What caliber 1911 do you prefer for carry?


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Sergei Mosin
January 31, 2013, 12:52 AM
I'm sure everyone can predict the most popular choice, but I'm curious about the rest nonetheless...

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TimboKhan
January 31, 2013, 12:55 AM
Well, I am sure that .45 will be the resounding answer, but a while ago I was given the advice to try out a 9mm 1911, and boy, thats nice. I don't own one yet, but it is near the top of my fairly long wish list.

EBK
January 31, 2013, 12:57 AM
.45 ACP anything less would be uncivilized:D

kyletx1911
January 31, 2013, 01:02 AM
.45 ACP anything less would be uncivilized:D
Tru dat

KenW.
January 31, 2013, 01:04 AM
If its not a 45ACP, its not a 1911
If its a double action, its not a 1911
If its a widebody, its not a 1911
If its hammerless, its not a 1911
If its plastic, its not a 1911
and so on and so forth.:cuss:

EBK
January 31, 2013, 01:21 AM
For the record I have been looking at a RIA doublestack 9mm sounds like a sweet shooter.

blakec3686
January 31, 2013, 01:38 AM
.45 is what the gun was originally designed to shot if my memory serves me right ...I was never one to mess with a good thing plus.....bigger holes leak more fluid...:what:

JR24
January 31, 2013, 01:43 AM
Lately I've been shooting 9mm with better accuracy, and with prices these days I can practice more with it.

So 9mm.

smalls
January 31, 2013, 01:34 PM
I carry a 9mm 1911. Blasphemy, I know.

Robbins290
January 31, 2013, 01:49 PM
Real men carry 45 acp! :-)

rjinaz85308
January 31, 2013, 02:02 PM
Really mean men carry a 10mm


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Girodin
January 31, 2013, 02:24 PM
Real men carry a .460 rowland. Bare minimum a .45 super. :neener:

g_one
January 31, 2013, 02:53 PM
I voted .38 super because I would have voted 9mm, except that I think if you want a 1911 and you want 9mm... go .38 super.

HKGuns
January 31, 2013, 09:16 PM
No such thing as a 1911 if it isn't .45 ACP or.38 Super.

VINTAGE-SLOTCARS
January 31, 2013, 09:44 PM
45 acp , but I'd like try out a 38 super!

meanmrmustard
January 31, 2013, 10:02 PM
No such thing as a 1911 if it isn't .45 ACP or.38 Super.
This.

But...real men carry 10mm.

cfullgraf
January 31, 2013, 10:37 PM
If I am going to carry an M1911, it will be in 45 ACP.

I enjoy shooting my 38 Super M1911 and 38/45 Clerke M1911.

Cocked & Locked
January 31, 2013, 11:02 PM
.45 of course...but .38 Super ain't bad

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/9381895/402336147.jpg

http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL2169/3082611/9381895/251827366.jpg

Fred_G
January 31, 2013, 11:33 PM
My next one will most likely be a 38 super. Fun one to shoot.

KenW.
February 1, 2013, 12:20 AM
The Army Ordinance Corps adopted it in .45ACP. That's the original, all others are imposters.

Don't do this to John M. Browning...

HisSoldier
February 1, 2013, 12:21 AM
I voted even though I don't carry a 1911. If I were to carry a 1911 why would I carry less firepower than the most that is available commonly ("Commonly" because I won't argue about hyper .45 wildcats)?

All that said, if I were to carry a full sized 1911 it would probably be because I was entering a high risk area, and therefor I would choose my DW 10MM, because the 10MM is said to have more energy at 100 yards than the .45 ACP does at the muzzle. However, I don't understand why anyone would choose a caliber with less overall stopping power than the .45 ACP. Many of us believe that a large bullet with equal energy shown in a calculator to a smaller cartridge will still have more stopping power than the smaller bullet with suposedly equal energy.

TMann
February 1, 2013, 01:38 AM
However, I don't understand why anyone would choose a caliber with less overall stopping power than the .45 ACP.

Smaller caliber = less recoil and (sometimes) greater capacity.

As I get older, recoil is starting to become more of an issue, so I can see the appeal of a 9mm 1911 for certain folks.

allaroundhunter
February 1, 2013, 03:13 AM
However, I don't understand why anyone would choose a caliber with less overall stopping power than the .45 ACP. Many of us believe that a large bullet with equal energy shown in a calculator to a smaller cartridge will still have more stopping power than the smaller bullet with suposedly equal energy.

At advertised velocities, most .45 ACP loads stay under 500 ft-lbs of energy at the muzzle. My .38 Super has about 525. They are about equal, but my Super also gives me a couple extra rounds.... But let's be honest, if I had a .45 1911, I would carry it just as much as my .38 Auto.

Mine is a Colt .38 Automatic (Super).... There's just something about a 115 gr projectile leaving the barrel at over 1,400 fps that gives me some confidence.

http://i1096.photobucket.com/albums/g335/ddirks22/2012-10-05234702.jpg

Girodin
February 1, 2013, 04:09 AM
I don't understand why anyone would choose a caliber with less overall stopping power than the .45 ACP. Many of us believe that a large bullet with equal energy shown in a calculator to a smaller cartridge will still have more stopping power than the smaller bullet with suposedly (sic) equal energy.

Because some people prefer a gun that they can drive faster and make faster followups with. They believe that is likely to count for more in a gun fight than the relatively marginal difference between say 9x19 and 45 ACP or even 10mm. They also see the added mag capacity as a potential advantage. One more advantage is the cost of ammo. Shooting time and training is also more likely to be outcome determinative in a gun fight than the ballistics of common pistol rounds.

These videos treat some of those ideas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMAQ1BnCuY8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYrSFRkue3Y

bannockburn
February 1, 2013, 06:57 AM
Most of my M1911s are in .45ACP but I do have a Lightweight Commander in .38 Super with a 9mm. conversion that will find its way into the carry rotation soon enough.

beatledog7
February 1, 2013, 10:18 AM
Can a person who has never owned a 1911 chime in? I carried one for a while during my military service, and never liked it. But if I were limited to carrying a 1911, I would carry what it was originally designed to shoot.

NELSONs02
February 1, 2013, 10:31 AM
I carry a G19 :o

You gotta go with the 45 acp in a 1911. My only one at the moment:

farm23
February 1, 2013, 12:21 PM
I have a number of 1911 all 45. 38 super is a good caliber, I just like to keep the inventory simple.

BlindJustice
February 1, 2013, 01:51 PM
The poll shows the versatility of the '1911' platform.

jeez, I hadn't heard of a ref. to the 38/45 Clarke in
a long while.

I voted 45 ACP but I do have a Bar Sto barrel in .400 CorBon

40 S&W also was not mentioned though I've read it doesn't
work in terms of accuracy

Also, .22 LR though why would you carry that around?

R-

Texan Scott
February 1, 2013, 02:46 PM
Currently saving toward my first 1911. I'm so close! It will be a .45. Why?
Because if I wanted a 9x19 single action, I'd be saving toward a BHP.
Because a man who has to save up for his guns avoids less-common, more expensive calibers like 38 super, 9x23, and 10mm.
Because I was unaware the 1911 was available in 357 mag (??) But if I wanted a 357 of that size and weight, I'd get a Ruger gp100.

Now, I'm just debating whether the Springfield I drool over is worth the extra scratch, or I should get the cheaper one I can live with.

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