Ok I decided to post up my review of this 1911 Officer Model finally.
I don’t have any other pictures and frankly I stink at taking them. So I wont offend your eyes with my poor photography skills.
Here we go.
This is an all steel budget priced 1911 Officer model.
It comes in a nice hard case with a cable lock included.
The grips are beautiful and expecting to replace them with a Pachmayer set I was pleasantly surprised how well the grips felt and grip my hand so I will keep them.
The external finish of the gun is very nicely done. Having compared to a Ruger and others I feel it is as good as a more expensive one.
My first trip out was a disappointment however.
I suffered Jams and failures to feed.
This included Nose Dives from the magazine and hanging up with hollow points on the feed ramp.
Swapping out the mag with a friends 8rd 1911 and shooting seemed to eliminate the nose dive issue at least.
But I still had hang ups on the ramp with Hollow Points.
A light press on the slide would overcome this.
No issues with Ball rounds however.
The trigger creep is very little and the hammer release is crisp.
The pull is not heavy and is actually really nice (I have not measured it) and I was pretty satisfied with it.
Accuracy is good enough for me.
It has a three inch bull barrel and I could keep all seven rounds on a small paper plate at 25-30 feet which is good for me and my poor vision and slightly shaky hands.
My buddy did even better keeping it within a five inch group.
A good target shooter I am sure would do even better.
So back to the failure to feed issues.
First off take the magazine that comes with it and run it over with your truck.
Buy some Wilson Combat mags and use them instead.
Ramp hangups were another issue.
First to be fair here I picked Hornady Criticle Defense rounds to feed through it.
Not a good idea due to the bullet taper and the tip having a polymer filler in it.
The bullet would feed and hang on the polymer right at the transition between the ramp and barrel lip.
I think the bullet taper contributes to this as the HCD bullet is more tapered then the standard hollowpoint or ball round.
So that was my first mistake. Wrong ammo for the gun.
But being the anal retentive I am I could not let this be a stopper.
Ramp Work is needed to make the HCD feed reliably.
Switching to another Hollow Point helped but did not eliminate this 100%.
Using a Geco HP round I still hung up on the ramp transition now and then.
Ramp work will be needed for large hole hollow points.
So apart it came and out came the dremmel and sandpaper.
Polishing the ramp and removing the sharp edges improved but did not eliminate.
I noticed during the reworking that the ramp itself had a taper on the sides that grabbed the bullet sides as it fed from the mag.
Opening up the ramp sides eliminated that.
But now I had the barrel lip catching issue to solve.
Putting a slight taper on the barrel lip and cutting it back just a little (10 thousands) seemed to eliminate that even with the HCD rounds. Smoothing all the sharp edges to a rounded profile also corrected the issues.
I figured if I can do a little work and make the HCD’s feed then it will shoot anything I feed into it.
That solved I looked at the remainder of the gun and its internals.
These are tight guns with little or no play between the slide and frame. Very good machining tolerances to where the slide to frame lines looking from the back almost disappear in battery.
Everything on the gun has really tight tolerances which is great.
All the parts are interchangeable with standard 1911 officer parts.
And the quality of the parts used seems to be good stuff.
But most all the parts are coated with a parkerizing type finish.
This makes them grind slightly in the channels they ride in.
Also the edges are sharp and could use a little de-burring to improve them.
Mostly removing that finish would help.
So I removed the finish and cleaned up the edges with some sandpaper.
Smoothed out the contact surfaces with some 800 grit followed by 1000 grit to polish the sliding surfaces up where needed to just remove some machining marks or polish the surfaces to eliminate any resistance.
Reassembled the gun and tried the trigger group out.
Improved for sure making them very smooth to operate and eliminated virtually any resistance at all.
I do not touch sears but will polish them to make the slight amount of movement they do resistance clean.
I honestly think the finish removal made the most noticeable difference.
The parkerizing or whatever it is I think was the biggest culprit to the glass feel of movement because the tolerances in this gun are really tight so just that little bit makes a difference.
So bottom line.
If you want a Quality Made 1911 and are willing to do a little work this is great value.
Well made and all steel.
Throw the mag away and buy a good one.
And don’t buy HCD rounds to feed thru it.
They are great defense rounds but 1911’s are known to hate them regardless of the cost of the gun.
These are 1911’s and have those little 1911 issues to work through.
I can feed HCD’s now and I doubt anything short of a wadcutter will jam anymore.
But I aint shooting them in any semi auto anyway.
A little elbow grease and IMO this will stack up against those 1-2k guns all day long.
There you go.
For what its worth.