Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Happy 1911 Day ...

... to me:


It's a Citadel 1911A1-45CS, bought for Buy A Gun Day.  I kind of had my heart set on some flavor of 1911.

The problem with the 1911, of course, is that they're pretty large for concealed carry.  While the Springfield Armory model never failed to make me drool, something in the back of my head kept whispering that it was big - maybe too big to comfortably carry.  And so I found that I kept looking, and looking.

And then one day I stopped in at the local gun store, and they had this.  It's made by Rock Island, so it's on the low end, but it had quite a lot going for it:
  • It's solid.  Steel frame, feels a bit like a tank.  It's 2.2 lbs unloaded, and it's much smaller than a GI spec 1911.
  • Did I mention that it's small?  This has the normal 1911 thinness that I like, but it's also a bit less tall than GI spec and a lot shorter at less than 7½".  The voice in the back of my head whispered that I might indeed carry this.
  • It's stainless, which I prefer over blue (although this isn't a huge deal).
  • It has a good price point (Rock Island).

Sure, it's not a Colt, but you have to start somewhere, and the size and solidity seemed to make it worth taking a chance.  And so I did.



As to accuracy - it's a 1911.  First shot at 8 yards.  Needless to say, it shoots better than I do, although long time readers will know that doesn't say much.

Range Report when I get a chance to give it a real range day, and a good detail strip/cleaning.

18 comments:

Graybeard said...

I hang out on the Florida Concealed Carry forums (under my real name), and FWIW, the Rock Islands are usually recommended as a "starter" 1911. They are said to be better than others in their price class.

Like you, I've been lusting after a Springfield 1911 for quite a while (in stainless with cocobolo grips - drool). I also realized it was too big to carry, and my range time seems to be leaning to rifles. Now that it's getting to be summer, and too hot for days out at the range, I will probably do more indoor range time, and that 1911 may be in the future.

bluesun said...

Yay, new guns! Perfect for the 100 year anniversary, and perfect for BAG Day!

DirtCrashr said...

SWEET!! Yo' Bjørted, you done GOOD!

doubletrouble said...

Nice piece pal.

Good to live in a Free State, no?

Roger said...

One of my three carry handguns is a Kimber Compact Stainless II.
4" barrel & officers model frame.
Tritium nite sights & a CT laser.
Stainless Steel construction. The pistol is accurate and has been totally reliable, even from new. It actually conceals more easily than my Smith M 640 Stainless J frame. (no cylinder bulge)
I feel that This type pistol, like what you bought, is probably the best compromise between power, concealability and shootability.
It's only downside is the weight, which after an 18 hour day can be noticable.

Keads said...

Nice Gun!

Jay G said...

Very nice. Baby Vulcan smiles on you.

Paladin said...

Awesome... pure awesome :)

Tango Juliet said...

Everyday is 1911 day at my house. :)

RobertM said...

Nice!

Tam said...

Congratulations on the purchase of a firearm!

(But I obviously write in vain... ;) )


WV: "Unicuree." A stylish one-piece lab garment.

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!

Nice...

Have looked at them in the past and always eyeball them when I happen to find myself in a gun shop.

But my next purchase will be a lever action in .38/.357.

Again enjoy.....

Sdv1949 said...

A blued version of that pistol was my first 1911. It (and the 5" 1911 that replaced it) could spend an entire day comfortably carried in a CrossBreed SuperTuck.

Try it you'll like it.

DirtCrashr said...

What leather for that? In my search for carry I've been coming across more and more of a favoritism (or at least a hatred of floppy-ness) for for the Crossbreed and Comp-Tac hybrids of kydex and leather, from my friend Sebastian to the well respected Pdb anyhow...

ajdshootist said...

You lucky so-an-so thats got me all jealous.

Guffaw in AZ said...

Excellent! Looks like a fine choice! gfa

Six said...

Beautiful BP. Now for a holster.

DirtCrashr said...

I might have something for that, I think I bought a size too-small.