More than one 1911? Why?


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Coldfinger
March 3, 2013, 10:55 PM
So I did a quick search and turned up nothing on this topic. I have two 1911s and my wife wanted to know why I needed/wanted both. I have my eye an another one as well. I know why I have two but I pose this question. Do you have multiple handguns of the same make model and caliber? Why? :what:

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HorseSoldier
March 3, 2013, 11:03 PM
In 1911's I have a full sized and commander sized. Originally one was my duty pistol and the other my BUG. As it's developed, the full sized is mine and my wife has laid claim to the commander sized one as hers.

She is not, however, enthusiastic enough about 1911's to sign off on my idea to get a third and convert it to 460 Rowland for use as a bear gun.

There's good logic in having the same control layouts, common manual of arms, and things like that (not to mention common mags) for different guns if you have multiple roles you need somewhat different handguns for.

mavracer
March 3, 2013, 11:10 PM
There are plenty of reasons to have multiple 1911s, there are many games you can play that have different rules that may require slightly different set-ups.
I currently have 4 single stack 5" 45 acps. one GI version, one alloy frame for carry, one Gold Cup to shoot service match and bullseye and a Les Baer to shoot other games.

Kp321
March 3, 2013, 11:10 PM
I have 5 1911's and 10 Hi Powers. Why? I wanted them and it is (was?) a free country.

JRWhit
March 3, 2013, 11:11 PM
Slow down there. This is all backwards. Before you answer as to why, first there must be a good reason for why not.

taraquian
March 3, 2013, 11:33 PM
^ what he said!
Have her prove HER case,but only if you have a comfy couch :D

tarosean
March 3, 2013, 11:33 PM
They are like Chips you cannot just have one!!!

I have 3 1911's 5", 4.25", 4" in 45ap. All different manufactures.
3 Beretta 92's all different versions.
have several doubles (S&W Revolvers, BHP's, Ruger Revolvers, and I just ordered another Glock sooo add that one too...

M2 Carbine
March 3, 2013, 11:34 PM
Do you have multiple handguns of the same make model and caliber? Why?
Yes.
17 Makarovs. About 3 are .380.

A bunch of J Frame S&W 38 Specials.

About 5 1911 45 ACP.

4 CZ 83/82.

2 CZ52.

4 ATI 92C 9mm.

2 ATI 84 .380.

2 Ruger SR22.

2 Ruger LCP.

2 Ruger LC9.

2 Ruger SR9C.

And some others.


WHY?
Because I want them.

surjimmy
March 3, 2013, 11:35 PM
Because.

CDW4ME
March 3, 2013, 11:38 PM
Same reason as why she has multiple pairs of shoes that are similar.

allaroundhunter
March 4, 2013, 01:02 AM
So I did a quick search and turned up nothing on this topic. I have two 1911s and my wife wanted to know why I needed/wanted both. I have my eye an another one as well. I know why I have two but I pose this question. Do you have multiple handguns of the same make model and caliber? Why?

Well, 1 for Monday, 1 for Tues, 1 for Wed...etc....

When you get above 7:

1 for the first Monday of the month, 1 for the 2nd Monday, etc...

When you get above 31:

1 for January 1st, 1 for January 2nd.... 1 for December 31 :D

Now, if you get past 365.... Get one for February 29th and call it quits ;)

Kiln
March 4, 2013, 01:03 AM
Why get two? So you can dual wield. Duh.

shiftyer1
March 4, 2013, 01:14 AM
I have kids, and try to have a setup for each one.

Thats my excuse anyway............

rondog
March 4, 2013, 02:28 AM
Why? Why not?

tuj
March 4, 2013, 02:37 AM
Why get two? So you can dual wield. Duh. +1!

I have two 1911's as well. One is 'back-up' for competition duty.

CapnMac
March 4, 2013, 05:10 AM
I bought all of my 1911 because they were very good deals.
I turned an AMY Hardballer into a 1943 SC 03A3.
I turned a POS Rem-Rand from [infamous importer] into a Camp45 carbine.

