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Guys, how are the Smith 1911s working out?
 
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My Mother always said "Son, if you can't think of anything nice to say ~ just don't say anything at all" ;)

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Ouch! Glad I saved my money.
 

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Awww, c'mon Giz. I have read that they (the 1911's) have some problems. I am interested in knowing.....what's going on!!!! I thought that, when they first came out....you couldn't buy a better 1911. I kinda wanted one.....but I'm a revolver guy. Maybe it's a good thing????Bob
 

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From what I have seen they are very well finished. I haven't shot one yet. Ralph G, How does yours work?
 

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My S&W1911 Target Model is just as good as any Gold Cup I have ever owned with a lot more features!!



 

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I always wondered about the external extractor. Seems like a fix for a nonexistant problem.
 
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The external extractor on some earlier ones had tensioning issues...I found it very hard to concentrate on the sights everytime the brass hit my forehead or bounced off my noggin' :mrgreen:

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Giz.......wear a motorcycle helmet with full face sheild!!!!! :roll: :crazy: :lol: Bob
 

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I bought one of the very early ones and I have been very pleased with it. They were subject to a recall but I never sent mine back. I like it just as it is. It shoots as well as a Gold Cup or the Kimbers. I have several .45's but the Smith is the first one I pick up to shoot. I feed mine 200 grain wadcutters and it functions with no problems. The only thing I changed was to put a set of ivory grips on it. I do have to admit that lately most of my shooting has been with a 686 and wadcutters. I'm getting a little older and to where I don't like to chase brass from the 1911 or my model 52.
 

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Ejectors can be tuned to throw brass anyway you want don't let it rule out any pistol. I would be very interested in any thing specific on the Smith 1911's Fit, Finish, Design features that are not traditional, etc. Been my experience anybodys 1911's are individuals and often need tweaking.

Looking at them can't see any reason they are not as good as any other, but have no shooting experience with one.

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prochi2k- That's a nice lookin 1911! ;)

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The S&W 1911 guns are the only modern 1911s I have found that are reliable enough to carry as they come out of the box.

We have six S&W 1911s of various models... and are delighted with them... the triggers have been good out of the box (albeit a bit heavier than I like, but crisp and without creep or grit) and they don't require any reliability work.

In short, we are delighted with them.

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Guys, how are the Smith 1911s working out?
I have had 3 S&W 1911s, and all have been great right out of the box for their price point. The scandium Commander (called the SC when I had it) was really impressive for what it costs, and was my daily CCW for a few years. Some have mentioned possible drawbacks of Swartz Safety system*, but problems seem few and far between and I have had none. I have one of the original SW 1911s when it was the "billboard" model, that probably has 40-50k rnds on it, without any problems. I can't say that for the custom series 70 Colt I had built...

* = Though I wouldn't mind hearing from someone at S&W who know the system well to add their thoughts on it.
 

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I have one of the early "billboard" models and love it. I've never had any problems after countless rounds through it and, it's easily one of the most accurate guns I own. I would buy another one in a heartbeat. It was my understanding that S&W used an external extractor because that's how they put extractors on all of their guns. I have a feeling anyone who badmouths them has probably not shot one or owned one. Just a guess.
 

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I am personally a revolver guy, but I did take a look at the S&W 1911's the last few weeks. I ultimately decided on a smith and wesson 1086, and so far I really like it. I didn't go into any great study on the 1911 models. Are they all produced as PC guns. It looked as if all the ones I saw were out of the PC. Just wondering.
 

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Well, I'm up to three of them. A 1911, 1911pd and a Gunsite.
All have been exceptional pistols.
My first love is a revolver but my love of the 1911 is a close second.
The ones from S&W have been better than I expected. I guess that's why I keep wanting more of them.
 
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