Gun Report

Smith & Wesson 1911PD .45 ACP

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This gun shot better with replacement wood grips rather than the expensive stock laser grips.

Smith & Wesson 1911PD .45 ACP

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Double

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The Crimson Trace Laser Grip was easy to adjust, using the small holes (arrows, left) for elevation on the top and for windage on the side. But we found that activating the pressure switch below the trigger guard (bottom arrow) interfered with our shooting grip.
The lever that worked with the firing pin safety had to be tucked out of the way in order to replace the slide. This meant holding the beavertail grip safety open.

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