I've turned the lesser into the better (or more sublime)
Most of those I would up turning into desperate attempts to stave off foreclosure.

They all had reasons; Rare, longest-owned; EDC; different sizes.
I was taught to eschew Two-Gun Mojo, even if I had a couple of full-ambi examples.
Such it life.

Having seen a bunch of the Colt & Chhiapa .22lr at the Lewisville show on Saturday, I now want one of those (once I regain my financial feet). This may be due to having been thwarted in a quest for a reasonably-priced Ace back in the '90s.

eddr
March 4, 2013, 06:33 AM
Why two?
Because I can't afford three!

bannockburn
March 4, 2013, 06:52 AM
Let's see I have 7 M1911 variants, from full size Governments, mid-size Commanders, a compact size Officers Model, and a sub-compact size New Agent. Some are all steel while others have lightweight aluminum alloy frames. Some are mainly for range use and home defense while others are more suited for concealed carry. Some are in .45 caliber, while others are chambered for .38 Super, 9mm., and .22LR.

All of them come from the same basic design yet all are different and varied enough to have a unique and well deserved place in my gun collection.

And that's why I have more than one M1911.

critter
March 4, 2013, 07:27 AM
In 1912, I owned an even dozen 1911's. One was a .40, one a 9mm and one a 38 super. The rest were .45's of various sizes. I'm currently on a 'diet' and am down to only 8.

hey_poolboy
March 4, 2013, 07:33 AM
Why two?
Because I can't afford three!

Ditto. I love 1911 pistols, but right now there are other guns on the short list. Maybe someday I can get another 1911. After all, I need at least one that's bobtailed.

Sent from my DROID RAZR using Tapatalk 2

Hacker15E
March 4, 2013, 08:48 AM
Tell her it is better than having two wives instead.

Hacker15E
March 4, 2013, 08:50 AM
In 1912, I owned an even dozen 1911's. One was a .40, one a 9mm and one a 38 super. The rest were .45's of various sizes. I'm currently on a 'diet' and am down to only 8.

I didn't know they had .40 in 1912. :D

SharpsDressedMan
March 4, 2013, 09:00 AM
Three easy reasons: .38 Super, 10mm, and .45. Of course, a SECOND of any of those is for HER!

otasan56
March 4, 2013, 09:13 AM
Well, one of the pin matches I shoot in (NH) has categories for stock pistol and customized pistol. So I have two M1911A1 Springfield Armory .45s. One is stock, and the other has a compensator on its muzzle. :)

ku4hx
March 4, 2013, 09:13 AM
I like guns. I can afford them so I buy them; I cast and load so I can shoot all I want. My wife never asked the infamous "why" question but there were times she did have a funny look on her face. Then one day she wanted to shoot one. Then she wanted to get better.

The last seven guns bought in this partnership were her purchases; and she has more planned. The "why" question has yet to be asked and frankly I have no plans to ask it.

squarles67
March 4, 2013, 10:10 AM
I didn't know they had .40 in 1912. :D
He seems pretty spry for over 101 years old

Kiln
March 4, 2013, 10:17 AM
He seems pretty spry for over 101 years old
And ignorant of which calibers did and didn't exist in that time period.

Why it seems like it was only yesterday when I was shooting my .38sp Uzi back in 1803. ;)

bikerdoc
March 4, 2013, 10:51 AM
Do you have multiple handguns of the same make model and caliber? Why?



Yes, and so does the wife. Becacuse we can.

Still Shooting
March 4, 2013, 11:24 AM
I am currently not a handgun owner, but when I was several years ago, I had the following, and for different reasons:

Colt Series 80 Lightweight Commander - because it was the first one, and a good deal.

Colt Series 70 Gold Cup - because it would take the wear of lots of shooting better than the L.C., and because it was nicely gunsmithed for IPSC - a good investment at the price

Colt Officers Model - (blue) because I wanted a .45 that was smaller as a carry gun, and when the O M came out, it was only available in blued (black) finish.

