We all know that the 1911 platform is a fine weapon, and we also know that they can be picky about the kinds of ammunition they will run. Â That is one of the many reasons why more than a few firearms instructors suggest guns other than a 1911 for self-defense purposes.
For years, I have seen gunsmiths offering a variety of packages to improve the reliability of the venerable 1911. Â But, I did not realize that Colt offered oneÂ of those same packages at the factory. The Colt Enhanced Reliability Package is a deal offered through the company’s custom shop and can be purchased prior to the acquisition of the firearm to get it tuned before delivery. Â Also, current Colt owners can ship theirÂ existingÂ 1911 back to the shop for improving reliability.
Among the enhancements performed on the guns:
- extractor tension adjustment
- tuning of the sear and disconnector
- polishing and contouring of the barrel throat
- adjustment and test firing of all included mags
- adjustment of the ejector
- lowering and flaring of the ejection port
- polishing of the feed ramp
A cynic might suggest these things be done before any 1911 left Colt’s factory or that the above actions would be better titled “warranty work.” Â Some might point out that Glock doesn’t offer a “enhanced reliability” package on that company’s pistols.
I’m not here to bash Colt or 1911’s, but it does seem to me that if the company has to offer a package to enhance reliability, they might make at least some of these things standard with all of their pistols except maybe a GI-style gun.