If it’s one thing I’ve noticed since I began shooting, it’s that there is a wonderful camaraderie among fellow shooters. Friends, acquaintances, and even folks I barely know will offer to meet me at ranges and let me shoot their guns. So when I decided to add a .45 cal. 1911 to my gun collection, I received several offers to borrow some handguns.
Among them were a Kimber Pro Carry II; Heckler & Koch USP .45 Compact; Colt Combat Commander; and three Springfield Armory models: a 1911 A1 Standard; a Ronin Operator and a Range Operator. I had varying degrees of success with each. So which was my preference?
You would think after firing all of these guns I would have my answer, but despite all my range research, I was stumped! They were all 1911 .45 cals, yet I shot better with some than with others. After spending much time on manufacturer websites learning about all their specifications, that’s when I discovered a difference: Trigger pull weights vary, and I shot best with the ones that had the lightest trigger pull, such as the Colt Combat Commander. Mystery solved.
Lotsa good advice here – before you buy a gun, borrow (while it’s still legal, anyway) from your friends and do some testing – grip, sights, “feel” – all important stuff.