Reliable 1911

With all the anti-1911 talk that’s been going around, I wanted to point you guys to a review of a Sig 1911.  Over at the Gun Holsters and Gear blog, Phil has a review up of his Sig 1911 that has over 5500 rounds on it and not a single malfunction.  I hope that Phil keeps shooting that Sig 1911 and gets it over 10,000.


  1. I have a used Para PXT that I have put about 2000 rounds through with only 1 misfire (ammunition fault, not the gun). I clean it well after every case of ammo. Works just fine for me.

  2. I don’t get it, the 1911 is a great, reliable platform. Just a few notes to keep it that way.

    Feed it good ammo – some of my bad reloads make it through inspection, I’m not as good as Federal, Winchester and the like.

    Use good mags. Just because you can buy a $7 magazine for your $1,000 1911 doesn’t mean you should. It doesn’t take a lot, Midway sells Colt mags for about $15. CMC Power Mags just over $20. Buy a bunch and if one gives you a problem (if you shoot enough, they will), toss it.

    Put the fricken’ Dremel down!!! Jesus! If I read one more account of some nimrod “polishing” the feedramp or “throating” the barrel with a dremel, I may as well start shaving my head. No you aren’t “throating” or “polishing”, you’re ruining you imbecile! Most of the accounts I read aren’t even to solve a problem, but to “make it better”!?!?

    While I take issue with some of what Mr. Giddings has writ on the subject of 1911s, I think what he has said about the pricing of the 1911 is almost right. I’d go a bit lower on price and say you need to spend about 7 bills for a good example since you can pick up some of the less frills Springfields and Colts for well under $1k and they’ll work great for a long time.

  3. I have 1600 rounds through a dead stock Taurus lightweight with zero malfs. About half Win whitebox, half my own reloads, with a few mags of factory Gold Dots to check for function. It’s my every day carry and I feel very comfortable and confident with it.

  4. ToddG’s HK45 did 31,523 rounds before the first malfunction was encountered, which was caused by a sear spring improperly installed by the user. After 50,000 rounds it had accumulated 1 stoppage, 1 broken spring and the mentioned malfunction.

    So consider me unimpressed by 5500 rounds.

    1. 5500 is a good starting point. The military demands a 1:2500 stoppage rate for any gun they’re looking at, so you don’t really know that your gun is reliable UNTIL you hit 2500 rounds, and that’s just the beginning. The HK45 test was simply amazing, I could not believe how utterly stone dead reliable that gun was.

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