Vintage Tools Too! They sure do not make them like they used to....
Last edited by Tomray; 06-21-2019 at 06:10 PM.
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Vintage Tools Too! They sure do not make them like they used to....
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The man who wrote that article is either an ignorant fool or was just trying to stir the pot for reader comments and page views.
He pooh-poohs the 1911 because it comes chambered in .45 acp. But in doing so he ignores that it also is chambered in 9mm, .38 Super, .40, 10mm. What he really is doing is extolling the 9mm cartridge over the .45 acp. That argument is not pistol dependent with the exception that many pistols made in 9mm are incapable of being converted to shooting .45 cartridges. His argument not only fails in that regard but, rather, lands in support of the 1911.
The writer is a proponent of large capacity magazines. Yes, there is a significant difference in how many cartridges some autos carry. But any comparison needs to be for a set cartridge. Comparing a 15 round plastic 9mm auto to an 8 round 1911 in .45 is not the same as comparing it to a 10 round 1911 in 9mm. Then he also ignores the advantages and disadvantages of double stacked magazines vs single stacked magazines. Is he not aware that there have been and still are 1911s made that use double stack magazines? The Remington 1911 A2, for example, uses a magazine that holds 18 rounds of 9mm. Conversely, many of the plastic high capacity double stack 9mm autos are also available in single stack versions. But, to make his argument, the author only considered single stack .45 acp 1911s to double stack 9mm autos. He cherry picked what he wanted to compare and avoided comparing autos with like characteristics. In a legitimate comparison the magazine capacity argument does not disfavor the 1911 pistol design.
Something the author failed to compare is material of manufacture. Aluminum alloys and plastics have neither the strength nor service life of steels. You may hear arguments to the contrary but they are poorly advised and counterintuitive. If the "service life" of a pistol meets its design or military procurement specification then that's fine. The 9mm M9 did but only because the US specified a 6000 round service life in the original ORD (Operational Requirements Document). That was sufficient for most military personnel with jobs that only required firing about 60 rounds a year for familiarization and qualification. But it fell far short of meeting the requirements of Special Operations units and Infantry units. For example, I remember firing about 300 rounds in various drills in one day on the range and doing that several times a year. As required, alloy frames of the M9 did last for more than 6000 rounds, some as much as 10,000 or so. But after a few years of heavy use frames began cracking. Improvements were made to reduce cracking and increase service life. Army Special Operations Command (ARSOC) had Rangers, Special Forces, and other units undergo a 100% turn-in and replacement of ALL M9 pistols. Most of the turn-ins were discovered to already have cracks and/or were on the verge of catastrophic failure. The M9 improvements were marginally successful but even the improved M9 couldn't last anywhere near as long or take anywhere near the abuse that the 1940s or 1950s manufactured 1911s did. After the initial M9 shortcommings were discovered procedures were established to perform periodic inspections and scheduled replacements.
As to plastic pistols, they still use metal components for all high stress and high pressure parts. We know why. ALL plastics degrade over time. They will crack, flake, peel, and disintegrate. Exposure to environmental extremes, harsh chemicals, and abrasion increases the rate of decomposition. It's not a matter of if but when. Only recently have specialty plastics been developed that can last for several decades. But even those will decompose long before any metal parts will give up the ghost. Regardless, high tech plastics are usually more expensive than more common plastics and often they cannot be used for all the same applications. If a plastic auto lasts and performs properly for its service life then it has fulfilled its raison d'ętre. Just don't expect it to be a pistol to hand down for generations or to remain in hard military use for a decade.
I will say that the best argument the author made is that modern, "wonder nine", large capacity plastic pistols are less expensive than a well made steel 1911. That is true. But in the words of the late John J. Arbuckle, "You get what you pay for."
Last edited by Grenadier; 06-23-2019 at 04:02 AM.
No handgun platform or cartridge that gets the job done as well as the 1911/.45 does will ever be "outdated".
Since my 1911's are compacts and obsolete (Colt and Detonics), and because they don't have a rail, I have to hold the flashlight, Swiss Army Knife and my sandwich with my off hand.
So yeah, magazine capacity can be an issue because quick magazine changes are out of the question. I need a third hand.
To make it clear my comments on the 1911 were for Colts and GI issue. I know there are many top end clones as good or better. There are also clones that I wouldn't trust. I don't like plastic but would rather have a top end plastic like a Glock than some of the 1911 clones. The design of the 1911 is sound and proven but some of the clones are junk.
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"The 1911 platform is a big, heavy, and expensive option compared to the rest of the market. I don’t doubt someone with a 1911 can defend themselves. However, I can do the same thing with a lighter, easier-to-carry weapon with double the capacity."
Methinks he like the high capacity because he misses a lot.
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Some have mentioned jams, or 'stoppages' as we call them here. Another great thing about the 1911 is that while rare on a maintained pistol with good ammo, they can be cleared quickly. When qualifying on the 1911, on your side of the pond I was taught quick and simple clearance drills. For a failure to fire, the old 'slap rack bang', slap the bottom of the mag, rack, or cycle the slide and fire. Another stoppage, very rare but can happen was the stovepipe. A failure to eject and the spent case is stuck sticking up out of the slide like a chimney. Just wipe it clear with the other hand. A firm stroke across the top of the slide. Having said all that, I have been through a dozen 1911A1s, from Commanders to Government models. From light weights to full weights. From 10mm, .45 and 9mm. Jams were very, very rare. But then, I tend to clean and lightly lube my guns regularly. I also tend to check for wear, anything that looks wrong.
Maybe some dont bother. Maybe some dont look after their sidearm and then expect it to look after them. A gun can be like a woman (Or man if your a woman). If your not prepared to look after it, dont be surprised or complain if it lets you down. Your fault.
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