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13th October 2009, 09:49
I am Woodroce and Iím brand new to the forum. I thought I would say hello before I start reading.
I got my pistol permit just last year and wanted to buy a Walther P22 for my first handgun. I spent many an hour researching the gun and reading everything I could before I bought it. This is when I joined Rimfire Central (rimfirecentral.com), a forum much like this one. Many of you may be members. One of the members over there recommended that I come over here, in fact. Anyway, I learned so much about the Walther and shooting in general that I felt the need to join here.
I just bought a brand new EFS! I have only put through about 300 rounds through her so far, but I love it. I want to learn more about it. That's why I am here. I have about 27 Mozilla Firefox tabs open at this very moment of all the threads I am about to read. I may have to go back for another cup of hot chocolate or two before I am through!
So, I am glad to be here and I am looking forward to meeting you all, by way of your posts at the very least. I will be lurking around. You can expect me to ask questions and probably plenty of them. But, not before I read everything I can find first.
See ya'll in the forums!
13th October 2009, 10:25
Congratulations on your new EFS! The main problem with this Site, is the fact that there is not enough time or money to buy all of the 1911's you will see!
Be mindful, 1911's are extremely addicting and there is no known cure!
13th October 2009, 10:48
You are right! There sure are a lot of sweet 1911s in here!
I just finished reading most everything in this Charles Daly forum and my face hurts from smiling. I am SO glad that I bought this gun! Everything I read simply confirmes the fact that I bought one heck of a gun for a heck of a good price. I am also feeling good that I probably won't have to worry about more FTLs. I had a couple in the first four or five mags I shot, but haven't had one since. I didn't let them bother me. I feel that it only stands to reason that a 1911 will need some breaking in. (Hope this statement doesn't stir up controversy!)
I will be shooting plenty more and posting range reports WITH PICTURES. I know how everyone loves PICTURES!
13th October 2009, 11:49
Welcome to the board and 1911 ownership. I love my EFS and since I cleaned up the extractor I haven't had any problems with FTL or FRB. Pistol has been 100% since then.
13th October 2009, 17:55
Thanks for the welcome!
Were you having trouble with extraction on your EFS? What prompted the modification?
When I got my Walther P22, I read about some mods I could do on it to help increase it's life and reliability right out of the box. I did a few of them and I am glad I did. I learned plenty about the gun and I enjoyed the satisfaction it gave me to do it myself. Plus, I had a good "teacher" who helped give me the confidence I needed in order to take apart my brand spanking new gun! I wonder if there are some mods recommended for the EFS? I will have to keep reading. I have read a ton in here, so far, and haven't seen much of anything on the subject yet. A little bit on replacing the trigger and mags on the older EFS's, but mine is the newer one with the cool trigger (IMO) and Novak mags. I did buy two new mags today though- Chip McCormick Shooting Star mags. They don't have the little plastic ends on them like these Kovak mags, but they will be okay, right? Hope so.
I will keep reading... I learn so much by just reading in here.
Hope you all aren't out of ammo, because to say it's scarce is a dramatic understatement!
15th October 2009, 08:40
My EFS wasnt returning to battery, thats why I cleaned up the extractor. It wasn't cleanly picking the next round off the magazine. Bit of rounding and polishing and its as it should be. Those Chip mags will be work, though the one shooting star I had gave me issues. The follower would rock forward when the final round was being fed and would scratch up the ramp. I ditched the shooting star and got two more never used Charles Daly/Rock Island mags. Now I have 4 matching black with bumper 8round mags and they all feed perfectly.
15th October 2009, 12:27
Welcome Woodroce, have fun with your CD. And how did you know the forum likes pictures??? Rich-D is right, 1911's are addicting...with now cure. A good salve is don't count them any more just enjoy all that you have.
15th October 2009, 13:45
Hi Harv- That's what those plastic ends are called? Bumpers? I have two mags with and two mags without. I figure I will probably pick up a few more of the bumper kind up the road. I would like to have eight, maybe even ten mags eventually.
Thanks for the welcome, Boehler! It's the same in all the forums- the more pictures, the better. I recently saw a picture of a bunch of people all holding signs and they say something like "this thread would be better with pictures". It cracked me up. But, it's true, pictures are worth a thousand words!
Today, I stopped at a local gun shop and they had Winchester .45 ACP FMJ target rounds for $44 for a hundred round box. LIMIT ONE PER CUSTOMER. I bought one and may go back tomorrow for another! I also scored a thousand Winchester large pistol primers! They had a limit on them, too. I reckon I'd better grab them since I have heard how scarce they are. I plan to reload someday anyway.
I must say, it's so much easier to spend money on shooting since I bought my .45.
15th October 2009, 22:04
Welcome to the forum!! I only have 2 1911s; a Colt New Agent, and a Dan Wesson PM9. My Charles Daly is a High Power, and I think that it was a very good deal. I can see how the 1911s are addictive though...now I'm thinking of a Colt Combat Commander, and I might have to check out the G4.
