What started this was I stopped by Knifeworks (Hwy 66 Sevierville) just looking around. I spotted three GSG Firefly (like old Sig Mosquito) and took a look (at $189.99 nice gun with threaded barrel extended past frame).
Spent some time looking at reviews (U-Tube) and ran into U-Tube on GSG 1911 22LR.
Back at Knifeworks and asked if they had any 1911 22LR?
Guy said yes, it's an American Tactical. He got it out to look at and it was a GSG 1911 22LR (American Tactical of Summerville, SC is the importer -- gun comes from Germany).
I like the features on the Firefly feel and features (it's similar to 1911 with easier controls and is 4 inch barrel, but with extension measures 4 5/8 barrel).
That said, I liked the idea of owning a 1911 even if it is only a 22LR (can afford to shoot it is a nice feature over say a 45). Also, the reviews on U-Tube I felt give it a better rating (still it is recommended to use HV AMMO -- 1250 FPS as is the Firefly).
All that, I decided I just wanted to own a 1911 and at $239.99 not bad. Mostly going to target and plink anyway.
So, shot it today about 130 rounds using 4 different AMMOS. Scared me the first two shots as it failed to load (that was with Blazer 22 LR 1235 FPS). Then shot 28 more - no fails. It's lead nosed AMMO.
Final result summary.
I had a COUPLE MORE FAILURES (4 all together with 47 rounds) using the Blazer AMMO. 1250 FPS
I had NO FAILURES with American Eagle Hollow Point Cooper Coated AMMO. Don't no FPS
I had NO FAILURES with some Remington lead nosed AMMO. Don't know FPS
I had Four FAILURES with Federal lead nosed AMMO (probably some bulk low priced I had). Don't know speed.
All and all I was pretty satisfied with new gun (first shooting). I did take it down the night before and lube things (it was very dry).
Accuracy for ME SHOOTING (20 feet and one target at 30 feet -- all sitting on chair and elbows on table) was satisfactory (most shots well within a 4 inch target and many with in 3 inches). I am not a marksmen at 80 years old.
It did take me a couple shots to know where to set the sights (front on back dots and aim a bit below the bulls eye) I like aim below target to see target and turns out that is the way it was out of the box.
The gun comes with four sets of front sights (to adjust elevation). The rear sight does not have the normal windage adjustment -- you can adjust by loosening the hold down screw and rotating the rear sight (windage seems right on for me).
Trigger pull is real smooth and very little take up.
BY THE WAY --- Lifetime Warranty that passes to nest owner per American Tactical. I called them as manual said 2 years. They said they had changed that and I was seeing an old manual.
This web site stopped me from putting pictures in on a previous post -- I will try. Could not as says only allowed 40.9KB, mine are 49KB to about 70KB.
Well I have reached the point of what I "need" or , LOL , what I want , in handguns. I have the Glock platform , the 1911 , and the Beretta M9 . I am to where I see what I want. And "want" is not needed. For some crazy reason I cant explain , I want the Springfield XD9 Mod2 Gray frame and the Stoeger Cougar in 45 ACP . I don't know why I keep going back to these 2 . I have been beating myself over and over for the last few months. The Stoeger isn't made anymore and doesn't have parts made for it for sale . That's a big minus ! The S.A. doesn't have parts readily available like Glock or Beretta to where I could just go pick up a part on the spare of the moment. I like them both . I have had the Cougar and it was great . I haven't had the S.A. XD9 Mod2. I have had the XD9 Service but not the Mod2. Anyways , just thinking outloud . Maybe this discussion will benefit someone ?