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ithaca_deerslayer
02-05-2010, 08:25
What brand/model, and how would rate the "comfort" to your hand?

I've read of peaple putting up with hammer bite or grip safety pinch, or other issues, with their 1911s. But I really don't know if that is common.

With my Taurus ALR, I'm surprised how it is so comfortable to shoot. I have very little 1911 experience, but others I've held felt like they would pinch, and the couple I've shot have really pushed hard into the web of my hand (with target ammo).

So for shooting comfort, I'll give my Taurus ALR a score of 10 (on a scale of 1 to 10). :)

viniglock
02-05-2010, 08:32
What brand/model, and how would rate the "comfort" to your hand?

I've read of peaple putting up with hammer bite or grip safety pinch, or other issues, with their 1911s. But I really don't know if that is common.

With my Taurus ALR, I'm surprised how it is so comfortable to shoot. I have very little 1911 experience, but others I've held felt like they would pinch, and the couple I've shot have really pushed hard into the web of my hand (with target ammo).

So for shooting comfort, I'll give my Taurus ALR a score of 10 (on a scale of 1 to 10). :)

Model: Springfield GI
Scale: 9.75 out 10
Experience level: Medium
POU: Collection and Safe Queen

I will be trying a PT845, will see how it runs.

M2 Carbine
02-05-2010, 08:43
I mostly shoot Kimbers but I've never had any trouble shooting 1911s. I'd guess the problems have to do with hand size and hold.

TonyT
02-05-2010, 09:15
I have several 1911's in 9mm, 40 S&W and 45 ACP including a SA Target in 9mm, STI Trojan in 40 S&W, SA Trophy Match and Colt Gold Cup NM in 45 ACP. One can expereince some bite with the old (pre 1070) Colt NM which does not have a beavertail grip safety. Any modern 1911 equipped with a beavertail safety should not present preblems unless you use a very light grip with heavy loads in the 40 S&W or 45 ACP.

fredj338
02-05-2010, 09:43
Hand size is a big thing w/ comfort. Guys w/ large fleshy hands need a beavertail safety. Even for me, very avg. hands, working all day from a hoslter in training bangs upthe web of my hand w/o the grip safety.

AZ Husker
02-05-2010, 09:54
GI styles eat my hand up.

Nytmayr
02-05-2010, 11:05
Mine is a Wilson Combat CQB that I had built.
When I had it built, I had them smooth out the edge on the
"memory bump" on the grip safety.
I have shot almost 500 rounds in one trip to the range, and found the gun to be extremely comfortable in my hand. So much so, that if I get any other 1911's I will have the same thing done to the memory bump. (If it has one)

okie
02-05-2010, 11:27
I have no worries at all.I have a Springfield Loaded model BTW:supergrin::thumbsup:

glock2740
02-05-2010, 11:37
They're all great to shoot. The only one with a bite is the Ultra Raptor. That front strap is like a cheese grader. The Pro and Custom Raptors don't seem to bite bad at all. Must be the difference in the steel vs. aluminum frames:dunno:

BuckyP
02-05-2010, 11:55
I have a 1991A1 that was completely redone by EGW. It was dehorned, undercut and a high Ed Brown beavertail. No 1911 I've ever felt feels as good as this one.

MD357
02-05-2010, 12:21
Just wait till you feel a true custom that has a higher cut trigger guard and a blended Ed Brown safety.

Most production models with a beavertail GS feel very similar IMO.

ronin.45
02-05-2010, 12:25
Semi-custom SA Loaded and full custom bobtail commander. Both very comfortable and no issues.

Jason D
02-05-2010, 16:50
I can shoot any 1911 as long as there isn't the little bump on the grip safety they seem to come with nowadays.
It seems to hit a nerve in my hand, causing great pain.

bac1023
02-05-2010, 19:09
I've read of peaple putting up with hammer bite or grip safety pinch, or other issues, with their 1911s. But I really don't know if that is common.



Well, its not going to be common with an enhanced 1911 with a beavertail. ;)

Hammer bite can happen with GI models.

Brucev
02-05-2010, 20:52
What brand/model, and how would rate the "comfort" to your hand?

I've read of peaple putting up with hammer bite or grip safety pinch, or other issues, with their 1911s. But I really don't know if that is common.

With my Taurus ALR, I'm surprised how it is so comfortable to shoot. I have very little 1911 experience, but others I've held felt like they would pinch, and the couple I've shot have really pushed hard into the web of my hand (with target ammo).

