What a beautiful day. For once.

Neighbor D traded his single action for a semiauto, and wouldn’t you know he just had to buy a cheap 1911. But it was an excuse to go shooting, and I think that problem it had with not wanting to lock up was just the fact that he didn’t actually know anything about semis and it was totally dry. I would not have suggested that particular gun if he had asked, but at least I do have a lot of experience with POS 1911’s and so could show him how to take it apart and clean and lube it. Sigh – does anybody make a good 1911 for less than four figures? No wonder everybody just carries Glocks.

And as previously mentioned, it was an excuse to go shooting at this perfectly good shooting range I’ve been too bummed out to do more than wave at on my way to chicken chores ever since the weather went to hell over a month ago. And at last, what a lovely day! Cloudless, calm, and it even scraped the low fifties! I had a nice morning walk, then did some shooting with D, then fiddled with his pistol which remarkably works much better with a little lubricant, then did afternoon chicken chores early so I could come back and clean guns, then had a nice sink bath while it’s still warm inside. Now I’m wearing clean everything and don’t feel like a crabby old man who’s been stuck inside all day. What a nice day it was.

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9 Responses to What a beautiful day. For once.

  1. Dean says:

    Best sub for figure 1911 I own personally is a Ruger.

  2. Robert says:

    Glocks here.
    Meanwhile, it’s cloudless and scraping the mid-minus-twenties. Enjoy yer balmy weather, Joel.

  3. Jeffersonian says:

    Years ago I picked up a Cheap Philippine Clone(tm) used. Probably the previous owner thought he was dumping a lemon. It needed some work, true; I had to replace the extractor and slide lock lever, and take a Dremel to the thumb safety, but it works fine now:


    New ones are often under $500 retail and I presume the issues I faced have been addressed by now.

  4. Andrew says:

    Need to find yourself an old stock tank that you can turn into a wood-fired bathtub. You could even use the nasty well water, as the solids in it will help debried the skin.

  5. Springfield Armory MilSpec. $600.00. Good to go out of the box as any 1911 made.

  6. Hightecrebel says:

    I’ve been rolling with a High Standard (Armscor) 1911 GI for the last eight or nine years, only thing I’ve done is cleaned it and bought better mags. The ones that came with it caused a lot of problems. I th9nk I paid $350 new, and the same model runs $450 msrp right now.

  7. EJ says:

    Springfield and more recently Ruger are pretty much the best bet for reliable 1911s that don’t cost an arm and a leg. You’re still lucky to get out the door for between $600 to $800.

    Problem is JMB worked in an era when labor was relatively cheap and plentiful while machine tools were scarce and expensive. That meant you did your heavy cutting on machines and did lots of fit and finish by hand. Today we have nearly the polar opposite of that. Skilled labor (and in todays market anything more than running an impact wrench and beating something with a hammer is considered skilled) is pricy and hard to find. CNC machine tools are, compared to their hand scraped forbearers, fairly cheap an plentiful.

    Gaston made his design based on a world where CNC and injection molding existed so he took advantage of that and avoided the rising labor costs of hand fitting. Most of the other plastic fantastic guns came along because the cost savings were so big using the new tech. So yeah, now everyone carries some kind of a plastic gun.

    At some point manufacturing technology will shift toward something else and people will buy the next great thing and complain that nobody makes a good Glock for cheap anymore.

  8. Mike says:

    I’m glad you had a good day weather wise Joel. In the last 24 hours we have had around 15 inches of snow and it’s still snowing. Winter, yippee!

    I haven’t looked at handgun prices for a long time and this post made me curious. While there are a majority of 1911’s that are expensive there are also bargains. I found several on Cheaper The Dirt that were reasonable and not made in the Philippines.

    As for me, I have a cheap 1911 (Auto-Ordnance) that I picked up back in 1987. It feeds everything I can throw at it and, while the groups aren’t the best (4 or 5 inches at 25 yards), it works. The only thing I did to it was polish the feed ramp, peen the thumb safety and put on better sights.

To the stake with the heretic!