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The Transition to the E- Series 1911. According to Smith & Wesson, the new SW1911 E- Series represents the top of the line, like an E- Class Mercedes. All E-Series SW1911s will now be entirely manufactured in Smith & Wesson’s Houlton, Maine, facility, which has been completely revamped and reequipped with state-of-the-art computerized production machinery. The E-Series SW1911s are all still true Government Model pistols. However, externally they look significantly different from the previous SW1911 line, and internally they all incorporate new engineering and design features that collectively set them apart from all other factory-production Government Model pistols currently available.
The Smith & Wesson 1911 E-Series feature deep fish-scale scallops on the front and rear gripping surfaces of the slide to aid in manual cycling. On the stainless-finish models, the operating features–beavertail safety, manual safety, magazine release button and slide release lever–are a contrasting matte black, as are the steel three-dot front and rear sights. The slightly flattened frontstrap of the grip frame and the mainspring housing are aggressively checkered for a secure grasp. The slide top surface on all versions is grooved full-length with S&W’s classic revolver barrel-rib pattern.
Foremost among the mechanical innovations and refinements in the E-Series is a new patent-pending S&W Model 1911 trigger. Overall, the SW1911 E-Series trigger system allows the trigger to be precisely hand-fitted instead of simply installed during the assembly process without adding undue time to the process. Simply put, it’s the most precisely fitted trigger available on any factory-production 1911 gun, better than a lot of pricey custom triggers. It also has an adjustable setscrew for overtravel.
A second significant element in the overall E-Series redesign is a lightweight, low-mass titanium firing pin with heavy-duty springs, which are not prone to inadvertent muzzle-drop inertial discharge and will pass existing safety drop tests. The final major reengineering element of the Smith & Wesson 1911 E-Series line is an extra-heavy-duty external extractor and a redesigned ejection port to guarantee reliable and consistent case ejection with all varieties of ammo.