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Old 05-29-2011, 19:55   #1
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Your most unreliable 1911?

I used to think all 1911s were inherently unreliable till I got my Colt Government S70 and it's been flawless. But people still talk about how they have lemons so I'm curious what your least reliable/most unreliable 1911 was and what it did, and if it ever got fixed?
I routinely hear about people claiming they sent guns back many times to no avail so curious to hear stories.
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Old 05-29-2011, 19:57   #2
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Old 05-29-2011, 19:58   #3
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Old 05-29-2011, 19:58   #4
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Every manufacturer is going to let turds out from time to time.

Only have two series 80 colts. Both work great. This might get interesting

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Old 05-29-2011, 19:58   #5
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was a colt 1991 a1. couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with it if i was standing inside the barn. so much slop in the barrel link it was actually comical. 100 rounds of sheer hell.

after the second box, i put her up for sale. bought a para p-14 that i adored.
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Old 05-29-2011, 20:00   #6
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My Dad's Colt Combat Commander. He bought it new in the mid 70's, it had a FTE or FTF every 4th or 5th round. I don't remember what all he had done to it to try to make it work. I know he had the feed ramp polished, switched extractors, tried good mags, crappy mags and different mag followers. He finally dumped it in the mid- 90s and used some of the money to buy a Norinco 1911 (which has been a great pistol).

On the plus side the 1911s that have been great for the two of us are: the Norinco, my Springfield GI, and his Kimber Custom II.
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Old 05-29-2011, 20:02   #7
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My words would be like sand in some people's ******s. Oh well, two of my SACS would fit the bill for reliability and durability issues.

SA Pro, returned twice, never fixed by SA. Went to a respect shop and haven't had any issues...yet.

SA Custom Carry, returned once, came back fixed along with a new problem. Pretty much got told slide lug peening was acceptable. Not fixed.


So there, I have filled someone's panties with sand.


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Old 05-29-2011, 20:04   #8
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I once had a POS Para Warthog that wouldn't fire a full mag without an issue. Of course, I can't even consider that a 1911.
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Old 05-29-2011, 20:08   #9
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Para Ordanance 14.45 Limited. I traded it off for a Colt H-Bar.
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Old 05-29-2011, 20:14   #10
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in the mid 80's i was almost the owner of a detonics .45acp compact. my co-worker let me shoot it first and after it stumbled through 50 rounds of ammo with various malfunctions i passed on the "deal".
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Old 05-29-2011, 20:14   #11
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Para Ordnance double stack, can't remember the model it's been so long. Complete POS.
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Old 05-29-2011, 20:30   #12
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Old 05-29-2011, 20:31   #13
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EARLY Dan Wesson C bob 45acp. prior to CZ lots of feeding extraction problems...sent it back 3 times.. soured me on the prior owner and his work.. you should not have to pay shipping to send back your brand new non functioning gun 3 times...

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Old 05-29-2011, 20:33   #14
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Only unreliable pistol I have had so far is my Glock 17. Everything else has been pretty flawless "Knock on wood"
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Old 05-29-2011, 20:34   #15
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In classes I teach I see more problems with PARA guns than any other makes combines, both double and single stack versions..particularly heinous are the LDA..systems...
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Old 05-29-2011, 20:47   #16
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I've never come across a problematic 1911 that was not easily fixed. It's not a difficult mechanical system to troubleshoot. But then again I only shoot ball ammo and keep things mil-spec.

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Old 05-29-2011, 21:35   #17
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I once had a POS Para Warthog that wouldn't fire a full mag without an issue. Of course, I can't even consider that a 1911.
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Old 05-29-2011, 23:02   #18
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Your most unreliable 1911?
I don't have any unreliable 1911's. Mine are five Colts and a Dan Wesson CCO. I'm all good to go.
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Old 05-29-2011, 23:35   #19
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No problems Colt, Kimber, Para, Glocks all work fine.
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Old 05-30-2011, 00:11   #20
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Worst was a Para Ordinance P16-40 I bought new in 1995, although it was a high cap pre ban model (although the coupons for cheap mags were robbed). Gun simply could not finish a mag of hollowpoints, although in its defense the flying ashtrays of the 90's weren't the best feeding.

Second worst was an early external extractor Kimber Ultra CDPII, 2005 vintage. 2 trips back to Kimber and it still couldn't finish a box of ammo without a failure.
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Old 05-30-2011, 00:12   #21
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i bought an early pro carry. flawless. sold it yrs later purchased another,would't run. sent it back twice. i don't think kimber makes bad guns.


just think i got a lemon. but i won't deal with them again. costomer service treated me like crap. with mass production, bad one's get through. i don't think kimber makes bad guns. i just got a bad one. happens to them all. machinist for 30 yrs. i know how the manufacturing process works. things slip thru. but i'm not a rude person, and i wont' deal with one.
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Old 05-30-2011, 00:42   #22
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Kimber Pro carry II. The slide would lock back on the 5th round every time. I first tried different mags but that did not work so I sent it in to Kimber. They said they had to replace my slide stop so no big deal. After I got it back I was shooting it and the plunger tube came loose. Later that day as I was cleaning it and the plunger tube actually came out. Sent it back to Kimber and they fixed it. After sendind a brand new gun in twice I was just tired of dealing with it and sold it and bought a Colt 1991 and I love it. No issues at all.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:04   #23
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AMT Hardballer. Pins sizes and locations out of spec, so it couldn't even be fixed to run reliably.

It was a great learning tool though!
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:16   #24
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Mine was my last 1911. A Colt Commander 1991. Fired Ok for a couple hundred rounds and then it started to get some feeding problems. I fixed these problems with a new recoil spring, however I still couldn't trust it. I sold it and bought my Springfield loaded that has been great.
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Old 05-30-2011, 05:39   #25
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Colt 70 series I bought new in 1982. It had frequent feed and stovepipe problems. I had a gunsmith lower the ejection port and do some polishing. I used that pistol in competition after that and it was 100% reliable. It still goes bang, ejects the casing and loads a new round every time.

It was my carry gun for over 20 years.
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