1911 and +P
So my friend gave me some plus P ammo the other day and I never really thought about it before then I looked at my safe and I have some +P speer gold dots as well. My question is are all 1911s safe to fire +P with? my 1911 is a springfield loaded model. Please give me some input. Dont want to hurt my baby.
I'm guessing you'll get mixed responses here. From what I've seen, the prevailing opinion is that +P is okay but more suited for the shorter barreled guns. I've fired +P through my Gov't size and Commander (4-4.25") pistols. I don't make a habit of it, but I do carry my Colt S80 Commander with RangerT 230gr +P's. Range and fun shooting is standard pressure ammo only.
my main question is would it be ok to shoot it every once and awhile and keep it for HD and carry ammo?
Infrequent shooting of +P should be OK, just don't give it a steady diet of it.
Even HK says this about the HK 45, which is probably the most reliable 45 Auto handgun currently available.
You might want to bump up your recoil spring a pound or two. Skip those "variable" recoil springs for higher powered loads.
Note that it does indeed have different recoil characteristics, so you will have to practice with it.
Should be no problem in a solid modern 1911.
18.5 lb recoil, 26 lb main.