I owned a few 1911's back in the day. I'll stick with my S&W M&P 45 Shield. I would just go with a M&P 2.0 45 or Walther PPQ 45 for a full size myself. I also own a lot of SA revolvers and love the nostalgia but personally not going to CCW with them. I would buy another 1911 if the right deal came along for nostalgia and fun, but it wouldn't be for CCW. It's like playing a round of golf with nothing but a 9 iron. You can do it, but why when there's a whole bag of other clubs better suited for the purpose? JMHOYMMV
Love the 45 in my Colt 1911, had several over the years. This one is a duty gun from the 80's. Some 'reliability' work by a local pro, nothing more done to it, zero problems. That said, I'm paying attention to the kids around me (mostly ex-military) that are really ......well, damned better all around than we were. Looking (said looking) at the newer high capacity 9mm offerings for concealed carry. Understand now that the 9mm has come a long way. Not jumping the 1911 ship at all, nor ever will. I am however, paying attention toward other possible CC options. .....Why the concern after all these years? Not sure, but it's on my mind.
The author is a vet, and instructor. He is entitled to his opinion. I however disagree with his conclusions. I have the same qualifications and maybe, thanks to more years a bit more. I can argue each of his points and add some. For one thing the 1911 is a simple design. It can be disassembled all the way, in your kitchen and parts replaced easily. Modern handguns are often way to complex. Less parts, more reliability, plus those parts are robust, not small and delicate. It is a fighting handgun, not an expresso machine.
Weight? Yes, they can be heavy. Weight decreases recoil and makes follow up shots easier. Lighter guns jump around. Capacity, very few gunfights need more than three of four rounds and the .45acp is a proven stopper. And yes, you get more in the 9mm and good, you may need them.
Each of his points can be countered. Too heavy for everyday carry? I carried a light weight commander for a spell, ally frame. Oh, that was also in 9mm which carried more rounds. The 1911 is effective and proven. In a defensive handgun thats gold dust as with any product or design.
Afterthought, when a gun jams or goes dry and the attacker is in your face, I would rather hit him with a steel club than a tupperware special. And another, the safety on the 1911 is superior to most. Glocks dont even have one. Think they do? Ask a gun grabber. Just maybe ask someone who has had a grabber. Oh right, that would be me. The 1911, and those with similar safeties can save your life.
There are alternatives, and some offerer advantages. But the bottom line, the 1911 has never been bettered.
Well, Heck, I didn't know all that or I wouldn't have carried (and used) a 1911 for most of my adult life (will be 73 this year).
As said, I can easily counter each of his negative points but there is no need as everyone who is familiar with the 1911 can attest.
The one point that did really stick in my craw was "unreliable." Say WHAT? My Kimber carry has had thousands of rounds through it without a hiccup and has eaten everything I've put through it to include handloads.
The best I can say is, he's entitled to his opinion. Just would have been a bit better if he wasn't so sanctimonious about it.
it reminds me of the time I went into a new gun shop in a little town I grew up in. I walked in, looked around and all I see is a sea of black plastic "guns" the man behind the counter asked can I help you? I said do you have any used guns? he smirked and said, no we do not, used guns aren't any good! we have all the newest ones. I said well somebody must have forgot to tell that to all the deer I kill every year with the antique ones I use. he looked at me like I was an idiot. I don't go there anymore,,,,,,,,,,,,
If the SHTF ever happened, I will pick up a 1911A1 first. .45, .40 or 9mm, I would manage. But it would be the 1911 every time. A 1911 with a half dozen spare parts will last longer than most people will live.
"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." Smaller, lighter and cheaper isn't always the answer either! I guess that's why there's chocolate AND vanilla!
The author's youth and lack of experience with handguns is to be excused. With time he may learn what really works if he has to go in harm's way with a handgun. Afghanistan and the Gulf conflicts are not especially instructive of what constitutes a superlative handgun.
if it came down to it in "most situations" I would take the 1911 in 45 every time. it takes 3 or 4 shots with a 9mm to get the job done, where it only takes one shot to do the same job with a 45,,,,,,,,,,,,
"A reporter did a human-interest piece on the Texas Rangers. The reporter recognized the Colt Model 1911 the Ranger was carrying and asked him 'Why do you carry a 45?' The Ranger responded, 'Because they don't make a 46.'"
A very old S&W Mod 36. A Flat Latch. I still have the original numbers matching walnut grips, long ago sanded smooth and varnished for snag free concealment by the original LE owner.
A fine shooter with most of its original finish....just a touch of endshake in the cylinder. An easy remedy...
Post your requests for membership in Team Wheelguns here. I'll be your Captain and richard07924 will be your Co-Captain. #1 goes to TomO for suggesting the name (provided he wants it) I'll take #2 and richard #3. We need to get to 50 to be officially recognized by MO so let's get to it...
Recently picked up this pre-lock 6" 7-shot 686 to complete a set of -5+ variants including 2.5", 4" and 5" versions. My Lady and I shot up the last of the lead 38 specials so now I get to cast and load some more...
I traded a beat up Sig P250 for this snake charmer to wear around the house. I cleaned it. I did a minor action job spring kit, changed the front and rear sights and changed the grip panels. 22 magnums are awesome.
Would it be better to go with a Bisley in .454 or .44 Special? I shoot lots of 45 Colt and I saw this Lipsey's distributor special:
I am sure I won't shoot much Casull, but then I could go back to Colt. Decisions...