Hi. I’m Travis Tomasie, National World Champion and professional shooter for PARA U.S.A. Well, really to become a good shooter, you need to not only work on the fundamentals such as your grip and your stance and your trigger control, but you need to spend a lot of time dry firing. Dry firing is like homework, where going to the range and actually real ammo is the test, or when going to a match. That’s the test. You need to dry fire your techniques.
I don’t just mean by dropping the hammer on an empty chamber. I mean working on your draws, your reloads and your movement. Dry fire is the key.
Today we are here with Travis Tomasie, World Champion Shooter for PARA. Travis, today we want to talk about why 1911’s do not suck.
Awesome. I love that topic.
Alright. So, there are all of these guys out there, guys and gals, who have bought lots of Palmer guns. That’s cool. I shoot them and love them too, but I think now it’s time, if you have three or four of those guns they are kind of similar, to think about maybe a 1911. I wanted to talk about why would someone want a 1911?
Yes. Absolutely. First of all, we know that a Palmer firearm is a great way to get started in any type of shooting that you might want to do, but the 1911 really takes it…takes your marksmanship and your shooting to the next level. You know, this design has been around for 102 years and it’s proven, it still wins in competitions and it still dominates the entire globe.
Hey, it’s still used in the military.
Exactly, it still is. That’s right. This proves its superiority in those types of conditions.
So, when we talk about the 1911, for those who are maybe new to it or whatever, this is a 1911. Some people call it a .45 auto, but the 1911 is the general style that John Browning designed back 102 years ago. With a 1911 what you are going to notice is that most of them are going to be steel guns, right?
So they are going to be a little heavier, but some of the nice, nice features are, and probably the first thing that comes to mind, is the trigger.
Absolutely. Single action trigger.
So it’s going to be a very short take-up and a short reset.
That’s right. A very short take-up, very short, firm and quick reset to allow you to actually speed up your shooting. Also, it’s a lighter trigger pull. It really is one of the reasons why it is really tough to beat that design. The trigger is phenomenal.
Right. It let’s you be more accurate and let’s you shoot faster.
Now, the other thing we were talking about is how customizable the 1911 is. Now, you have your competition rig here.
Talk about what you have done to make this gun shoot for you.
Well, this is actually PARA’s new pro-custom 1640. It’s a .40 calibers, double stack and its tricked out ready to race. It brings a good point that the 1911 is extremely customizable and you can do things to those that you can’t do with a Palmer gun.
Number one, is the length of the trigger. You can put shorter or longer trigger pads in there. It’s very important for your accuracy that your finger falls on the right place on the trigger. So, if a trigger is too long for you and you can’t get it to that right place, then the 1911 allows you to use either a short or longer trigger.
Some other things that are very nice are that on the grip you have a mainspring housing that this whole part comes out. You can put in an arch, you can put in a flat, it can be checkered or it can be flat. It is customizable to your grip.
So you can customize the trigger, the grip, the safety and, obviously, sights and other things.
What I would like to do is, since this is your race gun, have you shoot it on target. Maybe shoot it to empty. Do a mag change and shoot it again and just kind of show people what this gun can do in a race function like this.
Okay, that would be great.
Alright, let’s do it. So, okay, why don’t you go ahead and load up and we’ll do six shots, and reload and six shots and kind of show people what a 1911 firearm can do.
So you’re ready?
Alright. Six shots, a reload, and six shots in 3.71 seconds.
It could have been faster, Ryan.
You guys always say that. You know, it shows what a 1911 can do. That gun is obviously customized for you. It’s your competition gun, but that’s the whole point. The 1911 is customizable, and then a great trigger helps you to shoot like that.
Absolutely. It’s really proved positive that the trigger with the light, smooth aspect and also that great reset are tough to beat.
So, if you’re looking for something different and you’ve bought several pistols, think about a 1911 as your next gun. I think you’re going to like it.