Along with the M&P pistols and rifles, the Smith and Wesson folks brought out a few other goodies, ranging from flashlights to press kit USB devices shaped like ear plugs. An item that caught my particular attention: their Pro Series 1911 in 9mm. Ever the gun junkie, I approached the Smith rep about carrying the pistol for the morning. Ever the ballistic crack dealer, he happily obliged. Galco fit me with a holster and mag carrier on the spot. It rode my hip and I put the Smith and Wesson Pro Series 9mm 1911 through it’s paces. More pictures and some YouTubery after the jump . . .
First things first; the Pro Series 9mm 1911 feels just like my .45-caliber 1911. Like any 1911. Weight, form factor, ergonomics – they’re all right in line with the timeless classic that is the brainchild of one John Moses Browning. The Pro Series 9mm 1911’s factory standard front strap stippling is a huge plus; it’s aggressive enough for a positive hold, but not so bad that it hurts to hang on to. Here’s my first go with the gun from 50 yards.
I was a might impressed with the steel shooting, and equally as happy with the pistol. The operation of the slide on the Pro Series was tight (in a good way) and smooth.
The trigger time went down after the pistol had ridden on my hip for a few hours, during which time I dove into the dirt and rolled around doing prone drills. It completely slipped my mind that I was wearing the brand new Pro Series and not one of the M&P’s. In hindsight, that was a bugger move on my part. Luckily, the Galco holster I was wearing held the weapon high and tight enough in that it didn’t touch the ground (much) while I was testing my flexibility.
For the short half-day I was able to carry the pistol, I was impressed. Not so impressed as to run out and snag one off the shelves, but impressed to the point where the Smith and Wesson Pro Series 9mm 1911 stands out as one of the highlights of the day’s events.
The highlight of my time within the highlight of the pistol? Heh; see below for some in-line plate shooting – six plates, each successive hidden by the one in front of it. The name of the game is patience, and front sight.