Happy Range Report:
I picked up an Aegis Ultra Tuesday, and took a day off today, to give it a test drive, and to ride a motorcycle before the Polar Vortex descends upon this godforsaken state.
I'll have to admit, I was apprehensive about getting the Aegis, and would have been much more comfortable with getting a Springfield EMP or an STI. I've just seen a lot of issues at the range with early Kimber 1911's and a lack of accuracy with Kimber rifles.
I also don't buy into that 'break-in' period hogwash for 1911's. If they're right, they function correctly, from the start, in my experience.
So I set out to prove the Aegis would function reliability, or to determine what sort of project this gun might turn out to be. I brought with me ziplock bags of my two favorite 9x19 loads. They both have the same OAL, the same primers, the same 124 Gr Montana Gold JHP(s). One uses 6.2 Gr of Power Pistol. The other uses 5.9-6.0 Gr of Unique (my Dillon doesn't always throw Unique accurately, so that's an honest gauge of what I get out of it.)
I ended up shooting 53 magazines, so 424 rounds. I didn't clean the pistol prior, just a light oil. Nor did I clean it during the session. I treated it like the wanton tramp I wanted my pistol to be...always looking for more.
happy to report not a single failure to eject, feed, extract, or any hiccup of any kind.
I have to admit, I didn't use the Kimber magazine. I had purchased 5 Wilson Combat (P/N 500, 9C) magazines based on my experiences in the past.
There she is, below, still dirty, and looking for more action.
I am also pleased to report, it shot to point of aim, or very close. I shot at 7 yards, 25 yards, and some clays at 50. I saw no reason to adjust the sights.
One interesting aspect, which is likely me, was trigger reset. I did find cases in which I had to release the trigger more, between shots. I've never had to do this with other 1911(s), but Dave Williams at Springfield tuned my others. I suspect it is something in my technique, that never showed previously. I'll work on that.
All in all, I have a very positive impression of this pistol, and I'm glad I gambled on the Aegis. It did seem to suit me better, and I preferred the sights to the EMP. I also didn't want an ambi-safety, like that on the EMP.
I found it accurate, and quite enjoyable to shoot. Like my 3" Smith, I see no real loss in accuracy with the shorter barrel. I'd recommend the Aegis Ultra at this point.