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    I'm eyeing on a rock island 1911 9mm for the wife. She can't do big polymer guns, now double action due to her hand strength, and others are too hard to rack. Tried on several pistols yesterday and the Rock Island was the only full size she liked except the weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mauser KAR98K View Post
    I'm eyeing on a rock island 1911 9mm for the wife. She can't do big polymer guns, now double action due to her hand strength, and others are too hard to rack. Tried on several pistols yesterday and the Rock Island was the only full size she liked except the weight.
    My wife also has some physical issues which - like mine - aren't improving with age. After a LOT of trying/buying/selling handguns, my wife's favorite centerfire handgun so far is a Springfield Armory 9mm RO Elite Compact. I am not a fan of aluminum-framed pistols or bull barrels/FLGRs, but I have to admit that I don't hate this one.

    Runner-up in consideration after renting both was the Ruger SR1911 9mm Lightweight Commander-Style, but the LGS had the Springer in stock at the right moment.

    (Her favorite handgun is acually a Ruger SR22, but a centerfire it ain't. It is lightweight but recoils little, is easy to rack, easy to clean, and the magazines are a snap for her to reload. The LGS sells a lot of them to people who have hand/upper body strength issues.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by theorangecat View Post
    Runner-up in consideration after renting both was the Ruger SR1911 9mm Lightweight Commander-Style, but the LGS had the Springer in stock at the right moment.
    One thing about the Ruger design that has always been a good idea is the integral plunger tube. That is a potential point of failure on a 1911 that they have eliminated. Even a staked and well attached plunger tube on a traditional 1911 needs to just be checked as a maintenance item somewhere in the 3K-10K rounds range, more info here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maximus83 View Post
    One thing about the Ruger design that has always been a good idea is the integral plunger tube. That is a potential point of failure on a 1911 that they have eliminated. Even a staked and well attached plunger tube on a traditional 1911 needs to just be checked as a maintenance item somewhere in the 3K-10K rounds range, more info here.
    Caspian has been offering that option for years...……………….it is a good idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6mmAR15 View Post
    Caspian has been offering that option for years...……………….it is a good idea
    Ruger makes the castings for Caspian so it would make sense they carry the integral plunger tube into production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tokarev View Post
    Ruger makes the castings for Caspian so it would make sense they carry the integral plunger tube into production.

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    Ive used a couple of Caspian Frames and slides over the years...…….Good quality Frames and their CS is awesome...….....custom work turnaround was acceptable...…...this was prolly 10 years ago......I was bitten by the "build your own 1911" bug......I did everything in 9mm as there was not that many offerings 10-15 years ago...…..I would love to do a CCO commander slide on an officer frame......all stainless...bead blasted matte.....my patience and eyes not what they used to be...….

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    I’ve never had an issue with any of my 9mm Wilson 1911s. I have always used their etm mags and factory American Eagle ammo.

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    Well this thread and others like it cost me about a grand. I’ve always been happy with my Browning HiPower but no I had to keep reading about 9mm 1911s. Then two weeks ago I find a Kimber Stainless II at a small gun shop that’s $100 cheaper than the Springfield Armory RO or Ruger SR1911 that I’d been considering. Ordered 10 round magazines from McCormick and then more from Brownell’s. Bought a bunch of Winchester 9mm “NATO” 124gr ammo from Walmart.

    Two range sessions and an IDPA-ish match later it hasn’t missed a beat except that it won’t reliably fire some of my reloads using S&B primers. The Winchester stuff works just fine, hits at the tip of the front sight at 25 yards. Feeds Speer 125gr +P Gold Dots 100% though I intend this gun to be a range toy, cheaper to shoot and saving wear and tear on my 10mm SR1911.

    FWIW The Brownell’s magazines appear to be identical to the McCormick mags except they are coated black.

    I believe this is going to be fun.

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