Colt Officers Model - (SS) because I really wanted my carry gun to be stainless - it would wear better and not be subject to rust/corrosion on externals.

At the time, I also had these others:

Walther PPKS in .380 (blue) because it was a great CCW when I was in social situations, more compact than a .45

S&W 686 for HD, because my ex-wife was more comfortable with a revolver, and her comment was, "Anything less than a .357 is boring."

Browning Hi Power 9mm - the worst trigger I've ever owned! It came and went fairly quickly.

Colt Woodsman, made 1947, in cherry condition, original box. Because I bought it for $350, and simply couldn't say "no" at that price!

TC Contender in .44 mag, with 14" barrel - Just because having a handgun that was a "two-hander" was really fun!

The 686 went with my ex- when we split up. I got rid of the Hi Power because the trigger was atrocious. The Colt Series 80 and the 2 Officer's Models went to pay for the divorce, as did the PPKS. Later, when I moved to NY State as a new bachelor, the Gold Cup was sold to a NYS Trooper, and the Woodsman went to a friend for his gf . I didn't use the Contender, so it went, too.

I am currently wanting an M&P .40, but new (young) wife is expecting twins, so that'll have to go on the back burner for now.

docnyt
March 4, 2013, 11:30 AM
I'm shooting for 1,911 1911s.


Double pun intended.

tnelson31
March 4, 2013, 11:32 AM
Tell her it is better than having two wives instead.
Talk about expensive.

mljdeckard
March 4, 2013, 11:40 AM
I use my full-size Kimber for everything. I got a .22 conversion kit for it. But then I got a commemorative Para with markings on it from my unit's deployment, so I am using it for basically any time I open carry.

460Kodiak
March 4, 2013, 12:28 PM
I don't but only becaus I lack the funds too, and there are too many DIFFERENT models I'm interested in. I'll probably pick up another 1911 at some point, but probably in 38 super or 10mm.

Hit_Factor
March 4, 2013, 02:21 PM
I have about 8 1911's. Two are carry guns the rest are configured for competition in a specific division. As mentioned earlier it's not much different from have multiples in the closet. Each outfit has a purpose.

Kramer Krazy
March 4, 2013, 08:57 PM
Parkerized, blued, brushed stainless, ultimate stainless, nickel plated, two-tone, lightweight, 3", 3-1/2", 4", 4-1/4", 5", fixed sights, adjustable sights, standard model, enhanced/Gold Cup, 45acp, 10mm 9mm, 38 Super........yeah. I can't think of any reason someone may want more than one 1911. ;)

The 1911 is my favorite handgun design and between the wife and me, I think we have about 12 of them or so.

skywalkrNCSU
March 5, 2013, 01:02 AM
Meh, I see no reason to have two of the same gun. If it is a different configuration then that is different ball game as I am thinking of getting another Glock 19 to put an RMR on it and leave the other bone stock.

Not that there is anything wrong with owning multiples, would just rather use my gun money for new and different ones :D

asia331
March 5, 2013, 01:08 AM
Have 4; always good to have spares and while my back up to the EDC full size 1911 is an SP101 I will on occasion carry a second 1911 (Officers Model)

eman
March 5, 2013, 01:13 AM
I have four 1911s, three in 45acp and one in 9mm, two are 3" models one is a 4 1/4" and one is 5". So there is a need for all of them. :D

dpote
March 5, 2013, 03:07 AM
Why?
Because one is none and two is one.

Dave

huntershooter
March 5, 2013, 09:09 AM
Eight 1911's here.
Because I can...

bc1023
March 5, 2013, 11:56 AM
Why not?

I've got over sixty 1911s.

GLI45
March 5, 2013, 09:22 PM
It's a trick question, right? Ask the wife how many purses and pairs of shoes she has.

I have a dozen 1911s. Reasons to own multiple 1911s - 3", 4", 5", 6", single stack, double stack, 9mm, .38 super, .40 S&W, .45 ACP.... Enough said!

