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MurdochsM4  [Member]
4/12/2006 1:19:49 PM
I am wondering what the weight difference is between this and a 45 HK USP which weighs 1.65 pounds. I cant find anything on the net, colt won't even say what they weigh!
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Gregory_K  [Member]
4/12/2006 1:28:21 PM
USGI M1911A1.

Primary function: Semiautomatic pistol
Length: 8.625 inches (21.91 centimeters)
Length of barrel: 5.03 inches (12.78 centimeters)
Weight:
Magazine empty: 2.5 pounds (1.14 kg)
Magazine loaded: 3.0 pounds (1.36 kg)
Bore diameter: .45 caliber
Maximum effective range: 82.02 feet (25 meters)
Muzzle velocity: 830 feet (253 meters) per second
Magazine capacity: 7 rounds

FAS
ALPHAGHOST  [Team Member]
4/12/2006 1:56:18 PM
unloaded 1911: ~39 oz
loaded: no idea on both--i dont have a preciese scale, but i can say that the 1911 (fully loaded, 9 rnds) still feels a little heavier than a fully loaded HK USPf .45acp (13rnds)
MurdochsM4  [Member]
4/12/2006 2:29:03 PM
Thanks, however I have two different weights:

2.5 pounds (unloaded)

and

3.25 pounds (39 ounces) (unloaded)

Which weight should I go by?
ALPHAGHOST  [Team Member]
4/12/2006 2:34:13 PM

Originally Posted By MurdochsM4:
Thanks, however I have two different weights:

2.5 pounds (unloaded)

and

3.25 pounds (39 ounces) (unloaded)

Which weight should I go by?



oh sorry...SA's website has a few different weights: ~36 for the milspec--38oz for the loaded

all i know is that my SA loaded still feels heavier than my HK USPf
MurdochsM4  [Member]
4/12/2006 2:46:22 PM
Alphagost- Which do you prefer?
ALPHAGHOST  [Team Member]
4/12/2006 2:52:41 PM

Originally Posted By MurdochsM4:
Alphagost- Which do you prefer?



prefer for what exactly? weight wise? shooting? carrying? SA mil-spec vs Loaded? etc?
markm  [Team Member]
4/12/2006 3:02:55 PM
42 ounces.
MurdochsM4  [Member]
4/12/2006 3:17:16 PM

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:

Originally Posted By MurdochsM4:
Alphagost- Which do you prefer?



prefer for what exactly? weight wise? shooting? carrying? SA mil-spec vs Loaded? etc?




I was thinking for a combination of everything, the better all around gun, 1911Loaded vs. HK USP 45? I mean weight is a factor for occasional carry, accuracy is a factor, reliability and ergonomics are also a big factor.

ALPHAGHOST  [Team Member]
4/12/2006 3:31:01 PM

Originally Posted By MurdochsM4:

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:

Originally Posted By MurdochsM4:
Alphagost- Which do you prefer?



prefer for what exactly? weight wise? shooting? carrying? SA mil-spec vs Loaded? etc?




I was thinking for a combination of everything, the better all around gun, 1911Loaded vs. HK USP 45? I mean weight is a factor for occasional carry, accuracy is a factor, reliability and ergonomics are also a big factor.




overall i like the 1911s better (i use to carry nothing but 1911s, but now i carry glocks)
why 1911s:
--TRIGGER--i have not shot another HG w/ a better mechanical trigger; i prefer SA triggers
--it fits my hand the best-- most natural grip and best ergonamics for me; weight: its noticible, expecially when carrying, but the lightweights are pretty comfortable
--LOTS of accessories, parts, and work available
--3 of the 6 1911s i have had 100% reliable 1911s, so i'm comfortable w/ them
--safety-i prefer the smoother feeling metal safety lever on the 1911 over the plastic one on the HKs
--i prefer my Kimber TLE II over my SA loaded

i only have one HK--HK USPf45--its also been 100% reliable; h/w, its not a comfortable gun to CCW (i could CCW a 1911Full pretty ok b/c of its slim line) but its bulk and width make it harder to properly CCW
--the trigger sucks in DA mode (they say the match trigger is a lot better, but i have not tried one yet) compared to a SA 1911 trigger
--parts and mags are expensive
--ergonamically and grip wise, its pretty good and the controls are situated like a 1911, but "feel" different (i think that its b/c its plastic vs metal); the rear tang/high bore axis is noticible to me
--easier to dissassemble; hi-cap capacity

but it might be different for you (i have med hands, med frame); for me, take a HK or 1911 OWB anyday of the week
GenghisKhan  [Team Member]
4/12/2006 3:35:41 PM
I have the loaded BiTone that has an alloy frame and it feels a lot lighter than my G.I. version and lighter than my USP did. It is a great pistol although I know some probably do not like the alloy frame however I have had no problems with mine and it is not heavy at all.
SGB  [Team Member]
4/12/2006 4:45:49 PM

Originally Posted By markm:
42 ounces.





ALPHAGHOST is correct. The Original specs for the 1911 put it at 39 oz (2lb 7oz) empty.
triburst1  [Team Member]
4/12/2006 5:33:42 PM

Originally Posted By markm:
42 ounces.



