Friends, it can be said that I like 1911s. I love 1911s. I love the feel of a M1911, the way it shoots, its ergonomics, its recoil and its over all beautiful looks. I Blue, stainless, nickel, parkerized or duaracote, I love a 1911. But, almost without fail, my love for the 1911 is reserved for those made by Colt’s MFG. Today I can say that I really am impressed with the Inland M1911A1. It is not flashy or fancy, it is just a USGI clone M1911A1 made to look like the typical WW2 service sidearm. It does a good job at that.
Generally speaking, the 1911s made to look like USGI guns that we get on the market today leave a lot to be desired. GI issue style pistols are common by the lesser makers because it is so cheap to make them in that configuration. No after market sights or parts, no extra time and effort fitting custom after market parts or things like forward slide serration etc. I think of the GI style pistols churning out these days are looked at as pizza by the makers. Even if its bad its still kinda good. Everyone wants a GI pistol even if its cheap. Especially if its cheap because they assume no one really shoots them much. Well, that not really true and there are a lot of just pure crap 1911s on the market. The Inland is made very well
As I mentioned before, the gun is a but more than just a GI issue clone. The bushing is a tight fitting match bushing. The same used on the company’s custom carry pistol and trust me, it shows.
I test fired the pistol for accuracy after some serious abuse. A lot of it I did not film due to the weather conditions that would ruin a camera. I froze it. I buried it in mud and snow, I have fired 1,500 rounds through it without cleaning and with only a little bit of LSA from the 60s on it. I fired some of the most filthy training ammo you have ever seen through it. I have tried very hard to see what it would take short of putting bad mags in it and faulty ammo which is unfair. I did however use real GI Issue original magazines and they worked fine. And as you can see in the link below, I shot up a muddy water hole to break the ice and tossed the gun in it and kicked mud over it, then shot it.
After all that, and no cleaning, i started my serious accuracy testing by using bags and a bench. I started out at 15 yards and I used jacketed hollow point ammo for accuracy testing and to once again make sure it fed hollow point bullets. After I settled in on the bags and dry fired a few times, I fired this first group. For a gun that is meant to basically meet plain old USGI standards you really can’t ask for much more.
I then went on to shoot at 20 yards using different types of ammo including ball and PDX1.
I was really proud of the last group of the day, a full 7 round loaded mag at 20 yards.
I strung the shots vertical a bit, but I I don’t think anyone would hold that against the pistol in this case. I am sorry to say I did not get more groups with the HP ammo because I ran out. The bulk of that ammo was used up on other reviews but I promise you that all groups shown are all the groups fired. I did not toss out any that made me or the gun look bad.
Previous off hand plinking and goofing with the gun by shooting steel rifle gongs at 100 yards had already given me a pretty good idea I was not going to be shocked at horrible accuracy and the hunch was right. One thing to point out is the trigger. On this particular T&E gun, the trigger is a typical milspec trigger, It is a little heavy. It is not godawful, but if you are expecting a modern custom production 1911 type trigger you better get ready to have that illusion popped. It is not a terrible trigger, It is what it is and what it is meant to be, a USGI trigger. If you buy a pistol like this expecting something else that is your fault.
I have really enjoyed my time with the piece. Most non-colt 1911s fail my standards with regularity of a swiss watch but not this one. I would not hesitate to own one of these. It is a lot better than most of the others of this type. I would take this over the Springfield Armory USGI model every day of the week. If you are wanting a USGI pistol but are not worried about paying more than you would by a RIA, and want something more reliable and with really, really good accuracy, give this a serious look.