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Trusty 1911 , Im sorry but.....

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Usmc-1, Jun 7, 2011.

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  1. Usmc-1

    Usmc-1 Member.

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    I have owned many other guns and many are still in the arsenal ! The one thing I constantly go back to is my trusty 1911 , I have many .40sw ,not a bad round ,have had 9's in the past fun to shoot I must say , but dont really do it for me ,anything below 9 is kinda a waste for me !

    I have to say this as well "wheelguns" are different , so I wont say much more about them here !

    I just think about all the cool guns out there and I always come back to the .45 acp , I know you guys can tell me where I went wrong but it wont matter , I plan on adding to my 1911 group , I also plan on adding a possibly a 9 (1911) ,but I cant ever get out the image when I went to the range (police) back in the early 90's , they all had 9's I had a .45 , now granted I had to reload 4 mags to there 2 on the combat course , but when they shot the metal targets all you heard was the sound of a little bullet bouncing off the target , when I shot ,you watched the metal target fall down , trust me ,I think I made believers of a few of those guys that day , but for me , it resonates always as to the stopping power of the 45 !

    If you've ever been to a shooting with a 45 ,You'll notice the distinct difference between a 9 wound , not many people that get hit with a 45 have better days ahead them!
     
  2. Mad Magyar

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    I see your point, but many times we use the lesser calibers for different reasons. I like the feel of that thud with the .45, but I don't hesitate taking a .380 to my local "shop & rob"...
     
  3. Jonah71

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    I like shooting my old 2003 Kimber 45acp more than any of my other pistols. And I'd shoot it more....but it's just a pain to break down and clean. I do plan on owning at least 2-3 1911's in the near future, I just can't seem to make up my mind what I want. I don't know that much about quality and prices. I don't want to go cheap because I don't want to buy anything I couldn't depend on for EDC. There is something about the 1911 that for some reason gives me more of a sense of security. They just feel good too.
     
  4. Sniper X

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    I totally understand. I have either sold or traded pretty much every other hand gun I owned for 1911s or sold them and bought 1911s. I love and still have my 2.5in Python, and unless someone wants to trade me a super super nice hand done 1911 for it it is here for life, and I still have a nice little Bersa 380 I use for carry when in nice clothes, and a snubbie 38spl for times when I need even a smaller gun, but the 1911 is my daily carry whether a commander or a full size, and I shoot them more often than anything else I own. There is something about the 1911 that has to be in you that can't be described well enough to get the point across. It is for me a combination of a lot of things, ergos, looks, reliability, power, and history. Plus, since I hit everything I aim at with them that helps. The fact I trust my life every day to the 1911 should say something about me.
     
  5. surjimmy

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    I believe....[​IMG]
     
  6. Smaug

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    I like 45 in general, not just the 1911 platform. As neat as 1911s are, there have been many worthy modern gun designs that chamber 45.

    I agree regarding your knock-down power observation; I was shooting in an action shoot Sunday, and there were a few times that when the silhouettes were not hit in the right place, 9mm didn't knock them down. With 45, they were instantly down, no matter where they were hit. Before someone starts :cuss: I admit that doesn't necessarily mean it will knock a human down, but it is a harder hit, for sure.

    But we should be fair and admit that with good ammo, 9mm is probably going to be enough medicine against a human attacker.
     
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    surjimmy//

    beautiful collection. tasteful
     
  8. OldCavSoldier

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    Surjimmy! YOU DA' MAN!!
     
  9. G27RR

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    I'm a 1911 fan too, but don't tell anyone, one of these is a 9mm.... :what:

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Zerodefect

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    100 years later and none of the high tech new pistol types have a trigger that even comes close to a rattly old pot metal WW1 era 1911.

    Only trigger better than the old 1911's........





    .......is on a new 1911.
     
  11. CZ223

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    After having owned two 1911 lemons

    about 18 years ago I swore I would never buy another. I now own 10 and there are two more on my must have list right now.:evil:
     
  12. earlthegoat2

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    I have phases where I like 1911s and then I hate them for awhile.
     
