The Tactical 1911
The Street Cop's and SWAT Operator's Guide to Employment and Maintenance
By Dave Lauck

24 July 2000
By Sarge

I know, I know this is supposed to be a long range shooting site! However if you are not carrying a side arm... you could be in deep do-do! But why the 1911, in .45 ACP of course? It's a dinosaur, it's too heavy, it ONLY holds seven rounds, with most magazines, it's just plain ugly ad nausium, ad nausium. After carrying, shooting and betting my life on it's capabilities for over 30 years, 20 of that in Uncle Sugar's Army, I can honestly say it has NEVER failed me when needed. But, again this is supposed to be a review of Dave's book not my life story on why I like the 1911, and yes I've had 9 mickey mouse, and 40 short and wimpy but eventually returned home to the 1911 .45 ACP every time.

Dave's book is one of the few books, on shooting, I've ever read that, after getting past the preface and forward actually had as Chapter 1 "SAFETY"!! And I'm not talking about a two or three sentence thing about always pointing the weapon in a safe direction but a true chapter on safe handgun handling, and it wasn't boring no matter I'd heard these things a zillion times.

Chapter 2 is on "Selecting Your Pistol" and covers not only why the 1911, but revolvers, caliber choice, action type, and specific model options.

Chapter 3 is one of the more extensive chapters covering the many different types of modifications available for RELIABILITY, we ain't talkin "race guns" here, but what you can, would, should do to your out of box Colt 1911. Whoops notice I said Colt! Well this book talks in terms of the Colt as this is Dave's gun of choice, nothing against other manufacturer's. Dave, like others, just happens to like the Colts.

As to Chapters 4 & 5 he talks about "Holster Selection" and "Ammunition Selection" - what works, what doesn't and most importantly WHY it does or doesn't work.

Chapters 6 & 7 are on "Basic Handgun Shooting" and "Advanced Handgun Skills", all presented in a logical well thought out practical format.

Chapter 9, last and definitely not least is on "MAINTENANCE"!! Something we ALL need to take just a bit more seriously especially when your life is being bet on this weapon!

Again all this information is presented in such a way that even if you've been to a dozen different schools and heard these things a dozen different times you feel it is being given in a new fresh manner. Nothing radical here just good sound handgun advice and practices.

I truly enjoyed this book for it's readability, information and applicability. If you are thinking of buying any handgun in the future take the time to read this book!

Hopefully I'll be doing a review of Dave's "The Tactical Marksmen" in the near future.


"The Tactical 1911" is available in the Handgun section of the Bookstore



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