Does a Cocked-and-Locked 1911 Strike Fear In You?
Instead of jumping in like I normally would in a gun review, I’d like to begin this piece with the establishment of a basic premise. If you carry a 1911, you need to train with a 1911. This thought scares some away from the battle-tested single-action, but it doesn’t have to. Practice doesn’t have to be dangerous.
The safest, most economical way to practice is with a 1911 that looks, feels, and reacts like a centerfire handgun, but one that won’t put a .45 caliber hole in your foot, your wall, your neighbor’s wall, or your neighbor is an licensed airgun or airsoft replica.
I’ve spent the last two months working with three 1911s from Umarex. I went into the review process looking for the ideal 1911 to train with.
The Elite Force 1911 A1 Airsoft Pistol.
The Colt Commander BB gun.
.177 caliber Colt M45 CQBP.
We’ll get into their specifics in a moment, but first I’d like to talk about the 1911’s intimidation factor. In this instance, I’m not referring to how well the gun intimidates bad guys. Enough ink has been spilled on that subject. Instead, I’m talking about the way the words cocked-and-locked can strike fear into those considering daily carry.
The 1911 is a formidable gun. In the right hands, it is a rock star. Some say John Moses Browning’s design is the best handgun ever. The nostalgia factor alone is enough to win fans. And some folks just don’t cotton to plastic handguns.
Yet the cocked-and-locked carry style that the 1911 demands can be dangerous for a novice. Forget that most of the guns have thumb safeties and grip safeties and that some have firing pin blocks. It is intimidating to put a cocked 1911 into a holster and carry it …read more