Midway delivered my latest magazine order; a Chip McCormick 8-round stainless-steel, a Gen-u-wine Colt 7-round blue, and another Kimber Kimpro 7-round TacMag – and now it’s time to gather up the assortment and do some testing.
Right away some differences are noted, the old-school split follower design and the modern “improved” (or whatever they call it).
Magazines need cartridges so I dug around and came up with a bunch of the “bullet-blight” rounds from Reno – the White-box stuff that had crusty-rusty fungal growth, and from somewhere-I-don’t-know-what an OLD mixed box with some Remington-Peters 125-grain hollow-points, and other old ball ammo.
Some of the ammo appeared to be crimped in the middle, and the hollow-points I expected would serve as tap-rack-bang clearance drill material – the old gun was designed only to shoot 230-grain FMJ ball and I figured the nickle plated hollow-points would impede function.
After shooting some pics I gathered it all up with my ear-protection and proceeded to Reed’s Indoor range, not my favorite place because I like shooting outdoors better – but Louis Awerbuck teaches there so it can’t be all bad. I also brought along the Sig P220 for comparison purposes.
At the lane I hung up a big old target and loaded some magazines. Actually I asked a neighbor-shooter to load a magazine for me, mixing up the hollow-points with the old and crusty ball-ammo to see what surprise was in store. Surprise-surprise – no malfunctions with the old HP bullets in the 1943 1911A1. In fact it readily digested them, spat fire and made holes. Hmmm. So I decided to try and find the Colt’s link – the reset click-point where the trigger is immediately good-to-go again. I had found it on the Sig but the ergonomics were quite different (more on that).
Wow! The Colt’s re-set is a very-very short release compared to the Sig. So I started blasting, trying to find (and hold) the link, trying to shoot with the thumbs forward, trying to find the right place to put my finger on the trigger – and getting the gun dirty.
After a few magazines and a bunch of holes no malfunctions were apparent. So I taped up some VisiShot targets onto my backer and loaded some more magazines.
And that’s where I ran into a problem.
I couldn’t see the Colt’s sights – the (tiny) front sight really just disappeared against the black background. So I approximated like it was a dark hallway – some shots were better than others. I kept emptying magazines and getting the gun dirty until I had a FTF where I had to push the slide into battery – still no stovepipes.
Using the bright green tape I found somewhere I created an aiming point with a lot of contrast that would allow the front sight to stand out. That was fun too, and after trying it out I think the gun shoots a little to the left.
Well that’s it for now – more later…
As always click the pics for big-sizing.
NOW IS LATER:
With the gun, “February’s Child” dirty I began to experience some failures-to-feed from an old parkerized magazine that had a fake WWII-style “two-tone” finish effect – and an electro-penciled “Colt .45″ on the baseplate. Not a stovepipe, but a failure to go all the way into battery.
I removed it from the lineup.
I fully expected the Viet-Nam (?) era “Colt” magazines to have a hissy-fit with the hollow-points, but none did.
I’m not even sure if they are actually Colt or some clone or not – but now I’m beginning to think they might be.
The new stainless ones ran flawlessly even with 8-rounds in them, but I had an occasional hiccup with an older Kimber magazine – one with the curvy “Kimber” lettering on the baseplate, but the gun was getting pretty dirty after around 100+ rounds. You could visibly see the front end getting sooty. So I switched to the Sig P220 for a bit in order to just have a front-sight that I could actually see.
The bright green tape did help to establish contrast and when I hit off to the side the orange showed up nicely.
The gun continued to run even with the hollow-points while dirty, if the stainless magazines were used.
I’m surprised — there’s nothing to indicate that it should digest ‘em at all.
And it’s dirty as all get out.
It’s a WWII High Standard barrel, a replacement unit – go figure.
So over 168+ rounds later now it’s time to clean-up and re-lube. I understand you’re supposed to put some on the barrel where it rubs against the hood.
As always clickez-vous ilPictorio to embigulate.