So for shooting comfort, I'll give my Taurus ALR a score of 10 (on a scale of 1 to 10). :)

I have a nice SA 1911 Mil. Spec. with the standard GI type grip safety. It digs into the web of my hand. I just put a couple of strips of adhesive tape on that part of my hand and then can shoot my pistol without any problems for as many rounds as I have time and ammo available. I have considered installing a drop-in beaver tail safety. But I doubt I would do any more than that and maybe a trigger job. I am very pleased with this pistol. It is just a basic stock GI type pistol w/ better sights and a little bit of relieving of the ejection port for improved reliability. Using factory ammunition it has run perfectly. It is a nice, mild recoiling handgun with extremely good accuracy. HTH. Sincerely. Brucev.

okie
02-05-2010, 21:01
I can shoot any 1911 as long as there isn't the little bump on the grip safety they seem to come with nowadays.
It seems to hit a nerve in my hand, causing great pain.

A friend of mine has the same problem:shocked::faint:

SiberianErik
02-05-2010, 21:18
My SA GI shoots like a dream. My 13 y/o daughter can fire it w/little issue. The power of the 45 sets her back a bit but that is. To me it shoots like a cream puff.

I put 300 rds thru her recently in very little time. No issues at, I simply slammed in my mag full of 8 rds of 230 GR Gold dots, holstered it and left. What else can you ask.

My Glock 27 on the other hand wore me out at 75 rds.

M1A Shooter
02-05-2010, 22:51
i got some hammer bite from my SA milspec but it was tolerable. my TRP is very comfortable to shoot. most others complain that the 20lpi frontstrap is too sharp though. i find it grips into my calouses very well :)

Morgo
02-05-2010, 23:01
I've always found my 1911's to be some of the most comfortable handguns to shoot that I own.

Mine are mostly all 9mm and .38 super 1911's and most of them are tuned for target shooting using my reloads. Still, even the stock standard 1911's that I own when using factory ammo are still more comfortable to shoot than my Glocks or even my H&Ks.

ronin.45
02-05-2010, 23:43
You can get hammer bite with GI's if you have a high grip. I never saw anybody get pinched by the safety.
Maybe if it is poorly fit like a PT1911:whistling:

CMG
02-05-2010, 23:51
What brand/model, and how would rate the "comfort" to your hand?

I've read of peaple putting up with hammer bite or grip safety pinch, or other issues, with their 1911s. But I really don't know if that is common.

With my Taurus ALR, I'm surprised how it is so comfortable to shoot. I have very little 1911 experience, but others I've held felt like they would pinch, and the couple I've shot have really pushed hard into the web of my hand (with target ammo).

So for shooting comfort, I'll give my Taurus ALR a score of 10 (on a scale of 1 to 10). :)

My 1911 bites!!!

http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b175/pb9x19/CUSGI1911.jpg

Which is why it wears a 1911A1 grip safety. Most all of my other 1911-pattern guns have different hammers and either a duck-bill (for now) or beaver-tail grip safety. I find them to be very comfortable. :supergrin:

Goldendog Redux
02-05-2010, 23:53
My stock Colt Commander grip safety made me bleed. I had to put a wilson drop in grip safety in it.

MF

GVFlyer
02-05-2010, 23:57
No 1911 has ever bothered me to include the M1911 I carried in the military.

CPT_CRUNCH
02-06-2010, 00:38
i've got a kimber ultra... shoots like a dream. extremely comfortable, good balance
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DAT85
02-06-2010, 05:43
No 1911 has ever bothered me to include the M1911 I carried in the military.

I have been shooting since I was 7.The first centerfire handgun that I shot was my Father's Remington Rand 1911.In the military(76-85)Icarried and shot 1911's.
Never had a problem,hopefully,never will.
But as far as right now,the most"fun" to shoot 1911 I own is my Les Ber Monolith heavyweight.It sucks up the recoil to the point of being able to do a 500 rd range session with very little fatigue.

DAT85

brisk21
02-06-2010, 10:42
I truly enjoy shooting 1911s more than any other handgun. I like my Glocks and XDs, but the 1911 is way more fun to shoot. ergonomically perfect (or close) and nothing beats a nice single action trigger. If I shoot 3 or 400 rounds out of a 9mm Glock, my hand (knuckle of thumb especially) hurts and Ive had about enough. I can shoot my .45 1911 all day and the only problem I have is ammo supply. It is my favorite gun to shoot by far.

den888
02-06-2010, 18:47
I have 3 Colts, and they all shoot comfortably. Different "felt" recoil than a Glock...

