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Post by knightimac on Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:16 pm

Hi
Question does anybody have experience with Smith and Wesson 9mm 1911 Pro Series?
Are they accurate?
Reliable?
Thinking of getting one at lgs.
Thank! Paul
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Post by KBarth on Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:10 pm

For plinking they are fine.
I wouldn't shoot it for matches though
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Post by Tripscape on Mon Sep 14, 2020 2:58 pm

One of the guys at the range has SW Performance 1911 in 9mm. Fit and finish are subpar to Dan Wesson, more orless on par with STI, much better than Springfield RO. Feels reasonably tight, on par with STI but below DW. He never took it apart but I would love to dig into it with him to see what makes it tick and how and what theparts are made of. However, it is horribly inaccurate. Before anyone says anything, CCI Blazer 9mm is very accurate out of my Dan Wesson. SW we tried with irons different ammo, not accurate, choked it up to skill and sights. He got himself a Docter red dot, it was not accurate, choked it up to zero on the dot. Then he got a Vortex Venom and still not accurate. Spreads are like 10-15 inches apart, at 25 yards, in some instances, makes us think WTF??? How can a reasonably tight (not a ridiculous bullseye tight, but very tight nevertheless and no rattles at all) gun produce such varying results? Different ammo was used, many different brands. All but one was spot on in my gun and all without exception had uneven spread in his. He decided to keep it anyways for home defense ))

Is Pro same as Performance?

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Post by knightimac on Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:11 pm

Thanks. Helpful response. Glad your DW has been good.
The one in lgs seems well made and tight. I know 9mm are more finicky than 45 in 1911.
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Post by knightimac on Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:12 pm

Pro not hand fit like PC guns are supposed to be.
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Post by Tripscape on Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:38 pm

knightimac wrote:Pro not hand fit like PC guns are supposed to be.
No, it is not hand fit for sure. Like Paul said it is fairly tight and is well fit, but not as well as others in or around same price point. I would like to say this is what a "good" 1911 supposed to feel like. Good, not great. If and only if you can get one accurate.

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Post by Dr.Don on Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:58 am

One of the list of things that can make a tight gun not shoot anything well is a poor or damaged crown.
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Post by Tripscape on Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:35 am

Don, I thought the same, but crown looks OK.  Probably visually imperceptible variance.

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Post by musky on Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:17 pm

I have one, my first 1911 in 9 m/m that I had. Really liked it at first. Reasonably accurate, but had .013 gap between hood and breach face. had that welded up, then fit it to .002 clearance. Honestly not sure if it made it group any better. Stoned the sear, and set the trigger weight to just under 4 lbs. The barrel bushing is quite loose, and I should fix it, but after buying my first Wesson a little later, a PM 9, I thought it would be fun to try and see if I could make the Pro shoot as well as my Wesson PM9 by fitting a Kart barrel. Should have looked closer before ordering the Kart barrel as the Pro had a hood  width that didn't match up with the Kart. While it doesn't compare to my Wesson 9 mm, it's still a pretty decent gun, but if I already had a Wesson, I wouldn't have bought the Pro. I have since purchased many Wessons, including two customs, and they are all fantastic. As far as reliability, the only problem I ever had with the Pro was some light primer strikes that seem to have went away after welding up the hood. The slide is a little loose and will somewhat rattle. None of my Wessons are loose, and are fit very tight, but I only had to send one back for being too tight.

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