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Old 12-15-2003, 08:07 PM   #1
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Smith & Wesson SW1911 - Opinions???

Has the excitement over the S&W SW1911 left the building? Not seeing many "general" posts about the pistol. In the process of picking one up. Found an awesome deal on one and couldn't walk away.

Experiences to share?
Is S&W still carrying a scarlet letter from the Brits days?
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Old 12-16-2003, 08:22 AM   #2
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My S&W 1911 is actually the best shooting 1911 I own. The firing pin safety hasn't been a problem. Haven't decided if I want to send it in to be fixed. The grip safety is real stiff and I plan to ease it up at some point or pin it.
Old 12-19-2003, 03:52 PM   #3
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Very impressed with mine. Accurate, reliable and well made.
Old 01-05-2004, 12:30 PM   #4
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Good gun but I just don't care for the 9mm outside extractor that they used.
Old 01-14-2004, 10:06 PM   #5
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I finally got to play with one yesterday. Didn't care for it all that much. It felt more like a regular Smith autoloader than a 1911 in my hand. The thumb safety was horrible, came off with virtually no pressure but almost required two hands to put back on. Barrel fit was looser than I like, didn't care for the faux Novak sights at all. I'll pass.
Old 01-17-2004, 08:29 PM   #6
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Great Gun, mine is accurate and reliable.
Old 02-03-2004, 08:55 PM   #7
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thumbs up

Mine is excellent & very accurate. I went over the 800 rnd mark today at the outdoor range (it warmed up to 32F).
I've fed it Golden Sabres 185, 230, Gold Dots 200, 230, H Shoks, Corbon 200, 230, Blazer FMJ, Lead RN & SWC. All functioned fine.
Old 04-11-2004, 03:35 PM   #8
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Left the Para Ord P16-40 to collect dust in the safe and took my S&W 1911 to the first local USPSA match of the season. The pistol performed very well. I'm not the fastest in the crowd, but my accuracy was a cut above. I had only 100 rounds through the gun at the range to check point of impact before the match. Functioned perfectly without any stoppages using CMC 10rd Powermags and 230gr LRN bullets.

Current Modifications from original arched S&A Magazine Guide.
Planned for USPSA Limited 10......Caspian Trik Trigger and Ed Brown Mag Release/Catch.

Loved the pistol since it was all but USPSA ready out of the box! And of course, now they offer the adjustable sight model....oh well, I wouldn't know what to do with adjustable sights, been using "Kentucky Windage" too long.

My evaluation on the S&W 1911......two thumbs up.
Old 04-16-2004, 06:25 AM   #9
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Tthe three that I have seen/fondled/used have been disapointing. Loose, sloppy slide to frame fit, (compared to statee of the art) loose barrel bushing (and the Briley, IMHO, is an elegant solution to a non esxistent problem, to quote Colonel Jeff). the thumb safety is sticky and has 3 "clicks"! I guess 93 years is too short a time to figure out how to do it right. Dovetail cuts for the sights ard sloppy and huge.
Accurate enough I suppose, but trash the Wilson mags.
External extractor? Newest buzz word, newest "gotta have it", but necessary? I don't think so.
Priced about the same as a Kimber custom, and you all know what my choice would be. :lol:
Just MHO guys. Thanks
Old 05-21-2004, 04:12 PM   #10
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personal opinion - SW1911 - big dissappointment

the first time i saw the SW1911 in a magazine i snagged up the phone and called a local dealer to see if he had one... no. i waited several months he called me back... i went and looked. slide to frame fit was not as good as a charles daly. wich is the biggest 1911 joke around. i would take a old worn out norinco before charles daly. any hoo - we shot it. it hit fairly consistent with winchester white box. and beleive it or not best with sellior and bellot 230gr balls. it fed the S&B best as well... when it fed. i don't know what the "break in" period is for the gun but at this point we have fired about 1500 rounds out of it and it still consitently jams. why? i dont know but i hear of smith's that will feed empty brass. they should stick to the autos that made them popular - the cheap ones. compare it to a springfield and then buy two springfields after you hand the sw back. the sw that we shot when i got i it out had a metal sliver under the rear adj. sight. we yanked it out with some needle nose pliers. take it apart and it had bad mill marks in in the areas i personaly want smooth as glass. basically i found it to be a let down but recently looked at another in a another larger shop and the slide to frame fit on it was as tight as a kimber. so i am thinking wait a few years to let them get it down pat then buy one.... but that would be only because you want the SW name on it. any hoo just my opinion and since i dont really care for SW any ways... i guess some one could bash springfield.

i dont own one but have not been impressed with the one i examined and shot.

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