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The 1911, and everyday uses

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gym, May 10, 2013.

  1. gym

    gym member

    By far the 1911 is my favorite gun period. It always has been. The only reason I didn't carry one in NYC for 23 yrs, was size, an Officer was the smallest and weight wise it was just too heavy for everyday use.
    Plus you were only given 1 gun to carry, although I got permission for a second after about 7 or 8 years.
    When I moved to FL, I got into Glocks, as they had just come out strong, and everyone had to have one. Eventually a combat commander was given to me by a friend to sell, and I kept it as at the time, no one really wanted it for a decent price, like $400.00. Then a Para p13. I carried that for about a year or 2. It was the alloy frame and very light until you put the ammo in. But still not a great choice for carry down here in the heat.
    Now after all of those have been sold for lighter guns that I could carry, "I have 4 or 5 guns that fit that context" I had an R! and a EMP, which although a 1911 is still not in my eyes a true 45 caliber 1911, and both were sold for a shotgun and pistol. So I have wanted to trade into a decent gun, that I could carry and target shoot on occasion.
    I know the guns pretty well, but can't decide which one to get , and what to give up in order to get it.
    I have an AR, that sit's there unused, for that day which may never come, when I may require it's service, visa vi a catastrophe of some kind, but my thinking of late is that I should sell either a couple of the polymer guns, Glocks and M&P, "perhaps or the AR, and get a decent 45 1911 that I will actually shoot now at 65yrs old. I ain't getting any younger.
    What are your thoughts?
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Well-Known Member

    I have a couple of 70 series Colts including a Gold Cup and a Combat Commander. I divested myself of an alloy Commander years ago and still regret it. All of them have been tuned and shoot and run like it. If I was going to shop for another at this point as carry/shooter I would look closely at the S&W E series SC in their scandium frame.
  3. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    Well I have some M1911s in just about every size and weight configuration. In the lightweight category I have a Colt Government, Commander, and New Agent. All of them are fine for everyday use, be it a trip to the range, home defense, or for CCW use.
  4. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    You're in the same age bracket as my father who made the transition from 6" 686 for work to an SS Colt Govt. model for general carry and a Kahr CW9 for discreet carry. Life is too short for guns you don't use, don't like or don't want. Pare the assortment and buy what you want, seems you've earned it.
  5. clem

    clem Well-Known Member

    As a deputy sheriff, I carried a M1911A1 in .45 ACP, (full size) for 20 years as my duty gun.

    Never had to shoot anyone but, I stuck it in the faces of a few bad guys during that time.
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  6. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member

    Now is the time to sell if your going to do it. I kept one 1911 for many many years. Now-a-days the 1911's keep multiplying and everything else keeps disappearing.
  7. longknife12

    longknife12 Well-Known Member

    Carried a a1 sense 1964. Mostly OC....about a year ago, I shot a SIG...
    now my CC weapon!
  8. WC145

    WC145 Well-Known Member

    I'm 50, a little younger than you, but these days I'm looking at buying the "last" of a lot of things and I'm buying quality so I know that it will survive at least as long as I do. Last year I bought my last duty gun - a FNP45 Tactical. A couple of months ago I bought my last carry gun - a 15 year old Novak/Joe Bonar built 1991A1 Commander. I'll still buy guns, I'm just tired of the constant hunt for the latest and greatest thing in concealed carry and decided that if I buy the right stuff now, I won't have to worry over it again. Get rid of the polymer guns you've got and invest in a nice Commander or Officers ACP and then spend some money on a quality carry rig. The key to carrying a heavier gun comfortably is the gun belt and holster, don't skimp on these. Once that is taken care of you can dress around the gun. I usually wear a light short sleeve, button down shirt to cover my piece. Works well for me all year 'round, even in the winter since it's light enough to wear under a coat and still be concealed if I need to take off my coat indoors.
  9. VetPsychWars

    VetPsychWars Well-Known Member

    Mr WC145 is wise and I would like to add: expensive ain't necessarily better.

