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prefer the lightest recoiling load possible,
I added the Atlanta Arms Select 100-grain
Steel Challenge load.
Covid-19 put a halt to matches in my area,
but with just two mags a match wasn't
doable anyway. Unfortunately, it also shut
down my club's Steel Challenge practice
days, so I was left with my backyard range.
I set up three widely spaced targets and
began running drills that included the
Double Tap, Transition and Bill Drills while
running three magazines from each of the
test loads through the gun.
My break-in period proved effective and
there were no malfunctions during that
135-round session. The G10 grips were very
comfortable, the sights presented a sharp
picture, and even with the heavy trigger the
gun handled well. Ejection, however, was
weak and erratic.
The standard pressure 124-grain loads
kicked out about 4-feet, which was not
as vigorous as I would have anticipated.
The 147-, 115- and 100-grain loads barely
trickled out of the gun. Some of them
actually bounced off my gun-hand forearm.
I would have expected that with the
100-grain Steel Challenge load since it often
requires a lighter recoil spring, but not with
the other two loads which were standard
pressure. My initial impression of the gun
was that the recoil spring was heavier than
normal, and it's possible it was specced to
NATO 9mm, which is a +P load. However,
most Single-Stack shooters will change
out recoil springs to suit their various
loads. Companies like Wolff Springs offer
recoil-spring kits to do that.
By this time the gun had over 200 rounds
through it and was purring along, even with

The included well-shaped magazine well is easily
removable via a single Torx screw if the shooter
prefers flat-based magazines.

the ejection issue. Accuracy testing from
my 25-yard benchrest was next. As the
accompanying chart shows, the groups were
quite good.
That's more than enough accuracy for
any action-pistol event. Serious shooters,
however, would definitely want to address
the trigger and recoil-spring issues, but
given the modest MSRP (and likely lower
street price) they would still have an
effective gun in their holster at a very
economical price. With a bit of tweaking,
the MC1911 Noel 9mm can produce good
match performance.
The front sight sits

				in a standard 1911	
	

dovetail and features a
replaceable FO rod of
0.040 size.

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