Colt Competition .45 ACP 1911 2000 Round Challenge: Rounds 451-600

I went to another one of Step By Step Gun Training’s Shoot N Scoot’s events last weekend to do two things: Shoot a bunch of qualifiers to gauge my progress and get them on record, and put more rounds through the Colt 1911. We’ll talk about that first thing at a later date, so let’s move on to the Colt.

One of the nice things about the Shoot N Scoots is that each weekend, the first two bays are set up identically to what was used the previous Thursday in the pistol matches they run there, so I get to compare my performance from one day to next. The matches are Louland are alway lightweight, run and gun affairs that are good skill builders and not too challenging and primarily use steel targets. Here’s the setup for Stage 2.

Shoot N Scoot

And here’s one of my runs with the Colt.

My time on that run was a skooch under 18 seconds, with three reloads. My time on that stage last Thursday using a Beretta APX and a 21 round mag (so no reloads)? 21.28 seconds. Yes, I missed a shot with the 1911 that the RO let slide in this run, but on my first run, I shot it 18.9 secs. So there.

So why the over two second difference between a softer-shooting 9mm with no reloads and the thump of .45ACP and three reloads?

Two reasons:

  1. Familiarity. I’m at over 500 rounds with that 1911, and I’m starting to learn how to run it. I’ve just under 200 rounds with the Beretta. I know where things are set up on the Colt, but the Beretta is the first full-sized striker gun I’ve shot over a long period of time.
    No, really.
  2. Sights. The Colt’s fiber optic sights, while large, are nothing compared to the Beretta’s sights. There is literally no gap between the front sight and rear sight on the Beretta, making precise aiming a bit of a challenge. In addition to that, the Beretta uses three dot sights, a setup that just does not work well for me… Gimme fiber optics or Trijicon HD’s any day over three dots.

Colt Competition 2000 Round Challenge

Rounds Fired:
100 Rounds Sellier And Bellot .45ACP FMJ
50 Rounds Remington UMC .45ACP FMJ


No issues.

Thanks to Lucky Gunner for providing the ammo for this test.

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  1. Kevin,
    have you tried clipping your name tag higher on your hat? I’m thinking that little label/tag at the top of the open section would give the clip something to grip. Having that tag whacking me on the neck would be a big distraction, and having it resting against your hair might be better. Some of my ballcaps have a Velcro strip on the back. I think that’s for a name/ID strip.

    I suspect you could shave some time off your draw. I did some drawing using your video. Clearing my cover jacket has me gripping my gun later than you, but I catch up by the time you are on target. So, holster to target could be a little faster moving.

    During your gun acquisition, you wait until you wrap your thumb around the backstrap before you start moving the gun. It looks like you raise your hand until it is even with the grips, and then move your hand sideways to make contact. A good technique for drawing while running, as you really want to get a solid grip before moving the gun in that situation.
    You might want to try coming straight up under the front strap, with your thumb offset to clear the gun, and do your thumb wrap after you start moving the gun. You are using a straight drop holster, so it should work for you. I have trouble doing it with a canted holster, especially with a gun with a radically canted grip like a Glock. That combo just doesn’t seem to be viable for that draw. The important thing is to squeeze the grips with your fingers as soon as they touch, before the gun moves very far. If not, you can end up tossing the gun ahead of you.

    The other thing I notice is that you appear to not start swinging the muzzle to the next target until you fully recover from recoil. Are you waiting for confirmation of your hit? You shouldn’t be, with those size targets. You can be swinging as soon as you fire, certainly before the top of the recoil rise. Your muzzle should be tracing a vertical curve/arc from target to target.

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