I purchased the American Classic from Bud%u2019s after looking at half a dozen other 1911s. I already own Rock Island, Ruger, Remington and Sig 1911s and was just looking for another one. I shoot them regularly and have experience with other brands as well. I am partial to the design but I do have other pistols.
The pistol arrived in record time, five days after purchase, even though it was the week before Christmas. I don%u2019t think one can ask for better service than that.
The first thing one does after getting a new 1911 is to rack the slide. The official reason is to clear the weapon but it will also indicate the initial quality of the piece. Racking the slide on the American Classic made me pause. It felt equal in fit to my Ruger and Sig. The pistol was drenched in oil so I dissembled and cleaned it. Two things stood out, an extremely tight barrel bushing and a guide rod that was just over one inch. It has been my experience that a tight barrel to bushing fit will usually yield in better accuracy and short guide rods do work.
The pistol has a blued finish. The bluing is rather thin looking and does not approach the deep blue found in more expensive guns and will likely lead to quick holster wear and scratches from assembly. The trigger and the hammer are both skeletonized. The hammer has a unique webbing design to the cutout. I think it is suppose to be an M and an A for Metro Arms but I couldn%u2019t see it. The beaver tail is extended but the safety is not ambidextrous. The grips are wood and show some detailing but are not aggressively checkered. They are a little too light in color for my tastes and will soon be swapped out for a set of brown G-10 grips to get a better purchase. The sights are Novak style that have a white three-dot configuration but are not night sights and the slide top has a dull finish to aid in sighting. The pistol comes with one ACT magazine. The slide has rear serrations but there are none on the front. The feed ramp is highly polished, something that is not common on a lot of pistols. The trigger is very smooth and pulls at a consistent 4.9 pounds when measured with a Lyman digital trigger scale.
There were a few personal observations about the pistol that may be meaningful to some. First, the magazine release was stuck upon arrival. I had to work it back and forth to get it to free up. It felt like an errant piece of metal may have been left behind during assembly. It works as it should now. I previously mentioned that the pistol was tight fitting. So much so that it is the only 1911 that I own that absolutely needs a barrel-bushing tool to dissemble. The plunger that holds the slide lock also needs the side of a small screwdriver tip to push it back to install slide lock. It protrudes a little farther than on my other pistols and the spring definitely has more tension. That will likely result in that famous 1911 scratch on the frame. This maybe not such a big thing but the grip screws are standard thread and can easily be replaced with decorative ones if wanted.
So, how did it shoot at the range? My goal was to shoot 50 or so rounds, clean the pistol and then shoot more. The first two magazines failed to feed the first round. One of these magazines was the factory supplied one and the other was a Wilson Combat magazine. I dropped both magazines and reloaded them. The second attempt on both worked. I doubt that they miss fed due to loading. More likely it was simply a tight fit. The pistol then fed the next fifty rounds without an issue. I cleaned the gun and ran another fifty rounds through it. They all fed flawlessly and ejected cleanly. If it is fair to rate a firearm after only 100 rounds then the pistol would get high marks. The sights were on and needed no adjustment to hit a standard bulls eye at 25 feet. It fairs well compared to my other 1911s. The sights are better than those that came on my Rock Island, (they have replaced) but the finish and sights do not compare to the Remington R1. It runs as well as my Sig but does not seem to point as well and the Remington and the Ruger. That being written, it is better in quality, fit and finish and dependability than many other 1911s in the same price range. I am thinking that it will get lots of range time and may end up as a carry pistol, at least part time.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars!