Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Keeping an eye on what's necessary

As mentioned over at Tam's (as well as a mud test from a vid at Xavier's), the SA Mil-Spec is a great 1911, if you are in the market for an entry into 1911-type pistols, and don't want to sell vital parts of your anatomy.

The issue brought forth regarding forging versus casting (MIM also) is addressed in the Mil-Spec by using IMBEL sourced frames and slides (at least they are on my vintage). I bought mine about three years ago, and I've been very happy with it. Not that it matters much in the low pressure .45 ACP cartridge, but it is nice knowing that by being rather over-built for the chambering, it'll more than likely keep shooting for 2 or 3 generations before being rendered unservicable, so long as my progeny can keep throwing the odd extractor, barrel link and springs at it.

So, my opinion of the goods hasn't changed since my purchase. I think the steel forgings are pretty good, with the rest of the innards holding up well too, and the finish (parkerized) still looks good, with a few shiny spots from holster wear.

A good value.

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Blogger Tam said...

The Colt on my hip, (or at least its frame, barrel, and slide,) turned 44 this year.

Back before CAD was invented, they tented to put way too much material in guns, and that's the way I likes it. :D

6:25 PM  
Blogger theirritablearchitect said...

Obviously, too, another great feature about the basic design of this gun being more than 100 years old is that the problems have long since passed the teething point. One needn't worry about certain oddities showing up, except maybe in the high-pressure exotic chamberings.

It's just so proven a combination of gun, cartridge and basic ergonomics. A classic for good reason.

8:09 PM  

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