The Norseman wrote:
When you get the chance, check out the new Remingtion R1S
(Stainless Steel) 45 ACP. Let us know what you think.
I'm about 1911'd out right now. Still debating which 9MM 1911 to buy, and Centerfire systems has a RIA nickel 38 super on sale right now for $299. Been tempted by that just to check out the caliber. All my 1911's are Colts except for one Springfield. Hard to justify another 45.
Let us know how you like that R1S.
I hear ya Rev. I've had that same debate with myself many times. And yeah, in my mind, a .38 Super realy does need to be nickled.
Thing is though, it always turns out that I'm just too dern practical to pull the trigger on one (no pun intended). I mean when you think about it, factory .38 Super ammo is high, new brass is high, used brass is almost non-existant and besides all that, other than the astronomicaly-high price of factory .38 Super ammo, there realy aint that much difference in it and 9MM+P.
Sooo....about 3 weeks ago, I ordered myself an Isreali milsurp, Belgium made Browning Hi Power from Coles Distributing. The one I picked was one of the somewhat-rare nickled plated guns and it came with a 13 Rd MecGar mag. Totaly disassembled it, cleaned everything, polished the nickle on the exterior surfaces, removed the mag safety, installed a new recoil spring, a new firing pin spring, then lubed and reassembled it. The next day one of my boys and I took turns shooting it while putting 300 rounds of Federal FMJ and 200 rounds of Remington 115-HPs through it. She never missed a lick with either load, shot to the POA with both, holds a tighter group than my Colt 1911A1, and balances better than a 1911 to boot.
Cost of the gun was $348 plus the transfer and the new springs was less than $20.
Beautifull gun, all forged steel, cheep to shoot, accurate, nice trigger, 100% reliable, slim, trim, and fits my hand like it was made for it.
Yeah, If I hada waited I coulda got one of them RIA-.38's for about $50 less. And yeah, handloading for it would widen the performance gap between it and mine.....but everything considered, I'd still take the Browning.
Just sayin' that there's more than one way to scratch an itch.