Are you sure? I thought it was 87 ounces.
Gregory_K  [Member]
4/12/2006 9:02:56 PM

Originally Posted By SGB:

Originally Posted By markm:
42 ounces.





ALPHAGHOST is correct. The Original specs for the 1911 put it at 39 oz (2lb 7oz) empty.



So Is the Marine factfile incorrect? USMC link
SGB  [Team Member]
4/12/2006 9:59:47 PM

Originally Posted By Gregory_K:

Originally Posted By SGB:

Originally Posted By markm:
42 ounces.





ALPHAGHOST is correct. The Original specs for the 1911 put it at 39 oz (2lb 7oz) empty.



So Is the Marine factfile incorrect? USMC link



M1911A1 .45 Caliber Pistol

Primary function: Semiautomatic pistol
Length: 8.625 inches (21.91 centimeters)
Length of barrel: 5.03 inches (12.78 centimeters)
Weight:
Magazine empty: 2.5 pounds (1.14 kg)

Magazine loaded: 3.0 pounds (1.36 kg)
Bore diameter: .45 caliber
Maximum effective range: 82.02 feet (25 meters)
Muzzle velocity: 830 feet (253 meters) per second
Magazine capacity: 7 rounds
Unit Replacement Cost: $242

The above is for the 1911A1 not the 1911.

The 1911a1 has the arched mainspring housing which brought the weight up approx 1 oz.
Gregory_K  [Member]
4/12/2006 11:04:49 PM
Dam minor details.
ALPHAGHOST  [Team Member]
4/13/2006 12:20:11 AM

Originally Posted By SGB:

Originally Posted By markm:
42 ounces.





ALPHAGHOST is correct. The Original specs for the 1911 put it at 39 oz (2lb 7oz) empty.



thanks mr SGB

for some reason, 39oz kept hitting me in the head...but everywhere i looked it was a tad less than that

oh well...i do know that a 1911 will make a decent club if you ever run outta ammo--them suckers HURT
SGB  [Team Member]
4/13/2006 3:53:03 AM

Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
Dam minor details.



Correct details non the less.
Blue_Genes  [Team Member]
4/13/2006 5:58:36 AM

Originally Posted By MurdochsM4:
Thanks, however I have two different weights:

2.5 pounds (unloaded)

and

3.25 pounds (39 ounces) (unloaded)

Which weight should I go by?



Maybe I fell asleep in Math, but 39 ounces is not 3.25 lbs. 16 oz to a pound. x 2 is 32 ounces, plus 7/16 is roughly 2.5 lbs.

So if two places, one says 2.5 lbs, and the other says 39 ounces...well...buy them both. They weigh the same.
Gregory_K  [Member]
4/13/2006 7:12:52 AM
If you look at 1911 models with ambi safites light rails, full length guide rods. I can see the other weight as being true as well.

To just say they weight 2.4 pounds is not totally corect, that would only be 1 configuration.

Take a 45 use the poly msh, poly short trigger koieng low mass hammer and spring, a1 frame, and Ti parts (just not the firing pin Steel is the only material they should be).

You can get a 1911 lighter than the posted std weight.
sysfailur  [Member]
4/13/2006 8:57:38 AM

Originally Posted By markm:
42 ounces.



Don't you mean 87?
tenmikemike  [Member]
4/23/2006 2:21:32 AM

Originally Posted By MurdochsM4:
Thanks, however I have two different weights:

2.5 pounds (unloaded)

and

3.25 pounds (39 ounces) (unloaded)

Which weight should I go by?


Last time I checked there were 16 oz per lb so 39 oz would be 2.43 lbs??!!
SGB  [Team Member]
4/23/2006 2:37:25 AM

Originally Posted By Gregory_K:
If you look at 1911 models with ambi safites light rails, full length guide rods. I can see the other weight as being true as well.

To just say they weight 2.4 pounds is not totally corect, that would only be 1 configuration.

Take a 45 use the poly msh, poly short trigger koieng low mass hammer and spring, a1 frame, and Ti parts (just not the firing pin Steel is the only material they should be).

You can get a 1911 lighter than the posted std weight.




The original question was How much does a standard 5" 1911 weigh?

The CORRECT answer is 39oz

True, variations other than the standard 1911 have different weights

www.sightm1911.com/

In its final form, the M1911 was a locked-breech, single-action semi-automatic pistol. It was chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge and had a magazine capacity of seven rounds. Its weight unloaded was 39 ounces; overall length was 8.25"; the height was 5.25". Sights were fixed, although the rear sight was housed in a dovetail slot that allowed it to be drifted either left or right for windage adjustments. The pistols were finished in blue and fitted with checked wood stocks.
Gregory_K  [Member]
4/23/2006 9:35:26 PM
1911 has become a generic term to include all the different styles of the 1911.

He did not ask about a M1911 or a Model of 1911 US Army, Just a 1911.

npd233  [Team Member]
4/23/2006 9:36:33 PM

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:
unloaded 1911: ~39 oz
loaded: no idea on both--i dont have a preciese scale, but i can say that the 1911 (fully loaded, 9 rnds) still feels a little heavier than a fully loaded HK USPf .45acp (13rnds)



+1.

Stainless 5" Colt Government model is 39 ounces unloaded.
Combat_Jack  [Team Member]
4/23/2006 9:37:41 PM
36-39 ounces.
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