Which gun would you chose ? A 1911 or a Striker fired design ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by krupparms, Jul 2, 2014.

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  1. bullbarrel

    bullbarrel Member

    Nov 9, 2009
    My Sigma 9mm was not reliable at first. It took about 5 boxes before it became so (never a problem now). The trigger IS squishy and hard but you get used to it to the point where it is not a detriment to accuracy. For a carry gun it beats the 1911 for weight and getting on battery.
  2. SigP229R

    SigP229R Member

    Sep 6, 2008
    North Carolina
    Anything hammer fired over striker. Just don't like striker fired! :)
  3. george burns

    george burns Member

    May 26, 2014
    I find that striker fired guns are less likely to break due to the amount of parts and general simplicity of design. Of course a reliable 1911 is a reliable 1911. But since you asked I would prefer the striker if my life depended on it, as long as it were one of the top brands. Like Glock, M&P, Walther, etc, Now we have the new SIG, and HK.
    Also for pocket carry there is less of a chance of something getting caught in the hammer or the hammer getting snagged on your clothing.
  4. B!ngo

    B!ngo Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    Thanks krupparms for refining the question for the audience. I thought the OP was pretty explicit that there were two choices. Implicitly, based on the two, there is a significant price constraint and likely a 'want' (the 1911) versus a 'need' (and EDS/HD/SD gun) that low-cost 1911's are not the best to fulfill (my opinion of course but hardly a unique view).
    FWIW, I just bought a VE in 9x19. I have a number of mid- and high-priced hammer- and striker-fired guns but I wanted a low-priced gun that was dependable if not refined. The VE meets that criteria by a mile. I would trust my life to it since it based on an even less refined design that has a history of firing when the (terrible) trigger is pulled and rarely needs to be serviced as well. And the VE has come a long way since the Sigma and S&W has been able to trickle down a lot of design and manufacturing knowledge from the M&P line that did not exist when the Sigma was built. Further, you can incrementally improve the VE at modest cost (Apex spring kit, then Apex trigger replacement, M&P take-off sights (cheap) or Trijicon radioactive sights (not cheap), a light or laser if it suits your fancy. And you have a U.S. made Glock with a better trigger (the Apex) without the upfront cost but having the safety of owning a reliable pistol from the onset.
    I don't think I could imagine the same route for the low-cost 1911. I just don't think, out of the box, that I would trust my life to it. I don't know how comfortable the OP is with the cocked and locked thing. And I don't think that such a low cost frame/parts design is ripe for turning in to a super dependable 1911.
    So, there you go.
    P.S. I also agree that the OP should go with the 9x19 VE.
    P.P.S. I purchased my 9x19 VE for $350.00 out the door (tax, DROS, whatever else). Make that the baseline and there are very few real guns from tier 1 manufacturers that can compete with that price. It's quite remarkable. Again, not an elegant piece out of the box, but a very capable one.

    Last edited: Jul 10, 2014
  5. ExTank

    ExTank Member

    Feb 5, 2011
    Well, I can be stupid about 1911's so it'd definitely get a look.

    But for EDC, my love doesn't extend to the extra weight.
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