I have moaned before about a) relinquishing my beloved 1911 and b) finding the Browning High Power to be a rather inadequate substitute (apart from its Europellet chambering).
Let’s be clear: this BHP is a lovely gun.
I have yet to experience a single failure to feed, regardless of what magazine I use, and it shoots every single type of Europellet I put through it — hollowpoints, solids, lightweight or heavyweight, it handles them all and says, “Please Sir, may I have another?” It’s also a lot easier to clean than the 1911, which is A Good Thing.
All is well, in other words, except for the trigger which does not come close to my 1911’s bang switch, perhaps excusably given how much work and shooting has gone into the latter by comparison.
And then there’s the Europellet, which I still think is inadequate as a stopper.
For the first time in my life, I feel undergunned when I walk out the door carrying the High Power, and that feeling is unaccustomed, unsettling and unwelcome — which makes me grateful for the extra seven rounds in the BHP’s mag.
I discussed all the above with the Son&Heir over dinner last week and he, bless his heart, suggested that we swap guns: my 1911 back to me, and the BHP over to him. Which all sounded good, until he tried the BHP’s trigger.
Understand that as a one-time TeamUSA competition shooter, he has a far greater degree of skill and control in his trigger finger than I do — and he hated the BHP’s trigger.
So all talk of a swap ended at that point.
Ad then I got these suggestions from the
Peanut Gallery my Loyal Readers, who made suggestions such as “I think it’s the gun, not the ammo”, “The other thing to consider is a new 1911 chambered in 9mm”, “I couldn’t carry a gun I didn’t enjoy shooting”, “Sig 1911 Ultra .45”, “CZ RAMI 75BD”, “CZ 75B… CZ P07… CZ P10C”, “Para Ordnance P-14”, “Turkish-made 1911 in 9mm”… and lots more.
I think you can all see where this is heading: get a gun which suits you, Kim.
I don’t think that anyone needs to be reminded that I’m quite possibly the world’s most susceptible gun buyer on the planet. Okay, “gun whore” if you want to be blunt.
Unfortunately, I’m no longer a self-employed consultant paying the I.R.S. over $20,000 dollars per quarter; I’m a retiree on a (low) fixed income and savings that are nearly 80% lower than a couple years back (FJB). But what the hell, I can always sell one of the guns that I managed to recover from The Tragic Canoe Accident of 2014 (-15? -12? whatever).
So if I wanted to stay with the 9mm Europellet — a GREAT BIG HUGE “IF” — then all sorts of lovely guns become available — (hammer-fired / full-sized*, of course), e.g.
Now let’s just turn that “IF” (above) into “Ah fuck no“, and decide that it’s time that my damn body started to man up and just deal with the pain of shooting the .45 ACP…
I think we’re all familiar with where I’m going here:
Option C, therefore, is to trade or sell the High Power and buy the Springfield Garrison in .45 ACP for around $780 (sigh). Then I could just swap the “new” 1911 for the “old” 1911, so to speak:
I mean, why should the Son&Heir have to deal with an old, worn gun?
Your thoughts in Comments.
*my hands are large-ish, so I have no problem shooting a full-size 1911, but I do occasionally have a problem with a gun which holds a 15-round mag. And if I’m going to stick with light (175-185gr) .45 ACP ammo, I’d prefer the Government size over the Commander (which I’ve owned in the past, so I’m familiar with it).