So you’ve decided to enter the big leagues and test your mettle against the top shots in the world. (All right—maybe you’re not a legendary competitor just yet, but you want to get on your way.) That’s the right attitude—now you’ll need the right pistol for the job. Thankfully, you’ve come to the 1911, a wise choice and the choice many pros make.
Take a look at a few of the reasons why the Rock Island Armory TAC Series is the right choice for competition.
One of the biggest factors in shooting a competition is what caliber you decide to use. Many competitors will custom-load a caliber to make it as controllable as possible while still receiving the benefits of major scoring. You can qualify for major scoring (essentially, when you earn more points per each hit zone on the target) but at the cost of using a caliber that’s harder to shoot.
With the TAC line, you can choose from 1911s in 45ACP, 10mm or 9mm. Many standard 9mm loads won’t qualify for major scoring, so many competitors choose to custom-load 45ACP. They’ll load it in a way in which it shoots more smoothly, more akin to 9mm. So you’re kind of getting the best of both worlds.
Another key reason the TAC line is great for competition is due to the high-capacity options. You’ll find many 1911s use single-stack magazines that only allow for eight rounds to be loaded. Many competition stages will require you shoot more than eight rounds, so having a higher-capacity, double-stack magazine is most beneficial.
Sometimes you may be required to reload at least once per stage, so planning your reload is a must. Even if you’re required to perform at least one reload, a high-capacity magazine will assure you only have to perform one reload, whereas sticking with single-stack mags may mean you have to reload two to three times. And in competition, every split-second counts.
Thankfully the TAC line has high-capacity options in both 9mm and 45ACP.
Lastly, as a competitor, you’ll a want trigger pull that’s just right. You want something light enough so that you can shoot quickly and accurately, but not so light that you don’t feel comfortable shooting it. A heavy, gritty trigger may slow you down too much. The four-to-six-pound triggers in our TAC Series (and in all of our 1911s) will give you a great experience right out of the box.