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Some AR-15 AK-47 and Remington 1911 R1 time

Some AR-15 AK-47 and Remington 1911 R1 time
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012 my daughter called and said her and her boyfriend wanted to drive up and visit with my wife and I. I said sure thing. My daughter starts back to school in a few days. So why not spend some time shooting an AK-47, AR-15 and Remington 1911 R1. My daughters mom and I have been divorced for close to 10 years. Even though they live in Baytown Texas, and I live in Jasper Texas, that has not stopped me from being part of my daughters life.

After my wife and I got off work, we met my daughter and her boyfriend at new Mexican restaurant here in Jasper. We ate, enjoyed each others company, then went home and watched The Dark Knight. On the way home we stopped the super walmart in Jasper and picked up 100 rounds of American Eagle 223 Remington.

I am trying to cycle out a lot of my steel cased 223 Remington and replace it with brass cased American Eagle or Federal bulk 223.

Wednesday August 8, 2012 my wife and I got up and went to work. Things were a little slow so I asked if I could take a half a day off and spend some time with my daughter. My boss said sure, take some time off. I called my daughter to ask where where she was at. She told me her and her boyfriend were at the camp. I told her I was taking 1/2 a day off so we could go do something with them.

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Why I switched from 9mm to 45 ACP

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In the 1980s there were three events that helped influence my opinion on handguns and handgun calibers.

#1 – My dad and I were having a discussion on a revolver vs a pistol.  Even though a revolver holds fewer rounds then a pistol, my dad liked the revolver over pistol the  due to the reliability of the revolver.  There was nothing to jam with the revolver like there is with a pistol.

My dad worked as a Jasper County Texas deputy sheriff during the 1970s.  Even though I greatly respect his opinion, I feel that his opinion might have been influenced by organizations like the FBI who used a service revolver instead of a pistol like the 1911.

The service revolver my dad used was a S&W model 66 combat magnum.  When I graduated high school in 1986, mom and dad bought me a model 66 combat magnum just like dads.

There were two major sticking points on the revolver vs pistol discussion my dad and I had.  Those points where the effectiveness of the 357 magnum, and the reliability of the revolver.

If you are going to use a handgun, make sure its reliable and make sure the cartridge is large enough to get the job done.

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Remington 1911 R1 Review

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Remington 1911 R1 45acpFor an early birthday present my wife surprised me with a new Remington 1911 R1. I got the pistol on Thursday (January 5, 2012), over the past couple of  weekends I took the pistol out on 3 different shooting sessions spanning 2 weekends.

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Lets just say that I am not happy with the first impression.  I do not claim to be an expert on the 1911.  But I do know that firearms should have have fail to feeds.  When you pull the trigger, the firearm should work.  If the firearm does not work, something is wrong.  I will leave it up to a qualified gun smith to figure out what is wrong.

First shooting session

The Remington 1911 R1 was disassembled and any excessive grease or oil was wiped off.

To break in the new pistol, I went to the local wal-mart and bought 100 rounds of Remington/UMC 230 JHP, this is the bulk pack of 100 rounds per box. The other box was Winchester 230 grain round nose. The Winchester was also the bulk box

Our of about 100 rounds fired, I had 7 failures. The malfunctions happened with factory supplied magazines.

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Buying a new 45acp

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Years ago I owned a Ruger P90. but my wife and I fell on hard times and the pistol had to be sold to catch up on bills. Selling firearms is something I do as a last resort. At this time I am 43 years old, and have only had to sell 3 firearms during my adult life, and all three sells I regret.

I want a new 45acp pistol, and this time I want a 1911. The 1911 is more then “just” a pistol or a handgun, its an American tradition. Owning a 1911 is like owning a chevy, ford or dodge, its just one of those things that defines what its like to be a US citizen.

The question is, what make and model 1911 do I get?

My first choice, based on a recommendation from the buddy of mine was the Rock Island 1911. But after doing some research, I found out the Rock Island 1911 is not made in the USA. When given the choice, I would like to buy made in the USA products.

Lance, over at the Gun Slinger told me he had a Remington 1911 R1 in stock.  The plans are to make it over to the Gun Slinger in the next couple of weeks to take a look at the R1 and to get a feel for it.

I would like to add a light to the R1, but the pistol does not have a rail on it.   But since the R1 does not come with a rail,,, what can I do? I can either add an after market rail, something that clamps to the trigger guard, or buy a 1911 with a factory rail.  My ideal setup would be a light + tritium sights.   But if I have to go with just the tritium sights, then so be it; I keep a 3 D cell maglight under my side of the bed, + an LED on the computer desk.

Something else I have not mentioned, I like to bring a pistol while camping on the deer lease or camping on the river. If something wonders into the camp site, I would like to be able to protect myself and the people that are with me. I have been carrying a beretta 9mm, but would like to upgrade. Mostly what I am concerned about are animals with rabies, coyotes, snakes,,, stuff like that.

Even though I like the 9mm, I miss the 45.  There is just something about shooting a 45 that makes it a pleasure to fire off a few rounds.

I will keep yall updated as things progress.

 

 

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