May 31st, 2018 by jhines

In the world of gun debates of what is reliable or A versus B.
The same goes for those in the 1911 world.
Are Sig 1911 less reliable than the iconic Colt 1911?
The guys from Youtuber Forest Firearms ran this test pitting a new version of Sig 1911 against an older Colt 1911. this test by running it through their version of a course of fire.
They shot at a couple of different targets from various position with reloads while under a timer.
Have a look here.


Though not a valid testing for comparisons, it looks like the Sig had the better results.
But between the two shooters, the one with the Sig may have been the better shooter in terms of accuracy.

Elsewhere out in the wild gun Forums, here’s what they had to say:
Is the Sig 1911 less reliable than Colt or Springfield?

3RidersApproaching: SIG offers some very appealing 1911s in terms of features (front strap checkering, rounded butts, etc.) And their pricing is attractive. Relatively few models from Colt and Springfield come with front strap checkering (something that I have, over time, come to really appreciate after having bought a number of 1911’s that DON’T have it.)
I’ve caught some drift here and there that SIG quality (perhaps regarding their non-1911 models?) is not so good these days.
Are SIG 1911’s of comparable quality/reliability to Colt, Springfield, etc.? If not, what seems to be the downfall with SIG 1911’s? Small parts quality? Reliability?
Looking at the SIG catalog, there are some very attractive 1911 models, in terms of factory features, being offered. It seems to me that SIG 1911’s present a tremendous value in terms of features (Novak nights, front strap checkering) for a modest price. What am I missing? Is there a catch?

mparker: For my money Sig and STI are what I would buy if I were looking for an off-the-shelf 1911 and not a custom or semi-custom.

remanaz : Both my Sig 1911’s have ran perfectly out of the box.
So have all 3 of my Colts.
My SA ro compact had a few light primer strikes before I replaced the ILS MSH. My SA Combat Op 9mm had almost no extractor tension out of the box. Both SA’s have been perfect since fixed.

Minorcan: My Sig 1911 has an external extractor which many claim inferior to the Colt internal designs. Mine has several 1000 rounds through it without a hick-up. I think that is as good as it gets. What more can you ask of any pistol or mechanical device. Mine is also a USA made product. Some people claim that these newer USA made Sigs are inferior. I just don’t see but since I don’t own any other Sig models I’ll stick to their 1911 pistols. As far as functionality and style I really like the lines on my Sig a lot. PS – I also own Springfield, Ruger and other models and like them all for different reasons. The only 1911 I’ve had an issue with was a Remington and I no longer have that one.

Riverkilt: For what its worth…I’ve had two Springers, one full size and one short barrel 1911. Both were nightmares…sent one in to be fixed and it came back from SA with the same problem – extractor nightmare. When the other SA began doing the same thing I sold them both (yes with heads up to the buyer on the problems).

My 1911 Sig Ultra Compact is a favorite. An accurate workhorse with no problems.

Have a Colt Marine 1911 which is flawless of course and a sort of 1911 in the .380 Colt Mustang Pocketlite. Never a problem with Sig or Colt.

honeybadger45: Sigs are metallurgicaly inferior to Colts and less likely to be cut right. Don’t buy into the weirdo Sig fanboy fantasies.

Makoman: I just got back into 1911’s is myself. I owned 4 Colt’s prior, all were great guns and ran like tops, save for one that didn’t like anything lighter than 230 grain ammo. Based on my own limited research and budget, I decided my recent purchase would be would be either a Sig or a Springfield. I just wanted something different this time. I went to my LGS and handled several of both and ended up with a Sig Sauer TTT. The slide to frame fit seemed just a bit tighter on the Sig. The slide also felt smoother when moving it back and forth as well. I’ve read that Springfield triggers tend to be a bit better out of the box, but the trigger broke like glass on this particular Sig. The thumb safety also felt more slick, but still had a very positive feel to it when engaged and disengaged.

The main deciding factor for me though is that the Sig just looked and felt like a better quality piece when holding it in my hand. For what it’s worth, of all the mass production 1911 manufacturers, I’ve read that Sig uses a higher amount of quality parts (fewest amount of MIM parts) if that matters to you.

honeybadger45: Sigs are loaded with MIM and charge Colt prices. If you want a MIM gun, get a Ruger, at least they are honest about their pricing.. “Sig, better quality through fancy paint.”

3RidersApproaching: So, you think SIG charges more than you think they should. Fair enough, but not a big deal by any means. And for that reason alone you romp around here with a flame thrower, torching anyone who likes SIGs with vitriol and insults?

So tell us about your experiences with the Sig or other type of 1911’s.

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May 8th, 2018 by asjstaff

How many cop or detective movies have you watched where the hero had a .38 revolver?  

Damn near all of them, right?

