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Thinking about trading a 1911 for a Glock 19

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Prince Yamato, Nov 20, 2007.

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  1. Prince Yamato

    Prince Yamato Member

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    I have a Springfield GI in basically brand new condition (box, manual, cleaning kit, trigger locks) that I definitely like the ergonomics of, but unfortunately, I do not like the .45 ACP round as much as I like the 9mm. Maybe it's the European sensibilities I inherited from my family. Anyhow, I've been thinking about getting a Glock 9mm for some time. I already have a metal frame 9mm (Beretta 92FS) and I've been itching to own a Glock. I'm perfectly comfortable with the trigger-safety only design.

    I guess what I'm asking is: Am I totally nuts? It's not that I have a problem with the 1911 design, it's just I don't like the .45 ACP round in terms of feel and recoil (I'm sure it's a fine round, but I just don't enjoy shooting it). What say you THR members? Have I lost it? I shoot the .45 and I'm like, "eh, not liking this so much" I shoot a 9mm and I'm like, "Parabellum? Ecco! Para il principe!"
     
  2. andrewshogun

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    retail value wise the two are pretty comparable, with the 1911 worth maybe 50-100 dollars more at most. so i'd say if you're really after a glock like how i was just recently, its worth the swap.
     
  3. Rob96

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    I just recently traded my SA Mil-Spec that done up by the Custom Shop for a Glock 21SF.
     
  4. JDGray

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    G19 is a great little gun, and with the price of ammo lately, you'll probably shoot it more than your GI. You should have no problem trading for a NIB G19:)
     
  5. Jayb

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    I'm not a Glock fan, but I wish I had one just to trade to you.
     
  6. Slugless

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    There's something to be said for all-milled-steel construction. (Basis personal experience with my Taurus 92, your mileage will almost certainly be much better)

    I didn't know how much I would like my Springfield 1911A1, didn't like shooting .45 years before. I've been impressed this time around.

    If I hadn't been, the evil-Spock-alternate-universe me would trade that pistol for a Glock 17, no problem (ignoring any $ issue). In this universe my house is like a roach motel for guns.
     
  7. rellascout

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    Put the springer down and back away.

    Don't trade a 1911 for a glock. The 19 is a fine gun but it is no 1911.

    I was not a 45 fan at first but once you fire it enough you realize that it more of a push then a flip everything else starts to feel right.

    Check out this video and then go shoot it again before you trade.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4584332856867071363&q=handgun
     
  8. Glockamania®

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    Great decision! I'm sure with the trade, you can definitely get some extras with the Glock since Glocks are fairly inexpensive

    There are two other safety features: Firing pin and Drop safety. You'll be very surprise with what the Glock will do for you.

    Welcome to the club!
     
  9. esq_stu

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    The Glock is easy to carry, easy to shoot, easy to maintain, cheap to shoot, and easy to keep reliable. I personally love 1911s, but find them needy. IMO, the 19 is probably the best of the Glocks. You won't go wrong. But it is still a personal choice.
     
  10. NOOk

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    u=nuts for trading down to a 9mm
     
  11. Hokkmike

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    Trading guns is often emotional, irrational, and often a money loser. But, in this case I am with you. 1911's are like Win. Model 94 lever actions in a handgun - proven technology, but from history.
     
  12. The-Fly

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    Nothing wrong with a 9mm. Borrow a friend's glock, shoot it, and then decide.

    Speaking solely for myself here, I never did like 45acp much until I shot a 5" XD. That brought me over to the dark side. 1911's just beat the hell out my hands.
     
  13. GTSteve03

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    See if you can find an HK USP Compact in 9mm to try instead of the Glock. You get the same grip angle and cocked/locked ability of the 1911, but with a polymer-frame 9mm.

    Besides, if you're going to trade away a 1911, at least get a gun with a little style! :p
     
  14. Walkalong

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    1911 for a Glock. :(
     
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    I have shot my dads 1911 in .45 acp and i own a glock 30 in .45 acp. I think you should try the .45 some more. Give it a little while longer. Especially if you actually paid the money to get a .45 and THEN found out you didnt like .45acp.