Cochese
02-06-2010, 18:54
I give it a ten. No checkering on the front strap.

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j258/imzadi930/utf-8BSU1HMDAxNTctMjAwOTA4MDEtMTUwN.jpg

M4J0R T0M
02-06-2010, 19:20
I have the same gun as you. It is my favorite to shoot of all my guns and calibers. To me it just seems like a 1911 in .45 is so smooth to shoot.

Cochese
02-06-2010, 23:09
I have the same gun as you. It is my favorite to shoot of all my guns and calibers. To me it just seems like a 1911 in .45 is so smooth to shoot.

Ground Control to M4J0R T0M,

If you think .45 is smooth, you're welcome to try my 9mm EMP next time I hit GA.

nastytrigger
02-06-2010, 23:19
I give it a ten. No checkering on the front strap.

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j258/imzadi930/utf-8BSU1HMDAxNTctMjAwOTA4MDEtMTUwN.jpg

Are those Davidson Wyrms? I've got a free pair on my Springfield Loaded and love the look and feel. Grippy? Yes! Comfortable? Yes!

My 1911 is super comfy, even with +Ps. I'm not as comfortable because my baby is in Geneseo, IL in the safe hands of Springfield Custom. Can't wait for it to get back home with some additions! :)

steelerfan
02-06-2010, 23:21
my springfield 5" loaded is really fun and comfortable to shoot. i did have a colt WWII repro that would bite me a little..... but my hands were chunkier then, too.

ten years ago, i thought i really loved shooting .40s&w and then i started shooting .45acp. i sold both of my .40s&w pistols and haven't looked back.

on a side note, i don't think i can say that either my 1911 or glock 30 is 'better' to shoot than the other.... they're different animals.

mikegun
02-07-2010, 14:58
I have a Kimber Ultra, that is comfortable to shoot especially for a small light pistol, but i must say my kimber Pro CDP 11 is the most comfortable pistol and most accurate pistol i have ever owned, amazing for a pistol that weighs 28oz, the ultra is the most comfy gun to carry though, i usually carry a glock 23, lotta bullets, never a ftf or jam,and fairly accurate....i find myself carrying the ultra more then i used to..i really cant convince myself the Glock is the best gun for a SHTF situation..

ithaca_deerslayer
02-08-2010, 07:30
You can get hammer bite with GI's if you have a high grip. I never saw anybody get pinched by the safety.
Maybe if it is poorly fit like a PT1911:whistling:

It's not a problem with mine, but some grip safeties of some brands seem to protude more in the back.

Cochese
02-08-2010, 08:39
Are those Davidson Wyrms? I've got a free pair on my Springfield Loaded and love the look and feel. Grippy? Yes! Comfortable? Yes!

My 1911 is super comfy, even with +Ps. I'm not as comfortable because my baby is in Geneseo, IL in the safe hands of Springfield Custom. Can't wait for it to get back home with some additions! :)

Horned Lizard's, actually!

http://davidsonknives.com/grips/hornedl_lizard.htm

They are the black/grey G10 units. Came stock on the EMP. Liked them so much, I got a set for my incoming Professional.

jtull7
02-08-2010, 08:52
It's like landing at your home airport...

Glolt20-91
02-08-2010, 12:15
All my 1911s are shooters and are very comfortable in the hand for extended range sessions.

Out of the box 400 round break-in session;

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o144/aztrekker/At%20the%20range/1911rangeworkout007.jpg

It's fun to watch people with little to no gun experience engage and hit multiple targets with 1911s.

Bob :cowboy:

doc540
02-08-2010, 14:41
steel frame Combat Commander in 9mm = pooseycat

RonS
02-10-2010, 18:12
I have a light weight Champion and put a C&S USMC spur hammer in it. I have thin hands, I can't really relate to the hammer bite issue. Even with 230 hardball in an aluminum frame it is not uncomfortable, just a little snappy. If you want comfortable, fullsize in steel or stainless is the way to go.

bubbaskyjacker
02-10-2010, 21:54
i dont know !!! i just had enough for the DW pm7 no money left for ammo!!! lol yes its sad.