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I took my first 1911, a 9mm Springfield Garrison, to the range today; I field stripped, cleaned/oiled it the day before

I really enjoyed shooting it; the recoil is similar to my Beretta 92FS, much better than the PX4 Compact I've found so frustrating to shoot and difficult to rack - the Garrison is very easy

I used the Springfield magazine that came with the gun and a Wilson Combat magazine I'd purchased. Ammo was 115gr FMJ, Fiocchi

I need to work on my shooting fundamentals; I have a hard time seeing the front sight; I'm nearsighted and left-eye dominant and wear progressive lenses. I did get on paper, which I haven't been able to with the PX4 Compact, as I just don't handle the recoil very well

I did about 20 shots before the slide stuck and would not advance (I'm still a 1911 newbie, so please forgive me if I'm not using the correct terminology). I dumped the magazine, and attempted to rack the gun, but it would not rack. I pointed it in a safe direction, and got a Range Safety Officer - he could not rack my gun, either. Someone from the onsite gun shop came and with difficulty, got the slide to rack and the rounds to eject. He told me I needed to apply more oil (I had applied a light coating) and to use a firm grip.

I'm going to bring it to my gunshop/FFL/gunsmith and have him check it out for any mechanical issues. I figure it's part of "new gun issues"; I defintely want to keep shooting it!
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. . . attempted to rack the gun, but it would not rack.
A simple test to determine whether or not the barrel or ammo are at fault for this condition is known as the plunk test.
  1. Remove the barrel

  2. Hold it vertically with the chamber up and muzzle down

  3. Drop a live round into the chamber. You should hear a distinctive sound when the brass case mouth strikes the steel chamber ledge.

  4. Then while pushing the chambered round forward hard against the chamber ledge, rotate it.

    It should turn easily and it should easily drop out of the barrel when you upend it. If it does not, either the cartridge is too big for the chamber, the chamber is too small for the cartridge, the barrel leade is too short, the case has inadequate crimp, or a couple of other less common possibilities.
You should run as many rounds through this test as you have time for because there may only be one round in the box that is the culprit.
 

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I’m seriously considering looking for a .22 1911-type; I like the 1911 feel in my hands . . .
For what it's worth, when I teach a new shooter I always start them off with a Ruger 22/45.

Then there are the cool looking Lite versions that might be more appealing to you.

These Rugers have grips that mimic the size and angle of the 1911 which helps when a new shooter transitions from the .22 to the 1911.

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Last month I had a female shooter of small stature who had been introduced to shooting years ago by some moron who put a .45 1911 in her hands and with no guidance told her to point and pull the trigger. It was an extremely unpleasant experience for her and she was clearly intimidated by the noise and recoil. I worked with her one-on-one every day for a week during which she progressed from the Ruger 22/45 to a Colt Government .380 to a 9mm 1911 to a .45 1911. The only factory ammo was .22. All other calibers were my medium strength handloads. She did very well.
 
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