    I have 2 9mm as well, a steel frame and a polymer frame, and i like both my 9mm's and my .45. Like someone else said, the .45 is more of a push in recoil than a flip. I also often shoot my 9mm and .45 at the same time at the range, and IMHO, the additional recoil when going from the 9mm to the .45 is not dramatic.

    At least give it another try. Wait a couple of days and maybe put another 100 rounds through it. However, its your gun, and you know what you like/want.
     
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    If you like the 1911 platform, have a look around for a 1911 in 9mm; if you like Glocks, get a Glock as well ;)
     
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    I don't think there's anything wrong with trading a 1911 for a gluck--as long as you're ok with the idea of burning in Hell for all eternity.

    No, really.
     
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    I like this guy already :D
     
  19. Prince Yamato

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    I had thought about the 1911 in 9mm, but since the pistol was not designed for that caliber initially, I kind of shied away from it. PLUS it only holds what, 11 rounds? I figure why get a gun that does what my Beretta will do, but holds less rounds and is SAO?

    I was looking at HKs too, but they are hammer as opposed to striker-based. I kind of want to go with the striker based.

    My whole beef with the .45 ACP round is that I just don't like how it feels. It's not that it's a bad round or anything. It doesn't hurt my hand and the recoil isn't unmanageable. It just doesn't feel as good as the 9mm. The thing is, I wouldn't get a Glock in .45 either.

    The other thing, is I kind of want the Glock for its reliability. I do take very good care of my guns, but I like knowing that I don't have to clean them if I do not want to. I've been very impressed with the Glock torture tests I've seen.
     
  20. W.E.G.

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    I bought a bunch of different 1911's before I finally swallowed the pill that I just don't like them, nor do I shoot them well. Meanwhile, the 1911 fan club keeps yelling that they are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Not for me.

    I got rid of all of them (traded for Glocks), except one. I kept the Springfield. It's a pretty gun. It doesn't fit my hand well, my ability to shoot it as well as a Glock is miserable, and it still likes to throw spent shell casings off my forehead more often than I care to endure. I'll keep it to look at I reckon.

    I respect the 1911's history. I have little use for it for my future.

    Find a gun you shoot well. That's the key. If the Glock is that for you, then its the right gun for you.
     
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    Burn The Witch!!!!
     
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    I may be mistaken, but actually i think it was originally based on a .38 round of some kind and then later modified when the Military specified a .45 caliber round for their pistol trials. Perhaps I'm just thinking about the .38 super, but honestly, 1911's have a great history of running 9mm/.355/.38 caliber rounds and I wouldn't be worried about it.
     
  23. Big Boomer

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    First you must be taking some strong hallucinogen's because you are OUT OF YOUR FREAKING MIND!!!

    I've never seen a glock (besides the class 3) appreciate in value over time. Most 1911's will. That 1911 will outlast you. The tupperware hasn't been around over 100 years. I own a tupperware but for the simple fact of appreciation I won't buy another. I consider them throw away guns. You can mod the hell out of them but they just don't have that "collector" value.

    Ask yourself this, let's say your father passed away and you opened up a box that was left behind. Would you be happier finding 1. a 1911 2. a glock?

    I think that pretty much sums it up. You will leave yours to your siblings (if you have any) someday as well.

    If you want a glock go buy one. Don't trade off the old corvette for the new kia.

    And well if you can't handle the .45 we all understand :neener:
     
  24. jdc1244

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    Many of us shoot 1911s well, in that the platform works well for us. We also don’t have an issue with the .45ACP round and find it quite pleasant, price not withstanding – but that’s what guilty pleasures are for. My 1911s have been flawless. Also the 1911 is a beautiful gun from an aesthetic standpoint. Glocks…aren’t.

    I have a 9mm I shoot when my allotment of .45 ammo is used up.

    So I say keep the 1911, give it another chance, and buy the Glock if budget allows.
     
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    There are a bajillion 1st gen LEO trade in G19's out there, lightly used, not selling for all that much. It's not a good trade for your 1911, even if you get a fair hunk of ammo thrown in.
     
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