Let me hear your story on your favorite carry handgun.


Mine is my Colt M1991A1. It has been worked on by 2 of my favorite armors, Tom Beliveau and 1911 Tuner, (and some work by myself). The changes are a tritium front sight, Colt steel one piece trigger and Colt steel arched mainspring housing with a lanyard loop. Also a hard fit reduced radius firing pin stop rounded out what I consider the ideal carry pistol. Those along with the sentimental value mikes it priceless to me. It has been the subject of more than a few conversations I have had with Colt on carry pistols. I was with my mother when I bought it and it was sent home with her when she thought she might need it. The last time I went to the range with my father we shot it and I had it with me when he died. It has accompanied me on countless trips and been my ace in the hold should I ever need it.
It has saved me from a terrible beat down in the parking lot of somewhere I should not of been and I have taught countless classes with it. It has been my guinea pig for reloading experiments and got a few folks qualified for CCW along with being my edge in local pistol matches (and I need all the help I can get). It has also served as a conversation piece to educate people on gun safety and the right to carry. All that better than 15,000 rounds and never a pistol related failure. That pistol my friends is irreplaceable and my favorite carry pistol.

By Hunter Elliott

I spent much of my youth involved with firearms and felt the call early on to the United States Marine Corps, following in my father's and his brother's footsteps. Just after high school I enlisted and felt most at home on the rifle range, where I qualified expert with several firearms and spent some time as a rifle coach to my fellow Marines. After being honorably discharged I continued teaching firearm safety, rifle and pistol marksmanship, and began teaching metallic cartridge reloading. In the late 1990s I became a life member to the National Rifle Association and worked with the Friends of the NRA. Around that time my father and I became involved with IDPA and competed together up until he passed away. I began reviewing firearms for publications in the mid 2000s and have been fortunate to make many friends in the industry. Continuing to improve my firearms skills and knowledge is a never ending journey in which we should all be committed. I am also credited as weapons master on a few independent films.

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  1. Great write-up Hunter….

    My current EDC is a Ruger SR1911 NW Commander..I have been a 1911 fan since early 80’s when I bought my first Colt Gov model…it was a series 70 with the satin nickel finish. That gun sounds, to me, a lot like the one you describe… it got me out of a jam more than once. I lost it due to an unfortunate incident, of my own making, several years ago. I have owned many Colts and different brands of 1911 pistols, but I do believe if I could have any one back, it would be that satin Nickel ‘Colt 45″, as they used to be called. I do love my Ruger SR NW though. I bought two of the Ruger Commanders, one for me and one for my son…his first 1911. I had a couple of feed failures when I first got it, but after a few rounds and talking to our friend, 1911 Tuner, that straightened out and has not had a glitch since. I try to shoot at least once a week, when possible. Thanks for all the great articles you share with us and your spot on reviews. Keep sending them down range…

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