That’s because the .38 revolver is a ridiculously reliable gun.  You won’t be winning any long distance sharpshooting challenges with it, but you will feel safe carrying one.  Just look how confident those old-timey cops and private dicks were.

Why a .38?  

First off, let’s talk about what makes the .38 caliber and a revolver worth carrying.  Some people might consider the .38 and even the .38+p ammo to be outdated.  

The .38 ammo is pretty much the same size as a 9mm.  Where it IS different is the actual weight: a .38 is heavier than a 9mm.

Both have their benefits.  The .38 is a little slower-moving but has more mass.  The 9mm has more punch to it and travels faster.

Caliber Comparison
The .38 Special looks like a longer version of the 9mm.

One of the main reasons you’d want to carry a .38 this because it predominantly comes as a revolver.  Revolvers, as we know, are very reliable. There are less moving parts and there’s less to go wrong.  That’s why a lot of the police and other agencies used it in great quantities before the advent of reliable semi-automatic pistols.

Agencies eventually moved to the more common use of semi-automatic pistols but it wasn’t necessarily because of a lack of confidence in the caliber, it was more because of the greater number of rounds in each gun that semi-autos provide.  

If you have the option of carrying five rounds vs 15 rounds, there’s little choice as to which one is better to have in a gunfight.

How Does a .38 Revolver Compare to Other Concealed Carry Guns?  

Carrying a Ruger LCR .38 SPL Revolver in an Alien Gear Holster

As mentioned before, the revolvers carry less ammo and are little slower to reload unless you practice a lot, but you need to compare reliability versus additional ammo.  At close range, how many rounds will you really get off before you either neutralize the target or they runoff?  

Something else to sway you one way or the other might be the weight of the trigger.  Most of the dual action only revolvers are about 12 pounds versus most semi-auto pistols are around the 5-pound range.  If you have weaker hand strength, this can be a big problem

1. Ruger LCR-LG 38 Spl+P Revolver with Crimson Trace Lasergrips

Ruger LCR Revolver

Ruger LCR Revolver

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Ruger LCR comes in a lot of calibers, .38 just happens to be one.  What you get with the LCR internal hammer, alloy frame revolver is is an ultra-lightweight, reliable carry gun.  The internal hammer helps remove the possibility of any snags as you’re drawing it from your holster.

2. Taurus Model 85

The Model 85 is one of the most popular guns in the Taurus fleet.  What makes it the popular kid in class is the +P capability.  It’s light and accurate—as accurate as a short barrel revolver can be.  

Many of the Taurus guns have an internal lock.  Using the provided key, you can immobilize the gun.  This is a great feature for those of you with kids in the house

3. Charter Arms Undercover Lite Standard

Charter Arms Undercover Lite Standard

Charter Arms Undercover Lite Standard

Prices accurate at time of writing

There are a couple features of the Charter Arms Undercover Lite that are appealing.  

The first is the weight.  This thing is feather light at about 12oz.  You can carry it all day and not know it’s there.  

The other feature you might like is the longer grip.  You’ll be able to get your whole hand on the handle.  Some revolvers have small handles and aren’t easy to deal with the recoil like this Charter Arms .38 will.

4. Colt Detective Special

Ahhh, the Colt Detective Special…

This is the gun you see in most of the older movies from the 1920’s to the 1950’s.  You’ll find a lot of people who modded their Colt .38 Special to fit their needs. Some cut the barrel, others got rid of the squared off butt of the grip, some cut the trigger guard, or whatever they needed.

The newer variants of the Colt Detective Special are a lot more in tune with the others on the market, but stay true to the name.  Really, the main things that changed over the years were materials and build quality. The same basic premise design is still there.  

They shortened the barrel at the manufacturer so you didn’t have to chop it off like they did in the 20s and 30s. This one you will need to find used because they stopped making them about 1995, but they are a great little gun.  If you want something similar but current, you can look into the Colt Cobra.  

Colt Cobra

Colt Cobra

Prices accurate at time of writing

5. Rossi 352

Rossi 352

Rossi 352

Prices accurate at time of writing

The 352 from Rossi is on the budget side of the price grid, but don’t let that fool you; it keeps up with the other models just fine.  It has a stainless finish and a contoured rubber grip to help with managing the recoil.  It can handle 5 rounds of +P ammo, too.

Rossi makes about 50 different variations of revolvers, so if you 352 isn’t your cup of tea, there should be one to fit your needs.

6. Smith & Wesson M&P 340

Smith & Wesson M&P 340

Smith & Wesson M&P 340

Prices accurate at time of writing

The Smith & Wesson M&P 340 is a great option for a carry gun.  They are lightweight and have an internal hammer making them ideal for a carry gun.  Because they have an internal hammer, they are dual action only.  They come with night sights, but if you want one, you can get the model with the Crimson Trace laser.

