Everything Is Physics

I’m man enough to admit running a conventional single stack 1911 pistol all day long can leave my mitts feeling a bit violated. It’s worse if the gun sports aggressive checkering on the mainspring housing. How brutalized you feel’s a function of recoil pressure.

Pressure, to the typical high school Physics student, is force per unit area. Distributing force out over a broad area can make mean stuff seem nicer. The ground pressure of an M1 Abrams tank weighing 136,000 lbs., for instance, is around 15 pounds per square inch (psi) because of its broad track system. The ground pressure exerted by a 105-lb. supermodel in stiletto heels is, by contrast, around 470 psi. Despite the remarkable weight disparity, the supermodel sinks faster into the mud because of her higher ground pressure.

In the case of the 1911 Poly, the frame is just a bit thicker than an original. The frame accepts all manner of standard 1911 grips and the front strap comes nicely checkered to complement the mainspring housing. The end result’s a gun filling the hand just a bit better than the skinny originals, without feeling as bulky as a double-stack .45. I find the end result quite pleasant. The extra width spreads out the recoil impulse without being excessively bulky.