The M1911 and Cor®Bon Self-Defense DPX Ammo: Two of My Favorite Things

Springfield M1911-CorBonDPX Self-Defense Ammunition

Recently, I shared a range day picture featuring my lightly customized Springfield Armory M1911 pistol and some boxes of Cor®Bon DPX with my old friend, Mike Shovel, sales manager at Cor®Bon Ammunition.  He was appreciative of my choice of ammo, but chided me for my taste in pistols: “Can’t you find a nice polymer frame pistol made in the 21st Century?”, he chided.

Springfield M1911-CorBonDPX Self-Defense Ammunition

My mentor, John Farnam, of Defense Training International often reminds his students that it is dangerous to have a “favorite” pistol and I agree!  Dependence can lead to helplessness.  I do my best to keep up with the latest designs and I do practice with and carry a variety of defensive pistols — even newly minted ones made in this century! However, one’s first love is often the deepest, and I’ve admired John Browning and his M1911 pistol. since I was a kid. The history of the pistol itself is immensely interesting.  I remind my Ravelin Group Defensive Training students that the functionality and design of the M1911 works as well today in its many iterations as it did more than a century ago!


Here are my “Top 5” reasons to consider Browning’s 100+ year-old design:

  1. Ergonomic: Fits more hands properly than most double columned pistols in regards to trigger reach and circumference dimension.
  2. Carry-friendly: Thinner slide & grip profile (single column magazine) makes for more comfort & concealment when using an IWB holster.
  3. Optimal Standard Trigger Weight: 5 to 6 pound range allows for controlled & consistent hits. Stay away from <4 lb trigger weights in your 1911 for defensive use!
  4. Reliable: All steel construction / hammer-fired action offer reassuring durability & reliability when compared to polymer framed / striker fired pistols. Unlike most polymer framed pistols, the all steel framed 1911 will fully function even when a perfect or non-fully-supported grip is used.
  5. GTG Out of the Box: Most 1911’s come with very usable fixed high-profile sights that allows the user to quickly see the sights, unlike a lot of smaller compact pistols

M1911-support-sideStarting a quest for your own 1911? There are many models from which to choose ranging from “plain vanilla” workhorses, tactical models with picatinny rails, tricked-out competition pistols and top-of-the line showpieces. Here’s a quick caution: be prepared for sticker shock as you go shopping! 1911 platform pistols as a rule are made to very high specifications from quality materials.

Abbreviated “Good-Better-Best” Shopping Guide:

Good: $500.00 – $700.00
Rock Island Armory is a great place to start and offer an array models and options to keep your business as your interest grows.
Ruger makes their own SR1911, a cast steel version that is affordable and updated
Better: $800.00 – $1,800.00
Springfield Armory’s 1911 Series
Kimber, the choice of many professional competitors
Best: $2,500.00 and up
Ed Brown, a custom builder offers over 100 options from which to choose
Wilson Combat, offers top-of-the line models that are handsomely fitted and engraved and high-end “tactical” pistols:

The Used Market

Of course, there are plenty of options in the used market.  A few cautions:

  • “Parts Guns”
  • Replicas
  • Modified Pistols

A nice selection of iconic ‘70 Series Colt 1911’s in the $900.00 to $1,200.00 range, is at

FB-Header02In the Mood for Some 1911 Reading?

Patrick Sweeney has written a number of comprehensive 1911 books, here’s a few:
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 Volume 1
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 Volume II
1911: The First 100 Years

The Importance of Quality Defensive Ammunition

My defensive ammunition preference has been CorBon high performance DPX® (Deep Penetrating Expanding) ammunition for more than 30 years.  Becasue Cor®Bon’s custom serrated copper DPX® bullets have superior penetration and expansion.  Stopping power is maximized and engineered to be retained within the target (avoiding risk of injuries beyond the intended target).

Sales Manager, Mike Shovel, assures me that the Cor®Bon Company is coming up very strong in 2018.  Ravelin Group is a Cor®Bon Dealer.

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