7. Smith & Wesson 642

If you want the polished look, the Smith & Wesson 642 is your beast.  This guy is similar in features and weight to the M&P 340 but gives a different look.  Rated for continuous +P use, you can fire off all 5 rounds, reload, and shoot 5 more with no worries about the 1.875-inch barrel looking like a Looney Tunes character shot it with a plugged barrel.

Conclusion

When it comes down to it, the .38 is still a gun and caliber you should consider when choosing a carry gun.  When you’re just starting out with guns, a revolver is never a bad choice.  They are reliable, easy to use, and the +P rounds have some good power to stop a would-be assailant.

Lots of Holsters, Boondock Saints
Lots of Holsters, Boondock Saints

When you are shopping for a .38 to carry, think about your carry position.  They can be thicker than some semi-auto pistols and may print easier. Something else to consider too is the double action trigger.  It can be a little harder to pull and have a longer pole than some people are used to. If you just starting out, it’ll be easy enough to train with.

While you think about carrying position, also think about what holster is right for you. We can get you started with our Best Concealed Carry Holsters article!

A .38 is not by any means a long-range weapon.  It’s meant for close-up, down and dirty action.  This is because of the short barrel, most of them are around 2 inches.  That’s why they are good last resort or backup weapons, too.

When it comes to a .38, what are your preferences?  Let us know the comments below!

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February 22nd, 2018 by asjstaff

The Colt Model 1911 has a really long lifespan.
I can remember when I first qualified on the 1911 while in the military. This may sound cheesy, but it was a huge accomplishment for myself with no pistol shooting experience at the time.
What I also love was seeing those old WWII training footage back in the day. Take a look.

WW2 1911 .45 CAL Pistol Training

This educational video demonstrates older (1944) techniques on how to properly use a 1911.

Posted by History TV on Thursday, January 25, 2018

If you notice this footage is very similar to the FBI pistol training and utilizing Col. Rex Applegate combat shooting methods for close quarter combat.
Maybe I’m just old school but I like the tradition that these bad boys 1911 have gone through.
Hats off to History TV Facebook for posting these time capsule footage of such an iconic weapon.

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January 26th, 2018 by asjstaff

A half-century is a long time for a standard-issue weapon such as the M16 to remain ‘standard.’ Here is a quick look at three M16 variants that saw service.

The M16 has served as the United States’ primary service rifle for nearly half a century, and in that span of time, many variations of the rifle have been created. Some were prototypes that never went beyond the testing stages, others represented improvements to the original design, and some simply defy easy description.

While a complete history of all the unusual M16 versions could fill a book (and probably have), here is a look at three significant oddball M16 variants that reached production.

THE COLT 9MM SUBMACHINE GUN
The Colt Company has a long history with submachine guns dating back to the legendary Tommy Gun used by both gangsters and lawmen during the Prohibition era. But by the time of World War II, Colt was largely out of the submachine gun business.
This changed in the early when the company developed a submachine gun to compete with the popular Heckler & Koch MP5 in the lucrative law enforcement market.
Instead of designing a completely new firearm, Colt piggybacked on the success of the M16 by incorporating as much of the look and feel of the stalwart service rifle into the new design as possible. The resulting Colt 9mm Submachine Gun retained the characteristic M16 lower and upper receivers and operating controls.
The biggest changes were the elimination of the gas system in favor of a simpler direct blowback design and the caliber switch to 9x19mm. Like the MP5, the Colt SMG fired from a closed bolt, which contributed to its excellent reputation for accuracy.

The gun was adopted by many law enforcement agencies that liked its accuracy, reliability, and similarity to the M16. These agencies included the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the U.S. Marshals Service, and the United States Marine Corps.
The original Model 635 had a 10.5-inch barrel with a 1-in-10-inch twist, a fixed carry handle with M16A1-style sights, and a M16A2-style flashhider.
The gun fired standard 9mm ammunition at a cyclic rate of 900 rounds per minute. The magazines were based on the Uzi design, and modified Uzi mags could also be used. Both fixed and collapsible stock versions were available.

The current models are the Model 991, which fires in semiauto or full auto, and the Model 992, which fires in semiauto or a three-round burst. These newer versions feature a flat top upper and quad rail for easy mounting of optics and other accessories.
The 10.5-inch barrel has a 1-in-10-inch twist. The rate of fire is listed as between 700 to 950 rounds per minute. These models weigh 6.7 pounds and are 26 inches long with the stock retracted, and 29.25 inches with the stock extended.

