An Exercise in (Self-Defense-Oriented) Minimalism

by
posted on September 4, 2014
sinews.jpg (115)

As firearms enthusiasts and shooters, it's a challenge to broach the topic of guns without allowing things like personal preference to creep their way in, because, individually speaking, we allow our previous experiences to influence our opinions. The problem is, they're best suited for you, and you alone. (While I admit being partial to certain brands and types of 1911 accessories and parts, my goal is to explain the rationale that led to the decisions, in an effort to help form a similar list of your own.)

By taking an objective look at the vital elements that comprise Ol' Slabsides, the late gun guru/gunwriter, Col. Jeff Copper broke the pistol's most-critical elements down by concluding the only elements a self-defense 1911 needs are good sights, a good trigger and utter reliability. In keeping with the same ballistic-oriented brass-tacks approach, I'll take it one step farther and add since this pistol's purpose is self-defense, only accessories designed to enhance the pistol's specific purpose should be used. But, that's not to say aesthetics shouldn't be a factor. If you want to use a particular pair of grips simply because you think they look cool, that's fine. The mistake comes if you allow the pistol's wow-factor to overshadow its specific purpose. In an effort of narrowing the search to solely mission-specific accessories and parts, I decided to focus primarily on parts designed to enhance the pistol's reliability, accuracy and function, which forced aesthetic elements to take a backseat.

In the next installment I'll begin applying practicality-based criteria when describing the first step in the build process in detail: Fitting the frame and slide.

Latest

shotgun sights
shotgun sights

The Pros and Cons Of Red Dot Sight On Your Shotgun

Red-dot sights are all the rage. Should you put one on your home-defense shotgun?

First Look: Viridian Laser for the Heritage Rough Rider Revolver

A laser sight for a single action revolver makes for a terrific training aid.

Learn to Search Slow & Carefully

Haste makes waste. Worse still, it could make the difference between life and death.

I Carry: Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Metal Pistol in a Tulster Holster

In today's episode of "I Carry," we have the new Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Metal pistol with a Leupold DeltaPoint Pro red-dot sight carried in a Tulster OATH holster.

40 Cash Saving Tips for Black Friday

Shoppers, on your marks. Get ready... 

Why Choose A Double Action Only Pistol?

Converting a DA/SA pistol like the H&K USP to Double Action Only (DAO) typically requires the installation of proprietary parts. Having a certified armorer or qualified gunsmith do the work ensures the gun’s safety and reliability.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.