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EmperorKO
01-19-2011, 15:55
Any opinions/experiences with S&W's offerings? I've researched the crap out of numerous brands, but (stupid me) I didn't even know S&W made 1911s until RIGHT NOW.

These things any good? Because aside from the FCS and the legalese on the frame, THIS THING (http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product4_750001_750051_785108_-1____ProductDisplayErrorView_Y) is pretty damn attractive, as is the price tag.

samuse
01-19-2011, 16:02
People who have 'em seem to like 'em.

The firing pin safety and external extractor kill any chance of me ever wanting one.

cdunn
01-19-2011, 16:51
I love mine been 100% for 3k rds.I've changed a couple things,ambi safety,10-8 trigger,slidestop and mag. release,nighthawk magwell,Ed Brown GI guide rod, and I tossed the CT grips.
http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/ad24/ca_dunn/motorcycle/1911s%20and%20others/DSCN9913.jpg

Esox357
01-19-2011, 17:19
I just purchased one and seem impressed with the fit and accuracy of the firearm. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another. It was my first 1911 and I'm hooked now.

phred119
01-19-2011, 19:25
I've got two SW1911's, one stainless, and one scandium. Both have been flawless and are great shooters.

jrs93accord
01-19-2011, 19:41
I have only one S&W 1911 so far.

S&W SW1911 Tactical Rail SS
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea2010/008.jpg

stinx
01-19-2011, 19:52
These new Enhanced versions lack the Schwatrz firing pin safety system. These use a Titanium firing ping and a extra strength firing pin spring. The external extractor is also oversized.

Line Rider
01-19-2011, 20:04
Ive problem looked at a dozen or more S&W 1911's and I'm impressed. I'm hoping this year to buy a Gunsite Model.

I went to Tom Givens Combative Pistol I & II in 2005 or 2006. He was using one then. I've seen emailed Tom about S&W 1911. He said that he hasn't had a problem with his. Also his wife is carrying a Gunsite Model. She's very happy with it.

glock2740
01-19-2011, 20:07
I have only one S&W 1911 so far.

S&W SW1911 Tactical Rail SS
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/jamesrea_2006/jamesrea2010/008.jpg
Good looking gun. :thumbsup:

bac1023
01-19-2011, 21:10
I like them quite a bit, actually.

The Performance Center models are outstanding.

glock2740
01-19-2011, 21:44
I like the Gunsite Commander quite a bit. I keep telling myself I'm done, but...:whistling:

ambluemax
01-19-2011, 21:49
Everything I've heard is positive. Might consider adding their gov size 9mm to my stable

GeorgiaRedfish
01-19-2011, 22:03
I've heard nothing but good, but the FCS and EE are not my bag.

bac1023
01-19-2011, 22:49
I've heard nothing but good, but the FCS and EE are not my bag.

I like a 1911 better without them, but they don't bother me much.

TSAX
01-20-2011, 05:10
The 1911 PD 5 inch is one of my favorite 1911's. The Scandium frame feels great and it has been a reliable shooter for me.

bruceride
01-20-2011, 09:09
I own one and love it. The slide stop broke with in the firs 10 rounds, but Smith had me a new one in a couple of days, no questions asked. I kept that one in reserve and replaced it with a Brown. Hey, anybody can get a bad part and Smith's customer service was spectacular.

Beyond that absolutely no issues.

bac1023
01-20-2011, 09:38
Here's mine.

I got it brand new for $579 during S&W's $100 rebate in the spring of '08. :cool:


http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/005-16.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/008-10.jpg

glock2740
01-20-2011, 10:20
Here's mine.

I got it brand new for $579 during S&W's $100 rebate in the spring of '08. :cool:


http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/005-16.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/008-10.jpg
What a deal! :wow: I'd buy it from ya for $580 right now and even pay all the shipping. :supergrin:

bac1023
01-20-2011, 10:30
What a deal! :wow: I'd buy it from ya for $580 right now and even pay all the shipping. :supergrin:

Yeah, it was an awesome deal.

