Today is Sunday, September 21, 2014rss RSS feed

Smith & Wesson 1911 .45 ACP Pistol

Smith & Wesson 1911 .45 ACP

Smith & Wesson 1911 .45 ACP

Classification: Handguns
Category: Pistols
Model Name: 1911 .45 ACP
Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model Number: 1911 .45 ACP

GunReports.com

GunReports.com

GunReports.com – -(AmmoLand.com)- The SW1911 operates with two functional variations on traditional 1911 design. The first variation is an externally mounted extractor. John Browning himself saw the extractor as the one weak point in the 1911 system and developed the external design to enhance reliability and maintenance. The second difference is in the control of the firing pin via the grip safety. Depress the grip safety and the firing pin is free to move forward. This is very similar to the Schwartz system that was adapted for use in the Kimber Type II pistols, but Smith & Wesson has claimed new patents on its variation.

Elsewhere, another difference between Smith & Wesson and many other firearms companies is that Smith & Wesson is a manufacturer and not merely an importer of complete pistols or of parts that they assemble in stateside factories. Industry buzz says that in fact, Smith & Wesson has been manufacturing frames and slides for other companies that produce 1911 pistols.

Now it is Smith & Wesson’s turn. We received our 1911 just weeks before its official introduction at the 2003 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show. This new pistol was finished in handsome satin stainless with distinctive gold graphics. Cocking serrations were cut on the front and back of the slide. Novak low-mount three-dot sights were dovetailed into place. Lockup was via a bushing with a full-length guide rod. The grips were a tasteful black rubber. The mainspring housing was also black and cleanly checkered. Other black accents were the beavertail grip safety, the slide release, left-side-only thumb safety and checkered magazine-release button. The hammer is skeletonized with the sides polished, but the interior of its sculpture and the outer surface continues the theme of using a black contrast. Two eight-round magazines were supplied. We measured the single-action trigger to break at exactly 4 pounds.

When we fired this gun over five different range sessions, we were impressed when it delivered five-shot groups of 3.0 inches and under with virtually every scrap of ammunition we could find in our closet. Most groups were in the 2.7-inch range. If the SW1911 is not a top-grade target pistol, then it is among the most consistent shooting pistols we have seen come off an assembly line in some time. This is not an inexpensive pistol nor is it out of the ballpark, either. It is our impression that the design intent of this pistol was for its designers to hear someone someday refer to the SW 1911 pistol as “old reliable.” We had no failures to feed, extraction issues, or any other problem.

READ FULL GUN REPORT
READ RATINGS AND RECOMMENDATION ON GUN TESTS

About:
Gun Reports is a new site designed specifically for the gun enthusiast. When it comes to selecting a firearm, serious shooters can find valuable and detailed reports with specifications on each gun. Explore the latest evaluations on today’s most talked about handguns, rifles, shotguns and other specialty guns. Compare how different guns stack up against similar models in terms of performance and price. It doesn’t matter if you buy guns for hunting, target shooting, collecting or self-defense, with Gun Reports you’ll buy better, safer, more accurate guns…and have more fun shooting because of it.

Register with our site for free and get even greater access to Gun Reports. Members of the site have the ability to share their thoughts and recommendations on featured guns and get full side-by-side gun comparisons.

  • One User comment to “Smith & Wesson 1911 .45 ACP”

    1. What is a fair market value of a 1911 in great condition fairily new. Need some kind of price range, if availible

    Leave a Comment

    • Sign up Ammoland for your Inbox

      Daily Digest

      Monthly Newsletter

    • Recent Comments

      • Vom Brunhaus: Who is standing up for New Jersey gun owners ??? If ever there was a State requiring attention NJ...
      • Cliff: Here we go yet again this the “liberal” view. This woman as well as anyone in Albany with a...
      • BambiB: Claire Wolfe is a gun writer?
      • Anon: Undo. Not undue.
      • Dave Cumming: For a long time, I’ve been convinced Obama has been hell-bent on damaging the US as much as...
    • Social Activity

    • Most Popular Posts

    • AmmoLand Poll

    Copyright 2014 AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News | Sitemap | Μολὼν λαβέ
    14109040
    14712480