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House Gun Opinion?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by fxstchewy, Jan 11, 2013.

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Which for a House Gun?

Poll closed Feb 10, 2013.
  1. 1911 5"

    142 vote(s)
    52.8%
  2. GP100 4"

    127 vote(s)
    47.2%
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  1. LUCKYDAWG13

    LUCKYDAWG13 Member

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    my vote was for the gp100 but my HD gun is a 12ga SxS
     

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  2. lobo9er

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    You could buy at least 2 GP100's for what a high quality 1911 will cost.
    The 1911's that are in the GP100 price range vs a GP100 might be a better question.
     
  3. wanderinwalker

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    20ga shotgun with #3 buck...

    That said, of the two listed, the GP-100. Why? Well, other members of the household can use the revolver much more easily than a semi-auto. (She can handle a revolver but isn't interested enough to learn a semi. Fair enough.) The GP won't be subjected to limp-wrist malfunctions and the long, heavy DA trigger is less likely to result in an ND in the hands of an inexperienced user.

    And just because it's a .357 doesn't mean you HAVE to load it with pedal-to-the-metal boomers. My 586 and 19 get .38 +Ps just for this reason. Though in my hands I like the 125gr Remington Golden Saber .357s too.
     
  4. WoodchuckAssassin

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    I own both (well, the revolver is a S&W 686, but similar enough for this comparison) - and the 1911 is the one next to my bed. The only real reason is that I practice more with the 1911. I'd trust my life to either - it all depends on which platform you are most familiar with. Practice, Practice, Practice.
     
  5. jmr40

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    Not really. Most 1911's come with 8+1 mags and for HD there is nothing wrong with using a 10+1 round. That gives you almost double the firepower.

    A 45 acp is a lot quieter when fired indoors as well. Either would work, but for indoors use as a HD gun I'd take the 1911 every time. For a hiking or camping gun and when loaded with heavy bullets the 357 is a better choice from possble use against large animals.
     
  6. Roadking Rider

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    1911 It just what I'm used to, and it's a natural pointer.
     
  7. 303tom

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    The 1911, more & larger holes..............
     
  8. Fremmer

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    Use whichever you shoot most accurately.
     
  9. JTQ

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    Me too.

    However, this is also a factor

    And outdoors as well.

    Additionally, have you ever shot a .357 Magnum in the dark, especially from something relatively short like a 4" barrel.
     
  10. Rexster

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    Well, I have both, and plan to keep it that way. Either one would be a comforting back-up to my HD/SD/duty (PD) Remington 870P. I have made no secret of my affection for the GP100, having stated it is my favorite handgun, multiple times. A 4" .357 medium-large DA sixgun is about as good as it gets for one handgun to handle everything. My first handgun, over three decades ago, however, was an off-brand 1911, and my current 1911 is a better one, a Les Baer Thunder Ranch Special. I have trigger time with both systems. Some of the in-between trigger systems can be distracting, but long-stroke DA and crisp, short-stoke SA are both workable and familiar in my hands.

    I have carried both the 1911 and GP100 in harm's way, and I have no problem continuing to do so.

    This topic being "house" gun, however, narrows the parameters down. I do not need the versatility of the .357 inside a house. I prefer the .45 for night/low-light shooting, and for shooting within enclosed spaces. Both of these conditions exist within a house.

    My final answer, specifically for a house handgun, for my personal use, is the 5" 1911. I have ignored the factor of other folks within the household; they have
    access to their own houseguns, both long guns and handguns.

    fWIW, I have never disremembered a 1911's thumb safety. Starting with a 1911, and then 29 years of using duty duty holster with thumb releases, have programmed me to start the draw with a flagged thumb.
     
  11. ApacheCoTodd

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    My most common open carry is a full sized 1911 so there is one in its place each evening but the grabber for bumps in the night is in fact our stainless GP100 - though 3 incher.

    If it's dark, I'm stumbly - whatever, I like the lack of moving parts, no mag to fall away, no safety to fumble etc...

    Of course, I'm also one of those fellas that doesn't anticipate running cinematic gun battles through the house, yard and rest of the neighborhood either.
     
  12. Bobson

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    My thoughts exactly. I'd be all for the 1911 if you could put several hundred rounds downrange first, and establish that its a proverbial Glock; but that would mean you're stuck with something iffy in the meantime.
     
  13. asia331

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    I voted GP100. I'm an EDC 1911 guy. The beauty of the GP100 or any revolver, is that any of my family can pick it up and employ it with near immediate effect.
     
  14. Seafarer12

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    I voted for the revolver. I am not a 1911 guy. Revolvers are stupid simple just point and keep pulling the trigger till it goes click.
     
  15. 460Shooter

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    I could go either way really. Both are great choices. The GP wins for ease of use and reliability, IMO. The 1911 wins on ammo capacity and

    this coment is a major reason to favor the .45 acp more so.

    I used to have my SP101 loaded with some warm .38 +P's. I figured that would save my ears, but may not save my life. Load it with .357's, and overpenetration becomes a worry for me because I live in a neigborhood.

    The 1911 with standard pressure .45's seems a good middle ground to me.
     
  16. PoserHoser

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    Whichever one you shoot better
     
  17. TFIT

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    I'd go with the 1911 for one reason. I am very comfortable with this weapon. I know revolvers are proven, and the GP is a very reliable platform, and a really great gun, but so is the 1911. I like it better. I wouldn't throw the GP100 down now! :)
     
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  18. TFIT

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    I really like the 101, but agree with you. On the two calibers, .45.
     
  19. cerberus65

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    I used to keep a .357 by the side of the bed. I switched to keeping a 1911 there for one reason: .45 ACP is a lower pressure round and will do less damage to our hearing if I ever have to pull the trigger inside the house when there hasn't been time to grab hearing protection.
     
  20. smalls

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    You're actually weakening the springs. It's not the compression that weakens them, it's compression and decompression. People have found loaded USGI mags that haven't been shot in 40 years that still work.

    I vote 1911, mostly because I'm not a revolver guy, and shoot the 1911 better than any gun I've ever tried. It's my daily carry and nightstand gun.
     
  21. wep45

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    none of the above:neener:....get a S&W k frame.:cool:...
     
  22. 420Stainless

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    1911 - Just personal preference based upon familiarity. Been shooting a 1911 for 30+ years and only been shooting revolvers less than 10.
     
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    I'm just not a 1911 fan.
     
  24. TennJed

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    I am a revolver guy and voted for thr GP100, but my house gun is a S&W 5906 (9mm)
     
  25. mljdeckard

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    Ever shot a revolver indoors?
     
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