Sauer Grapes
March 5, 2013, 10:02 PM
Funny this came up. I have 2 with another on the way. All 5'', all 45acp. I bought the lastest because I didnt' have a two tone.
I also have 2 M&P40 pro series, 1 in 5'' and 1 in 4.25''. How can you have one without the other. :D

Zerodefect
March 6, 2013, 12:25 AM
1 fullsize day setup.
1 compact day setup
1 fullsize night setup
1 compact night setup
1 compact front gold bead for gloomy weather days

That's 5 1911's just to optimize sights for the conditions of carry. Then throw in a one more Melonited version for winter weather and outdoor conditions.....

Gary A
March 6, 2013, 07:07 PM
Do you have multiple handguns of the same make model and caliber? Why?
Oh, yeah, I sure do. Why? Basically it's because I want to and I don't want to be without. In most cases its a double or close. In a couple of cases it's a "collection". (Or, perhaps a bit of an obsession.) ;)

Gary A
March 6, 2013, 07:08 PM
Why?
Because one is none and two is one.

Dave
Now, there is man who gets it.

jad0110
March 6, 2013, 08:42 PM
As someone else put it, ask her why she has more than 1 pair of shoes, or more than 1 purse.

Also, it's a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Needs.

GBExpat
March 6, 2013, 09:17 PM
I have two 1911s and my wife wanted to know why I needed/wanted both.New York reload. :)

Jeff White
March 7, 2013, 01:36 PM
I have 3 1911s. A Kimber Warrior (one of the first 500 with the Novak sights) that is my duty weapon (SureFire X200 mounted on it). A Colt Mk IV Series 70 Government Model that I carry off duty and a Colt Series 80 Officers ACP that is in the gun room.

JoeMal
March 7, 2013, 01:52 PM
Currently only have 1 but I definitely love my Kimber and look forward to owning an Ultra someday for carry. I also wouldn't mind one in a 9mm

I've got over sixty 1911s.Pics or it didn't happen! :uhoh:

ATLDave
March 7, 2013, 02:04 PM
Does she have more than one pair of earrings?

cactus02
March 8, 2013, 04:12 AM
Back-up gun and spare parts gun.

Fleetman
March 8, 2013, 08:51 AM
I guess I just don't understand the question but then again, I'm rather dense at stuff like that!

That said, we have, counting two 1911 variants- a Star Model B and a Star Firestar 45, nine 1911's. I'm having trouble envisioning any problem here other than not having enough of them.

S&W-Keeper
March 8, 2013, 11:19 PM
Just to name a few, I have 5, 686's, 5 629's, 5 model 27's. 5 model 19's,3 model 15's. You can't have to many.

Rexster
March 9, 2013, 05:42 AM
I have long tended to own multiples of my carry handguns. Handguns are mechanical objects, which means they are occasionally down for maintenance and repair. As familiarity with one's carry gun is a good thing, and might make a difference between living and dying, this means a spare of the same model can be a good thing. Assuming one buys into this concept, one can then economize on holsters, spare magazines, and spare parts.

Owning two or more of the same weapon makes perfect sense to me. It makes little sense, to me, to own only one each of many different weapons; I am not much of a collector. (To be clear, it is quite OK to be a collector; it is just not my way.)

This concept is not just for firearms. I shoot evidentiary photography at work, as part of being a police officer. Digital SLR cameras are both electronic and mechanical; plenty of things can go wrong. My camera case contains two of the same model of Canon camera, though the lenses are different; one wide-angle zoom, and one fixed-focal-length macro. If either camera were to malfunction, I could keep working, by swapping the lenses as needed onto the one remaining
camera.

Presently, I own only one 1911. When I last used 1911 pistols for duty and carry, from 1997-2002, I "qual'ed" with three, the classic pair-and-a-spare. I subsequently kept a pair of G22 Glocks, and later three P229 SIG DAKs, for the same purposes. (I am presently down to just one SIG, in anticipation of a policy change that would let me switch to the gentler-recoiling 9mm as a duty cartridge; .40 is harsh to my aging, arthritic wrists.)

skoro
March 9, 2013, 11:44 AM
Because if one is good, more are better. :)

DesertVet
March 9, 2013, 02:16 PM
12 Colt 1911s at present count.
3 Springfield 1911s
2 Les Baer 1911s
Working on more.
1911 is my favorite platform.

