Originally Posted by Nick M
That is the reason the actual GI models from Colt, Remmington, etc were "loose".
A friend of mine and I had both left active service. He bought a 1911 and came to my house to show it to me. It was tight, it didn't rattle, and so I thought something was wrong with it. I'd never encountered a 1911 in the service that I couldn't rack with one hand. Also, his had rifling in the barrel, which I'd never seen before in any of the issued 1911's. He got a big laugh every time I discovered these things that were "wrong" with his pistol.
Come to think of it, I'm surprised how accurate we could shoot those old things. Really, they must have been WW2 vintage.
Despite that, I would rather have one of those old 1911's than the new Beretta's. I'm not saying the M9 is a bad pistol but gad zooks those 1911's kept shooting in seemly any condition. And they hit hard. And I never had any trouble qualifying with them so they shot straight enough despite the EXTREME wear. The M9 is nice, but the 1911 is Army.