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Okay, so I own a Dan Wesson Specialist; as far as I know, it is reliable.
past the 500 round mark now, should be broken in (at the basic level) and all that jazz.

Runs great and what not.
SO! Have a handgun course in three weeks and I am confident in it; but you know, you read all these things about 1911's hanging up, relability issues, it creates doubt in my head.

I got the Specialist cause I know it won't have this issue as far as I can tell.

send help and motivational words please :)

Edit: it is a two day, eight hour course each day.

Intermediate level class I think.
Will be shooting on the move, drawing from holster, location transitions, so it should be a solid weekend!
 

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The best...if your mags run thus far then all is good. Sometimes a particular mag may be a little picky in a 9mm. On a 45 I would not hesitate and bet you there will be no FTF.
 

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Just bring oil and you'll be fine. 1911s run great long as they are well oiled. I've put my colt commander through the ringer, never experienced a problem that wasn't my own fault.

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Thanks guys :). Yeah, running it in 45 with WIlson Combat 10 round mags :).
Yes, def will have oil with me.
 

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Is bringing a backup an option?

Not asking because it's a 1911, just pointing out that I would bring a second gun if possible no matter what platform I intended to use for the course. Cause I'm well aware if it weren't for bad luck, I'd have none.
 

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Is bringing a backup an option?

Not asking because it's a 1911, just pointing out that I would bring a second gun if possible no matter what platform I intended to use for the course. Cause I'm well aware if it weren't for bad luck, I'd have none.
Yeah, I can bring a backup, between my buddy and I, there are backups we can bring (and are good as well)
FN FNS-9L and a surplus Jericho which are nice to shoot.

But I wouldn't even think about bringing a backup; if people didn't talk so much about 1911's choking after a x amount of rounds hahaha.
Besides, malfunction clearing is part of what one should be comfortable with.
 

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I am with Levian. I don't care what my primary gun would be, I would have a back up for a training class that was important to me. We have old sayings for a reason. Two is one, and one is none.
 

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Use federal, blazer, s&b brass ammo fmj.

Bring five 8 round mags and five 10 round mags. Number them. Checkmate and Tripp are good mags.

Heavy lube. Detail strip and lube everything heavy right now. Detail strip the slide every night. Keep the extractor clean.

1911 have a terrible rep, because theres tons of low quality 1911out there. And tons of flawed high end 1911 out there. Not to mention that even the best 1911 mags are very archaic and lowly, compared to a CZ or Glock mag.

Good mags, good ammo, good pistol, good lube, and you should be ok.

Even Glock guys bring a spare to expensive classes.
 

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Yeah, running it in 45 with WIlson Combat 10 round mags :).
Just to rain on your parade a little, I consider single stack, 10 round, .45 Auto, 1911 mags, novelty items.

The more rounds you stack in a single column mag, the more potential for problems you'll get.


The gun was designed around a 7 round mag. I'll use 8 rounders, but 10 rounders aren't for me.
 

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90%+ of the answer is that a given specific gun is either reliable or it's not, as demonstrated on the range.

If one delves into small details, such as reliability in a very weak one-handed grip (perhaps a person already wounded or in a badly compromised position), there can be situational reliability differences. Then there are the tired arguments for/against MIM (not a factor with DW), top tier versus lower cost, etc.

But setting aside the extraordinarily unlikely factors (which are closer to theoretical than practical), it's generally quite simple that a given gun is either reliable or it is not; there's very little in-between.

If one attends a more advanced shooting skills class, he may well be shooting in some circumstances that he has not tested before on an ordinary gun range. So in that context, yes, it is possible that the shooter/student might experience a functional hiccup that he has not experienced before. But that experience is a learning benefit of the course.

As already discussed, after paying $$$'s to attend a course, there's no reason not to bring another gun or two. Reliability doesn't mean absolute infallibility. The latter doesn't exist in the realm of human-operated mechanical devices.
 

