I see your point and totally respect it. But….. you’re truly cutting yourself short not trying a Colt. I’ve owned SEVERAL and never had any issues. Then again, I buy guns to shoot not examine with a microscope and nitpick every single shortcoming or compare my Colt to every other 1911 out there to justify my purchase.I joined this group several years ago to get good information. The experience of forum members is beyond that of many of us, who have more limited experience.
That said, I have several 1911s (horrors, all in 9mm) and other pistols including a project BHP clone. What have I learned here?
One thing is that it is not necessary to take chances with a firearm that is unknown to me. I respect the opinions of others on this forum. The comments about the lack of consistency and other irregularities with Colt products dissuaded me from 'trying' a Colt. Reading through this series reinforces the idea that one is likely to have problems with their products. That statement is not bashing the brand; it is a conclusion based on members' experience. When other manufacturers make a product that is more reliable, that is a point to note.
Consequently, I purchased a better grade Sig-Sauer 1911 that has proved to be a good gun. I side-stepped problems with Colt, and I am not concerned with the increasing value of any brand. I am interested in proper operation.
The only gun I have difficulty with is that my RIA 1911 does not run with Wilson Combat magazines. Does anyone know about this failure, which I believe is associated with the magazine 'lips?' The gun operates consistently with other standard magazines.
I want to stay out of trouble.
I swear, I read some of the complaint threads here and the whining and crying about their new purchase because it has a tiny little smudge or scratch during construction. The slide fit isn’t tight enough, it’s not polished enough, the stainless isn’t as bright as my (insert any 1911 maker) other gun. There’s milling machine marks INSIDE the slide. The list goes on and on.
Then you ask them how it shoots and they say they haven’t shot it yet? c’mon man! Nothing is perfect anymore especially production firearms. 90% of the Colt ‘issues’ I read about are mostly purely cosmetic. The gun will run fine.