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Old October 25, 2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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1911 Configurations

This conversation is for the 1911 Full Size. The 1911 style pistol is available with all types of options; GI model, Tactical model, with front slide serrations, without front slide serrations, blue, SS, parkerized, rail, no rail, different calibers, on and on and on. The one thing that is common to all full size
1911's is the weight - it's heavy. I realize the 4 inch and 3 inch 1911 address not only the weight issue but also the reduced size make it a better pistol to carry. So that brings up the million $$ question; Is there the possibility of a polymer frame Full Size 1911 in the future? Is there a market for it? It would certainly be lighter in weight. Yes there are MANY polymer pistols similar to a 1911 but they are not a 1911. Hmmm.
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Old October 25, 2011, 06:55 PM   #2
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It has been done by few companies. They are almost always hi-cap 1911s and do not sell well vs their steel counterparts.
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Old October 25, 2011, 06:59 PM   #3
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Sacrilege I say. It would probably not be as pleasant to shoot as a heavy steel standard model.
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Old October 25, 2011, 07:13 PM   #4
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There are several alloy framed 5" guns.
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Old October 25, 2011, 10:11 PM   #5
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I have a alloy frame Colt Commander and its close in weight to my Defender

no need for another plastic fake 1911
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Old October 25, 2011, 10:15 PM   #6
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I think the only polymer framed 1911 available today is the Wilson Spec-Ops 9 and it is in 9mm. I am not sure if Wilson still makes the KZ-45. If you are interested in a lighter 5" 1911, you might give the Para Big Hawg a look as they are alloy framed and weigh 28oz, which is the same as the polymer framed guns, and shoot lights out plus have 14+1 capacity.
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Old October 26, 2011, 03:32 PM   #7
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I had no idea a polymer frame 1911 was already being made. Interesting. I knew some about the alloy framed 1911's but not alot. There is something to be said for the weight of a full size 1911, I have a few and like them very much. Just wondered in what direction they would go next or have we seen the last of the modifications on them. If so, all future offerings are going to just be carbon copies of everything else. No matter, we will still buy one now and again.
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Let's not forget that Caspian Arms also offers titanium receivers.
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