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Old 01-21-2006, 07:10 PM
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I'm new to handgunning so you'll likely see a bunch of newbie questions coming from me

I was wondering...what type of 1911 variants do people use in those speed comps that I see in magazines. The only one I know of is the Colt Gold Cup and the Springfield National Match 1911's.

Are there a bunch of others? or do these guys have custome guns built?

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Old 01-21-2006, 07:51 PM
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Hi EMC2, Some have them custom built, and there are some really good ones out there. Not too many Gold Cups anymore. Most of the ones I see are The Springfields, Ed Brown custom guns, Kimbers, STI International makes quite a few models. If you are going for speed you will want to go with a 38 super. Thats what most of the big boys shoot. Much less recoil for faster return to target.

Hope this helps you out some.

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Old 01-22-2006, 06:14 AM
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Those .45's you see the champs shooting are top notch custom handguns. Not for sale under the glass counter. In the March/April issue of AMERICAN HANDGUNNER on page 38, is a quick article referring to the 1911 in competition shooting. The picture at the bottom is Doug Koenig. He has many champion titles, shooting a S&W Performance Center custom built for him .45.
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Old 02-12-2006, 07:48 PM
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Actually, if there's no compensator used, the recoil is the same, because IPSC demands that you meet a certain momentum (ie, recoil) level, in order to not suffer the 'minor caliber" scoring penalty. If a comp is used, the Super gets a bit more muzzle-jump reduction effect, due to its higher pressure, longer burning powder charge. The main reason guys use the Super is to have 19 rd magazines in a gun that you can still wrap your hand around, without having a name like Ferigno
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Old 03-04-2006, 02:49 PM
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When I was shooting IPSC I used a Para Ordnance P-14/45 LTD. It was a vary fast, reliable, and accurate gun and I highly recommend it for Limited Class shooting. That is the class that you should start in.
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