns that might be carried on a day-to-day basis, there was a niche in the market for a high-quality but affordable competition-based handgun. Competition shooting has grown tremendously in the past decade, contributing its share to the ammunition shortage and making for improvements in factory grade pistols. The 1911 is among the most popular competition handguns.

Colt 1911 pistol left side

Reader Comments of the Week — December 30, 2017

Even regular readers of The Shooter’s Log can’t read or respond to all of the comments, so we have started a new weekly feature that will recap a sampling of the most active, interesting, or on occasion, randomly selected comments from the previous weeks. Feel free to respond with your two cents at the bottom of this article or by clicking the story link and adding it directly to the discussion.

This week’s Reader Comments is a little different. About a week ago, The Shooter’s Log let readers know about the Trump order to release 100,000 military 1911s over the next 10 years. You responded with a lot of 1911 love and over 1,300 comments!

TRP Operator Tactical Gray

6 New Firearms for 2017: Springfield Armory

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to expand your personal arsenal this year? Well, you won’t have to wait long to fulfill that resolution, Springfield Armory has several new options you can get your hands on. Here is Springfield Armory’s release regarding six of its new-for-2017 products.

Baby Rock pistol pointing down at 45 degree angle in black

Range Report: Rock Island Armory’s Baby Rock Rocks!

After many years of shooting, training, and carrying the most effective handgun possible, I realized that many of my choices were not practical for the average shooter. There are many demands on their time and mastering a Commander .45, .357 Magnum revolver, or compact .40 is difficult. Compromises are inherent in the game. The happy medium between a service-size pistol and hideout derringer is often a quality self loader. The .380 ACP is a popular choice.

Ruger SR1911 9mm pistol right profile

Range Report: Ruger SR1911 9mm

Ruger is an old line maker that has offered quality products at a fair price for more than 68 years. Although Ruger was late getting into the 1911 market, it introduced a short slide 1911 handgun, the SR1911 that has earned an excellent reputation for reliability, accuracy, and value.

Springfield Range Officer pistol in DM Bullard Chocolate elephant leather holster

Range Report: Springfield Range Operator

A few decades ago, a startup company resurrected a revered name in firearms. Springfield Armory Incorporated has since prospered. Today, it is regarded as an old-line company by younger handgunners. Considering the conservative nature of shooters, this is quite an accomplishment. Springfield began its climb to the top by offering a good product at a fair price. The Range Officer now continues the tradition.

Springfield EMP 4 9mm pistol right

Range Report: Springfield Armory EMP 4

I know there are a lot of fans of the 9mm—particularly after the FBI switched back to the 9mm and a ton of police departments followed suit. On the other hand, the .45 ACP has it followers led by the champions of the 1911. The solution? How about a purpose built 1911 for the 9mm. It’s sacrilege to some and perfection to others, but how it performs is all that really counts.

Springfield Loaded 1911 pistol and box of Hornady Critical Defense ammunition

Springfield 1911 Loaded Model

When it comes to firearms pride, ego and emotional investment seem to take precedence over calm detachment among many shooters. Cold and pragmatic aren’t in the cards. Some make statements with enough conceit to honor a Democratic caucus with enough leftover to feed a small town council room. My educated and well-trained self isn’t immune to such leanings.