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To me, the classic version looks like hell. I like the modern updates. I don't have rails on any of my 1911's but I like the look.
 

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For me, rails would be for looks. There is no way that I would want to hang anything on the front of my 1911.
 

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Rails on a 1911

In the sport of USPSA, the Limited Division which means no compensators or optical sights are allowed, has many shooters using the STI 2011 Edge, which has a full steel dust cover that extends to the front edge of the 5" slide.

This makes the gun muzzle heavy, but the added weight helps to mitigate muzzled rise and will allow faster follow up shots (controlled pairs). It provides a benefit, and was not just designed for the look.....

Any 1911 that has a rail that allows a light to be attached will also add weight to the gun, and many LEO's prefer a light on their gun so they can use a two hand hold and not use one hand holding a flashlight.....which would force them to shoot "strong hand only.":)

I like most all 1911 and STI/SV 2011 guns in any format.....and some styles offer benefits to be able to shoot faster with good accuracy for concealed carry, competition shooting, law enforcement or military use!:rock:
 

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Different strokes..At first, i didn’t consider a rail, but now they’ve grown on me. My last 2 have rails, the priors do not. Having the option of a light laser mounted is a great functional option imho. Here’s a fugly one for the rail haters...:biglaugh: Never say never...:).
 

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Rails on a 1911 = boobs on a boar.

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I think a rail on a handgun with a light tells the bad guy exactly where you are, before you see him. We see this stuff on tv but in real life situations to me it could be a disadvantage. The ratchety noise of a 12 ga pump may work better.
 

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If lights on a pistol were such a disadvantage then why are they pretty much on every LEO and Special Ops pistols? If they were so bad they would have faded away long ago. Its all in training and proper usage. They are not meant for walking your way down a trail. They are used for target ID and as an added bonus temporarily blind/disorient your suspect.
 

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If lights on a pistol were such a disadvantage then why are they pretty much on every LEO and Special Ops pistols? If they were so bad they would have faded away long ago. Its all in training and proper usage. They are not meant for walking your way down a trail. They are used for target ID and as an added bonus temporarily blind/disorient your suspect.
I sometimes use a WML on my HD weapon (a Glock). I have no use for a WML on a carry weapon (sometimes a 1911).
 

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If you have a good amount of 1911’s already and you need a true working version of it, would it be better to substitute a Glock instead so you could have a rail or keep your 1911 with a rail. Come on cavemen, move on from the Stone Age and allow some accessories.
I'll keep my 20 year-old Jeep, thank you. No nav unit or body control unit to get hacked into and no "black box" to snitch on me. I don't need a backup camera or lane-departure warning systems either..... my Mark I eyeballs work just fine. All this modern crap that's supposed to be better ain't necessarily so. I see the point of weapon lights if you're a SWAT entry team member, but in the civilian world you're sweeping everything you look at with the muzzle of a loaded gun. I have a WML that I once put on a pistol, but I've since taken it off and the thing is in a box somewhere. I think they have a more practical use on a rifle where you need both hands on the weapon anyway.
 

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I would only want one with a momentary-on switch, and in such use it could be a tactical advantage because while it would be indeed be detrimental to your night vision, it could be much worse for an intruder. However, in your own home, you get to set up lighting for your own convenience to ensure there is enough ambient light to identify a threat without needing a light on your gun which is going to make your gun relatively slower to bring on target than without it. I have several LED night lights with battery back-up in my living room for just than purpose, and fumbling for the switch to turn each of them off after being unplugged takes time, time that is on my side, not an intruder's.
 

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I think a rail on a handgun with a light tells the bad guy exactly where you are, before you see him. We see this stuff on tv but in real life situations to me it could be a disadvantage. The ratchety noise of a 12 ga pump may work better.
Only if you use it at the wrong time...the light is fairly blinding besides.
Btw, my HD 12 ga has a WML also...:)
 

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I like options. I love a clean 1911 that is well done, but I also like a 1911 that is just as useful and adaptable as a polymer gun.

Rails don't hurt and provide options. Looking forward to owning a Dan Wesson Specialist Commander 9mm one day...how many "rules" did I break with that desire?
 
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