MikeJackmin
March 9, 2013, 02:55 PM
It's called a "New York Reload". Faster than swapping mags.

powder
March 9, 2013, 04:10 PM
Explain to her as I do: the gun cabinet is an investment portfolio, rather than a toy box.

1911s come in such different builds and configurations just one is not enough: .45 and 9mm, with rail or w/o, longslides too, beat up warhorses, target, and the bargain that could NOT be passed up.

WinThePennant
March 10, 2013, 12:37 PM
I'm not going to lie. One of the reasons why I like my Glocks is that my wife can't tell the difference between them. I buy a new Glock, and to her it looks just like another pistol.

LOL!

OscarD
March 10, 2013, 01:36 PM
I have two full size 1911's both SpringField in 45acp. Tell her you need two in case one of them jams while you defending against home invaders. :)

Coldfinger
March 10, 2013, 09:32 PM
I really didn't have a specific reason for starting the thread or posing the question. Just making sure I'm not the only one that wants one from each manufacturer. I love the platform, truly iconic. When I think of a pistol the first thing that comes to mind is a 1911. Now to convince my wife I need another. I like the investment idea.

-Xero-
March 10, 2013, 09:58 PM
Two 1911 -- one in a 5" bbl, and "mil spec" The other in a 3.5" bbl. and "loaded" -- all the bells/whistles, night sights. They're as "different" as day and night.

Also, a couple Mausers, a couple lever guns, several revolvers, shotguns, etc. And then on the knife end of the collection, I have FIVE Schrade folders -- Old Timer, Uncle Henry, Uncle Henry w/ rosewood scales, custom rodeo trophy drop point and birdseye maple scales, limited run w/ stag scales and file work

Look at her shoe collection and ask her why she needs them all; they're all the same size!

No, I'm not married . . . :D

JDR
March 11, 2013, 10:27 PM
I have a 9mm Springfield Loaded, an S&W 1911, and a hard-chromed BHP, and these are three of my favorites

Capt. Ct.
March 11, 2013, 10:36 PM
I was testing out my Colt officers model at the range. The range officer was taking a look at it. He told me he has 25 1911's. If you can afford it and want it. Why not?

jaysouth
March 12, 2013, 01:11 AM
A decade or so ago, I had very successful businesses that generated a lot of cash. Being gobsmacked with 1911s, I decided that the right number to own would be 45.

After buying, selling, and trading 1911s, I thought that I had 45 of them in my strongroom. I was happy, I had fulfilled my goal.

My wife got into the strongroom one day and counted 53 of them ranging from beater basic SA models to Les Baer and wilson. She then found three more of them laying around the house.

I got intervention! She got us a cabin on the river.

I only own 4 or 5 now and have learned to turn down 'deals'.

bc1023
March 12, 2013, 02:00 AM
Why not?

I've got over sixty 1911s.

Pics or it didn't happen!

It happened alright...


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/000_0001s.jpg

JoeMal
March 12, 2013, 08:38 AM
It happened alright...
You just made my day!

Hit_Factor
March 12, 2013, 09:29 AM
Looks like 65 to me. That's impressive.

MaterDei
April 30, 2013, 09:05 PM
Wow, just wow.

docnyt
April 30, 2013, 09:28 PM
Almost looks like wallpaper. Talk about a gun wall.

mljdeckard
April 30, 2013, 10:21 PM
Something that I have been relieved to find, is that when you have more than one good, viable pistol.....you don't have to cry as much when one breaks. It used to be, when I had a problem with my gun, people would tell me; "Send it back to the factory, make them fix it." which is fine and good, and principally correct, but.....how long will it take? Weeks? Months? Do I want to live without it for that long? Or would I rather just out of pocket to have a gun smith fix it? (That's what I usually did.) But when you aren't depending on JUST ONE GUN to do EVERYTHING, you find it's not that big of a deal to be without one for a while.

