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Old 09-13-2018, 10:41 AM
bandofM1 bandofM1 is offline
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Is the code A stamped on the trigger guard ?
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Old 09-13-2018, 11:26 AM
Chris_B Chris_B is offline
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M1911A1 pistols have local heat treating of the slide and a recoil plug on the breechface.

Model of 1911 pistols do not. Heat treating of Models of 1911 is not on a par with the heat treating of M1911A1s. Breechfaces can and do peen. Slide stop notches can and do get deformed. The improvements were made in the mid 1920s.

Model of 1911 slides are more susceptible to premature wear. Collectors sometimes call these pistols 'soft slide' pistols. These are not my rules. Please read up on these differences if you plan to get a Model of 1911.

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Old 12-12-2018, 02:36 PM
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Default CMP 1911s - what ammo?

I haven't seen much in the way of this topic, so I thought I'd throw out there since I need to kill time while I wait on my RNG#. Waiting. Waiting.

Anyway, I saw a bit somewhere that the CMP recommends only ammo that meets GI specs. Is that basically going to be about any ball ammo that isn't +P? Whenever I get one, I don't plan to run any +P ammo through it, but is there anything we need to know outside of that to "screen out" ammo that might not be good for a 70-90 year old pistol? Since there aren't any cans of milsurp ammo being offered by the CMP, are standard pressure loads the equivalent of what has been used in these pistols?

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Old 12-12-2018, 02:38 PM
Quicksilvergoat Quicksilvergoat is offline
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230gr Ball
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Old 12-12-2018, 02:44 PM
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If you wanna get fancy....
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Old 12-12-2018, 03:00 PM
drslash drslash is offline
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I agree, 230gr ball
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:28 PM
BobJ50 BobJ50 is offline
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I wouldn't shoot any of that .45 French or FN ammo that was around years ago.
On the other hand, Good Luck with it.
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Old 12-12-2018, 04:46 PM
M1 sniper M1 sniper is offline
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Iíve used federal brass cased 230grn ball for many years, through my
Old dcm 1911. Although I really only shoot it once a year
On my birthday 😬
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Old 12-12-2018, 08:03 PM
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Old 12-22-2018, 02:04 PM
Homerboy Homerboy is offline
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I'm number 2927 so I figure I should have mine in about a month or so. I reload my own ammo so I plan to do that for .45. But regular lead 230 ball or plated 230 ball? Lead is cheaper, but it also kind of dirties up the dies. With the .38 plated I load, they recommend higher end of lead data, so with the HP38 that I use, that's about 5.2 grains for a velocity of about 830 fps.
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