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The 1911...I just don't get it.

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by StrikeFire83, Jun 17, 2012.

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  1. StrikeFire83

    StrikeFire83 Member

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    I really tried. I've given this gun so many chances. It's the pistol that American men are SUPPOSED to love. And I don't. I just don't. I won't begrudge anybody their choice, their passion, or their love. I'm glad there's so much love for this pistol, it helps keep shooting relevant and the historical connection is cool as well.

    Years ago I bought a Kimber Custom II, an incredibly accurate gun with a myriad of problems...I ended up selling it at a loss. I've shot my uncle's 1970s vintage Colt Gold Cup. Fun gun that looks great. It functions fine but I don't really get what's so "gold" about this cup. I shot a rattletrap 1950s vintage 1911-A1. It was cool for historical value. Tiny sights and malfunctions galore. (to be fair, probably not the gun's fault, as it hadn't been very well cared for)

    Bottom line, I just don't get that "magic" sensation that so many people seem to get when they hold/fire a 1911 pistol. That feeling happens to me when I take hold of my Glock 17 or my Dad's Browning Hi-Power. Those guns feel and shoot perfectly...FOR ME.

    I've tried, and I it just ain't happening. A long time ago I learned that there are some things you just can't force in life. One of them is pistol preference. Anyhow, just my two cents. Shoot what you like. What I like just happens to be things other than the 1911.
     
  2. coop2564

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    To each his own! I do not like the plastic glocks or M&P's and such! The browning HP is a fine gun and I love my 1911's. Best of luck with what works for u.
     
  3. StrikeFire83

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    I just wanna spread the love. Glockers and 1911 fiends can peacefully co-exist, even if we don't "get" each others pistols of choice.
     
  4. nwilliams

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    I agree 100% about the BHP, but I disagree on the Glock. To me the BHP and 1911 feel like they just fit me and it feels like I'm holding a real gun. The Glock just doesn't point naturally to me or feel nearly as comfy in the hand and it feels cheap compared to the craftsmanship found in a nice 1911 or BHP. You're not alone however, I know many people who absolutely love the Glock and can't understand why people like the 1911. I keep trying to become a Glock owner and appreciator but every time I buy a Glock I end up being disappointed get rid of it not long after. I've owned a Glock 22, 17, 27 and I don't think I had any of them for more a couple months and my only regret is having bought them in the first place. To each his/her own I suppose.
     
  5. rduckwor

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    Well, some people just don't like them. You've given it a fair shot. Clearly, 1911's aren't for you.

    Good luck,

    RMD
     
  6. holdencm9

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    Glocks have no soul. But I won't begrudge anyone who owns/carries/uses one because "they just work." Just like I don't begrudge anyone for buying a Camry or Accord. They are tools. They just work. One is for shooting, one is for transportation from A to B. They both work. I concur. But neither make the hairs on my arm tingle.

    1911's just have that x-factor. They are like that 57 Chevy or 67 Mustang. Just classic.
     
  7. beatledog7

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    I'm not a 1911 fan either. Someday I'll probably own one, but it won't be because I love how they shoot. It'll be because I want to pass one along to the grandson I hope to have (no hurry there, dear daughter of mine).
     
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    I agree, it's nothing to be ashamed of, that you don't "get it". There are support groups that might help.:D
     
  9. StrikeFire83

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    I think the moral of the story, for both of us, is to stop trying to force it and just buy/shoot what we like. So for you, no sense in buying Glocks. And for me, no more 1911s.

    Thank you sir, that's the plan.

    Maybe, but MY Glock 17, the second gun I ever bought, which has been with me since 2005, definitely has a soul. That constant companion that has never let me down. And I can shoot golf ball sized groups at 10 yards with it rapid fire at multiple targets.
     
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    Yup. To each their own. I can't understand why someone would ever even consider buying a Glock...
     
