Smith & Wesson E Series Railed 1911 Review

| September 10, 2012 | 3 Comments

I’ve owned this gun for over a year now and I’m slowly inching toward the 1k round mark so I figured it’s time to do a?review…

When I got the gun in I was impressed with the over all fit and finish of the gun, especially since it’s a production 1911. The trigger was short and crisp as you’d expect with a little overtravel (fixed that), the safety clicked positively on and off, the undercut trigger guard felt good in the hand, and the orignal wood grips were nicer than most facory grips I’ve handled over the years.

Here’s a quick summary of the pros and cons:

-Reliable (only 1 malfunction ever which was on the 2nd mag ever through the gun using a Wilson 47D mag FWIW)
-Fit and finish are nice for the price?range?of the gun
-Comes standard with Trijicon night sights
-Scalloped grip surface on the slide ensure good grip even under adverse conditions
-Top of the slide is serrated to prevent glare when looking through the sights
-Good trigger (consistent pull, crisp)
-Standard 1913 style rail for attaching lights/lasers/ect… (maybe even a bayonet! I kid…)

-Limited capacity (generally 7-10+1)
-“safety” warning on the frame
-Relatively large roll mark
-Overtravel screw on the trigger (not optimal for defensive guns in my opinion)
-Ambi-safety (personal preference)

All in all I really like this gun and it will be a keeper; not selling this one! Here’s a?review?where we do some shooting on the steel plates, a tabletop discussion with disassembly/assembly, and some chrono testing with some duty loads.

Chrono Data:
Federal HST 230gr JHPs: 820fps, 343 ft/lbs energy
Winchester Ranger 230gr JHPs: 872fps, 388 ft/lbs energy

About the Author:

I love firearms and everything that goes along with them (holsters, lights, ect...). I'm a graduate of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Center and a veteran of the US Army and US Air Force and spent years teaching shooting handguns, rifles, and heavy weapons.

3 Comments on "Smith & Wesson E Series Railed 1911 Review"

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  1. Plouffedaddy,

    What a great first post and good job on the video as well. I know this was a review on the S&W 1911 E Series but I noticed you have a light attached to the rail, it looks like a TLR-1 by stream light what do you think of it?

    Also what type of holster are you sporting that supports 1911 and light and what sort of material is it made out of?

  2. Andy says:

    Nice review, fairly comprehensive given the limitations of your video’s length. I liked it. As you know, a little overtravel is a good idea, and your comments there threw me off a little. Other than that, I thought it was a good video. Thanks for sharing. :thumb:


  3. plouffedaddy says:

    I think the TLR’s the best light on the market for the money.. Using a kydex holster by NTAC I believe.


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