    My usual conceal carry rig is a Galco V-Hawk with a Wilderness Tactical instructor belt; I also have Beltman for dressier situations.

    Too many people will try to talk you into fancy this and that; the classics are the classics for a reason.

  10. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    I'm a bit older than you. I love shooting the AR. Take a defensive carbine or similar course and get into how much fun it is. Don't just keep it in case of zombie attack.

    As far as 1911s, my favorite shooter and carrier is a 1980-built Commander, alloy frame. I put a beavertail on it and it's just a lot of fun to shoot. The trigger is perfect.

    Might sell off those Glocks if you're not using them. But if you need a carry piece it's hard to beat a G19. Or a M&P 9c.

    Not too late too take up reloading either.
  11. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    My favorite 1911 is currently an S&W Scandium-framed 1911PD. I have both the earlier "GunSite" model and the newer E-Series. Both incredible 1911s.
  12. herrwalther

    herrwalther Well-Known Member

    *Waits for someone to say Get a Glock*

    The beauty of 1911s is so many companies make their own. So if you don't like one, you can try another 1911 and get a better result. I would recommend a Springfield TRP 1911 if you have the money to throw at it.
  13. JDR

    JDR Well-Known Member

    My local range has a Dan Wesson Valor available for rental. I had to put 50 rounds through it and I was very impressed that this gun was a total tack driver! 1911s are just great in all price ranges and combinations but l could really appreciate the quality feel of this gun. It really felt like it had been tuned by a top pistolsmith who worked on a few of mine, but who is now out of the business. Ahough this gun retails for 2 grand, I would much rather have this than a few 1911s with the same total value. Would you rather have a Rolex, or a watch collection worth what a Rolex costs?
  14. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    Depends on what you want out of it.

    A Timex keeps time better than any Rolex.
  15. JDR

    JDR Well-Known Member

    From one U.S.A.F. Veteran to another, whatever works for you is the way to go!
  16. Hopkins

    Hopkins Well-Known Member

    Yeah, but you don't bequeath a Timex to a son or grandchild, or if you do it's not quite the same. 1911's run the gamut from Casio to Patek Phillipe.
  17. moxie

    moxie Well-Known Member

    And that IS the bottom line!

    MICHAEL T Well-Known Member

    A Colt Lite weight Commander Have it bobtailed and a front night sight installed Rear sight plain black . At our age 3 dots to slow . Your choice of stocks I still like wood . That should do you fine for carry I use Corbon DPX 185 gr Plus P in mine.
  19. Jed Carter

    Jed Carter Well-Known Member

    My search for the "perfect" carry pistol ended when I got my SIG RCS1911. The SIG has an alloy frame, is a CCO sized pistol, "officer" frame with a 4.2" barrel. What a shooter, carries really well, but what a shooter. Retired a SIG P239, CZ PCR, Glock G19, SIG P232 when I got this one.
  20. 2zulu1

    2zulu1 Well-Known Member

    Lots of good models to choose from. Of the six 1911s I own, three are in 38 Super and three in 45auto. I retired to a property near wilderness and in the heart of mountain lion country, didn't take long to see the Super's hammer of Thor performance on other 4 legged vermin, but I also handload for it.

    With increased hog activity, I began carrying 357/44mags loaded with hardcast bullets, but it was a pain changing everything out for an IWB 1911/45auto when going to town.

    I have two G20s, and the 200gr WFNs/1200fps are more than adequate for anything I'll encounter here. After much thought and deliberation, I decided to have a railed 1911 Commander built in 10mm. Easy to change out magazines, WFNs for critter encounters and 125gr or 155gr Barnes JHP ammunition from Double Tap for civilized carry.

    Dan Wesson built some fine quality 10mm Commanders, so I went with Fusion Firearms for the build, given Bob Serva's prior work relationship with DW.

    The Barnes' bullet in 10mm may be the best personal defense bullet/ammo on the market today. If the OP is an outdoor person, and given hog activity in Florida, the 10mm is one of the few 1911 calibers that can do double duty.

    I like the Commander size (IWB concealment), plus the ability to mount a light for night time (low light) use. :)

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