Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: South Central Wisconsin, USA
Re: Birds head or traditional hog leg?
I have biggish hands and long fingers (most size 'large' gloves are a tight pull on and the fingers a tad too short). Compared to some of you boys mine are not big!
That said, I REALLY like my Ruger 45ACP Birds Head; a nice match of caliber to physical size (close to the orig. Colt's) and barrel length. It is a fine high rise belt or shoulder carry and points well for me. It sets back pretty straight into the hand, then rolls with heavy loads and anything less, like typical 1911 target loads are sweet. I like the 45ACP cartridge but detest chasing brass; this gun solves that! I 'speed load' it out of a flakey 1911 magazine; ie, dump the empties, hold gun in left hand and thumb the fresh loads straight in with the right. Belt, holster and the 1911 mag pouch(s) make a tidy rig. This is my 'mountain gun' these days.
I also REALLY Like the 'plowhandle' AND the Bisley, though in Ruger (a variation of the Croft/Keith design), NOT the original Colt, it doesnt sit right in my hand, too much relief behind the trigger guard at the top. Im lusting for a Ruger Bisley 44Spl x 5.5'(?), but Im holding out for that model in 45ACP............
And I REALLY like the old Super BH grip, on the Super, wouldnt like it on a smaller frame. It seems similar to the Colt's 1860 Army, which I did not like on that model, it seemed 'out of proportion' to me (I preferred the 1851 Navy grip which became the venerable Peacemaker). The SBH grip is beefy enough for me (well, with my custom Elk grips now) that I wont change it to a Bisley (which I had once considered).
Like so much of this, ya gotta live with a handgun for a while to know it, a few test shots wont prove it to you. Sadly, most dont have a close friend with whatever model they are lusting for to loan it for a while or allow for enough live-fire testing to find out if it suits you.
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