I been waiting on this gun for a while. After testing the Inland USGI clone M1911A1 I had been impressed. I had seen this model in media release material and after the performance of the stock Inland I was really curious to see how an Inland done up as a fully modern pistol would do.
I have had this gun for nearly 6 months as I write this. I kept it and waited so long to write about it because I wanted to really be hard on it. It is more expensive than the 1911s I usually write about. If you have been reading this website a long time you will know that I even don’t normally go for 1911s that start going over the 1500 dollar mark. My philosophy with the 1911 is less than about 800 or more than about 1600 and as a rule, a lot of 1911s will give you one set of problems or another. Too cheap speaks for itself. Too high and you get into finely tuned special purpose guns that can’t take WW1 trench conditions no matter what the maker may claim. With a few exceptions of course. Heirloom precision, Derr precisions, guns that are mil spec but have something else about them that drives the price up like coatings, engraving or rarity. Now you may not agree with me at all and I am sure many will but I have been using the 1911 for 30 years now and in my personal experience, 1911s that cost over 1600 dollars and are made by medium sized companies that make “custom production” 1911s , usually will give problems. Bigger established firms can make ones that work fine and the small artists like Jason Burton does but the in between places I pass on. That is one man’s opinion from experience only.
Now the Inland gun is one of those made in the middle ground I just mentioned. And, being in the “custom production ” class that sets off my 2nd warning flag. After spending a fortune on ammo, I can say to you it’s good to go. It is as good as the M1911A1 USGI clone with match accuracy.
So lets get to it.
The gun is what it says and with all the features that implies. As seen above the frontstrap is checkered with aggressive well done checkering. That bad camera angle makes it look uneven for some reason but its not.
main spring housing has matching checkering and is flat and not arched. The grip safety is the upswept beaver tail with the memory bump to insure you depress it.
You can see the single side extended safety. I really like the part as it is close to the safety that is my personal favorite. Just to see what would happen, I removed it and tried 5 different colt and USGI safety locks and all dropped in place. That is a good sign in my opinion. I like my 1911s to meet or approach the milspec requirement to have interchangeable parts.
The magazine well has a very slight bevel. That is one thing I did wonder about. I am not a big fan of extended beveled wells but a to of people are. If you buy this gun you will have to add your own.
You can see the other features of the gun. Competition style skeleton hammer, Match trigger that really does break like a glass road and is lighter than my own guns. Front and rear slide serrations which I love and prefer on guns like this. A full carry dehorning and no slip grips. The one bad thing was it came with a full length guide rod which isn’t too bad but it was the two piece part. I asked why it had the full length guide rod and was told the first guns didn’t and so many people complain wanting it that Inland added it to appease the complainers. That baffles me because I was under the impression it had finally fallen out of the fad but apparently there are still a lot of people that like it for its looks or because they think a custom or competition pistol is “supposed” to have it.. I replaced the guide rod with a personally owned GI part after my first session shooting it. I fired 15 wilson 10 round mags through it non stop with no oil to see how it did and at the end noticed the two piece rod had unscrewed itself. Don’t use two piece full guide rods people. Barrel is the same match barrel used in the USGI model and is fitted to match spec without being over tight. Lastly you can see the standard ejection port work common to all modern carry guns.
Rear sight is black novak style with a wide notch.
Front is matching flat black wider blade. These sights work great for me and are fast to use. Both can be drifted out with a punch if you want something else. I would leave them be myself.
Now on to how it shot. I fired all but the last group from sandbagged position from a bench. Temp outside was 11 degrees.
As usual the speer ball ammo is pretty lackluster no matter what its used in. But I include it because it is common around here and a lot of people buy it for plinking.
Above is the Winchester personal defense load that is basically the black talon bullet not coated black and sold every where. It always does well for me and this gun was no different .
Here above we have the other NOT -black talon, but the “ranger T” which is a black talon +P load in the winchester ranger police duty load. And of course for those who don’t know it is once again the black talon bullet just not black.
Best group fired with my handloaded Hornady 185 grain jacketed semi wad cutter match bullet.
Above is the most expensive group fired. This is my carry load of corbon 185 grain +P solid copper hollow points. Very accurate and effective. I can’t recommend this load or the Barnes version of it enough. You can also buy the same load marketed under the Colt Brand ammo I and a various other specialty brands.
Below is a group fired with my personal favorite ball round, the winchester 230 FMJ which always seems a bit more accurate than other bulk buy ball ammo for general use.
Lastly we have the 100 yard long range shot by request. As I mentioned before, the long range shooting was requested by reader who was also a fellow visitor to Weaponsman’s blog who wanted to see some one give users an idea of what carry guns could do if ever the need became a requirement in a self defense situation or other emergency. It instantly became a new standard policy for me to test such things. It is something you should think about and try to test the limits of your own carry guns and ability because it is something that very well could save your life or stop some kook like we have seen recently.
Group was fired at 100 yards. I did not use a full sand bag bench rest but I did use a support like one would use in real life. Center of circle was aiming point. I used my most accurate load as a bit of a cheat and not a pure self defense or duty load. Ideally people carrying would select the most accurate duty load they can regardless of intended distance they expect to shoot. I think I can’t ask much more out of the Inland Custom carry.
The Inland is a 1911 I would own and use. And you know how picky I am about my 1911s and who makes them. Word from Inland is, some even bigger and better things are coming in their 1911s. I look forward to what is coming, I would like to tell you now but these things are not always something they are ready to share publicly without asking permission first. But I am excited from what I hear.
The custom carry is a solid carry gun that is also competition ready. The rep who sent it to me had been using this same model for matches for several months before I requested a sample. You can use it for about anything you would want, I really don’t know what more to say about it. It worked. No excitement. It was as reliable as a claw hammer. Buy with confidence . not only can it do all those things well it can also protect you from those damn dirty apes.
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