40 Caliber 1911


October 6, 2009, 11:51 AM
Guys, I need help. I shot a 1911 last weekend in 45 acp. The feel was awesome. It was alomost like it was meant to be in my hand.

But I have to admit, I did find a few faults. So I'm sitting here thinking.....
Can I get a 1911 style in 40 caliber that has single stack mags for around 10 rounds. Also, can I find the afore mention gun that is double action. I don't care for the idea of having to pull the hammer back on the first shot, and I don't care for the cocked and locked carry mode. Any help guys?

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October 6, 2009, 12:03 PM

October 6, 2009, 02:09 PM
I saw one Buds Guns had - a full size 1911 .40 S&W Dan


texas bulldog
October 6, 2009, 02:17 PM
Dan Wesson SSC (single-stack custom) is an excellent gun in .40, but it's not double action. Para makes DA 1911s, but reviews are mixed at best. I'm sure someone will chime in about that soon. I have no experience with them, so I'll leave it to those that do.

As an aside, if you can't get comfortable with C&L carry, the 1911 might not be the gun for you.

October 6, 2009, 02:39 PM
STI Trojan is a .40 S&W
Springfield used to make a Champion size 40 S&W
Kimber used to make their Pro Carry Stainless in 40 S&W

C&L is one of the safest ways to carry. I have carried my 10mm 1911 for several years C&L and never had any safety issues. I carry either that or my H&K P7.

October 6, 2009, 03:16 PM
The Para-Ordnance LDA {light double action} are awesome handguns --- you carry them hammer down when loaded and the LDA mode , you just pull thru till it fires --- you have the same "feel" for every shot and the LDAs have the SWEETEST trigger pull , almost as good as my custom S&W revolvers in double action !!!

Plus with the LDAs , you can carry it with the thumb safety on in most models , if you chose to.

October 6, 2009, 03:25 PM
i hate 1911s in double, but i have heard decent things bout para's double action .40s

October 6, 2009, 03:36 PM
Shoot a few 40 cal 1911s before you buy.

I hate the snappy recoil and find them much more difficult to shoot well.... and I'm a 5,000 - 7,000 round a year shooter.

I'd never own one onther than a wide body for competition (using soft reloads)

October 7, 2009, 09:38 AM
Thanks for the help.

October 7, 2009, 09:22 PM
CZ 40B


Seven For Sure
October 8, 2009, 10:19 AM
Get a 10mm and an extra .40 barrel.

The Wiry Irishman
October 8, 2009, 09:54 PM
You can get most STI single stacks in .40. Same goes for Baer and SVI. Those are in order from kinda spendy to obscenely spendy. I'm not aware of any less pricey manufacturers making a .40 cal 1911, but that doesn't mean anything. (I don't spend much time drooling over the websites of reasonably priced manufacturers)

October 8, 2009, 10:18 PM
1. I don't think there are any 1911 single stack magazines that will hold ten rounds--at least not without going to an extended mag.

2. 1911 ergonomics, including the fit of the grip, is what gets a lot of us going on them, I think. If you like 1911 ergonomics and want more capacity, consider a CZ-75 type design in .40 S&W. That has a double-stack magazine, good for 15 rounds--but be sure to hold one to see how it feels in your hand; the grip is bigger.

3. If you like a .40 cal setup in a 1911, I would recommend you consider a 1911 in 10mm, with a second .40 Short & Weak barrel. While you can't change out a .45ACP 1911 to .40/10mm, you can get by with just a barrel and spring changeout between the .40 and 10mm. And, in the CZ-75 type design, any barrel / top end can be interchanged.

More importantly, different trigger actions in the CZ-75 design will allow you to have a DA first-shot capability.

10mm 1911s are available--for example, Kimber and Dan Wesson. And, EAA in the CZ-75 design.

Jim H.

October 8, 2009, 11:26 PM
For a 1911 in the "40 strong & wonderful" caliber, I would look at an STI Trojan, personally. Good luck.


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