Okay, so there's some dustup over micro-1911s not being reliable. A certain instructor, handsome devil though he may be, has offered to refund the full course tuition for anyone that takes his intensive handgun course if they take it with a micro 1911 and it performs without a flaw. While I would love to take him up on that offer, I can't commit to a training course in the immediate future.
What I can do, though, is an approximation. I'll bring my Colt 1991A1 Compact to the range with me next chance I get. I'll run as much Tulammo steel-cased 230 grain .45 ACP as I can through it in one session, with the goal of running 500 rounds through it without cleaning/lubing/spit-shining it/any maintenance whatsoever. Oh, sure, it's not a thousand rounds shot in a weekend, but it's more than enough shooting to see if the miniature 1911 will have problems.
So, we'll see if this:
Can run as well as these:
Why, you ask, am I doing this? Well, there are several reasons:
1. I'm genuinely curious. I've owned the Colt for two and a half years now and never had a bad experience with it at the range. I honestly think it can handle the stress.
2. If it works, I get to prove that there's at least one micro-1911 that can handle a lot of rounds without stoppages or failures; if it doesn't work, I learn something about my Colt and I get to shoot it a lot.
3. I am an unabashed fan of the 1911 platform. I know that polymer handguns are all the rage, and I have myself a few of 'em (including a revolver, even), but I love me some 1911 goodness.
4. Um, hello? I wasn't about to let the drama llama slip by without at least catching a quick ride! Why let all the other bloggers have their drama fun?
So, that's the plan in a nutshell. Over the span of a range trip (or, most likely, two), I'll run 500 rounds through my Colt 1991A1 in an attempt to break it. Along the way, I'll refrain from cleaning, lubricating, or in any way, shape, or form performing anything resembling maintenance. While it's not the same as taking it to an intensive pistol class, it's a reasonable facsimile thereof. I will meticulously document the round count and *any* issues that rise during the course of the shooting.
I'm going to try to run this over Memorial Day weekend. I've already got one range trip scheduled with Brad_in_MA; I might have to schedule a second trip to finish the torture test, but I'll muddle through it. I know, I know, the sacrifices I make in the name of science... I'll even front the cost of the ammunition - although if there's a friendly ammunition supplier out there that would like to sponsor the test (ahem), there's a spot on the sidebar for another MArooned supporter...
So, place your bets on how the Colt 1991A1 Compact does!
That is all.