Diamondback6
April 30, 2013, 10:41 PM
"ALWAYS keep a spare!"--Abby Sciuto, NCIS Forensics Specialist Extraordinaire

LOL

Greg528iT
May 1, 2013, 11:02 AM
http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x349/jaggoett1/2013-04-07194802_zpsb0e84883.jpg (http://s1177.photobucket.com/user/jaggoett1/media/2013-04-07194802_zpsb0e84883.jpg.html)

To have one of each size????

BigShep85
May 1, 2013, 11:29 AM
Well I saw all these threads about people having more than one 1911 so I got really worried about some plight that might be setting in on mankind SO
I went out and bought another to see if I could understand why people had to have more than one:uhoh: I am now in the process of conducting my scientific study on mankind and why he has to have multiple 1911s.
I keep buying more just so I can more thoroughly conduct my study.:D
No conclusion yet but maybe someday I will have fully found the cause of this disease.

bigdaa
May 1, 2013, 11:34 AM
I have two. I have two of most everything.

Reason is I have two boys, ages 13 and 15.

Someday they will inherit all (if they remain upstanding and refuse today's leftist indoctrination as I am teaching them)

That's the way it is here.

CSG
May 1, 2013, 01:13 PM
I've got five. Why? Well, first was a NIB Norenco for a crazy good price about 20 years ago. But then I wanted something less Chinese and bought a Springfield GI. Then, I traded an AR Varminter to a friend for his 1944 Remington 1911 with original holster. Then I wanted a *shooter* so I bought a second Springfield, the Loaded which had a trigger job by their custom shop. Finally, I wanted a carry 1911 and bought a Kimber CDP II Compact. I actually had a parts gun but sold it to a friend. It was an 80's style race gun with a pinned compensator and I never liked it much.

These five fit my 1911 jones.

rondog
May 1, 2013, 01:43 PM
These are NOT mine (dang it), but they ARE one man's personal collection at the time the photo was taken, it's probably grown since then. Just show this to the wife and your 2 or 3 1911's won't look so obsessive after all.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/rinselman/guns/misc%201911s/BIGcollection.jpg

Here's another one. I "think" these are all just Rock Island Armory/Armscor models, and the photo is several years old. RIA has come out with many new models, I'm sure this man's collection has grown accordingly.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b150/rinselman/guns/misc%201911s/automagsfamily.jpg

1858
May 1, 2013, 02:58 PM
I have seven 1911s and I think I'm done collecting. I want to enjoy what I have rather than lusting after what I don't have. I've listed them in the order that they were purchased.

Kimber Tactical Entry II
Ed Brown Special Forces Carry
Ed Brown Special Forces
Dan Wesson Valor
Dan Wesson V-Bob
Kimber Stainless Pro Raptor II
Ed Brown Special Forces Light Rail

silicosys4
May 1, 2013, 03:30 PM
I have 3, and while I can't speak for others, I can say why I have 3, and at one time I had 4 1911's, but got rid of 1 because it filled no purpose for me.

RIA 1911 GI: Was my first 1911, and I bought it because I wanted to see what 1911's were all about, and only paid $300 for it. I liked it enough to know I wanted one that didn't have the issues it had, mostly the sights. Traded away.

Colt 1991A1: bought this because it was $500 for the real deal, it was ugly and plain enough that I could shoot it without worrying about its finish, and it had much better sights than the RIA

Colt satin nickel Combat Commander: Bought this at the same time as the 1991A1, so I could have an even "real-er" Colt 1911 than the 1991A1, and it was $1k for both. It is pre series-80, but it could use a factory refinish at some point.

Sig Sauer Nitron 1911: Bought this because for $650 for the Tacpac, it was an incredible deal, and by that time I was both a sig fan, and a 1911 fan.

