|06-12-2004, 07:52 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2003
Range Trip: NRM 1991, 38 super Govt, XSE Commander
Took my new NRM 1991 Govt model to the range today. First, picked up this Colt on Friday after much debate. The pistol is well! Slide-to-frame is tight and the barrel fit is impeccable. This is one beautiful firearm!
NRM 1991: Went to the range to determine if this 1991 was ready to shoot an USPSA match on Sunday. Not yet. The fit is so tight, that it had some problems digesting my reloads. After about 120 rounds, it was smoothing out, but I had to switch over to my current competition gun with the remaining 45acp rounds. What I will say is: THIS PISTOL IS ACCURATE! From 15-20 yards, I was keeping the rounds within 2"-3". By the end of the 1991's allocated rounds, I was overlapping rounds at 15 yards. All shots were taken offhand....at a relatively fast pace.
38 Super: This pistol has been in the stable for several months. It is looser than the 1991 and XSE, but shoots well! I was testing out my first 38 super reloads and some new Metalform 10rd SS magazines. I have heard mixed reviews on the Metalform mags. Feeding was reliable, but the mags failed to lock the slide back after the final round. This follows with the common complaint about needing to replace the mag springs on "new" mags.
XSE Cdr: This pistol was added to the "Colt stable" last year. It is tight like the 1991 and shoots very well. It has seen about 200 rounds of factory ammo prior to this trip. It, too, had some trouble digesting my reloads. Guess I need to pay a little more attention when pulling the press's handle. Overall, a very nice pistol in a more compact package.
S&W SW1911: This pistol replaced a Springfield Mil Spec in USPSA Limted 10 division. Another well-built pistol. This pistol has a little looser chamber than the Colts (and has seen more use) and reliably feeds my reloads. The pistol has many "nice" features, but is not as accurate as the new 1991. I expect to put it out to pasture once I get the 1991 broken-in.
Overall, I am extremely impressed with the recent products coming from Colt. I have been reshuffling the toys in the safe, and Colts are replacing many of the "other" 1911 copies. I will post more when I get a chance to reload more and get out to the range for more "testing".
|11-20-2004, 03:42 AM||#2|
Join Date: Apr 2003
Update on NRM 1991 Govt
The Colt 1991 has aken the official role as my USPSA Limited 10 class pistol. If I hadn't blown a magazine change on one stage, I would have had a very impressive (for me) match. I will rate the 1991's accuracy at "much better" than "combat grade". For the first time, I am realizing why guy's spend the extra money for the highly tuned 1911s. The 1991 allowed me to make some shots that were not possible with my past competition pistols.
I am impressed with Colt's latest offerings!
I have also found a fondness for the 38 super. After shooting the 45acp for so long, it took me a little time to get accustom to the different recoil cycle of the hot 38 super cartridge. I'm there now. I may even use it in a match or two next season.
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