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Old 05-21-2004, 03:42 PM   #11
 
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I own a SW1911, a Kimber Custom, and several Colts. I think the SW1911 is on par with the Kimber Custom and the current production Colts. My SW1911 is my favorite 1911, my Colt XSE that did some light custom work on is my favorite.

I have been very pleased with my SW1911 and the only changes I've made were changing the CMC thumb safety to a Wilson thumb safety and adding a set of Pearce Fingergrooves under the stock grips. The machine work of the SW1911 slide and frame is superb. The only thing I don't like is the look of the external safety. It functions fine and I don't have any problems with it that way, I just dislike the way it changes the lines of a 1911. The slide to frame fit is smooth as glass. And those are real Novak sights, S&W is using the 4006 Novak sights and not the 1911 Novaks on them. I've found mine to shoot point of aim and I've had no malfunctions with any of my Wilson mags in this gun, including the ones that came with the gun.

If your looking for a good quality 1911, then the SW1911 is a great gun for you IMNSHO.
 
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Old 05-24-2004, 09:29 AM   #12
 
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Dwolf00, any idea of the production date of yours?

I just ordered one and I'm wondering if the negative replies were with older production models.

Thanks. Hope I like mine as well as yours!
 
Old 05-27-2004, 08:40 AM   #13
 
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Re: Dwolf00, any idea of the production date of yours?

Mine is in the SW19XX serial number range and is made before the recall. I have had the recall done, and not because the gun wasn't functioning, but I figured may as well get it done before their is a problem.
 
 
Old 06-19-2004, 03:56 PM   #14
 
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I am pleasantly surprised with my SW1911. It is far more accurate than I ever imagined. I fondled 2 or 3 at different gunshows and I was not impressed at all because they had such stiff grip safeties and poor triggers. I finally found one that didn't have these problems, so I bought it. I didn't care for the aesthetics of the OEM trigger, so I replaced it with an STI long trigger. While I had it disassembled, I decided to remove the firing pin safety at the same time. The trigger now feels superb!
This is definitely my favorite of all my 1911s.
 
Old 06-19-2004, 06:24 PM   #15
 
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S/W 1911

I DON`T KNOW WHAT TO THINK ABOUT SOME OF THE REPLYS ON THE S/W 1911?? BOUGHT MINE DEC. `03. SERIAL # PAST THE RECALL #S. IT HAS BEEN AN GOOD AND RELIABLE 1911, SHOT IPSC WITH IT, WITH OUT ANY CONCERN ABOUT PROFORMANCE. I DID REPLACE THE GUIDE ROD WITH A CHIP McCORMICK . THE STOCK ROD KEPT UN-SCREWING MAYBE LOCTIGHT WOULD HAVE FIXED IT? COMPAREING IT TO MY OTHER 1911s[NOT "TRUE" CUSTOM GUNS] IN THE $800 TO $1000 RANGE IT WOULD BE HARD TO BEAT.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 01:46 PM   #16
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Still Performing like a Swiss Watch

I have used the SW1911 in three USPSA/IPSC matches now. That brings my final round count into the 750 neighborhood. I am very impressed with the pistol. Not one malfunction to date. Haven't really tested it for accuracy, but I keep getting "A" zone hits in the matches (probably 85%). I was contemplating replacing it with a Colt 1991 for competition, but it has been so reliable that I can't get myself to do it. I think the Colt has it beat on out-of-the-box accuracy, but not reliability. After a total of 24 competitive draws, the finish is also still in perfect condition. I like this pistol.

A fellow 1911 enthusiast made a great assessment of Smith & Wesson: While there are a lot of nice factory pistols out there, Smith & Wesson has truly been unique in letting their Custom Shop push the line on imagination. Makes sense that they can jump in and make some great 1911s.
 
Old 07-08-2004, 09:32 AM   #17
 
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I have had my SW1911 for about 8 Months and the results are both good and bad. The good is that it is very accurate and well finished. The bad is that it barely works. I sent it in to S&W waranty srevice for the second time this week. The first time they replaced the slide stop which required a mallet to remove, lightened up the grip safety ( from 6.5 lbs to 4.25 lbs) and replaced the trigger (I do not know why except that it was very long). I returned it this time because occasionally the trigger pull would become excessive. It appears that their new trigger is binding and the sometimes the firing pin safety also appears to bind.

Someone mentioned that their thumb safety moved too freely. Simply replacing the plunger spring will cure this.
 
Old 07-23-2004, 05:00 PM   #18
 
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I've had my SW1911 for about 6-8 months. It is definitely my favorite 1911 in my personal inventory. I DID remove the firing pin safety because I could sometimes feel a little "hitch" when pulling the trigger. I also decided to install an STI brand carbon/aluminum trigger while I had it apart. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 10.
 
Old 09-05-2004, 01:05 PM   #19
 
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too much money

Too much money, not enough gun. Get a better fit for cheaper.
 
Old 09-13-2004, 09:25 AM   #20
 
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I have the 108284 and I love it sold my glock to get it and I have shot around 500 rounds and have not had any problem mine came with the wilson combat mags. I got a good deal on it to. cheeper than the kimbers I could find.
 
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