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What caliber 1911 do you prefer for carry?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Sergei Mosin, Jan 30, 2013.

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What caliber 1911 do you prefer for carry?

Poll closed Mar 1, 2013.
  1. .45 ACP

    104 vote(s)
    81.3%
  2. .38 Super

    7 vote(s)
    5.5%
  3. 10mm

    6 vote(s)
    4.7%
  4. 9x19 Parabellum

    9 vote(s)
    7.0%
  5. 9x23 Winchester

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
  6. .357 Magnum

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Other

    1 vote(s)
    0.8%
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  1. Sergei Mosin

    Sergei Mosin Member

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    I'm sure everyone can predict the most popular choice, but I'm curious about the rest nonetheless...
     
  2. TimboKhan

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    Well, I am sure that .45 will be the resounding answer, but a while ago I was given the advice to try out a 9mm 1911, and boy, thats nice. I don't own one yet, but it is near the top of my fairly long wish list.
     
  3. EBK

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    .45 ACP anything less would be uncivilized:D
     
  4. kyletx1911

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    Tru dat
     
  5. KenW.

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    If its not a 45ACP, its not a 1911
    If its a double action, its not a 1911
    If its a widebody, its not a 1911
    If its hammerless, its not a 1911
    If its plastic, its not a 1911
    and so on and so forth.:cuss:
     
  6. EBK

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    For the record I have been looking at a RIA doublestack 9mm sounds like a sweet shooter.
     
  7. blakec3686

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    .45 is what the gun was originally designed to shot if my memory serves me right ...I was never one to mess with a good thing plus.....bigger holes leak more fluid...:what:
     
  8. JR24

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    Lately I've been shooting 9mm with better accuracy, and with prices these days I can practice more with it.

    So 9mm.
     
  9. smalls

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    I carry a 9mm 1911. Blasphemy, I know.
     
  10. Robbins290

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    Real men carry 45 acp! :)
     
  11. rjinaz85308

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    Really mean men carry a 10mm


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  12. Girodin

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    Real men carry a .460 rowland. Bare minimum a .45 super. :neener:
     
  13. g_one

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    I voted .38 super because I would have voted 9mm, except that I think if you want a 1911 and you want 9mm... go .38 super.
     
  14. HKGuns

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    No such thing as a 1911 if it isn't .45 ACP or.38 Super.
     
  15. VINTAGE-SLOTCARS

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    45 acp , but I'd like try out a 38 super!
     
  16. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Member

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    This.

    But...real men carry 10mm.
     
  17. cfullgraf

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    If I am going to carry an M1911, it will be in 45 ACP.

    I enjoy shooting my 38 Super M1911 and 38/45 Clerke M1911.
     
  18. Cocked & Locked

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    I voted .45

    .45 of course...but .38 Super ain't bad

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  19. Fred_G

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    My next one will most likely be a 38 super. Fun one to shoot.
     
  20. KenW.

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    The Army Ordinance Corps adopted it in .45ACP. That's the original, all others are imposters.

    Don't do this to John M. Browning...
     
  21. HisSoldier

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    I voted even though I don't carry a 1911. If I were to carry a 1911 why would I carry less firepower than the most that is available commonly ("Commonly" because I won't argue about hyper .45 wildcats)?

    All that said, if I were to carry a full sized 1911 it would probably be because I was entering a high risk area, and therefor I would choose my DW 10MM, because the 10MM is said to have more energy at 100 yards than the .45 ACP does at the muzzle. However, I don't understand why anyone would choose a caliber with less overall stopping power than the .45 ACP. Many of us believe that a large bullet with equal energy shown in a calculator to a smaller cartridge will still have more stopping power than the smaller bullet with suposedly equal energy.
     
  22. TMann

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    Smaller caliber = less recoil and (sometimes) greater capacity.

    As I get older, recoil is starting to become more of an issue, so I can see the appeal of a 9mm 1911 for certain folks.
     
  23. allaroundhunter

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    At advertised velocities, most .45 ACP loads stay under 500 ft-lbs of energy at the muzzle. My .38 Super has about 525. They are about equal, but my Super also gives me a couple extra rounds.... But let's be honest, if I had a .45 1911, I would carry it just as much as my .38 Auto.

    Mine is a Colt .38 Automatic (Super).... There's just something about a 115 gr projectile leaving the barrel at over 1,400 fps that gives me some confidence.

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  24. Girodin

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    Because some people prefer a gun that they can drive faster and make faster followups with. They believe that is likely to count for more in a gun fight than the relatively marginal difference between say 9x19 and 45 ACP or even 10mm. They also see the added mag capacity as a potential advantage. One more advantage is the cost of ammo. Shooting time and training is also more likely to be outcome determinative in a gun fight than the ballistics of common pistol rounds.

    These videos treat some of those ideas:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMAQ1BnCuY8

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYrSFRkue3Y
     
  25. bannockburn

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    Most of my M1911s are in .45ACP but I do have a Lightweight Commander in .38 Super with a 9mm. conversion that will find its way into the carry rotation soon enough.
     
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