  11. StrikeFire83

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    I love's my Glocks because I shoots them like this:


    G1710Yards.jpg
    Rapid fire, 10 yards, double taps to the small targets and then a single shot to the middle.
     
  12. tuj

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    I didn't get 1911's either. I'm a bullseye shooter, new to the sport a few years ago, thinking 'really? the most accurate choice for a 45 caliber gun is a 100-year-old design'?

    But it is. I challenge you to tell me another pistol capable of bullseye-accuracy, which I would define as 1.5" 10-shot group from a rest at 50 yards. Its hard to think of any. Maybe the Pardini GT-45. That's about it.

    So a highly customized 1911 is a seriously accurate choice for 45 shooting, and for any major caliber for that matter. You just won't get the same level of accuracy from a Glock. That's not to say the Glock isn't a fine defense weapon.
     
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    I don't love 1911s OR Glocks. I respect them both, but I don't plan to buy either.

    At the end of the day, we're all 2nd Ammendment people.

    Group hug?
     
  14. StrikeFire83

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    I have no doubt that you're right about the 1911's inherent accuracy or that it stands above all others as a bullseye gun. That said, I'm about as concerned with 1.5" groups @ 50 yards out of a handgun as I am with who'll be guest starring on this week's episode of Glee.
     
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    I know where you are coming from(albeit, from the other end of the road) as I have Glocks that I do not care for and I have no use for a BHP.
     
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    If one gun worked perfectly for everyone, the gun world would be pretty dull, IMO. I really like the 1911s, though I don't
    have one right now. My XD was selected, in part, because the grip angle felt natural to me... like my old 1991a1.
     
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    I could never get used to how close the trigger is to the handle. always felt like I was shooting a gun designed for a 5 year olds hand. Its almost like you are pinching the trigger instead of squeezing it. I like a trigger that's out there another 1/3 or 1/2 inch that I can actually pull.
     
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    I totally agree. I own six 1911's, well technically two 1911's and four 2011's, and I don't get people's fascination with them. A lot of advancements have been made in the last 100 years and there are better options for just about any use. The only thing I use 1911's for is competitive shooting. It's the most common platform with a single action trigger that can be adjusted very light.

    I think just about any single action pistol can be that accurate if you spend three grand or more having it custom built. I know a lot of world champions have used CZ pistols.
     
  19. StrikeFire83

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    I love Springer XD pistols. I had an XD-45 Tactical that I sold off a few years back because of the high cost of .45 ammo...and I wish I had it back.
     
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    I'm sort of on the fence. My dad was always a 1911 guy, so I eventually bought one. I like it, it's fun to shoot, but I'm not in love with it. I do like the solid heft of an all steel gun, but I found the CZ 75 to be personally superior, albeit a different caliber. I don't know, 1911's are alright, and they can be quite accurate, but I don't think I'll ever get all hot and heavy over them.
     
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    I have 3 1911s, soon to be 4. Mine are mid level semi custom 1911s. I had more entry level pistols, and didn't care for them. I don't care for Kimber all that much.

    I have 4 Glocks. I also have a SA XDM. I like the polymers, except my ex-gun...a Diamondback DB9. I shoot them all equally well.

    To me, they serve a specific purpose. I shoot both types well.

    It's why there are thousands of guns and combinations to choose from. Not every gun is a perfect fit for every single person.
     
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    That is the real beauty of this whole thing, I don't have to get your fascination with other platforms and you do not have to get mine with the 1911.

    Also, it is the BEST option for ME to use for the purpose that I have it for. YOU may be better served with others...and that is fine by me.
     
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    Nothing wrong with not being in love with 1911s, I don't think they are the end all be all of handguns either, I'll take my XDm over any Wilson Combat in any real life situation. That said I have shot a 1911 that I did like (Full custom Colt build) but for what it cost I would never carry one like that.
     
  24. ColtPythonElite

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    I own both 1911's and Glocks. I'm not crazy about either.
     
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