Les Baer Shot my new Les Baer today

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by Cop_Out, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    Hi Folks,

    As some of you know I've been looking at Les Baer 1911s recently. I wanted a government in blue, .45, 1.5", no front serrations, and a single side safety. Crazy John had some in stock, and mine arrived yesterday.

    The gun was beyond tight, and I needed to "crack it before I could rack it". I followed Les' instructions to the letter, and shot 500 rounds of factory FMJ in a single sitting, oiling the rails and barrel every 100 rounds. I shot at one target at 25 yards (off-hand), and had a single 5" hole when I was done; I attribute this to the 1.5". The gun had no malfunctions, and smoothed out noticeably at 350 rounds. By the time I was at 500 rounds the gun had exceeded all my expectations; It definitely out-shoots me.

    I spent a good part of today cleaning it, and made some interesting observations - The gun had obviously undergone extensive hand-fitting, and the tooling reminded me of 1911's I owned from the turn of the last century; Every functioning part had the serial number engraved on it. I think the barrel looks like a Kart, but I'm not sure. There was some thin bluing under the grips, but overall it was very presentable. Lastly, the sear-trigger-safety spring (or whatever it's called) had been shaped in a straighter fashion than I've seen before. I don't know if I'll keep it for ever, but the gun definitely has soul.
    Thanks for looking!
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    Last edited: Feb 17, 2019
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    CENTURIATOR Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2018
    Nice!! Congrats.
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  3. Mike0251

    Mike0251 Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Mar 25, 2016
    Great to hear and congrats.
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  4. BigSkyGuy

    BigSkyGuy Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2018
    Sweet! Love it!
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  5. gun_fan111

    gun_fan111 Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2014
    Complete with brass kisses and everything else Baer - congrats
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  6. Sneaky One

    Sneaky One Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    Congrats. On my want list also. One 5" hole at 75' is world class shooting in my book
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  7. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    Isn't that the truth!
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  8. gaijin

    gaijin Well-Known Member

    May 18, 2015
    Nice gun and well done.
    500 rds into 5” @ 25 yds, free style is exceptional.
    The focus that requires approaches super human.

    Enjoy your Baer.
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  9. crc

    crc Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Jan 17, 2012
    Thanks for the review and teardown. Enjoy!
  10. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    25 yds or 25 ft ??
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  11. cgff

    cgff Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2015
    Congrats, nice shooting
  12. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    I shot at 25 yards. It's the final qualification distance for the police department I work for. We do it at lest 6 or 7 times a year.
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  13. azguy1911

    azguy1911 I'm done buying guns, I'm just a bystander now

    Oct 22, 2015
    That a long way out, congratulations ;)
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  14. BradE

    BradE Active Member

    Jun 19, 2018
    They aren’t as refined as some, but I love my Baers. They are built like tanks, and have a feel all their own.

    And yes, the barrel is Kart, that is Baer NM marked.
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  15. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    I would attribute it to the 1.5", frankly. While I can consistently hit at 25 yards, the grouping was the gun.
  16. Cop_Out

    Cop_Out Pearl Pimp Supporting Addict

    Feb 3, 2017
    It was the 1.5", I'm sure. I can consistently hit at 25 yards, but the tight grouping was the gun.
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  17. WhoIsJohnGalt?

    WhoIsJohnGalt? We Are! Supporting Addict

    Feb 20, 2018
    Awesome report and pics - love it!
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  18. dash

    dash Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2016
    Congrats! The worry about trying a Baer is behind you too. Sounds like you have a keeper.

    Don’t be so sure it was just the 1.5” option. I’d bet it you would do the same with a standard (non 1.5”) Custom Carry. I’ve owned both the stnd and 1.5” and could not tell a difference. Either way, great shooting and thanks for sharing!
  19. razorbacker

    razorbacker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 2, 2011
    Great review, and some pretty darn good shooting as well.
  20. Hawker7

    Hawker7 Member

    Sep 20, 2017
    I have the same pistol and have shot just over 1" groups off sand bags at 50 yards. This was with 200 SWC and 4.2 of Bullseye. I got better groups with the Les Baer then my Bullseye 1911 built by Clark Customs.

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