A local shop was selling them at a discounted $679 and the rebate really helped.

Of course, it was about $725 OTD at the shop after tax and fees, but I got my rebate a few weeks later. :)

glock2740
01-20-2011, 11:30
Yeah, it was an awesome deal.

A local shop was selling them at a discounted $679 and the rebate really helped.

Of course, it was about $725 OTD at the shop after tax and fees, but I got my rebate a few weeks later. :)
Can't blame you there. You can't pass up a deal like that.

FM12
01-20-2011, 12:01
I'm on my second S&W 1911 sku 108284. Had to sell the first one for grocery money or some such nonsense. This model has everything u need in a 1911 IMO.

I love them. Well made, reliable (never a malfuncrion) and Gold Cup accurate or better. I highly reccomend them.

bac1023
01-20-2011, 13:39
Can't blame you there. You can't pass up a deal like that.

Nope.

I wasn't even looking to pick up a 1911 or any gun that day, IIRC.

TSAX
01-20-2011, 16:06
Here's mine.

I got it brand new for $579 during S&W's $100 rebate in the spring of '08. :cool:


http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/005-16.jpg

http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu81/ollituc/008-10.jpg

What a deal! :wow: I'd buy it from ya for $580 right now and even pay all the shipping. :supergrin:

I wish they would have something like that now

bac1023
01-20-2011, 16:21
I wish they would have something like that now

Yeah, it was a nice promotion for a month or two.

COLDSTEEL165
02-01-2011, 01:16
I love my new S & W 1911 & even treated it to a new Alessi Bodyguard rig & a couple of Magazines from Virgil Tripp's cobra mags.

Foxtrotx1
02-01-2011, 01:33
People who have 'em seem to like 'em.

The firing pin safety and external extractor kill any chance of me ever wanting one.

There is no firing pin safety in the E series.

BuckyP
02-01-2011, 08:48
People who have 'em seem to like 'em.
The firing pin safety and external extractor kill any chance of me ever wanting one.

There is no firing pin safety in the E series.

And the Performance Center and E series have beefier extractors which seem to work better than the older ones.

FLIPPER 348
02-01-2011, 08:55
Any opinions/experiences with S&W's offerings?

My Sc failed due to poorly fitted MIM parts after 3000 rounds or so (poorly fitted sear and cheap trigger) but after I swapped them out for quality parts the 1911 was fantastic.

FYI- I was conducting a torture test at the time with no cleaning and using Wolf ammo. The failure would have been easily prevented as the problem parts would have been detected during a detailed cleaning/inspection after a few 100 rounds.

I never had a problem with the external extractor.

engineer151515
02-01-2011, 09:20
Like mine.

http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/4927/sw1911pd2.jpg

mrsurfboard
02-01-2011, 10:24
External extractors on 1911s got a bad rap from Kimber's implementation of it. S&W's seems to work from what I've read. I'm considering one of the new "E" series.

hoffy
02-01-2011, 21:53
I have shot a couple of student's Smiths and liked them, but not very many rounds down range... I like the idea of an external extractor, my '70s vintage Combat Commander has broken 3 extractors in 45k rounds(which I suppose aint that bad...). I can live with the firing pin safety too, I was unfortunate enough to see one dropped and go off, that gun moved fast(safety was on), prompted the Ti pin and high powered spring I put in mine. Lucky no one was hurt.

Short Cut
02-01-2011, 23:19
Their PC pistols are pretty darn nice. The standard models are a step below Kimbers low end models and Springfields loaded line. That's not to say that they can't be reliable and quite accurate. I carried one of their lightweight commanders before I got a Baer C X to take its place. It's a good gun for the money, but not great overall.

S&W 1911PD 4.25"
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh67/JMB1911/Guns/SW1911PDDempseyspine.jpg

S&W PC1911
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh67/JMB1911/Guns/SWPC1911016sm.jpg
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh67/JMB1911/Guns/SWPC1911Esmrt2sm.jpg