Any 45ACP 1911 owners?

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Any 45ACP 1911 owners?

Post by boingk » 11 Sep 2020, 8:55 pm

Hey gents,

I'm looking at getting into metallic silouette at the local club and getting my high-cal signed off (NSW).

I've always liked the look and history of the 1911 series and 45ACP in general.

Are there any recommendations? I've seen the Springfield Armoury 1911 and like the look of their base model in the parkerised finish.

Any info much appreciated, cheers.
Long time shooter, beginner reloader.
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Re: Any 45ACP 1911 owners?

Post by Bugman » 12 Sep 2020, 6:59 am

Used to shoot 45ACP in met sil but close in ok but at 75 and 100 yards not to accurate. Loads can be finicky. I went over to a 44 mag revolver for this match. Gave me better results. A few guys shoot 45ACP in our club and with mixed results. Depends on the firearm, the ammo and the user. Hope you get what you want.
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Post by Chinballs » 12 Sep 2020, 1:55 pm

I bought a cheap, barebones, Norinco M1911 and it was a great gun right out of the box. The only mod you really need is putting better sights on it. The factory originals are tiny,

As far as metaalic silhouette with a 1911 goes, yeah, not great lol. If you are just shooting the match to keep your .45ACP its ok but if you want to actually compete there are much better options.
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Post by johnboy357 » 12 Sep 2020, 6:05 pm

You did not mention which club you intend to shoot at but I assume it only has a 100m range as no sane person would contemplate a 45ACP for the 200m matches. The 45ACP is marginal even for the 100m matches because of it's rainbow trajectory past 50m or so. A good 357 revolver [S&W 686] would be a much better option or a S & W 629 classic with a 6 1/2 inch barrel if you want a hi cal gun. The Ruger Redhawk and the super Blackhawk [both with 7 1/2 inch barrels] are also good 44's for 100m Metallic Silhouette.The slightly shorter barrels balance better when used in the standing position, as used for the 100m matches. Super Redhawks are just too too fugly for anything. Maybe a Thompson Center "Contender" then you can choose any number of calibers.
And forget anything that has a ported barrel or muzzle break as the rules for field pistol do not allow such devices.

If you are intending to shoot the 200m matches then a 10 inch barrel gun might be better as it would allow you to shoot from the creedmoor position rather than standing.
If you must have a 1911 then the only one I have seen used in 100m Met Silhouette with any success was a Kimber Target 11 but the owner also knew how to shoot it very well. Practice may not make you perfect [as the saying goes] but it it goes a long way towards it so be prepared to shoot a lot.
Whatever gun you choose adjustable sights are a MUST HAVE.
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Post by No1Mk3 » 12 Sep 2020, 7:58 pm

G'day boingk,
For most people, as has been mentioned, the 1911 is not the most competitive choice however it is a great deal of fun (I use a few of them now and then, and compete well with the 45ACP cartridge in a revolver). If you want a 1911 for it's history and feel then a stock military type is a good choice and the Norinco is the strongest frame at a very good price (4 to 600). The later "custom" types such as the Springfield and Kimber are better choices but dearer and the latest Series Government falls between in accuracy and price but can later be tuned to equal the Kimbers etc. Despite comments made you can compete at top level in Field Pistol Metallic with a 1911 as our current club champion uses a mildly modified Government 1911, but he shoots nothing else but that pistol and has many years experience shooting and loading for it. If you want a 45ACP auto out of the box accurate and have a spare few dollars, the US Marine CQB is a good choice, Cheers
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Post by Blr243 » 12 Sep 2020, 8:30 pm

Many yrs ago When I bought my first norinco in nine mm it came brand new with two 15 round mags and was only 250 Bucks....bargain city it went flat strap never missed a beat ...I did own a para ordinance 45 acp but it was garbage. I would never contemplate an auto for silo Ute I used a 44 Taurus Revolver with a long barrell
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Post by vmaxaust » 12 Sep 2020, 8:31 pm

I've always liked the look and history of the 1911 series and 45ACP in general.

Unless you are a serious metallic shooter buy yourself a 1911 in 45ACP. The distance you shoot at is relevant. Anything much over 50 meters and there are probably slightly more accurate guns and calibers. The 1911 is deadly accurate up to at least 50 meters even with light to medium loads and is loads of fun to shoot.

I have two Colt 1911's in 45ACP (Gold Cup National Match and Gold Cup Trophy) and they are accurate right out of the box with my 200gr round nose bullets loaded with 4.0gr APS450 giving around 850 fps. I get excellent results at 25 meters with this load and up it to 4.2gr for 50 meters (900 fps).

I'm sure there would be other competitions you would very much enjoy with a 1911.
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Re: Any 45ACP 1911 owners?

Post by boingk » 12 Sep 2020, 10:17 pm

Thanks for the advice everyone.

No, I am not looking to go out and set a record. I'm just looking to have a good social experience with mates who also shoot.

The local club has everything from 25 to 200, I believe they mostly use the shorter ranges for their comps and leave the longer range to the members with rifles.

Thanks again - boingk
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Post by yoshie » 13 Sep 2020, 4:06 pm

You'll be disappointed with the accuracy of a 1911 past 50m. You might be surprised at the accuracy of a revolver a past 100m.
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Post by SlimPigguns » 15 Sep 2020, 1:14 pm

A 1911 is not ideal, but it's a lot of fun. Pete
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