I have been shooting the crap out of this thing since I got it. There were a few hiccups early on but they cleared up quickly. It's not uncommon to go well over 500 rounds without cleaning it now. But I start to get nervous and clean it anyway. It's getting to that point now but she's still easy on the eyes dirty.
I have lost count of the number of times I have heard a fellow shooter say, “The 1911 pistol is the perfect handgun just the way John Moses Browning invented it!” But according to Webster, the definition of perfection is “something that cannot be improved.” Well, while I will no doubt anger many of its aficionados, I must state the obvious: The 1911 pistol is not perfect.
We compared two full-size 1911 handguns in the June 2013 issue to see which model offered the most bang for the buck. This Personal Defense test pitted two pistols of disparate price points to see if the less expensive model offered enough to consider it versus a fully equipped modern handgun. Tested were the Rock Island Armory Standard GI No. 51421 45 ACP, $410; and the Kimber Eclipse Target II 45 ACP, $1393. Here’s an excerpt of that test.