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Old April 2, 2023, 11:47 AM   #1
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Colt 1911 for IDPA and USPCA?

Hi all. I shot my first match in a few years yesterday (IDPA). It was good to see some old faces even if I did have to eat some humble pie. Good fun!

I normally shoot SSP with a Glock 19 that certainly does the job. I also have a CZ 75B (pre Omega) that I just can't seem to get it to run right. That's another discussion though.

I am looking for my first 1911 for this and yes I want a Colt. I just want one you know? That said which would be best for this application. It will be solely for this and not carry. Not even considering other brands right now so I appreciate it, but don't try. It's good to be back on TFL! Thanks everyone!
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Old June 9, 2023, 02:43 PM   #2
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Consider the Colt Competition in 9mm Luger. You can use it in IDPA's ESP division and USPSA's Single Stack Division but you will declare Minor Power Factor. It comes with 9 round magazines, but 10 round ones are available in the aftermarket. Supply seems to be limited now but perhaps a helpful FFL can find one for you. Good luck.
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Old June 9, 2023, 03:58 PM   #3
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I agree. If you want a Colt (and who doesn't), the 9mm Competition would be my choice.
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Old June 10, 2023, 05:51 AM   #4
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I just want one [a Colt 1911] you know?
Yes.

There's a lot to be said for the satisfaction of scratching an itch.

Even if the gun falls short of your expectations (I sure don't think it will) then you KNOW, with real first-hand knowledge, the pluses and minuses of the situation.
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Old June 11, 2023, 06:41 AM   #5
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I totally get the Colt itch--I got the same "gotta have one impulse" and ended up with a Lew Horton special competition in 38 super. Truth is, I'm such a lousy handgun shooter that it's more of a collector's item but I do take it out every now and then to embarrass myself. 38 super I would think gives your more options in loading up and down than 9mm but is otherwise very close to it--but I've never shot in any comps so that's just a guess.

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Old June 12, 2023, 07:36 PM   #6
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FWIW I thought I was doing an 'upgrade' when I traded a Colt government model for a Kimber aluminum frame .45.

I regret it to this day. The Kimber will go on sale at some future date.
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Old July 30, 2023, 11:45 AM   #7
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heres the way they did 38 super in the glory days.
55 giles custom wadcutter conversion.
holy cow same hole accuracy.
don't overlook 38 super.
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Old July 30, 2023, 12:04 PM   #8
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But those five shooters aren't much good for IPSC etc.

One of the bullseye gunsmiths tried accurizing a .38 Super without converting it to .38 Special wadcutters. As Everybody Knows, it did not do well because of inconsistent head spacing on the semi-rim. So he bushed the chamber and recut it to headspace on the casemouth like a .45 and like All Modern .38 Supers do. He said it was then just as accurate as a .38 Special wadcutter conversion and more reliable. He specified pretty much the same load, 2.7 gr Bullseye and a 146 gr bullet, semiwadcutter instead of Special full wadcutter. He said Super brass was more expensive than Special but it was thick and heavy and lasted many loadings.

These days, most people wanting to shoot a small caliber use cheap 9mm instead of .38 Super.
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Old July 30, 2023, 02:30 PM   #9
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Old July 30, 2023, 02:31 PM   #10
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cheap and today don't go together in a sentence any longer. lol.
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Old July 30, 2023, 04:26 PM   #11
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So your Giles is still a Super to hold 10?
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Old July 31, 2023, 02:48 PM   #12
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my bust. this is a speed course gun topic. I was thinking 10 shots with a mag change. 5/5. tf/rf.
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