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Why choose 1911 over a revolver?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by el Godfather, Dec 11, 2012.

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  1. el Godfather

    el Godfather Member

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    Dear THR:
    I have been thinking about the capacity and power issues in juxtaposition to .45 1911 and a .357 Mag revolver, and I wonder whats the trade off that folks make in favor of a 1911. I like 1911 in general for its profile and design, but it is a huge compromise on capacity when comparing to modern polymer guns especially in 9mm. However, the liking to big and powerful 45 sometimes and conceal-ability when compared to double stack polymer guns is what appeals in a 1911. Nevertheless, if we do compromise on capacity in favor of more power, why not a 357 magnum revolver?

    Thank you
     
  2. mgmorden

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    #1 reason is an infinitely better trigger. 1911's are regarded as a flat out joy to shoot. Aside from a small niche segment of the market most people don't like revolver triggers.

    Besides that, reloads are faster and take up less space on the belt (a 1911 magazine is thinner than a speedloader.
     
  3. ColtPythonElite

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    I wouldn't....
     
  4. blakec3686

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    well i don't know about anyone else but here is my .02....first off im only 5'5 and about 150 on a good day...think hobbit and that's me lol... The 1911 with its slim profile is easier for my to ccw even full size. even a small glock is just too thick ...so any revolver (so far as i've tried) is way to thick and stick out like crazy but that"s not my biggest reason (i live in a very gun friendly shire lol) ..second and more important for me is the simple fact that the 1911 feels great in my hand, it points naturally and i love shooting it....so it gets the nod everyday for my edc.

    Blake
     
  5. tarosean

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    I would have to disagree.... If you want to talk about horrid triggers, every single poly gun has them. But that doesn't stop their popularity.
     
  6. 3twelves

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    Why choose a 1911 or a revolver over a poly pistol?
     
  7. BYJO4

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    I like both 1911s and S&W revolvers. Both are fun to shoot and accurate. Everyone has their own idea about whats comfortable to carry in regards to size and weight. I do agree that a 1911 is faster to reload and a spare mag takes up little space on your belt. I just can't get into the poor triggers found in polymer guns even though they offer higher mag capacity.
     
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    Because my #1 concern with ANY defensive weapon is proficiency and it just so happens that I'm most proficient with 1911s.
     
  9. Zekest Crowe

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    It depends on your goal. If your goal is to shove it down your pants and lug it around all day every day, a poly pistol makes a lot of sense. If your goal is to punch holes in a sheet of paper 25 yards away, a 1911 made out of plastic or steel makes a lot of sense, as does a revolver. If you have an overwhelming fear of being caught in a firefight against a biker gang, a semi auto, poly or steel, with six mags bolted to your belt would win over a revolver with the same number of speed loaders. Maybe you just like the look and feel of a steel gun over a molded hunk of plastic. :)
     
  10. JERRY

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    Why? Personal preference is all i can come up with.
     
  11. Sergei Mosin

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    Assuming a full-size revolver such as the GP100, the 1911 has the advantage in concealability, capacity, and time to reload. The GP100 has the advantage in reliability - no gun is more foolproof than the DA/SA revolver. Both fire powerful cartridges that are plenty adequate for self-defense. So to me, it's 6-5 and pick 'em - they're both fine choices and I don't feel undergunned when carrying either one.
     
  12. CABob

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    I own both, but a 1911 is easier to carry for me. More compact, if that makes sense. But I also just love my 1911 more than any of my other handguns. It's easier to shoot, feels great in my hand, and all around is a gorgeous gun. Another .02: metal over plastic all day.
     
  13. TestPilot

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    1. Slimmer proflie makes it easier to carry.
    2. It ergonomically suits better for some people, making it easire to shoot.
    3. Faster reload.
    4. Extra magazines are even easier to carry than speed loaders or moon clips.
    5. Good SAO trigger.
     
  14. ActionJax

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    1911 -- Light crisp Single-action trigger. Should/must be carried "cocked and locked". Is this good or bad? You be the judge.

    .357 Mag -- Long revolver trigger. Should be carried hammer down even if DA/SA. Again, good/bad?...

    I prefer a long, strong trigger AND and external safety, so things like a S&W Bodyguard or a Kahr PM9 - 9193 work best for me. I carry the Bodyguard and have no trouble with the safety or the long trigger -- plenty accurate enough for SD situations.
     
  15. snooperman

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    I have both 1911 Colt 1970 series and the Colt Magnum carry revolver. I prefer the 6 shot 357 magnum weighing 21 oz any day over the heavier 1911 as a daily carry gun. The action of the Magnum carry is very smooth in DA and much faster to put into action. I also think the revolver has an edge in reliability and 6 shots is enough to get the job done.
     
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    It's hard to argue against a 230 grain bullet at 850-900 fps, whether FMJ or JHP.
    I would not trust my life to 9mm 124gr FMJ. Unfortunately many of our soldiers are forced to do so.
     
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    I don't see the problem. Obviously they both have their good and bad points. I carry both (not at the same time). The 1911 is way more comfortable yet heavy, and reloads are more convenient to carry. Unless you carry speed strips, then that is a wash except for speed. My GP100 and 1911 have both proven reliable. Capacity is basically the same. Sometimes I like carrying one over the other. Pick whichever one you want, odds are it wont matter....

    LNK
     
  18. Ragnar Danneskjold

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    Well given that statistically speaking, you will completely miss with more than half of the rounds your fire; those additional rounds would be pretty nice to have if you ever actually had to shoot.
     
  19. Cocked & Locked

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    Difficult decisions indeed...

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  20. LNK

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    If we extend that further, if a hoard of (pick your favorite mob) came after you, you would be hosed too. I think comfort and proficiency trumps capacity. YMMV.

    LNK
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    P.S. See you back at the Gulch ;)
     
  21. ku4hx

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    Depends on your specific wants and needs; buy both and enjoy them all.
     
  22. mljdeckard

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    The trigger. I used to carry a Glock 22, and I don't miss the trigger nor regret the switch for one second. I no longer feel like I have to have a high-capacity lead Pez dispenser to be adequately armed.

    We do not live in Melgibsonland, where you fire 16 straight shots with no chance to reload. If I am in a pickle which cannot be resolved with my 8+1, it is highly unlikely that higher capacity will solve it either.
     
  23. dgroff85

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    I agree with ku4hx, buy both...

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  24. Fishbed77

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    Someone has never fired a Walther P99AS or PPQ.
     
  25. PabloJ

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    LGS had S&W 19 4". The gun had yellow front blade insert, trigger shoe polished to mirror finish and superbly adjusted DA trigger pull. This was fighting revolver as it had "hair trigger" SA pull which could not be released w/o slight pull on trigger shoe (very professional job). Very fine weapon indeed which I would have gladly brought home if I haven't own Glock pistol already.
     
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