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Old 12-30-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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New to the 1911 format

Hi,

I just shot my first 1911 and I loved it. Amazing accuracy and control with the full size model. Would I expect to gave the same accuracy and control with the short barrel models, master pro carry etc?

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Old 12-30-2013, 04:09 PM   #2
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The longer the barrel the better the accuracy. at least that's how it works for me.
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:11 PM   #3
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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Welcome to the 1911 side of the street. Playschool plastic's for kids. Sorry guys...

Shorter the barrel, the less accurate your shot placement. Think of it like a rifle. A longer barrel gets your projectile more accurately on target. Now if you're looking to CCW, then you'd want a smaller (4.5" or less) gun. If you're getting one for 'fun', then get a full sized with rails, so you can accessorize. The bigger, physically, the gun, the less recoil felt in 45 and under cal's. A 50 cal Desert Eagle isn't too much bigger than a full sized 1911 45, but it has a hell of a kick. Hope this helps a little.
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Welcome to the forum from Northern Illinois Jdcassick. I would say the 1" difference between the full 5" and pro 4" size pistols isn't going to make much difference. It wasn't until I started shooting an ultra 3" that I noticed the difference.
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Welcome from Ohio. Watch out, 1911's are additive.
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:56 PM   #7
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I'm going to get flamed. In my opinion, any quality weapon can outshoot the average shooter. That means, the 3 inch 45 Kimber is every bit as good as you make it to be. General rules of sight alignment, (length of barrel) aside, within normal handgun distances, the average shooter isn't going to notice a severe difference.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:03 AM   #8
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Wow,

So many informative responses, so quickly! Thanks. Sounds pretty much like I thought. I currently have a springfield xds .45 and as you can imagine the plastic gun in this very small format jumps like crazy when fired. I was hoping that the steel/alloy make up would tame some of that kick even in the 3 to 4 inch barrel, but maybe not.

Any other thoughts/experiences will be appreciated.

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Old 12-31-2013, 10:07 AM   #9
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Perfect! That's what I was hoping to hear as it would be a carry weapon. What models have you shot?

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Old 12-31-2013, 04:07 PM   #10
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I used to shoot a 7 inch Longslide competitively. It was not my first .45 fired but it was the first .45 I owned. There was very minor differences between that 7 inch barrel and my friends 5 inch standard. For what it's worth, I wasn't any more, or less, accurate with that 7 inch barrel than I was with my Browning HP and it's standard 5 inch barrel or his 5 inch .45. Of course, the Browning was a 9mm.
All that said, the recoil experienced is controllable by the recoil springs. A heavier spring will reduce the felt recoil and a lighter spring will increase the felt recoil. The problems arise when the change in recoil spring strength creates issues with feed, ejection and most important, frame/slide condition. Too heavy on the spring tension and damage will result to either the frame or slide, or both. Too light and the gun may not completely eject spent rounds or go into full battery.
You could order a set of springs one pound heavier and one pound lighter than your gun came with, (Kimber probably has them for other models). Try the new springs one at a time and see if you like the change and the change likes your gun. You could also order sets from Wolfe Springs, but they would not be Kimber original.
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