I believe I know the facts. The firing pin block is undesirable to 90% (admitted an estimate) of 1911 owners. It is not absent from those mentioned due to a patent. They would have something like it if they had any desire. To imply that a Billy Wilson 1911 is inferior to a Colt, doesn't pass the straight face test. It is you my friend who should get the facts. Those of us who inquire around already know that the majority of shooters regard the firing pin block as a negative....but I guess it is politically correct.Originally posted by M1991A1:
The reason the other companies you mentioned do not have the firing pin block safety is because Colt has a patent on it. Except Para Ordanance who liscenses it from Colt, no one else CAN use it because of copyright laws. I think it would be wise to know the facts before you start bashin' Colt.
You know Doc, I really haven't seen that lock. I hear it's in the main spring housing. That it is politically correct is without a doubt true but at least (to my knowledge) it doesn't affect shootability and you can decide whether you want to use it or not on an individual basis. You can even remove it by replacing the main spring housing if you choose. The fireing pin block does affect shootability and is more difficult to "remove". I have to actually see one to confirn my suspicions.Originally posted by Dr. Johnny Fever:
So buy a copy made in Brazil by Third-World illiterates?
If Colt's firing pin block is "politically correct," where does that leave SA's new integral lock?