5 Vegas Series A Archetype and S&W 1911

jamz

Elitist a-hole
In light of so many BOTL's being firearms enthusiasts as well, here is a review of a 5 Vegas Series A "Archetype" and a S&W1911.


Vital facts:

5 Vegas:
Wrapper: Costa Rican Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaraguan, Honduran
Body: Medium-Full, according to website
Size: 6.0" x 50

S&W
Frame: Stainless Steel
Caliber: 45ACP
Action: Locked Breech
Origin: Springfield, MA. USA
Magazine: Wilson Combat



Looking at the cigar, it has a smooth, silky untoothy, rather dark maduro wrapper, very nicely constructed, and comes in a nice cedar sleeve. It looks and smells absolutely delicious.

The 1911 is an all-steel pistol of John Moses Browning's famous Government Model of 1911 design, which is almost a hundred years old at this point. It is updated with some nicer factory parts, such as a full length guide rod, skeletonized hammer, beavertail grip safety, and oversized manual safety.



Foot construction vs. 0.45 of an inch muzzle:



Upon lighting the 5Vegas (is it 5Vegas, or 5 Vegas?), I got some very mild cocoa taste, along with some VERY aromatic smoke. This thing smelled great. Lit very easily and well.


The S&W weighs in at 39 oz empty, and comes equipped with 2 Wilson Combat 8 round magazines, giving it an overall capacity of 9 shots. It also is dresses with Novak sights.

1st third:
The first third of the cigar had the usual sweet maduro cocoa/chocolate taste, with hints of cedar. Extremely creamy and smooth. A tad of spice made it's way in eventually.

The S&W is a model from a few years ago when they were still rollmarking gigantic text on the side on it. Nowadays it's a lot smaller and nicer looking.



2nd third:
The archetype got spicier, not to spicy, but just enough to let you know it's there. The cigar stayed super smooth. About halfway through the spice gave way to more chocolaty tastes again, blending very well on the palette. The ash held on for a nice long time, giving a cool burning smoke.

Also note the external extractor, another upgrade from the original 1911 design.



3rd third:
The cigar went back to spice for taste and the cocoa taste faded. There were some faintly harsh notes, but only a bit, not nearly enough to spoil such a good smoke. Yummy right down to the nub. I smokd it another inch or so after this picture.




Overall, a fantastic cigar. The burn on this was RAZOR straight, not once did I ever have to reach for the lighter. it s brainlessly easy to smoke and enjoy. I'd consider it more of a medium body smoke than a medium-full.

The SW1911 shoots like most other 1911 design guns. It is extremely reliable, after thousands of rounds I can count the number of FTF/FTE on a single finger. Once I hit a 6 steel plates in a row from 50 yards in a competition and no one could believe it wasn't stock- but it was. It's a nice, accurate gun.

In summary, I would recommend either the 5 Vegas Series A or the S&W 1911 to anyone who might want something enjoyable to do in a given afternoon.
 

tchariya

Taters of the Lost Ark
sweet review!!!!!

nice looking 1911 you have there. Did you do the aftermarket upgrades yourself?
 

Dusty

Young Chimp
Great cigar and a great gun. I'm actually gettin one as soon as my sister moves back in state (her father in law can get me a really good deal on one, like around $500). How long have you had it? And how expensive is ammo runnin' on .45's nowadays?
 

jamz

Elitist a-hole
$500 is a steal for this gun. It's very very well made. Superior in my mind to a kimber, any series 80 colt, para-ord, and the lower and mid end Springfields.


I don't buy ammo anymore, it's too expensive for me, so I reload it.

My reloading vids, if anyone is interested.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRZrbv_8kx4 (part 1, the others are on there too)
 
Superior to a kimber?
I have held and played with both and cannot agree with that.

Otherwise good review on a good gun and a decent stick.
 

Fortunate_Son

ChestBeater
I love this concept - hope you've started something here.

How about:
Taboo Special Forces and a SIG 226 Navy? (talk about a natural pairing)
Oliva O Maduro and a SIG 220?
San Cristobal Fabuloso and a S&W Performance Center 945?
What goes with a HK USP or P2000 SK?

We can have some fun with this :tu
 

WyoBob

SilverBack
I love this concept - hope you've started something here.

How about:
Taboo Special Forces and a SIG 226 Navy? (talk about a natural pairing)
Oliva O Maduro and a SIG 220?
San Cristobal Fabuloso and a S&W Performance Center 945?
What goes with a HK USP or P2000 SK?

We can have some fun with this :tu
A Taurus and a Cremosa?

WyoBob (Yeah, just gotta stir the pot.)
 

Funnymantrip

Punch Suckling in Brain
Smith can figure out the external extractor? Kimber could not make it work. Great looking 1911... You should be very happy..
 

WyoBob

SilverBack
Smith can figure out the external extractor? Kimber could not make it work. Great looking 1911... You should be very happy..
Everything I've read about the Smith external extractor seems to be positive as opposed to the Kimber experience. It seems most semi-autos used externals. I own/owned an XD, M&P and CZ, all with externals. They have functioned 100% as have all semi-autos I've shot.

My new CZ does have quite a bit of spring tension on the extractor which causes the bullet nose to run up the left side of the feed ramp. When this happened with my LW Champion 1911, it was easy to pull and "tune" the extractor. This ability to easily tune and/or replace a conventional 1911 internal extractor is an advantage, IMO.

Nice looking Smith (except for the ding in the beavertail. Uh-oh).

To remain even more on-topic, I'm smoking a V Vegas "A" Archetype with my morning coffe as I type this:)

WyoBob
 

FN in MT

Gorilla
FINALLY some "pairing" discussion I can relate to!! As a non drinker the threads with drinks and cigars paired together go over my head.

Brings up some interesting questions for sure. I think You've started something here!!

FN in MT:cb
 
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