Someone had started a rumor that Les Baer pistols were not legal for hardball, well that's all it is is a rumor. The CMP has ruled that is was legal in 1994(official letter) and just verified their position this week. Who starts this stuff anyway?
Actually it was never a rumor. At some EIC Leg matches these pistols were being ruled illegal.
Here is the official post from Christie Prentice-Competitions Specialist at the CMP:
Question: There are several commercial .45 cal. pistols that are advertised or sold as pistols that are legal for use in CMP EIC (Leg) Matches (Les Baer Custom, Caspian Arms, etc.) where the curve on the frame formed by the fore strap and lower line of the trigger guard has a much smaller radius than the same curve on the M1911 Government model pistol. Are these pistols legal for CMP EIC Matches?
Answer: Yes, these pistols are legal for CMP EIC Matches. The CMP received several current inquiries on this issue and learned of at least one Match Referee recently ruled that these pistols are illegal on the basis of CMP Competition Rule 6.3.2 (3), which states, "All other external alterations, additions or changes to the appearance or configuration of the assembled arm are prohibited." After considerable research, the CMP was able to obtain a copy of a letter issued by the Office of the Director of Civilian Marksmanship in 1994 that approved these frames. Copies of the letter, unfortunately, were not left in files turned over to the CMP when it was privatized in 1996 and the 1994 ruling was never incorporated into AR 920-30 that became the basis for the first edition of the CMP Competition Rules. To resolve this issue, the CMP Program Committee has just issued a ruling confirming the legality of pistol frames with smaller radius curves at the junction of the fore strap and trigger guard. While the CMP recognizes that this design is a variation from the M1911 Government pistol frame, it concluded that a variation that has been officially permitted at least since 1994, which was incorporated into many commercial .45 cal. hardball pistols that have been in widespread use in CMP EIC Matches, cannot be eliminated from competition now after so many years of acceptance. These pistols are legal; a change reflecting this ruling will most likely be incorporated in Rule 6.3.2 in the next edition of the CMP Competition Rules.