|The Echo build, ready to hit the range.|
Since the alarmingly high failure rate of the pistols from the Bellevue 1911 Class AAR, I've gotten a few emails about whether or not I even still use a 1911. Yes, I still do! I am fortunate that I am in a position of both experience and knowledge where I can successfully set up and monitor my guns, and really don't have the issues experienced by most of the folks coming to our classes. The folks leaving the classes are usually in a much better place as well, and the feedback is that they left feeling better equipped to run their guns successfully. Further, most of the fixes that I put on the guns only took me 5-15 minutes on average, after which the guns ran well during the range session. Similarly, 1911 users who don't have me sitting in front of them can get their quality 1911 properly set up from the outset by an experienced shop like the Springfield Custom Shop, and be set up for success.
For the next few weeks, I am back on the 1911 to blow the dust off a bit. I've been shooting an M&P 9mm Thumb Safety model since October, and I really felt rusty during the class in Washington. Some important areas to focus on when tuning up your skills with the 1911 include the draw stroke and accompanying thumb safety manipulation, as well as reloads. The gun just doesn't hold that many rounds, so whatever your application - CCW, duty/tactical, or competition - you need to be able to cram some more ammo in there when you inevitably run out. Check back soon for some drills!