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I'm shooting our big defensive pistol match this weekend. I've won a few this year and tend to always finish in the top 5. I'm able to do that because whatever 2011 I shoot, it is always reliable. I've shot enough rounds thru both pistols to know they'll run. But each pistol gets completely disassembled before the match, cleaned meticulously, then properly lubed and reassembled. I had a mag issue about 3 years ago, so now every mag used in the match also gets disassembled and thoroughly cleaned. I always take a backup gun with three mags. I've never had to use the backup gun, but parts can and do break. I reload my own rounds, so I also take 2 boxes of ammo, each loaded on a different date...just in case there was an issue with one loading batch.

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My apologies to the OP,... but, after reading this thread, I think I will dump my 1911's before all the horror stories I have just read start happening to mine! 😁

On the up side,.... OP, I never paid top dollar for a 1911, stopped buying all the IN VOGUE magazines everyone likes years ago, and , other than one used Para Hi Capacity compact I bought over 10 years ago,... never had any of the problems guys like to warn everyone about!

If what you are using, is working,... don't change a thing,... is my opinion. And, I carry a backup 90% of the time I carry my primary.

Go figure!!! I must live under a lucky star, or, however that saying goes!!!

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My apologies to the OP,... but, after reading this thread, I think I will dump my 1911's before all the horror stories I have just read start happening to mine!

On the up side,.... OP, I never paid top dollar for a 1911, stopped buying all the IN VOGUE magazines everyone likes years ago, and , other than one used Para Hi Capacity compact I bought over 10 years ago,... never had any of the problems guys like to warn everyone about!

If what you are using, is working,... don't change a thing,... is my opinion. And, I carry a backup 90% of the time I carry my primary.

Go figure!!! I must live under a lucky star, or, however that saying goes!!!

😄

I kinda have to agree. Are you afraid of your gun embarrassing you in front of everyone on the course?

Shoot the crap out of it, and fix whatever fails. And, for extra points, figure out how to do it yourself...it really ain't that hard.

If I were standing next to you with a bag of tools and parts, I'd gladly try to help you. But I won't be.
 

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. . stopped buying all the IN VOGUE magazines everyone likes years ago . .

Go figure!!! I must live under a lucky star, or, however that saying goes!!!

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Seems I’ve been walking between the raindrops too. In 45 years of shooting I never had a problem with a mag - and for most of those years have shot weekly.
Never gave in to the knee-jerk response of saying Wilson (not that there’s anything wrong with them) immediately after hearing/saying the word magazine.
I just don’t get it.
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I've taken hundreds of hours of training outside department training everything from VCQB with Will Petty to practical performance with Tim Herron all with 1911s. I never have gun issues personally. I make sure the gun its stripped, spring changes, checked for extreme parts wear, cleaned and lubed before class, lubed again half way through each day of class. TAKE MORE THAN 3 MAGS TO CLASS DONT BE "THAT" 1911 GUY. When I attend a class I take no less than 15 loaded mags but usually I have 30+ mags with 11 mags on my person between my belt and plate carrier. In 45 stick with Wilson, Tripp, Chip, and NHC mags quality mags go a long way. DW is a quality gun while I have since moved on to NHC and full house Custom guns I trusted my Specialist as my duty gun for a couple years. You take care of the gun it takes care of you which is why I still carry 1911s on/off duty and will continue to do so until I die. Lastly 100% take a second gun, the last class I took I shot my Nighthawk Agent 2 which was flawless yet i still had a GRP and Wilson CQB in the range bag on stand by.
 

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Seems I’ve been walking between the raindrops too. In 45 years of shooting I never had a problem with a mag - and for most of those years have shot weekly.
Never gave in to the knee-jerk response of saying Wilson (not that there’s anything wrong with them) immediately after hearing/saying the word magazine.
I just don’t get it.
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Any machine can wear and fail. But I've seen the most failures in wet powder and worn springs. So keep yer powder dry and springs fresh ;)
 
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