THE COLT M231 FIRING PORT WEAPON
Although the Colt M231 was one of the most produced, it was the least successful of all M16 variants. The M231 was designed to allow soldiers in the Bradley Fighting Vehicle to fire at the enemy through gun ports without leaving the protection of the vehicle.
A standard M16A1 could not be used because the Bradley’s six firing ports featured a screw-type mounting designed to maintain a seal against a chemical weapon attack.
The 231 was literally screwed into the fittings from inside the vehicle. The M231 shares about two-thirds of its parts with the parent M16A1 design.
As with the 9mm machine gun, the most significant change was the elimination of the M16’s gas impingement system in favor of a direct-blowback, striker-fired design.
This simpler mechanism is typically associated with smaller caliber submachine guns. Instead the M231 is chambered for the 55-grain version of the standard 5.56mm NATO cartridge.
The weapon weighs about 7.33 pounds, and has an overall length of 28¼ inches.
The barrel is 15.6 inches long with the same 1-in-12-inch rifling twist as the M16A1. In addition to being shorter than a M16A1 barrel, the M231 barrel also has a significantly thicker profile.
The shortened hand guards end at the distinctive metal locking collar. In use, the M231 has a generally poor reputation. The weapon fires full-auto only, with a cyclic rate of about 1,200 rounds per minute. The M231 does not have any sights.
The soldiers were to aim using periscopes mounted in the Bradley and spot their fire by firing only tracer rounds from standard 30-round M16 magazines.
The difficulty in aiming, combined with the extremely high rate of fire, meant that the magazines would be emptied before the shooter could get rounds on the target. Later modifications to the Bradley covered up the side firing ports with additional armor and now only the two firing ports on the rear hatch remain.
The original design included a simple wire stock so the M231 could be dismounted from the vehicle and used on foot. This stock was dropped from production models and Army procedures discouraged the use of the M231 outside of the vehicle.
Ironically, it is in this role that the M231 has probably seen the most use.
Photographs from Iraq show U.S. soldiers using the M231 as a backup weapon in vehicle turrets. They have also been carried by officers and armored crewman who normally are only armed with a handgun.
Since modern 5.56mm NATO ammunition is optimized for 1-in-7-inch twist barrels, and not for the older twist of the M231, the weapon is effective at only very short ranges. When you consider the lack of appropriate ammo, the absence of sights, and the difficulty controlling a weapon with such a high rate of fire, you understand how desperate a soldier has to be to use a M231.

THE COLT ADVANCED COMBAT RIFLE (ACR)
The Colt Advanced Combat Rifle was part of the Army’s search for a weapon to improve the average soldier’s ability to hit his enemy in combat. The specifications for the rifle called for a 100 percent hit probability increase over the thencurrent-issue M16A2 rifle.
The program started in the mid-’80s with six manufacturers submitting prototypes, and by 1989 only four remained. These included the Heckler & Koch G11, which fired revolutionary caseless ammunition, a pair of flechette weapons submitted by Steyr and AAI Corporation, and the Colt ACR.
The Colt entry was based on the then-standard M16A2 rifle with considerable upgrades. The full-length stock was replaced with the adjustable stock from the Colt carbine, the fixed carry handle was replaced with a rail that could accommodate an optic or iron sight, and a long rib was installed as part of the hand guards to serve as a simple sight for shotgunstyle point shooting. In addition, an oil-filled buffer and muzzle brake were installed to reduce felt recoil.
A special duplex cartridge was designed with two bullets loaded in each cartridge case to increase hit probability through better projectile dispersal. The Colt rifle could also still fire standard 5.56 NATO ammunition and used standard magazines.
The program ended in 1990 after extensive testing revealed that none of the candidates offered a significant enough advantage over the existing M16A2 to warrant replacing the standard service rifle. Although the Colt ACR was not adopted, several of its features are used in M16-series rifles and carbines today.
The flat top with a rail was later used in the M4 Carbine and M16A4, and the ELCAN sight used by the ACR is very similar to the current red dot sights that are now standard on both carbines and rifles in the U.S. military.

 

 
Story by Rob Reed

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April 6th, 2016 by asjstaff

Colt Competition Rifle With Modern Flair

 

There are competition rifles, there are pretty rifles and then there’s the Colt CRP-18 GunGoddess rifle, a perfect blend of both performance and elegance!colt crp 18 full handguard
This eye-catching rifle offers all the features of the standard CRP-18, with a feminine touch – an exclusive, custom-designed, filigree handguard and a choice of eight Cerakote colors.

“As more women become gun owners and as they participate in the shooting sports in growing numbers, manufacturers will be challenged to meet their needs with functional, high-quality products,” says Athena Means, president of GunGoddess.com.
“While aesthetics matter, it’s not just about making it pretty. It’s about providing a product that performs.”colt crp 18 full

The CRP-18 is competition ready right out of the box, with features including a match-grade, stainless-steel barrel, a Geissele two-stage trigger and a patent-pending finger-adjustable gas block. Colt guarantees accuracy, and tests each rifle to ensure a 3-shot group of 1 inch or less at 100 yards.

The GunGoddess CRP-18 is available exclusively at GunGoddess.com, both to consumers and dealers. Orders can be placed by phone at (866)957-1117 or online here!

 

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