My first was a beater Argentine Colt. Turns out the grip safety didn't work. It was in pretty good condition, and I got it for about $250 in trade value, and ironically it would probably be $1,000 now...
Got back into them this year with a Remington-Rand GI gun and now a Dan Wesson Vigil.
My first semiautomatic handgun was a .45cal 1911! I had just turned 17 so Mom had to buy it.
Yeah haha I know where AMT guns fit in to the grand scheme of the 1911 world, but all jokes aside, this was a helluva way for a kid to get started piecing together a life long love affair with handguns, handloading and shooting.
Eventually I did break it. 😬 Perhaps in another discussion one of you good folks can help me make it sing once again.
My grandfather's 1958 Colt National Match. Got it when I was 14, I've shot it at Camp Perry. First of many National Matches and Government Models. Overhauled by Dave Sams when I was on my 2007-08 Iraq tour:
First pure 1911 was a Nighthawk Chairman, filled by an Sig Nightmare Fastback in 45. Then I jumped to 2011s with a Staccato XL, NHC Firehawk and I have an Atlas Artemis on order. I am addicted and have really expensive tastes
Collector, or accumulator? I think there's a difference.
As an example, someone who has or wants every Colt Gold Cup caliber / variation to me is a collector, while a shooter who over time acquires many similar 1911's in various brands, models and calibers and has the financial means to not have to sell to acquire more and / or has separation anxiety I'd call an accumulator
If you've ever seen the TV show hoarders, I'd call them accumulators more than collectors!
At any rate, my first 1911 was a Colt 38 super which is long gone. Nowadays I'd call myself an accumulator and I still mostly prefer .38 super over other calibers the exception being the .40.
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