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Half a pound—it doesn’t sound like a lot of weight, unless you’re not wearing it. That’s right, I said not wearing it. I’m not talking about the latest diet fad, I’m talking about Smith & Wesson’s new Scandium framed 1911s. While the 1911 pistol design is approaching the century mark, it is still a very viable pistol and extremely popular with those who willingly go in harm’s way.

Photos by Alex LandeenIn an age of polymer pistol proliferation the steel-framed 1911 seems unusually heavy. Carrying one of these guns all day is likely to cause a certain amount of list to the gun side. For older guys like me, the burden of wearing one of these “iron tumors” can have a domino effect with a host of physical problems, from the hip to the back to the knees, etc.

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