I made a post a in November last year about guns of character. I talked about how a guns that’s worn in through years of use is much better looking and more desirable than a dirty gun.
Recently I came across this picture of John Mercurio’s well worn 1911. He says he has over 50,000 to 60,000 rounds through this beauty.
Here’s a short video review of my new Kimber CDP Elite II Ultra carry gun. This is a fantastic, small and very reliable carry gun that’s chambered in 45 ACP. Takes 7 rounds in the magazine that fits into it’s small Officer sized aluminum frame.
It shoots well, is very reliable and feels great to carry. The completely dehorned (Carry Melt) treatment makes the gun feel much smaller than it looks. I carry this in a Crossbreed Supertuck Shorty and the combination makes it so comfortable to wear I don’t ever want to take it out.
I also took some footage of me shooting the gun in Slow Fire at targets 15 yards away, Rapid fire with reload from 5 yards away and out to 200 yards at a steel man-sized target. All of these done standing off-hand (unsupported). You’ll see that the gun is plenty accurate for one this small with a 3” barrel.
Found this buried deep in the berm at the Renton Fish and Game club. It’s a 100 year old silent movie of one of the very first Single Stack matches shot with a then, brand new, M1911 pistol. What a rare find!
YouTube rolled out a special mode called the 1911 mode to celebrate April Fool’s day and it converts your video in realtime into a silent movie. With Sepia tones, rough scratch film lines and cheesy movie piano music.
It’s fun to watch shooting videos in this mode.. check it out!
For all the wonderful times I had shooting 200gr Round nose bullets at brown targets. You made me feel proud carrying you by my side, you helped me win my first major IDPA match, and you provided peace of mind to my family and I for the past two years.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Automatic Pistol, Caliber .45, Model 1911 by the United States armed forces. John Moses Browning’s design stood the test of time and to this date, is the most used, most fired, most copied pistol design in the modern world.
I’m glad to own two of them and will gladly own more in the next few years.
Happy 100th Anniversary buddy!
ps. Incidentally, today also marks the day the HB1016 bill for Suppressor use passed in Washington state allowing legal owners of suppressors to use them anytime they wish. Awesome!
I’ve always been perplexed with tuning or adjusting the extractor tension for a 1911. I can never get my head around what would be considered a properly tuned extractor even after reading what most would call, the bible on proper extractor tuning by John Marshall of Wilson Combat (http://www.m1911.org/technic2.htm)
I understand why and how you’d tune it but will never understand what would happen to the case if tension is too tight, or if the face of an extractor is not beveled.
This excellent video by doctruptwn on YouTube is a great walkthrough on how you should tune and test your extractor tension. It put me on the right path to understand this more.
After watching that video and reading the article again, I managed to successfully adjust the extractor on my Kimber Eclipse Pro II and now it’s ejecting rounds 3 ft away from me instead of getting it shot at my forehead.
Saw this posted on a few blogs about the new Kimber Royal II. It is a beautiful gun, with stainless charcoal like finish custom made by Turnbull Manufacturing Company
I’m surprised how well the faux ivory grips look on the charcoal finish, decided to get a cheap ivory grip from Ebay (http://cgi.ebay.com/Colt-Kimber-Taurus-1911-Smooth-IMT-Ivory-Grips-Beveled-/250628585642?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a5aa0b8aa) and install them on my Kimber Eclipse Pro II.
What do you think? Looks similar? considerably much cheaper than the Royal II.
and a studio shot :
Awesome article by John L Marshall. I just found this recently courtesy of Dave a buddy of mine. When John Moses Browning designed the 1911 pistol, he also ensured that you do not need any additional tools to disassemble or reassemble the gun. Here are some of the parts that are used as tools for the 1911.
Read the whole article here : http://www.sightm1911.com/lib/tech/toolbox.htm
Owners of Officer sized 1911s have one common problem. It’s a chore when we need to strip the guns down for cleaning or maintenance. The officer sized guns like the Kimber Ultra series of pistols, have a short recoil guide rod and it needs to be compressed before the slide stop can be removed. Usually, you’d have to insert a small pin (I use a bent paper clip) into a hole in the guide rod to capture the spring, and then trying to hold the paper clip in place while trying to disassemble the gun.
That’s where the 1911 Ultra Tool comes in. Designed and Patented by Richard Ketchum.
You insert it into the guide rod after locking the slide back, as per the included illustration :
Looks like this :
then move the slide forward a little, and the take down groove will be aligned perfectly with the slide-stop. From there, disassemble the gun per normal. Here’s a picture of the captured recoil spring and guide rod.
He sells them off his site at http://www.1911ultratool.com./ and has models for Kimber, Colt, Springfield Micro Compact, EMP and Para Ordanance Hawg for $25.
Just found a buyer for my Springfield XDm and traded it for a Kimber Ultra Crimson Carry II. I’ve been looking for an Ultra sized 1911 for a while now and just managed to find one.
It’s so small, light (about 25oz empty and 30oz loaded 7+1) and has an integrated Crimson Trace lasergrip.
It fits into my Landshark Leather holster (that was made for a Commander length 1911) perfectly. Time to start carrying this one