I've learned a lot here, and hope that you do to.
16th October 2009, 18:19
Hey, Shoota! Thanks for the welcome. Heck yeah! I have been learning at a geometric rate! (I really don't know what that means, but it sounds good) I am ready to learn more, too. That's why I am going to post what I did today and see what comes back in the line of feedback, criticism and advice!
Oh, they sure make that G4 sound really really great, don't they?
Today, I went back to the local gun shop with my Dad and picked up some Hornady 200 gr. FMJ hollow point bullets for reloading. As it turns out, my Dad reloads .45 LC, so we didn't need to get a die for my .45 ACP. Which I was pretty happy about since I have been spending WAY too much on shooting these days.
My Dad and his pal were more than happy to show me how everything works at the reloading bench and I was very interested and happy to learn. We went by-the-book on everything and reloaded all the brass I had, only 68. When we were done, I went to load up a magazine with the stuff we had just reloaded and it was getting stuck in the mag! Oops! They were all just a little bit too long even though we made them to specs listed in the book we were looking at. The book said a maximum or 1.275 (I think), so we made them all 1.268 which was the same size as the round nose factory ammo I have been shooting. Too long! So, we went back through and made them all 1.238 and they go into the mags just fine now. I hope they are going to shoot okay. I hope to shoot some of them tomorrow. We only reloaded 68 rounds, so even if something is wrong, I won't be left holding too many. I don't see how they won't be good though. I am happy with the way it all went. It's really cool, reloading. I like it and I am looking forward to doing more of it.
The book said that with Unique powder that the minimum grains would be 6.5 and the maximum is 7. We loaded them with 6.5 on the nose.
Things that I found interesting my first time reloading:
1. I can't believe that the gun powder dispenser is as accurate as it is considering that it's dumping the gunpowder by volume. I was amazed at how consistent the weight was. I thought for sure there would be more fluctuation. Nope. Pretty solid.
2. The gunpowder we used was really interesting. I liked its consistency and the way it flowed. It was unique! No, that's the brand, Unique. Dad made sure to show me how different all the different types of powder is. They had EIGHT DIFFERENT KINDS of gun powder! Gunpowder- I mean, who doesn't love it?
3. I really liked the little disk thing the primers go on and how it flips them all right side up when you gently shake it.
4. This whole reloading thing is much easier than I thought it would be. I have to remember to not take for granted the importance of having your head-together when you are doing it. I shutter to think of what chaos a little mistake could cause, let alone what a big mistake could do! Although I felt pretty good about what I was doing since I had Dad and his buddy watching me the whole time. Plus, them watching me made me concentrate even more on not screwing up!
5. The hammer-like, "bullet-puller" tool was pretty cool. We only used it to open up one factory round so they could show me. We never needed it to fix a mistake.
6. By the time all is said and done, I don't really save that much money over buying factory ammo. I can't believe how expensive it is to shoot a .45 ACP. It ain't right, I say. It just ain't right! Fifty cents a round is plum loco, IMHO.
It was a good day, just the same. Hope you all get to go out and do a little shooting this weekend. Those of you up here in the northeast better dress warm! We're under a winter weather advisory for the entire weekend here in the Finger Lakes of NY State!
Oh, one more thing... Please forgive me for not taking pictures! I know that I should have taken pictures and I am really sorry that I didn't. So, I will attach a picture of my son holding a .50 caliber Desert Eagle even though I think he is far to young to have that "I wanna blast something" look in his eye!
I look at this picture that is only a year old and I cannot believe how much kids change is such a short time. He's turning into a man right before my very eyes! He doesn't look much like the boy in this picture anymore, that's for sure!
16th October 2009, 20:49
I've thought about reloading, and I'm interested, but don't have the time right now. Maybe someday. But one certainly needs to be careful when doing it. I would not want to be on the wrong side of bad reload. Hope you enjoy.
29th October 2009, 17:30
I found this thread interesting and informative about the Charles Daly 1911. I bought one used, my first used gun...ever. I took it to the range and it just wouldn't feed. Not being new to guns, I suspected it wasn't the gun but the magazine which was some sort of Novak.
I always keep about a dozen spare magazines in my range bag and switched out the Novak with another brand and the problem went away. It's a great gun that feels nice in my hand. I did change the recoil spring and firing pin spring recently to a heavier recoil spring (Wolff 18.5 lbs.) which gave the gun more zing. I also purchased a drop-in checkered front strap from Wilson Combat which improved the feel, especially on a warm range when the hand may perspire.
If you are a 1911 fan, you will love one of these.
9th November 2009, 20:01
I too just purchased my first 1911 CD (like Woodroce's). I see people talking about different 'names' for the pistol. I am a newbie and confused. Other than Charles Daly on the left side and the serial number on the right I also have on the frame bottom "APINTL-PAHRUMP NV" and below that it is stamped: "PHILIPPINES". Any and all information that can be gathered from that would be appreciated. I saw somewhere something about Israel. What is that all about?
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