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Old 01-03-2013, 10:49 AM
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Colt 1911 .22 (Umarex import/made by Walther)


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I did a search here and didn't find anything, so.....Just wondering if anyone else anyone has one of these pistols? My neighbor and I both have the Gold Cup version, and they are highly reliable, pretty accurate, and feels and functions just like a 1911 .45, with the exception of the way you take it down for cleaning, but even that is a cake walk.

Our only complaints so far is that the front sight is too short, and it has a rather heavy, somewhat gritty trigger pull (IMO) . Enough so that it is very hard to do my best work with it. I am hoping that it'll keep smoothing out, because in the course of their first 200 rounds or so they have both smoothed up noticably. Other than that, it is one of the nicest and most fun .22 handguns I have owned or fired.

Both his and mine shoot high at anywhere from 35' on out to 25 yards with the rear sight lowered as far as it will go. I have run at least 20 different brands and styles of ammo through it so far, and all shoot high, but most every Remington brand not only shoots the tightest in it, but closest to POA. I have ordered 2 new fronts sights for them from Brownells to correct the sighting issue. The stock front sight is .190" tall above the slide, but Brownells had some Novak front replacements that are .225" and should allow an easily achieved zero at various distances.

Just wondering if anyone else has bought one and what their experiences have been.

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Old 01-04-2013, 07:09 AM
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An old pal showed up at my place with the 1911 version of this .22. We headed out to my range and hammered away until we were tired of shooting. No malfunctions of any type after putting a couple of drops of oil on the slide/frame. The gun had been bone dry. We shot from 3 to 25 yards and had no sight issues that I recall. I liked the pistol quite a bit and know I'd enjoy having one. It was much nicer than I expected and accuracy was good. I saw not a thing wrong with his pistol. Hope you get you sight issue corrected.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:23 AM
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An old pal showed up at my place with the 1911 version of this .22. We headed out to my range and hammered away until we were tired of shooting. No malfunctions of any type after putting a couple of drops of oil on the slide/frame. The gun had been bone dry. We shot from 3 to 25 yards and had no sight issues that I recall. I liked the pistol quite a bit and know I'd enjoy having one. It was much nicer than I expected and accuracy was good. I saw not a thing wrong with his pistol. Hope you get you sight issue corrected.

Thanks for your post.

I take it you were referring to the GI version with fixed sights? I don't have any hands on experience with one of them yet. Maybe the sight heights were better regulated on that version since they are fixed and would need to be. The Gold Cup version that we have is really nice. It has the longer trigger, adjustable sights (which is a must have for me on a .22, especially with todays ammo that varies so much), and also had a the bobbed Ed Brown style hammer and the beavertail grip safety.

Since it was made in Germany, I kind of wonder if their ammo might be a little "hotter" or faster which would make the POA work out better. It's no big deal to swap the front sights, or at least shouldn't be, so I think it'll be just fine after that, because this gun obviously shoots quite well otherwise.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:59 PM
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Yes, I shot the 1911 GI version and found the experience totally satisfactory. In fact, this opened a door, so to speak, to a part of the gun world I was unaware of. I'd lived a lot of my life out of the US and had missed some things. I discovered the world of tactical "look alike" .22's. that mimic their big brothers. I don't think I'll go down that road but I did find it interesting.

European ammo could well be hotter. I've shot Canadian WWll and other foreign 9mm ammo that was much stouter than US production. I've also shot US 9mm ammo that clearly came from a low bidder on the contract.

Enjoy your gun. We had a mighty fine time for a couple of geezers and look forward to doing it again.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:30 PM
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Thanks again for your imput. I know centerfire ammo from other countries is usally hotter than that manu'd here, but I'm not positive about the .22 rimfire stuff from overseas.

I received my new front sights today, but unfortunately the tech that helped me on the phone was mistaken about the fitment application, so they have to go back. They aren't even close, nor can they be made to work.
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