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GUNS Magazine Digital March 2011 - Page 30

• M A S S A d A y O O B • P H O t O S : G A I L P E P I N • (RE)ACqUAINtING WItH tHE 1911 Two months with an old favorite reminds you of strengths and weaknesses in the platform. ’m “ballistically promiscuous,” i.e.: “so many guns, so I little time.” I generally change guns every training tour. By midsummer I had spent 2010 carrying the SIG E2 p226, Ruger p345, Beretta 92, S&W in flavors from .45 revolver to M&p 9mm auto, Springfield XD .45 Acp and, probably more than anything else, assorted Glocks. There were also a bunch of test guns thrown in for short periods, since it’s kinda hard to test a carry gun for its intended purpose without actually carrying it to see if it has sharp edges that dig, or bulbous portions that bulge. With the summer sun high, I decided to dedicate to the 1911 platform for a few months. There were several reasons why. The centennial of the 1911 was coming up, and there would be articles to write about that. 2010 was, for me, the 50th anniversary of owning such guns, having received my first as my most memorable Christmas present ever at age 12 in 1960, so there was a little personal nostalgia thing going, too. There was also a logistical thing going. I was about to spend almost two here reloading on a demonstrated qualification, Mas appreciated the mag-well funnel on the Wilson CQB. “Pair guarantees spare,” and Wilson (top) with big mag well and fiber-optic sights was better for match shooting, while smaller, night-sighted Brown .45 was better configured for CCW. 30 months on the road, mostly teaching, but with a murder trial, the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC), a visit with younger daughter/son-inlaw/grandkids and the IDPA National Championships also on the schedule. Dress code would vary widely, from shorts and un-tucked polo to tailored “court suit,” so concealability would be a factor. So, of course, would “shootability.” I needed something accurate enough to win a match with, generic enough to teach gun classes with and concealable enough to carry discreetly within a broad wardrobe spectrum. The 1911 proved to be a natural for that. Most of my students these days show up with autoloaders, so a revolver was out for primary carry, much as I enjoy shooting matches with them. The GRPC was in San Francisco, where under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act I was legal to carry, but being out of state and not on official police business, had to comply with local laws such as California’s stupid 10-round magazine limit. Carrying 10-round magazines for an 18-shot Glock personally offends me, so a single-stack gun seemed logical. If you’re only gonna have a single stack, you may as well WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • MARCH 2011

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