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    Last year I started messing around with a shot timer.
    I would put a 6'' target at 6 yards and see how quickly I could double tap the 6'' circle, both shots had to hit the circle for the time to count.
    The Glock 19 was my initial champ.
    I wasn't "into" the 1911 platform, but decided to compare my Lightweight Commander and see how it would do.
    To my utter suprise, the Lightweight Commander was able to match the Glock 19; no small feat considering the recoil difference, as measured by the PF formula.
    I was impressed and began carrying a 1911 Lightweight Commander or Kimber compact since I could have a larger bullet with the same speed & accuracy (as demonstrated in my little test) as a smaller bullet.
    I still carry my Glock, but it's typically a subcompact IBW appendix where the 4'' height of the subcompact is at a concealment premium.
    For strong side IWB, I prefer the thinness of the 1911 and I prefer the grip.
     
  14. Usmc-1

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    @ G27RR nice ! What is that in the bottom left corner , I really like that!

    @ surjimmy , right on Devil Dog! I love the picture!
     
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    In 1954, when my cousin came back from Korea, he brought a M1911. Don't know if he came back from Korea with it or bought it after he got to the states. I was 10 at the time and that was my introduction to the 1911. We gave it a workout and in 1962 when I enlisted in the Army, that is what we carried. When I retired in 84, I swore I would never own another 1911. Well, that lasted about 6 months.

    I have 2, shoot them all the time, and thats the end of that tune
     
  16. G27RR

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    Thanks, that's an STI Shadow and it's my daily carry. My signature has a link to a review I wrote about it. It was my first STI, and I eventually bought three more after having such a great experience with them.

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    Not the best picture but you can tell I've been carrying and shooting it often.

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  17. InkEd

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    I am the opposite of most 1911 guys. What I mean is that unlike most that start off with the trusty ol' war horse and then expand to other platforms/calibers, I never even cared about or used a 1911 for years.

    I was always a fan of the wonder nines and ultra lightweight pistols. Then I decide to see what is up with all the hype. Long story. Short. I borrowed one. Then bought one. Still too heavy IMHO for CCW but greatest competition/target pistol ever.
     
  18. Harley Quinn

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    In todays scenario IMHO...You are better off with Beretta 92 FS or similar...
    High cap, lots of firepower, better for the avg. person to shoot:what:
    You can feel all good about your 1911, but reality does suck...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beretta_92
    :D
     
  19. 45_auto

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    Guess that depends on what your scenario is.

    The M9 is great for mass issue for minimal skill shooters, but you'll find that where the user has a choice, many times it's a 1911.

    That's not reality sucking, that's your little bitty brain escaping into the vacuum between your ears .....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1911_pistol

    ;)
     
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    I must be the only person to not want or own a 1911.
    I am totally happy with my 9's and 40 cal poly and metal (smaller pistols).
    I'm also very happy to carry twice the rounds.

    Don't get me wrong I was issued a 1911 for GQ in the service. Guaranteed I had a spot on a raft if the ship was going down or I wouldn't be the only one swimming.

    I see lots of 1911 love out there.
     
  21. Harley Quinn

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    :eek:

    :what:

    I'll go with what I have mentioned...The thread about LEO practice and shooting is confirmation enough for me...

    :)
     
  22. JustinJ

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    "now granted I had to reload 4 mags to there 2 on the combat course , but when they shot the metal targets all you heard was the sound of a little bullet bouncing off the target , when I shot ,you watched the metal target fall down"

    But today we have .45 pistols that hold up to 16 rounds and are more reliable than a production 1911 could ever dream of being. Nostalgia aside i personally cant see the appeal of 1911 for practical use. They're neat and fun guns with great historic and collector value but for real world use i believe there time has come and gone.
     
  23. 45_auto

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    What do you consider "practical"? Have you ever seen a 150 lb guy with one of those high cap .45's in an IWB holster under a t-shirt? It sticks out like a 3rd leg.

    For practical concealed carry, a high cap .45 isn't very high on most people's list, but a thin 1911 in an IWB will hide under almost anything on anybody.
     
  24. G27RR

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    That's how I see it, too, and why I carry a 1911 and leave the XD 45 Tactical at home on nightstand duty.
     
  25. gathert

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    Some people just shoot certain guns better. For me, the gun that fits my hand the best is the 1911. I have normal sized hands and have to adjust my grip sometimes to work the slide release or mag release, but thats not a problem at all. I like my mag releases where God and John Moses Browning intended them to be, and the 1911 just fits. Its kinda like one of those things that just works but is hard to explain.

    I've got a Kimber Tactical Custom II and an original 1911 that was made in 1918. I can shoot the Kimber better and decently fast, but the original 1911 feels better. Its heavy hitting on the recoil side, but thats part of what makes it feel so good to shoot.
     
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