Roadking Rider
May 1, 2013, 03:41 PM
WHY? For the very same reason you just can't eat one Cheese puff.

rdhood
May 1, 2013, 09:03 PM
Why two? There are two of you, right?

GI_Jared
May 1, 2013, 09:13 PM
Why? Because this is America, that's why!

jfrey
May 1, 2013, 09:30 PM
"Cuz it's my money and I want 'em, that's why.

jaysouth
May 1, 2013, 11:06 PM
Cuzy you can!!!!

I once knew a very successful developer who had 7 Smith and Wesson J frames, 7 Mount Blanc ball point pens, and finally, 7 Rolex watches.

It took him 20 minutes of agonizing every morning which watch to pair with which j frame with which pen.

Whatever floats your boat, go for it.

orionengnr
May 2, 2013, 12:33 AM
Because the 1911 is manufactured by just about every manufacturer worth mentioning, and several that aren't.

Because each one is just a bit different...and some of them are really incredible.

Because 1911s come in barrel lengths from three to five (and even six) inches....and with frames made of carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum alloy, Scandium alloy. In chamberings from 9mm to .38 Super to .40S&W to 10mm to .45acp to .50GI. Manufactured in the Phillippines and Turkey, Brazil, multiple locations in the US.

Because people like Ed Brown, Bill Wilson, and Les Baer build really nice semi-custom 1911s...and then there are the truly custom guys that most of us have never heard of.

Because the 1911 aftermarket will support your every desire. You can buy any and every single piece of a 1911 from multiple sources....often in multiple configurations.

Yes, the world of 1911s truly stretches far and wide. Your imagination and your budget are the only true constraints.

If you like 1911s, there has never been a better time to be alive.

I have only owned about 25 1911s in the last 25 years (almost exactly the same number of S&W revolvers, although in a shorter time frame).

I cannot afford to own them all at once, so I am a serial owner. Owning a few at once is fine. If I find one I want, I sell one I am not enjoying....enough. :)

This helps me to appreciate each one I own. I either carry it or shoot it regularly...or else it is gone.

I read BC's (or BAC, depending on where you read) posts on his 60+ 1911s with a small degree of envy...but only a small degree.

Since I have neither the money or the years remaining on this Earth to make too many (more) ill-advised purchases, I am in his debt, and read of his exploits with fascination.

I have owned a bunch of "other" handguns as well, and nearly all of them are now residing elsewhere.

Unless you are a man of exceptional means, you will probably never own multiple beautiful beachfront homes, or a car collection like Jay Leno's. You will probably never have multiple supermodels wives (and may God help you if you do).

On the other hand, owning several very nice, very different 1911s is very do-able for an average gun owner.

If I were to try to boil it all down to one sentence:
There are just too many great 1911s out there to be satisfied with just one.

Happy hunting. :)

otasan56
May 2, 2013, 08:33 AM
Good for you, sir.

foghornl
May 2, 2013, 10:12 AM
Tell her it is better than having two wives instead

Say this IF AND ONLY IF you have a verrrrry comfy couch/spare bedroom.

Just like the answer to "Does this dress/skirt/pants make me look fat?"
"No dear; It is the FAT that makes you look fat"

Never mind HOW I know this....I just know.

mljdeckard
May 2, 2013, 05:20 PM
I'm from southern Utah. Two wives is all good.

Radagast
May 2, 2013, 07:19 PM
Because you need to fill your man cave with them and hibernate on the pile.

Swing
May 2, 2013, 07:29 PM
Woah! Now that's a wall of 1911s. :D

wrs840
May 2, 2013, 07:36 PM
Same reason I own ten or eleven telecasters and she owns six or eight cameras to take pictures of her collection of three dozen or so of the same series of collectable doll.

jaysouth
May 2, 2013, 09:24 PM
Anyone count the .45s in the OP?

wrs840
May 2, 2013, 10:03 PM
Anyone count the .45s in the OP?

