Rails on 1911's

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by fieldgrade, Jun 25, 2018.

  1. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    Are that many people running lights and/or lasers on 1911's these days?

    I'm not judging. Just seems like a lot of makes and models of 1911's have way more rails than I am accustomed to seeing.
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  2. BBP

    BBP Enabler Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2014
    Quad rails are best. Light, laser, bipod, tripod, octopod

  3. Alexy

    Alexy Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2016
    A lot of people are from what I see. My rock island armory 1911 has a rail built in, but the lights are so damn expensive I haven't gotten one yet.
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  4. stlgecko

    stlgecko Gecko Lives Matter

    May 24, 2014
    Heck yeah, more is better!!! Usually.
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  5. july19

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

    Sep 16, 2013
    I’ve never owned a 1911 with rails, I’d have to try one with a light or laser before I went that direction.
  6. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    Don't forget that they usually require different holsters than non-railed 1911's.
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  7. Jollyroger1

    Jollyroger1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 19, 2015
  8. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    Have one. It’s a DW specialist but I have a a Wilson beretta that I have with a light on it. I want a laser/light combo for the 1911
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  9. SCS1911

    SCS1911 Failed all therapy

    Oct 5, 2012
    I presently have 1 with a rail, and 1 on its way. I like a variety. No light on it at present. It might become my nightstand gun, then I will put the light on it.

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  10. SCS1911

    SCS1911 Failed all therapy

    Oct 5, 2012
    My present nightstand gun. 2011 with a rail and a light.

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  11. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    That could be the best looking nightstand gun I've ever seen.
  12. Mikey421

    Mikey421 Well-Known Member

    Feb 22, 2014
    Both of my Para’s ( matched set of Canadian made guns )( don’t judge !!!) have rails. I don’t run a laser or lights on them but if I needed to, the setup would be simple.

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  13. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    Nope, I'm old school....I don't want or need any rails on my guns... !

    I have a "surefire" flashlight handy, that's all I want...
  14. 7.62Kolectr

    7.62Kolectr On guard

    Jun 6, 2018
    I agree. But it's mostly from a safety standpoint. I really don't want to have to muzzle everything I want to see. I know a light pointed down or away will throw enough light to allow you to 'see' what's in the room. But I'd still rather be able to point my light directly at something without having to do the same with my gun.
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  15. Wake27

    Wake27 Active Member

    Oct 16, 2017
    I don’t own a pistol that doesn’t have a light. Unless it’s a .22 or an antique, all of my guns are set up to be fully functional defensive weapons. Bad stuff typically happens at night and I prefer to have both hands on the gun. It’s 2018, there are few reasons not to have a light.

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  16. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    Yes, I agree...I don't want a loaded weapon pointing at something just to illuminate it...
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  17. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    I bought one a couple months ago for the specific purpose of being a nightstand gun with a light. Now its jigged up in the vise with a checkering guide on it. All of the finish is blasted off and the guts stripped out of it. I'm a smart guy. "I misplaced my flashlight, I should get a 1911 with a light." I wanted to have a light I wouldn't lose and stick with one platform. Retire the 686 to range toy heaven. I then promptly stripped the gun and left it that way. Justifying the move by finding my flashlight and making comments like ".357 lights up a room just fine." I joke but I'm sure I'll love it when I get done butchering the front strap and decide on a new finish for the frame. I get the point about muzzling what you point your light at but I don't want to have to reach for two different things in the middle of the night.
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  18. Yellowsupersport

    Yellowsupersport Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Yes. Always.


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  19. Joseph Medugno

    Joseph Medugno Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2018
    Rails on a 1911 just don't look right. My opinion!
  20. 1911 dawg

    1911 dawg Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2018
    Bought a SA RO Elite last week first 1911 with rail ,have a glock 17 with TLR-1 on night stand,12ga pump indoor use only puts off a nice glow.

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