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View Poll Results: EIC pistol in which caliber?
9mm 2 15.38%
.45 9 69.23%
.38 Super Comp 2 15.38%
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:47 AM
rm97 rm97 is offline
 
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Default .45 vs 9mm vs .38 Super Comp for EIC

My local club hosts as-issued CMP pistol matches, which I plan to take out my 1942 Colt to shoot in as soon as I can find a USGI bushing for it. But, I'd really like to shoot some EIC matches. I have an early 70 series Colt .45 and a 1991A1 9mm. I figure on trying both to see which I prefer.


I bought the 9mm specifically for EIC matches since I was looking for a Springfield RO, but came across the Colt cheaper. Reading on the bullseye forum, the .38 Super Comp seems to be preferred more than 9mm since they feel it shoots better with lighter loads. I love .38 Super and don't need any excuse to load a rimless variant. But the folks here have shot in more EIC matches than I've ever been to. If it's only the upgrade of a barrel, bushing, and extractor tune to go to .38 Super Comp, does it have a good enough reputation in CMP circles to be worthwhile? At a minimum, I plan to weld up and refit the factory 9mm barrel before fitting a new bushing. Thanks.
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Old 03-25-2019, 04:40 PM
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I legged out before the rules changed with a SA 1911A1 in .45 ACP and 230 grain FMJ bullets.

With the current rule changes, a .45 using 185 JHP's is a really good way to go. Using that bullet, I shot a 273 a couple of years ago at OKC. Not bad for a Grand Senior.

I have toyed with a Range Officer in 9mm, but it is certainly not as accurate as the .45.

I have never run into anyone at a EIC match using the .38 Super. Most are using .45's with a smattering of 9mm's.
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Old 03-31-2019, 02:17 AM
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I appreciate the info. I keep watching the votes, too.



I've heard the 9mm can be very accurate, and seen what the service teams were doing with the Beretta compared to the 1911 in .45 before the rule changes not mandating FMJs. But, my understanding is you have to push the 9mm a lot faster to get that accuracy. I was reading that folks were getting the same accuracy with the .38 Super and Super Comp at around 730fps vs 1050fps for the 9mm. I don't mind milling the slide on the 1991A1 for a Bo-Mar type sight, but am hesitant on the 70 series, still. Maybe I'll mount one in the factory sight cut for now? The 70 series has a very old MMC adjustable rear sight in it; the previous owner used to shoot IPSC with this 1911 in the '70s and '80s.
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Old 04-08-2019, 02:05 PM
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You can use a 38 super in EIC matches?
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Old 04-09-2019, 04:18 AM
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You can use a 38 super in EIC matches?

4.1.3 Approved U. S. Service Pistols and Commercial Equivalents

The following U. S. Government Service Pistols or commercial versions of the same type and caliber may be used in CMP-sanctioned Service Pistol Matches, provided they comply with Rules 4.1.1 and 4.1.2.


a)U. S. Government or Colt M1911 Service Pistols or commercial versions of the same type (M1911). These pistols maybe chambered for the 9x19 mm, 10 mm, .38 Super or.45 ACP cartridges and must have a barrel length not more than 5.100.
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