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mljdeckard
May 2, 2013, 10:13 PM
(I only have one Telecaster at the moment, I need to have it looked at, I'm getting 60-cycle hum all the time.)

blkbrd666
May 2, 2013, 10:15 PM
I have two 1911s and my wife wanted to know why I needed/wanted both.

You didn't think to ask why that one pair of black flats in the closet won't do for all occasions? Before you do, give her a Benedryl...some females are allergic to logic. :evil:

WC145
May 3, 2013, 08:34 AM
I've got a bunch of them and, while they're all 1911s, they're not all the same.

otasan56
May 3, 2013, 08:45 AM
I only have two - in this post I feel inadequate!

splithoof
May 4, 2013, 03:23 AM
A good friend collects odd 1911's to include WW2 makes, and has a batch of Falcon Portsiders that I believe were made in the 70's.

johnmcl
May 4, 2013, 08:07 AM
This truly is the Golden Age of 1911s.

The gun coming from any one of a dozen manufacturers will be a credible weapon with no additional work. The quality and workmanship is just fine.

Let us remember these days,

Dnaltrop
May 5, 2013, 01:53 PM
Because my new Range Officer appears to have become the Wife's new Range Officer, and we don't share well. ;)

Constrictor
May 7, 2013, 01:45 PM
for the same reason as the wife has more than one purse or pair of shoes.

Walt Sherrill
May 7, 2013, 02:10 PM
The reason some folks buy more than one 1911 is the same reason some folks buy more than one car, more than one boat, collect watches, etc.

Some folks are, by nature, COLLECTORS.

It's not rational. It makes no sense. But, on the other hand, it generally hurts nobody, gives the collector psychic comfort, and can -- in the case of guns -- always be used to defend their person or their home. If worse comes to worse, the collected items can also be sold, as gun can be pretty fungible. (I remember having to sell three guns once to buy a pretty nice, nearly new pickup. Hated it, but needed the truck.)

Certaindeaf
May 7, 2013, 05:07 PM
So I did a quick search and turned up nothing on this topic. I have two 1911s and my wife wanted to know why I needed/wanted both. I have my eye an another one as well. I know why I have two but I pose this question. Do you have multiple handguns of the same make model and caliber? Why? :what:
Tell your wife because Louis Awerbuck.. here's a video of him explaining why two 1911's etc.. it's about two minutes long..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=1MSi4jjgNwU

champ0608
May 7, 2013, 05:22 PM
I used to have a real collector's personality (not a pack rat who keeps everything they've ever owned) I collected baseball cards, coins, instruments, vintage pocket knives, and firearms. One day I woke up, and suddenly felt compelled to trim the number of my possessions WAY down. I went from collector to minimalist overnight, and sold just about everything I owned. I now own one baseball card, ten silver American coins, one instrument, one vintage pocket knife, and three firearms.

At one point, I had ten 1911s. Now I only own one; a 2010 Remington R1. Some days I honestly do miss my 1918 Colt M1911, and my Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special, but in reality, I've found I'm happier with fewer possessions. Not to mention, the money raised from selling all those collections helped me finish a large chunk of graduate work toward a Masters in Us History. With that, I'm quite satisfied.

Certaindeaf
May 7, 2013, 05:46 PM
History repeats itself, mark my words.

NormB
May 7, 2013, 05:48 PM
My Grandfather's WW1 1911 (shoots great. Hope I can too when I'm 100): http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff24/normbalog/ac71bf63.jpg

What I usually carry when I travel (Kimber Ultra compact CDP II):
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff24/normbalog/null-8.jpg

One I bought for ME but I think my wife wants it for herself (S&W Scandium 1911 4.25" barrel) kept it for ready access in the family room:
http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff24/normbalog/null-9.jpg

I own more. Another colt, a DGFM, a couple of Springfield 1911s (one stainless "race gun" for bowling pin and falling steel matches I no longer shoot), they're all fun. "Question isn't about how many guns to own, no more than pairs of shoes or earrings or other jewelry. It's a hobby, and investment, a lifestyle. Besides, the law says we gotta buy one gun a month, honey."

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