Most classes I've taken, it was with an m1911. That written, the pistol was usually (always?) more than 500rds. So your pistol may not yet be fire-lapped enough for shooting hundreds of rounds over a short time. As the frame and slide both get hot, both expand, they may use up all the clearance between their respective bearing surfaces. Depending upon the nature of the class that may / not be an issue. How many rounds being shot in a day: <=200? not likely an issue; >=600rds? fairly likely. Lots of treatment with a light oil that'll provide evaporative cooling and lube ought to reduce the risk of rails seizing.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
You don't necessarily have to run out and replace all your factory mags with Wilsons, but there are definitely companies to avoid.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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And I do avoid them!You don't necessarily have to run out and replace all your factory mags with Wilsons, but there are definitely companies to avoid.
I think that's totally what it is.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.
When I cleaned my extractor last month. Oh my lord. Hahaha.Lots of good advice here. One item to add to "cleaning" -- I was shocked how dirty my extractor channel was on a DW that only have a couple of thousand rounds on it. OP's Specialist is well below that, so not an issue, but for anyone with higher mileage, it is worth watching that Bill Wilson video on cleaning the extractor channel.
Good mags... pistol cleaned and oiled... take a back-up pistol... maybe remember to tighten the set screw on the sights and the grip screws... test shoot the actual ammo you are taking to the course... all good. Enjoy the course.