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Old 02-25-2020, 02:46 PM   #1
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What 1911s have a slide that is easy to pull back?

I am looking for a 1911 that will be used for protecting my home. Problem that I have encountered is the slide! Some slides are very hard to pull back because some 1911's are more tightly put together than others.
Can anyone here recommend a 1911 that is not as tightly put together and still reliable? Semper Fi Till The Day I Die! Thank-You!
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Old 02-25-2020, 06:54 PM   #2
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I've found 1911s with the original three piece short guide rod, single recoil spring, and 'plug' system are easier to manipulate. If memory serves, the original spring is ~15 lbs resistance. Many of the aftermarkets are higher.
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Old 02-26-2020, 01:19 PM   #3
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A trick to manipulating a 1911 slide is to cock the hammer first. That makes things quite a bit easier......at least it does for me.
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Old 03-22-2020, 12:30 PM   #4
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It is true that the tighter slide to frame fit guns are harder to manipulate than the battle tolerance 1911 in .45 caliber. Stay away from the three and four inch versions. They use higher rated springs than the government model length five inch variety.

Another trick you might consider is installing a cocking shoulder rear sight. If you have a Novak ski ramp rear sight; a machinist can mill a cocking shoulder in the sight you have. You could also get a Heinie, 10-8 or Harrison rear for the Novak cut and just swap them.
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Old 04-18-2020, 08:44 PM   #5
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5 " full size is the gold standard for reliability and most shootable. The new model Springfield Defender is a good work horse self denfence 1911 all forged parts made in the USA. For about $500. https://www.springfield-armory.com/1...45-acp-handgun

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