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Quote of the day

I admit that I laughed:

It turns out my Kimber is a great example gun (for everything that could possibly go wrong).

I like 1911s but their innards are a murky place I don’t like to tread.

7 Responses to “Quote of the day”

  1. Weer'd Beard Says:

    I just noted it was yet another Kimber with bat QC. Imagine that!

  2. mostly cajun Says:

    Toy poodles have their roots as working dogs…

    As John Browning designed it, the 1911A1 is a reliable brute of a pistol, relaxed tolerances, easy controls, made to sit a holster for weeks, then come out and do ‘minute of chest cavity’ at fifty yards. EVERY TIME. And if you keep yours to that standard, you’ll get the same.

    But just like taking a pickup truck and turning it into a show car, with fiberglass dams and lowering and all sorts of pretty crap, you’ll still get in trouble if you THEN expect it to work as JMB designed it.

    I don’t know how many hundreds of them we had to train with a Fort Knox in the 70’s, but they were box-stock, rack-grade, military issue, and they NEVER failed to do what they were supposed to do.

    Yet HOW many times do we see a civilianized, pampered, ‘accurized’ version that won’t work a magazine and a half without a failure.


  3. armed_partisan Says:

    The 1911 dates back to an age when the average mechanical IQ of Americans was much higher than it is now. An age when everybody manufactured stuff, built stuff, fixed stuff, and/or grew stuff. A world that was completely dependent on mechanical items, like plows, and sausage grinders, and saws, and manual drills, and horses and buggies, and grain mills. Nothing was digital, almost nothing was electrical, let alone electronic. I don’t think anybody could accurately predict at that time a world where the average man of the future would know less about machinery and it’s upkeep than the average woman of their own age.

    The 1911 isn’t complicated, we’re all just dumb. But in our defense, none of those people could defragment a hard drive if their lives depended on it.

  4. MAJ Mike Says:

    I’ve owned my M1911A1 for 41 years. It has never mal-functioned. It is plain vanilla and I love it.

  5. Bill Says:

    This 1911 pistol was designed from the ground up to run dirty or clean, in the hands of farm boys, city boys, poor boys, rich boys. It was designed to run for people who had never shot one, and for guys who lived with a pistol in their hands.

    If you push it to the edge and make it a race gun, it will act like any other design pushed to the edge, whether it be a car, an airplane, whatever. Push it to the edge and it will fall over and refuse to work sometimes.

    Keep it within reasonable tolerances, and it will run and run and run. (Thatís why there are so many GI pistols that still run, some of them almost 100 years old!)

  6. Divemedic Says:

    That is why I sold two of my four 1911s (a Colt and a Kimber) and bought an M&P to replace them. I want a pistol that is reliable enough out of the box to shoot 500 rounds without a malfunction. Those two 1911s couldn’t do that.

  7. P. Allen Says:

    The 1911 seems to run into problems when you try to mass produce a gun with tight tolerances (Kimber, Springfield, modern Colts, etc.) while guns with GI style loose tolerances (WWII era guns, old Colts) and the semi-custom and custom guns (Wilson, Nighthawk, etc.) run great.