“This is my late Grandfather’s (1898-1969) carry as a cattle and horse rancher,” Colin reveals in his, well, his grandfather’s, everydaycarry.com pocket dump. Colin’s gramps was rocking an Ithaca 1911A1 — and not a whole lot else. What’s that, you ask? Here’s some insight from Chuck Hawkes’ First Look:
Enter Dave Dlubak and his team of talented machinists at Ithaca Gun Company. Ithaca, already having a rich history of building 1911’s (and another John Browning-designed gun, the M37), took a look at the current crop of 1911 models and found that many were simply assembled from parts made by outside suppliers. (The S&W M1911, for example. -Editor)
They thought they could produce a superior, made in USA product. Ithaca makes their own frames, slides, sears, triggers and hammers at their plant in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, giving them what appears to be complete quality control over the most critical elements of the 1911. This gives Ithaca quality, uniformity and interchangeability that cannot be accomplished by sourcing vital parts and constructing “parts guns.”
I’ve had an opportunity to test an Ithaca 1911A1 classic military style prototype and I can tell you that it doesn’t rattle, it doesn’t jam, has a crisp and light trigger, is easy to shoot and more accurate than I can hold. So far, most of my shooting has been off-hand at 20 yards, out in the snow . Ithaca reports two inch or better accuracy off a Ransom rest at 25 yards in their initial testing.
So a better than before 1911 if-you-will. Which Colin’s grandpa willed to him.
And while you can buy a new Ithaca 1911 for around two grand, the older pieces go for just as much if not more. Do you or have you ever carried a high-quality heirloom handgun for self-defense?