Friday, August 15, 2008

Will angels sing?

I'm anticipating a divine experience.

Tonight we're renting a .45 caliber 1911.

Report tomorrow! Or tonight.

34 comments:

West, By God said...

May the spirit of Saint John Moses Browning be with you.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Please please oh PLEASE don't shoot better than me. My dinosaur-male ego can't handle it.

~sigh~

I just better get used to the idea, I guess.

George said...

Have fun!

DirtCrashr said...

Remember, one-handed X's are for show-offs. ;-) It's really a big pussycat, like a Bengal tiger.

Earl said...

Firm two hand grip, modified Weaver ought to do it. You are dressing up for this aren't you? Red lip gloss and silk.

ylhhhkn

Mike W. said...

Lucky you. I await the range report. Hell, I've never fired anything above a 9mm.

Earl said...

http://drawn.ca/2008/08/14/oktapodi/

just thought about this

Bob said...

It's possible that you'll find the 1911 hard to grip if you have small hands. Even Jeff Cooper made the realization late in life that not everyone's hands fit well on a 1911; women, with smaller hands on average than men, can have an especially difficult time.

Just for the experience, though, try a few shots one-handed, just to say that you did.

And have fun!

doubletrouble said...

..and there was much rejoicing...

Chris said...

Alas, you are about to embark upon a great quest, the search for the perfect 1911. Never again shall you find satisfaction handling the tainted tools of the heretic Anton and his plastic minions. Thou art called and shall henceforth be numbered among the acolytes of the holy genius John Moses Browning.

Hecate said...

Funny, I've found that .45 ACP 1911's fit small hands perfectly.

The Captain said...

hecate -

An acquaintance blew up a brand-new Wilson 1911 a few years ago with a double-charged handload. Bill Wilson sold him a replacement at cost, but the poor guy was out around $3500 total.

Freddyboomboom said...

I'm bringing my 1911 to work on Monday, so I can take my boss and a couple of coworkers shooting at lunch...

Carteach0 said...

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do mine.

It's the one pistol I can pick and shoot well with, no matter what.
Mine just 'fits' me.

To me, they recoil much softer than a hot loaded small 9mm or .40. Big bullets moving slow... it's been working for over 100 years.

Brigid said...

You'll love it. Some of them will stovepipe if you jerk at all, and it has a bit more recoil than say the .220 .45 but it's a GREAT weapon.

Rick R said...

NOW is your time. You have enough experience to not be afraid of it.

Just hang on and enjoy the ride....

Rick

TJH said...

No, but muzzles will flip.

Just remember that Browning fixed everything that was wrong with the 1911 right before he passed away.

(ducks and runs for cover)

kaveman said...

Rent a 1911?

RENT!?

Maybe before you head to the range you could rent a pizza and just stare at it and enjoy the aroma.

Just kidding, but I want a picture of your face when you have to give it back.

It's a natural pointer and quite comfy. As I've said before, I can remember an occasion when I was walking through the house trying to find my 1911 after I just got done cleaning it. When I reached up to turn the door knob of my back bed room, I realized that I was holding it.

One of those moments that make ya feel stupid but smile at the same time.

Less said...

Yawn...

(And in homage to the Olympics: "Let the flames begin!")

Less said...

BTW - I'm right there with TJH about the hi-power... Except for the size of the safety... It's smaller than the smallest Brazilian bikini...

CZ Nash said...

Tell the hubby to buy one this time instead of getting a wheelgun. The only thing wrong with the hipower (I carry an FM Detective) is that it isn't in .45 ACP.
CZ

Zdogk9 said...

It's a steep slippery slope you're stepping out on.Have fun.

TJH said...

I'm only foolin' around. I like the 1911 just as much as the next guy. I just think the industry has lost its way when I can't even afford a used one.

I can remember when the stores were awash in old 1911s and the like, and the Hi-cap 9s were all the rage. Now the 9s so cheap that they're practically giving them away. (My best buy: $195!)

Anyway, shooing a big ol' .45 is fun.

p.s. Less: the Hi-power can get away with a bikini-sized safety because it's the hottie of the handgun world.

t said...

In my esteem, tjh, Bo Clarke and some other custom smiths fixed the 1911 design better than the European engineer did.

John Moses was dead before the Browning of High-Powery goodness was fully designed. The final design wasn't his and I would wager he would have done some things differently.

the pistolero said...

Divine experience, indeed. I love my 1911s, both in .45 and 10mm.

Chris said...

Purely by coincidence, I and this little 1911 http://www.centerfiresystems.com/AC-RI1911-CS.aspx were playing with friends last night practicing self-defense scenarios. Shooting at steel at 7yds, light coming from one lone fluorescent tube on the opposite side of the range. Sights almost invisible yet rapid, accurate shots were the norm. It's hard to think of a pistol that just points as naturally and accurately as a 1911.

Cowboy Blob said...

As a small-handed person, I find the 1911 fits me better than many of the Wonder-9s do.

Keep a firm grip and a straight wrist and keep 'em in the 10-ring!

DJ said...

A rental 1911? I'd guess that you're about to experience a stoppage rate of 5% or so. Don't be surprised, it often (but not always) goes with the territory.

ditto said...

You will fall in love. There is no other pistol with the history of the 1911A1.
No other pistol is coveted as old slabsides.

People only make it intimidating, the gun itself is only a gun.

Matt G said...

"A rental 1911? I'd guess that you're about to experience a stoppage rate of 5% or so. Don't be surprised, it often (but not always) goes with the territory."

"Some of them will stovepipe if you jerk at all..."

"It's possible that you'll find the 1911 hard to grip if you have small hands."

I've always found quality 1911s to be very reliable. Moreover, their mass allows them to function even when limpwristed. I've hung one by the trigger guard hand had it function. And so long as the stocks are standard thin ones and it's got a 1911A1 short trigger, I've always thought that the single-stack 1911 pistol is a very slim grip, easy for smaller hands as well as larger ones.

Robert said...

You guys need a friend with a bunch of pistols to come over and let you shoot them ALL. 1911? For sure. Highpower? Very classy gun. Luger? Glock 19? H&K P7? Python? Diamondback .22lr? Baikal? How about a longslide Highpower and Glock 17L? Sig 220 and 226? And the trash guns, the LLamas, the Taurus, the Lorcins, the Soviet and heathen chinee pistols...
You're in a rare moment, loving shooting but without experience! A virginal moment...again!
Lucky you!

But where is that GUY, that friend who has a satchel full of pistols who want's to loan them to you? He's around somewhere!

Just wait until you actually COMPETE in something for the first time.....

Robert said...

Got a viedo person to come along and shoot some video? You testing pistols for the first time is an absolute direct hit on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6ixQzSt_KE

That's a little range video from last year but it includes a 13 year old shooting a .45 very comfortably.

Ted said...

#2 son LOVES shooting the 1911. Even one handed, although I try to discourage it. He's 12.

Wild Deuce said...

"Just remember that Browning fixed everything that was wrong with the 1911 right before he passed away."

Being a prophet and all ... he actually had a vision of the future emasculation of the American Male and thought he should make something for them too ... in 9mm.

(doesn't duck ... and forgets to run for cover)