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Many years ago, more than I like to admit to myself, the Army entrusted two weapons to my signature card. One was a M16 with a 203 hanging under the barrel and the other was a Ithaca 1911A1. I was ten feet tall and bulletproof with that rifle. I thought I could turn back anything that ever came my way.
The Ithaca did not inspire me as much. We didn’t have the flavor of go fast 1911’s then that we have now to compare it to, and I was no pistolsmith, but I figured things would have to be beyond bad for me to pull that hunk of rattling steel out.
Over the years nostalgia has pulled at me a few times. I have a Colt SP1 that scratches one itch, but I’ve always let a more modern 1911 handle my handgun itch. I’ve considered getting a CMP 1911, but my memory of those old Army pistols wouldn’t let me spend much on a throwback gun.
I looked at the Tisas 1911A1 and liked it, but I couldn’t for the life of me get past the made in Turkey stamped on the side of the frame. I considered the Auto Ordnance, but didn’t want to spend that much on a memory. I figured I’d just do without, I have a Colt 1911 warhorse from WW1 that would have to do. Then the internet stepped in.
I found this Tisas 1911A1 on Gunbroker for $399. That was about my limit for a hunk of metal I won’t shoot, and now Tisas has moved the made in Turkey to the bottom of the dust cover and it’s lightly struck. I bid, no one else did, $399 wins the bid.
So here’s the run down. The Tisas looks like a new production 1911 like the Army issued me. The color may not be a perfect match, but it looks Army. No polished barrel, a matte finish, a respectable rattle, a trigger that is serviceable and no one will ever confuse with a custom gun, cheap plastic grips, and U.S. Army stamped on the side. The way it should be.
I put fifty rounds through it today. No mechanical issues. It functioned and went bang ever time. The sights are awful, shooting at some steel I thought the front sight had fallen off, but it was still there, I just couldn’t see it. I did manage to put two bullets through one hole though.
The finish is even and good. I look forward to getting some wear on it, it needs some character scratches. Some of the small parts aren’t perfectly milspec, but it looks and feels right enough. I did p
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ut some USGI plastic grips on it. The GI grips are a little darker than the factory grips. No wood here, GI is the look I want. The gun is plenty faithful to the spirit of an Army gun.
I put up a target with some 3x5 cards on it. No sand bags needed, I just stand there at 10 yards and shoot. If the gun can keep four hits on that card I’m happy.
I shot the Tisas, a Colt 1911, a DW Specialist, a SA TRP Operator, a Remington R1.
The Tisas and Colt struggled, invisible sights hamper them. The TRP is and has always been a hot mess since I got it, it’s days are numbered in my safe. The Remington did passable, but the Specialist just plain showed off. Not a scientific evaluation of accuracy, but it’s what you get from me.
Will the Tisas hold up for 50k rounds? Who cares? I don’t. Is the Tisas a good copy of what the Army handed me? Does it look the part? Does it “feel” like I remember? Does it scratch an itch that wasn’t going away? Is it priced at a point where I’m willing to sink money into something I’ll rarely shoot? The answers are yes.
If you every carried a GI 1911A1 you owe this Tisas to yourself. If you ever wondered what cutting edge military firearm technology was like a hundred years ago, you should try the Tisas.
 

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The only negative Tisas comments that I have read so far have come from non-owners. People who actually plunked down their money LIKE them. Congratulations!

P.S. You aren't THAT old if you were issued an M-16 ... not as old as the M-14 crowd anyway. :D
 

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Hi,
Wondering if the Tisas, OEM Mag had a maker's mark?

Trying to figure if Tisas is making the Mag or someone else?

My Girsan Regard came with a MecGar.
 

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I recently bought the Tisas GI as a project gun. I couldn’t wait to replace the hammer and beavertail…I’m less about nostalgia and more about not chewing up my hand! But I agree they are pretty faithful replicas - and well worth the price!

@Smitty - Just out of curiosity, what kind of problems do you have with your TRP? It’s unusual to hear major SA complaints, especially for a TRP. Inquiring minds want to know! 😄
 

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I recently bought the Tisas GI as a project gun. I couldn’t wait to replace the hammer and beavertail…I’m less about nostalgia and more about not chewing up my hand! But I agree they are pretty faithful replicas - and well worth the price!

@Smitty - Just out of curiosity, what kind of problems do you have with your TRP? It’s unusual to hear major SA complaints, especially for a TRP. Inquiring minds want to know! 😄
TRP, actually means, Try Repairs Patiently.
The front sight came apart. That little radioactive vial is highly overrated. Once it falls out it is a handy storage area, kinda like the grip on an AR.
Extractor tension measured in foot pounds. Some much so that about every third or fourth round refused to slide under it.
A breech face that looked like an example of what a breech face shouldn’t look like.
After the second or third attempted range break in session I tossed the gun in my truck and went to my gunsmith. I knew there was something wrong, other than the lack of a front sight insert, and I just didn’t want to fight with a new gun that I was fast coming to regret buying.
I left the TRP with the gunsmith with the non specific instruction to fix it. The front sight is now an orange outline night sight, pretty much the sight I use on all my guns now. To be fair though, I would have replaced the front sight regardless.
The extractor was replaced. The OEM part had so much bend to it that he couldn’t properly adjust it, so it’s replacement was the only way to go.
The breech was polished to get the tooling marks out so a shell would actually slide up it like it should, and the feed ramp got a little love too.
I don’t see any more Springfields in my future.
 
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