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If there's any handgun that can compete with the aesthetics and functionality of CZ pistols, its the tried, true 1911. John Browning Moses was a genius.

My lone .45 slabside is a Ruger SR1911 government.















Lets see those 1911s!
 

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Nice pistola Easy. Since it is a Ruger, is this a Ruger thread also. Nah, I'll stargt one. Anyway. here is an Auto Ordnace/Thompson 1911 with Pachy grips on it.



A "Ballerina Molester" .45. O.k. it's a Ballester Molina. The Bal-Mo is a simplified variant of the 1911 and a STAR auto pistol The "Systema Colt" 1911 was made in Argentina during WWII by an automobile factory uder license and supervision of Colt. This gun was their solution to quicker production. There were several thousand of these made for the British during WWII. Very good pistolas. This is my second. The first was a factory refurb. This one is all original. Made from @ 1938 till 53. Similar, but only the barrel, recoil spring link and magazine interchance with the Colt. It has no grip safety and a single bar trigger. Scuttlebutt on these gun was that they were made from the salvaged metal of the pocket battleship "Graf Spee." Verified by one historian, but disconted by another. Actually the Colts and Bal-Mos were made with fine U.S. steel provided to the British and sent to Argentina to make guns for the war. So it is a variant, sorta.

 

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Very cool, Pancho! I love those vintage guns like the Molinas. A great history to go with a fine pistol. I love the fact they don't sport the grip safety.

Does it field strip similar to a 1911?
 

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Colt Officer's S.S. Enhanced 45acp with well used CCW IWB holster and mag carrier.


My 1st 1911 S.A. Champion45acp (commander size) one day it will get some bells and whistles.


Custom S.A. Government .45acp built on NM frame with trijicon nite sites , Wilson Combat parts 3# trigger and WC Shark Skin holster and mag carrier

 

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well i guess i'll share some of my 1911's with all of you! 1911's have been one of my favorite pistol platforms for well over 25 years now. i have owned quite a few over the years.

the first one, my Remington R1 Enhanced. completely stock other than the grips. very pleased with it's performance and accuracy. solid performing pistol. sheer pleasure to shoot.

the second one, my SA Loaded Micro Compact 45. this is one of my favorites. compact and accurate for such a short barreled pistol. not to heavy and not too light. just right.

the third one, my MetroArms American Classic Commander. this one started out as a hard chrome finished pistol. i bought this one with strict intentions of modifying to begin with. i put a lot of time and effort into this one. she shoots awesome and is very accurate.
 

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Very cool, Pancho! I love those vintage guns like the Molinas. A great history to go with a fine pistol. I love the fact they don't sport the grip safety.

Does it field strip similar to a 1911?
Yep, field strip is similar. For those of you that get American Rifleman magazine, there is a full write up on the "Graf Spee" incident, the HAFDASA history and the Ballester Molina history/legend in the Feb. 2o14 issue.
 

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Posted this one in the knife section, but for many years, this was my primary carry.


Then, I started making a little money, and I obtained this little lightweight baby. Carrying it is like night and day compared to the 5 inch.


And for some eye candy, here are a couple of Iron Curtain "1911s".
 

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The Toks are badazz!!!!!
They are Yugo 57s. I prefer the longer grip on the Yugo version of the Tokarev. I got these on a close out sale. It doesn't show in the picture, but the bottom one has some serious finish wear. One of these days, I will get around to refinishing it. I am thinking I will sand blast it with aluminum oxide and parkerize it with zinc phosphate. The grey color should come out like my SA 5-inch.
 

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Well, it's not exactly a 1911, but it works like one. STAR BM in 9mm. This was the gun to carry back in the day when ya wanted a smaller gun than the 1911 and there were no plastic fantastics. The STAR PD was better in .45, but I never could get one cheap.

 
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