Duane Thomas on the common failure modes of the 1911 and how to prevent them

Discussion in 'Beginner's Corner' started by B81, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    I came across this article (link) by Duane Thomas today while educating myself on the nuances of 1911 operation and maintenance. I found the linked article to be informative and reasonably objective.

    The title is a bit tongue and cheek. As the author states in the conclusion, "No, the 1911 is not a gun for the casually interested. However, for the dedicated shooter who's willing to take the time to get to know the design intimately, the 1911 is still a superior choice in a defensive handgun. Unlike most things in life, the 1911 has strengths that more than compensate for its flaws. "

    Keep in mind that the article is from 1994. So, some of the product specific information may be a bit dated. Everything else should still be relevant.

    I figured I would post it here so that (1) other's who are on the same quest as me can find the article, and (2) members of this forum can provide critical review of the points made in the linked article.
  2. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2011

  3. removed

    removed Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2015
    Hey GRF, just need to hover your mouse over the word "link" then click it. The URL (site address) of the article is embedded in the word "link".
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  4. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    The string "this article (link)" is a hyperlink. Click it with your mouse. ;)

    To fair, the formatting of hyperlinks on this forum is not very clear. I added the word "link" in the hope that people would figure it out. Maybe I should have added underlining instead.
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  5. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    Ahhh my bad. I tried clicking on mobile and it didn’t work. Carry on
  6. ZoidMeister

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    Dec 4, 2014

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  7. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    Darn, I was looking for new reasons not to buy another one.:bang:
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  8. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011

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  9. 605atthe wheels

    605atthe wheels In the staging lanes Supporting Addict

    Oct 19, 2012
    Boy, a lot of progress must have been made in 24 years or I'm THE luckiest buyer in the world. I have/had approximately 20, 1911's (Since 2011, 3 used, the rest new, but all built 2011 or later mind you) and had zero reliability issues with any of them. (3.5", 4", 4,25 & 5") (9, 10 & .45)
    1 Sig STX had the Hogue burlwood grips crack and a screw fell out of the rear sight. (Both fixed by SIG C.S. dept).

    2 things I read on this forum before I bought my 1st gun, buy good mags & LUBE, LUBE, LUBE are your friends. I kept all the mags loaded, & the pistols as wet a super-model on a date with Leo Dicaprio.

  10. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    I don't remember the source, but he (she) said, to stay that 1911's are unreliable makes as much sense as saying that cars are unreliable. Just like cars, the 1911 is a design concept, with many different variations and implementations. Like cars, you will find bad examples and good examples. Yet, for some reason, when it comes to 1911, many people tend to lump everything together and judge the 1911 by its worst examples.

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