Reviewed By: Roy P on 02/07/2015
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
I am very pleased at this point with the FX1911 Titan LW. I chose the 3 inch barrel because I was interested in finding a 45 ACP to use as an EDC piece. I spent a considerable amount of time researching and looking at other compact 1911s. Most that I looked at cost considerably more than the Titan others were closer in price, but still higher.
My first thought when I received the Titan was that the gun was a lot more solidly build and with tighter tolerances than one might expect for the price I paid. I am sure that there are some experts, actual and self-described who can probably cite all the reasons that the more costly brands are of higher quality than the Titan. But to this point the only difference I can see is the price.
I took it to the range today to put the first few rounds through it, here is what I found:
1. I ran 50, 230 grain Ball rounds through it without a single failure to feed, or failure to extract.
2. I ran 50, 185 JHP through with multiple feed failures
a. The first JHP in the mag would fail to feed in three out of five attempts. Note: I was not surprised by this because I read about others who experienced the same thing.
b. It appeared that if the first round would feed properly all the others in the mag would run through without a problem.
The hollow points catch on the very lower edge of the chamber as it is trying to feed. It appears that this is happening because that lower edge of the chamber is not rounded. I do believe that this can be easily corrected either by the manufacturer or a gunsmith, by polishing that lower edge. Certainly not a show stopper for me given the price, the ease with which this can be corrected, and my preference for the heavier ball ammunition.
Let me start by admitting that I am not a crack pistol shot. Not a bad shot mind you, but I'm not going to go entering any marksmanship contests anytime soon either. Given that I won't go into my personal performance on the range today (grin) and will stick to what the pistol can actually do. A good friend was with me who is one of those guys who can make 10 rounds look like one big hole in the paper. So after I finished splattering the paper I handed it to him for a try. We were on a 15 yard range and he had absolutely no trouble... making several rounds look like one big hole. The Titan is every bit as accurate as any of the more costly compact 1911s... Irrespective my personal skill sets.
Here's the bottom line on the Titan:
1. Really nice pistol for the price.
2. If you can get past the issues with the feed failures with the hollow points or if you are willing to have your local smith do a little (and I do mean a little) work you will be pleased with the purchase.
3. If you are in the "It should eat whatever I feed it new out the box" camp, you might want to opt out for one of the more expensive show pieces.
Here's the important part:
4. Yes, I would recommend this pistol to others.
Were it not for the feed failure issue with the hollow points I would have given this pistol 5 stars with no reservation what-so-ever. If you are looking for a cost effective compact 1911 and since you are obviously looking at the Titan, I say go ahead and give it a try.
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