Compare Compare Now. Despite my less than average eyesight and average marksmanship, this senior guy was able to shoot decent groups, with the gun doing a lot of the work. Some claim that an external extractor helps with smoother and more efficient extractions and quicker ejections. Bought one for under $1200. This is like learning Star Wars Episode 1 was a demonstrably good movie. Required fields are marked *. With that in mind, let’s dive into the Pro Series. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. But that didn’t make it any less accurate or fun to shoot. There were no issues with any of the ammunition we used, so put a checkmark next to No. Feature-rich and enhanced for better performance, our firearms maintain production line integrity. That’s what she said. The rear adjustable sights were fully adjustable, easy to dial in and worked fine. But here are ways you can make up for that.”. They have a palm swell that fills the hand nicely and the texture allows for a very secure grip, even with my medium-sized sweaty hands. Some like the white dot or fiber optic (FO) front sight and the black rear sight. Without any doubt, it was THE smoothest and fun shooting 1911 9mm handgun I have shot, including the several I own and others I have reviewed. The S&W Performance Center M&P 40 M2.0 Pro Series' low barrel axis makes the M&P pistol more comfortable to shoot and allows for faster aim recovery. All rights reserved. Combine that with the smaller caliber and you end up with a very stiff package indeed. When I was handed the SW1911 pro, it took me all of 3 seconds to figure out this pistol is something special. As advertised, the S&W Pro Series is easy to rack on a closed slide and full magazine. Generally, I believe you get what you pay for! The black rear sights were easy to use and different than focusing on the front sight with my usual 3 white dots. I was impressed with its eye-catching appearance, but what about its reliability, trigger press, balance, fit and finish, ergonomics, accuracy, etc. The barrel was match grade quality. It would also make a nice home-defense handgun or backup there. 2) Be mindful of your round count. It’s no Smith & Wesson .380 EZ, but it isn’t much harder. Ben recently wrote the book "Concealed Carry and Handgun Essentials for Personal Protection" (second printing) with 57 comprehensive Chapters about concealed carry and handgun principles, techniques, and tips for both experienced and new shooters. $41.99. The holder protects the trigger, yet has a cutaway for my trigger finger that keeps my finger outside the trigger guard. The accuracy of the Pro-9mm was excellent and effortless for me at medium distances of 7, 15, and 20 yards. (function() { However, a bushingless barrel allows for a longer stroke and a very thick barrel profile. MAGAZINES This particular Smith & Wesson came with two nickel-plated eight-round magazines. Enter Zip Code Find A Dealer. The Smith & Wesson 1911 Pro Series 9mm Review Are Beauty and the Beast different creatures? For those accustomed to even a basically tuned 1911 trigger, everything else will feel sh*tf*ckawful to the point that if you’re really good with one, it might show on the target if you pick up a mushy factory Glock. Iain? This review represents my sincere objective evaluation of the gun. In this review, Col. Findley does not address one important criterion. However, I was not accustomed to this Black/Black sight picture but got used to not having to use the dots. })(); "Col Ben" is retired with 30 years service in the U.S. Air Force, with joint services Special Ops duty and training, and is Air Force qualified as "Expert" in small arms. This 1911 Pro 9 mm was not at all finicky and digested every ammo brand and even all reloads smoothly. This was very noticeable and I had no problem at all with the recoil and it helped my accuracy. And I expect it would be as fine a firearm, in its own way, as this 9mm 1911. These enhance its ergonomics and reloading speed. I really enjoyed pressing it. Me? I may use a lighter recoil spring (#14) later for reload reliability, just as a preventative, but no problems with the factory spring. We’ve heard that the reason Glock opts for $3 plastic hot garbage sights with their OEM pistols is that they’re meant to be immediately replaced. Is It Safe to Store Guns and Ammo in a Hot... [FIRST REVIEW] The New Ruger-57 5.7x28mm Pistol. For comparison, my other (broke-in) single-actions Sig 1911 Match Elite .45 has a 5.1 pound press; my Kimber 1911 Combat Custom .45 has a 4.8 press; my Taurus 9mm 1911 has a 4.5 (modified) press; and my Colt XSE .45 has a 4.5 press. Just picked one up, but have not yet shot it. Switched out to less expensive 10-round Metalform mags, and works fine. The top two criteria are most important to me and I considered the Pro primarily for IDPA, fun range plinking, and as a home defense backup gun, not for concealed carry or other uses. It seemed I just had to hold the gun and let it do its thing. Indeedy. While we’ve heard it said before that the bushingless system is absolutely necessary for 1911-pattern pistols with barrels below 4 inches, we have absolutely seen that it isn’t the case. Burton tells us the combination of this Pro Series being in 9mm used with a dual coil spring allows for the spring to become progressively stiffer, potentially aiding reliability. Consider that this is just my point of view with limited live-range fire and using only 200 rounds of available ammo. NEW! Compare Compare Now. As it stands, unless you’re going to perform some DIY modding, you’ll have to swap ’em. It appeared to have, and a great fit, but I had to shoot it before any conclusions. 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