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    9mm 1911s Are they really picky with feeding/ammo ?

    Ive owned a 1911 officers model in 45 acp never a hiccup. So im in the market for a 1911 full size in 9mm and ive already read a few diffrent articles on how the 9mm is more finicky with feeding and ammo type etc. Does anyone know the real deal ?

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    The 1911 platform as a whole, no matter the caliber, was designed to run on ball ammo. Companies have tweaked the recoil spring weight, feed lips, mag spring weights, etc. to try and avoid most feeding issues in general, but overall it comes down to the profile of the projectile. Sometimes you find guns that eat everything, like my PT-92. But every now and then you get one that hates steel cased ammo, or doesn't like the profile of say a Remington JHP's while it feeds say Winchester JHP's just fine.

    Any way about it, it's always a gamble how any firearm handles one ammo versus another. No matter what the platform or name etched on the slide.
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    I have a STI spartan 9 mm and with Metalform Mag 1911 Government Commander 9mm Luger 9-Round SS Matte metalform mags with front ramp I have not had any problems not as good with origional mags Randy
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    Re/ Vaskeet.... funny you mention STI im looking to buy any current Armscor 1911 variant. Pt 1911s are badass but about 150-200 $$ more and would be my first choice but rite now i simply dont have the $$$ plus like mentioned i owned a RIA 1911 Shot 2000 rds not one problem. They to have a good warranty/ cust service.

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    Most malfunctions of 1911's (and most other semi autos, for that matter) can be traced to one of two sources. Operator error and bad or poorly maintained magazines. In my experience, the former happens way more often than the latter, too.

    If a 1911 can be made to feed .38 Special WADCUTTERS it can be made to cycle pretty much anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtg452 View Post
    Most malfunctions of 1911's (and most other semi autos, for that matter) can be traced to one of two sources. Operator error and bad or poorly maintained magazines. In my experience, the former happens way more often than the latter, too.

    If a 1911 can be made to feed .38 Special WADCUTTERS it can be made to cycle pretty much anything.
    But you might point out that the stock mags only hold 5 rounds.
    The National Match in .38 special, like the S&W 52 were designed for bullseye shooting and only take 5 rounds.
    I had to engineer my own mags to get them to feed more than 5 rounds so I could use them to shoot PPC (6 round mags), but it sure was fun to see the faces on all the "experts" who knew that it wouldn't work.
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    i have 1911 ss 9mm works like a champ search my post plenty of info on pistol new in box 649 came with 2 mags extra mags 35 ea shoots every thing i feed broke in with 124 grain now shoot federal 115 grain 2ooo rounds thru in 2 weeks not one issue or miss feed using for idpa
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    now most stis are in 1000.00 range for 9mm. rock island blued 1911 9m are around 550 the ss taurus 1911 comes with reworked trigger and hammer, polished feed ramp, reworked slide and spring right out of box
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    I don't think you could say or anyone could prove that the 9MM has feeding problems in a 1911 anymore than the 38 Super or 45 ACP.
    A lot depends on the gun itself, and of course if these feeding issues are reloads? or factory ammo?
    reloads then i might want to check the ammo to be sure that wasn't the problem, new factory then look at the projectile profile and tip.
    The 9 MM has an OAL max length of 1.169
    the 45 acp has an OAL max length of 1.275
    The 38 Super has a Max length of 1.280
    Not much difference and usually they are not actually at these lengths!
    so the 9MM is the shortest of the bunch, and it uses adapted 38 Super magazines with a spacer to move the ammo to the correct position for function.
    I don't own a 9MM in a 1911 but do a few 45's and 38 super and they run quite flawlessly , so again i go back as others to check the magazine, the gun, the ammo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHPRICE View Post
    now most stis are in 1000.00 range for 9mm. rock island blued 1911 9m are around 550 the ss taurus 1911 comes with reworked trigger and hammer, polished feed ramp, reworked slide and spring right out of box
    The STI spartan is made by Armsocr (ria) with sti internals mine new was right at $600 plus shipping and transfer fees Not bad for a good 1911 with adjustable rear and fiber front sights. Randy
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaskeet View Post
    The STI spartan is made by Armsocr (ria) with sti internals mine new was right at $600 plus shipping and transfer fees Not bad for a good 1911 with adjustable rear and fiber front sights. Randy
    Yes Sir, and i personally think one of the better deals on a really good 1911.
    IF I ever get a 1911 in 9MM then i likely will go with the STI Spartan.
    I am all into the 38 Super, 10 MM and 45 acp thing though and so don't know if i will ever venture into the 9MM in the 1911.
    Gosh i just hope they don't come out with the Spartan in a 38 Super or i am doomed!
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