James Yeager on youtube made a couple of interesting video about the 1911. One of the point is when the 1911 was designed, gun companies employed craftsman who knew what they were doing. Today, gun companies are about production and the bottom line. CNC machines mill out the parts, then the firearm is assembled.
After watching that first video, I said “yep, that is my Remington 1911 R1.”
The first time I took my Remington 1911 R1 out to the sand pit, it had a failure rate of close to 8%. Meaning, out of the first 100 rounds, the handgun had around 8 failures.
8% is not acceptable.
My Beretta 92F on the other, it had probably has not had 8 failures in 23 years. My buddies and I used to go down to a sand pit and shoot several thousand rounds in a single day. That Beretta 92F only glitched when we were working up reloads.
This second video is an interview at Wilson Combat.
The reliability of my Remington 1911 R1 has made me ask if the 1911 is reliable in a long term SHTF / TEOTWAWKI situation? In a world without law, we need our firearms to perform as they were intended.
If the 1911 does not function at 100%, should survivalist consider it as an option?
There are some good quality 1911s on the market. But for the price of a single 1911 we could buy 2 lesser expensive and more reliable handguns.
Why are the 1911s favored so much? Maybe because they served our military from World War I through the Vietnam conflict? What happened in the past 45 years? Gun companies moved from hiring craftsman to buying CNC machines and hiring people to assemble the finished product.
With so many 45acp handguns on the market, why go with a 1911? Why not buy a Sig, Glock, Taurus or Ruger? Why buy a 1911 when you could buy a SIG SAUER P-220?
Maybe our love affair with the 1911 needs to come to an end? That is until a company can produce a reliable 1911 at an affordable price.