He is an excellent shot, but the "gong" is actually 80 yards away and quite large, so with enough practice it's not a difficult target to hit. And there's no question he gets in lots of practice.To me hickok45 is nothing short of amazing ! The fact that he can routinely hit the “gong” at something like 200yds with just about anything he picks up makes feel unworthy at my attempts. He hit the “gong” in the video with a Glock for cryin-out-loud. Just amazing.
You are correct that the trigger pull was usually around 6.5#, but it's a widely held myth that military 1911s were built loose as a goose. I own several military 1911s and they are just as tight as a box-stock Colt Series 70. The stiff trigger pull combined with poor training is what gave the M1911A1 a reputation for poor accuracy. One of my most accurate 1911s is a 1943 Colt that a previous owner apparently did a trigger job on, otherwise it's completely original. It easily outshoots most of my other handguns. However my most-fired GI 1911 is a mutt with a Remington Rand upper, Sistema lower, and 5.5# trigger pull. Despite that it obviously can still put them in there:The standard WW2 1911 was fitted loose and speced for a 6 lb trigger pull.
So accuracy would be basketball size groups.
You owe it to yourself to check out Hickok45's shooting at his 230 yard gong then. He's done it with a 1911 and a compact Glock for starters.He is an excellent shot, but the "gong" is actually 80 yards away and quite large, so with enough practice it's not a difficult target to hit. And there's no question he gets in lots of practice.
For many years Bullseye shooting was based on the NRA service pistol rules which stipulated a 1911 firing the .45ACP round since the pistol and cartridge were the official military standard. Once the M9 was adopted it and the 9mm caliber was allowed, and the Army team shooters have been shooting much better scores on average with accurized M9 pistols than they did with the .45 1911s.
Legal since the 2018 CMP rule change. Not legal for “as issued” matches. You can get leg point and go distinguished with a 9mm 1911. Tragic. NRA other than “as issued” could care less what you use in a 1911 other than meeting the match requirement (22/Centerfire/45).I do not believe 9mm 1911s are allowed although the rules may have been changed in recent years.
To each their own, however, I always test my reloads for accuracy at 20-25 yards using some type of rest to eliminate human error..... I shot NRA Bullseye for over ten years and having very accurate ammo for 50 yard shooting was essential.....so we tested various .45acp loads and powder choices at 50 yards in a Ransom Rest to find the best shooting powder and bullet combination. It was not uncommon to find different lot numbers of the same brand of powder that did not shoot as well as a different lot # of the same powder. Once we found an accurate 50 yard powder choice we ordered 8 lb. kegs direct from the factory.....I don't bench handguns since that's pointless in my mind and ammo used doesn't matter at these close of distances unless it's absurdly horrible then it would induce ammo related errors. At only 25 yards it's all user error, at 100 I switch to +P 185g ammo with low velocity spread round to round since it's hard enough at that range without the ammo screwing up holdover.