How to spot a real 1911 shooter

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GunnyGene

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Yesterday was shootin' day. This morning is cleaning day. I even remembered to wipe the blood off. Recognize this? It's the 1911 tattoo ( bestowed by the original 1911 design). If you don't have one you ain't a real 1911 shooter. ;) :devilish:

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Gunny, your hand looks remarkably like mine. :oops:

I've only ever had one 1911 bite me like that--a 1966 Commander that I rebuilt from junk. Which reminds me, I have a 1911A1 grip safety that needs to be installed on it--I should get that done soon. I have standard 1911A1 grip safeties on all my other 1911s and they're no problem at all. No "beavertails" for me--I consider them ugly.

Now the Walther PPK is another story. That one WILL bite with slide rails if you're not careful. :eek::mad:
 

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All hands are not created equal. I've never been bitten by any pistols. My first experience with a 1911A1 was overseas. It was simply handed to me by a fellow that was leaving (I did the same when I left, dang it). I had another guy show me how to load, fire, field strip and clean it. From then I was on my own. Worked really good when needed.
 

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I agree.
You should try the PP though …. Never a “bite” from my PP. Hands down the best 380 I’ve ever owned.
I have a PP, same thing, maybe not quite so bad.

I also have a CO2 PPK airgun that bites as bad as the real one. "Authentic blowback action" indeed! :eek:
 
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A 97 Winchester will do about the same thing except it bleeds more. Only done it once though.
Yes they do !! My Grandfather gave me a 97 12ga when I turned 16. It was his Dads. Very first time I shot it I got bit. LOL Happened a few other times too. Slow learner I guess ? Still have that gun. Just don't shoot it. Things have gotten real loose on it.
 

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It's only happened to me with two guns -- a Walther PPK, and a High Power. The 1911 has always looked like it should do the same, but for some reason it never has.
 

Sam Summey

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19Yesterday was shootin' day. This morning is cleaning day. I even remembered to wipe the blood off. Recognize this? It's the 1911 tattoo ( bestowed by the original 1911 . On the other hand the design). If you don't have one you ain't a real 19

Yesterday was shootin' day. This morning is cleaning day. I even remembered to wipe the blood off. Recognize this? It's the 1911 tattoo ( bestowed by the original 1911 design). If you don't have one you ain't a real 1911 shooter. ;) :devilish:

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Have that problem with a HighPower Clone.
 

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The only pistol that ever did that to me was the Walther PPK.... I guess some of us have our limitations....
I remember seeing some sort of "real crime" TV show about 20 years ago where a middle-aged couple was murdered. The murder weapon was a PPK. The main suspect was, I think, their son, but they had no witnesses and very weak circumstantial evidence. They showed a photo of him in handcuffs and the distinctive "PPK tracks" were clearly visible on the web of his hand. This was never mentioned on the TV show, but I knew exactly what I was looking at. :oops:
 

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the 1923 update fixed a lot of issues. good idea.
but still, i got bit on a1's now and then.
fyi, im amazed at how many people are fascinated with the m97. the m12 cured the bite issue , but now everyone wants to go back to the pain97. lol.
 

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Have that problem with a HighPower Clone.
So did I. I have a Hungarian P35 clone that bit me worse than anything else I've ever shot. I ended up replacing the rowel hammer with a spur hammer, which cured the problem completely, and it's now one of my favorite guns to shoot (with a .22LR conversion kit). I don't like its looks as much as the original, but hey, you gotta go with what works, right?

I understand that the new Springfield Armory SA35 doesn't have the bite problem--they redesigned the rowel spur in some way such that it looks the same, but doesn't bite. If they ever make those hammers available, I'll get one.

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Gunny, I held my hand up to your picture and formed it like yours and it was almost a dead perfect duplicate. That's why my 1911's, other than my CMP 1911 now have beavertail grip safeties :)

That tat don't bother me. It's not painful at all, just a little nostalgia kiss. I didn't even notice until I'd finished 4 mags. :)
 

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