I’ve always been a 1911 man. I’ve still got one, a Kimber Pro Carry, which I absolutely love to shoot and carry, when I want serious artillery with me. Of late, however, my EDC is a S&W Shield, in 9mm accompanied by 8 round mags and Federal HST 124 grain. Nice combo. My ‘go to’ SHTF pistol is a Glock 19, same load. Simple reason to carry the 9: Federal HST 124 grain is a hard hitting, deep penetrating round that allows me to carry more ammo, whether it’s a NPT scenario or a ‘get home’ situation. But I love the .45 ACP round. So, I always keep a couple around the old homestead, mostly within reach where ever I’m at.
However, I had (basically it’s gone to a good home) a full-sized steel (no colt bullshit nylon parts, thank you very much) Norinco 1911 government model that a good friend of mine who worked on a ‘contingency team’ I built in New York during my active duty days pretty much rebuilt and tricked out so that at 25 meters (my specs) I could shoot rapid fire and cover the group with my hand. He did me better than that. This guy was a competitor, and at 25 meters, rapid fire, he would do 2 full mags inside of a 3 inch group. Rapid fire. So the pistol was solid. I had that 1911 for 24 years. Got it new, and after the rebuild, all I had done to it was to have it ‘Diamond Coated’. I fired a few mags after that, and back in the safe it went.
Recently, a beloved nephew asked me if I’d trade for it, and since it had become a safe queen, pretty much, I told him I’d trade the ‘Blunderbuss’ (our affectionate appellation for a large, heavy pistol) for a Glock 21SF. The trade went off, and we went to the range.
For the rest of the story, stay tuned.