I have never bought a 1911 because...

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by sirgilligan, Sep 25, 2014.


What is the main reason you have never bought a 1911

Poll closed Oct 25, 2014.
  1. Typically magazine capacity is only 8 rounds

    2 vote(s)
  2. Most factory magazines should be immediately replaced, that seems wrong to me

    1 vote(s)
  3. Even if it costs $800.00 it is still viewed as acceptable that it should be tuned to make it run

    11 vote(s)
  4. They just don't appeal to me

    14 vote(s)
  5. They have a reputation of being finicky and problematic

    9 vote(s)
  6. There are many modern firearms and the 1911 never makes it to the top of my list

    26 vote(s)
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  1. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    May 22, 2003
    Lexington,North Carolina...or thereabouts
    It's simple.

    Because their triggers pivot instead of moving in a straight line.

    The US Army recognized this issue on their 1905 Colt contract pistols, and a few were retrofitted with the grip safety for testing and evaluation. It became an integral part of the redesigned 1907...reappeared in the 1909s and on the 1910 model...which was the 1911 prototype...and the rest is history.

    The 1911's grip safety is a drop safety...just as necessary today as it was in 1907. If it wasn't, it would have been eliminated long ago.
  2. sniper69

    sniper69 Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Was 'Bama, then Germany, now OH!
    I plan to get a 1911 eventually for the collection. I've shot 1911's and like them, but don't like them as much as the Browning Hi-power. :)
  3. Ed Ames

    Ed Ames Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Tejas Norte
    I have two but speaking of my pre-1911-owning days:

    I didn't own one for a long time because I accepted the premise that inexpensive 1911s were junk.

    The very first centerfire semi-auto pistol I ever fired was a Norinco model of a 1911. The owner was extremely unhappy with it because the brand new pistol was having feed issues. It worked fine for me but they were blocked from import before I was old enough to buy. For a long time after that the only 1911s I saw were either way beyond my budget or dismissed as "cheap potmetal junk" by everyone I talker to.

    I finally bought a stainless Springfield G.I. which has been a good gun for me. And recently I bought an RIA which honestly seems to be a better overall gun than the CZ75BD I had.

    My RIA holds 17+1 rounds, has a decent trigger, is not .45 ACP, but I can swap parts between 'em - in fact I swapped the RIA mainspring housing onto the Springfield because the aftermarket housing I bought for the Springfield looked better on the RIA.
  4. HankR

    HankR Member

    Jan 14, 2011
    upper midwest
    I have never bought a 1911 because...

    They are way too much fun to just buy one?
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