Picked up a Colt 1911 Government Series 80 .45ACP

lonewolf23c

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What do I need to watch out for as far as problems with this pistol? I've fired about 7 magazines of ammo through it so far without any issues. Are there any problem areas I need to watch out for? Seems to be an excellent pistol
 

hoytinak

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I bought my father the same thing but in Commander size not too long ago and his has been great. He's shot WWB, Gold Dots and SWC reloads through it without any problems. It's now his main carry gun.
 

lonewolf23c

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Sounds good. I've been shooting Sellier & Bellot through mine without any problems either. I even got brave enough to disassemble it for cleaning the other day, and it actually not that bad to take apart. Just a little more difficult to disassemble to the point its easy to clean than my Glock. I've always liked the Colt 1911 series pistols and I finally broke down a few weeks ago and bought one online from gungenie.com and it arrived the next day at my local FFL. I was amazed how accurate it is right out of the box. I just need to find more time to go to the range.
 

DirtyD

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going to be picking up a 1911 myself in a week or so, one of the best combat pistols in history imho...
 

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The only thing I would recommend is to learn to detail strip it. While you don't have to do more than field strip it to clean it. It is good to detail it every 2-3 k rounds.

Other than that, maybe Wilson or Novak mags for it.
 

lonewolf23c

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The only thing I would recommend is to learn to detail strip it. While you don't have to do more than field strip it to clean it. It is good to detail it every 2-3 k rounds.

Other than that, maybe Wilson or Novak mags for it.
I'm going to be learning that during this coming weekend's guard drill. My unit armorer told me to bring my Colt with me and he'd go through and show me how to completely strip it down and re-assemble it.

I've been using Triple K magazines for mine, which seem to work fine. They're $12 at Cabelas so I've been buying them. So far I've got 7 mags for it.
 

DirtyD

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The military got away from it supposedly because of a number opf reasons, most prominant was the availability of 9mm ammo in theatre, as it is a NATO round it is readily available. The other reason is more managable recoil, in the early to mid 80s there were starting to be more women in the military (note, I am not saying a woman can not shoot a 1911, just stating one of the reasons given for the dropping of the .45), and then there is the ammunition capacity....
 
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