This probably is "pound for pound" the all around best pistol I have ever owned. All of the aspects of the gun (weight, caliber size, features, accuracy, etc...) make this pistol the all around best choice. This is a great, great gun!
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i love the pistol and it eats ammo like a junk yard dog! not one jamb in 1000 rounds. only problems so far are:the plunger tube(for the thumb safety) became wiggly/loose ( My segeants operator also did). the rear sight had no adjustment bolt in it when i purchased the pistol. how-ever the customer service is glorious! fantastic service and nice people. i use the operator every day-on and of duty. very happy over all. great pistol!
I've been looking for an operator for long time and finally found this pistol at the local armory. They only had one in stock, and I had to have it. This is an outstanding weapon! It's light, very accurate, and comfortable to conceal and carry. Also, the night sights are very bright! The only thing I don't like is the dis-assembly. When field stripping, the weapon comes with a small plastic clip (take-down piece) that you snap to the guide rod between the inner spring plug and guide rod cap. Once you remove the slide, the recoil spring assembly can be removed with ease. Without this take-down piece, dis-assembly is still achievable, but with minor difficulty. Being ex-military, I like to be able to field strip weapons easily for repair and cleaning without the need for additional pieces that can be lost or misplaced easily. Overall, I love this weapon, and suggest that you buy this weapon immediately, that is, if you can find one.
I own the Lightweight Champion Operator model. If I could build a 1911 from scratch, it would end up being this pistol. I'll start off by listing the one problem I had with it, which was that it really didn't like to feed hollow points right out of the box. I sent it directly into S.A. and they re-cut and polished the barrel ramp and reemed the chamber and I haven't had a single feeding issue since then. The 32.oz weight and 4.25" barrel makes for a very nice and relatively compact package compared to full sized 1911's. I did an accuracy comparison between this pistol, a Kimber Ultra-Carry Pro+, a S&W 1911PD (which is basically the S&W verison of this 1911, except it lacks a light rail), a S&W M&P compact w/ 4" barrel, and a S.A. Loaded Combat model, all chambered in .45 cal. From ranges of 7, 10, 15, and 25 yds, this was hangs down the most accurate with its big fat match grade bull barrel. At 15 yds and closer, this pistol can put a whole mag through one ragged hole o...[Read More]
500 rounds so far, no problems at all. eats all ammo, dead on accuracy. not sure about durability yet but i'd bet it's there. easy to conceal with the right holster because of the light weight. worth every penny (1,019).