Nighthawk Counselor

marinedoc

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Does anyone own or has shot the Nighthawk Counselor? Fairly new to it's stable of guns and it interests me, but I'm concerned about the accuracy of the 3 1/2 inch barrel. Not comparing the two, but had a Kimber 3" bbl and couldn't shoot it very well. Have no trouble with 4" bbl's but didn't do well with the Kimber. I don't have a Nighthawk, although I have a pretty extensive stable of 1911's, all of superior quality and read nothing but good news about the Nighthawk quality and performance. I know that they were started by several of Bill Wilson's crew that left and set up their own shop.
 

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may seem strange, but I picked up a RIA 3.5" 1911, just to try the size & see if the criticism I'd read about for the Officer sized 1911's was justified.
I can say that if you do your part, the short barreled pistols are capable of more than acceptable accuracy. If I was buying a Nighthawk, I'd choose a larger size..just because. No reason that a smaller sized pistol wouldn't have the same build quality as the larger sized model. As you mentioned, only way to know for sure is try one. Maybe there's a range where you could rent one, to try , before investing a lot,of $ just to learn it doesn't suit you..
 

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may seem strange, but I picked up a RIA 3.5" 1911, just to try the size & see if the criticism I'd read about for the Officer sized 1911's was justified.
I can say that if you do your part, the short barreled pistols are capable of more than acceptable accuracy. If I was buying a Nighthawk, I'd choose a larger size..just because. No reason that a smaller sized pistol wouldn't have the same build quality as the larger sized model. As you mentioned, only way to know for sure is try one. Maybe there's a range where you could rent one, to try , before investing a lot,of $ just to learn it doesn't suit you..
Thanks, but in a couple of days I'll be the expert on this relative to my shooting ability, for I have the Counselor coming in tomorrow. Had a long discussion with one of the guys at Nighthawk before popping for this one, so hope it works out. Otherwise, just part of my collection, like a picture hanging on the wall.
 

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Have taken the new Counselor to the Range a couple of times. No problems to 15 yards. One hole groups at 5 yards and good groups at 7 and 10 yards, and all in thoracic area at 15. Not going to compare my shooting this gun with one of my 5" bbl pistols, but for a top quality, defensive EDC gun it's amazing. The workmanship blows me away and it's just fun to shoot. Is it "better" than my Glock 43 or the Wilson EDC X 9? That's not the question. Will my 911 get me to the store any more efficiently than a VW Beatle? I wouldn't want to have to make the choice of which gun I would keep if I had to get rid of all my guns but one.
 

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