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How much shooting can these guns withstand? I've always heard that alloy frames were useful for guns that you carried a lot, and shot a little. Well, how little? I'm not planning on doing IPSC matches, or putting 10,000 rounds a year through it, but I generally shoot about 100 rounds every couple of weeks. Would I be better off going with the steel frame with this kind of schedule, or would the alloy frame hold up just as well?
 

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If you search around I know you'll find some other responses. My personal experience was with a Kimber. I put 4,000 rounds through it over a period of a few years. Many other parts broke, but the frame barely showed wear. I'm such a believer in the concept I had wilson build me a lightweight Professional. That gun is pretty new and has less than 1,000 rounds through it, so it's not much of a testimony to the durability....yet.
 

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Alloy Frames...

Paulee,

Probably the nicest Wilson pistol I've ever seen/held was a Lt. Wt. Professional with a bobtail. It was finished in black armor tuff, had black hex head grip screws, black micarta gator grips and felt like it was meant to be in my hand.

If I were to change anything on that pistol it would be to add a short trigger (in black) and to add Novak bar-dot sights. That gun still talks to me in my sleep.

Remember, Wilson pistols have a lifetime guarantee. If something goes wrong with it, they will warranty it for life.

I truly believe Wilson is the best out there. Order your lt. wt. pistol, you will be satisfied.

Hope this helps!

Sincerely,

Joel N.
"Yog" (in Alaska)
"Molon Labe!"
 

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Not trying to hijack your thread but to the above poster, why not go with the steel and not have to worry about anything? It is true that Wilson has a lifetime warranty should it ever break though. My prof. is steel as is my cqb elite. With the proper holster and belt setup the weight means nothing. I forget that I even have my elite on most of the time. I use a MS VM2. I doubt there are many people however that will shoot an alloy frame into warranty issues. That is a lot of rounds, especially +p's which the 1911 was not designed to shoot(especially in a shortened slide)
 

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Not trying to hijack your thread but to the above poster, why not go with the steel and not have to worry about anything? It is true that Wilson has a lifetime warranty should it ever break though. My prof. is steel as is my cqb elite. With the proper holster and belt setup the weight means nothing. I forget that I even have my elite on most of the time. I use a MS VM2. I doubt there are many people however that will shoot an alloy frame into warranty issues. That is a lot of rounds, especially +p's which the 1911 was not designed to shoot(especially in a shortened slide)

I have to respectfully disagree with that statement. I usually carry a lightweight bobtail, but due to some holster issues recently have been carrying an all steel 1911 for the last month or so. In my experience, 7 oz is a big deal. I just can't wait till I get my issues resolved and get back to my lightweight. Note that I carry OWB exclusively and it may be a different story if you carry IWB.
 

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I agree 100% with Tim K. I highly prefer alloy for a carry gun. My stainless steel 4 inch and 5 inchers are more than I like for everyday carry. I've been carrying for ten years IWB and OWB. The steel 5 inch 10mm is fine on a long hike but for everyday urban carry the alloy is so much more practical for me.
I carry a Defender most often and hope to buy a 4 inch alloy Wilson as well.
It is practical to have a steel and an alloy pistol to distibute the wear and tear at the range but if you are new to carrying a 1911, a two thousand dollar plus gun is an expensive way to discover that the steel gun weighs too much for daily carry and then have to still buy a lightweight. Just my opinion. Good luck!
 

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Wilson Professional Lt Wt Alloy, bobtailed commander in black

I just love my Lt Wt Bobtailed commander. It goes with me everywhere.

JS

 

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At only 100 rounds every couple of weeks I think an alloy would be fine. Just replace the recoil spring as Wilson recommends and don't use +Ps' and it will last a long time. Decades.
 
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I have a Stealth Lightweight and have shot it for years with ZERO issues. One thing to keep in mind with Wilson you have a Lifetime warranty. Shoot the HELL out of it and if you have any issues of any kind, send it back and they will make it right!
 
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