During a recent range session with the Heir, he had a few new shootin irons to show me. First up, a simple Glock 19 destined to be his regular carry pistol, and then this piece of work....
A Citadel 1911.
"Hmm... just pass that over here for bit, would you please?" I said. I proceeded to look it over closely, and see what the workmanship is like. While it is a 'cheap' 1911, it does have some nice features. If one can see past the MIM parts and inexpensive finish, whats left is rather pleasing.
The pistol comes stock with forward grooves on the slide for easy operation in racking the slide. The sights are either Novaks, or a pretty darn good imitation, and are windage adjustable. A decent trigger, easy to use controls, beavertail grip safety, full length guide rod... all in all a nice package.
That said, the proof is in the shootin... and the boys Citadel can SHOOT! My first group at fifty feet became the photo at the head of this post. The trigger broke cleanly at what felt like five pounds, and the weapon cycled very smoothly indeed. There were no failures to feed, nor failures of any kind in fact.
My opinion? Should I come across one, or it's small 'officer' size companion, I would happily spend the price they ask. Often seen at retail for around $500, I think it's a fine pistol for the price.
Some photos of the subject:
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