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Old 05-13-2013, 07:26   #51
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Same reason for carrying any other make/model. Personal preference.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:28   #52
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Can someone please tell me which firearm mentioned in this thread was designed in the 21st century? Certainly not Glock, XD, or CZ's.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:38   #53
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Some people don't feel comfortable with less than 15 rounds in their firearm. I am not one of those people, but I understand the mentality. If I lived in an urban area, or a city, where the likelihood of encountering numerous assailants was greater, I would stick with a hi-cap semi-auto.

Living in Vermont, I don't feel undergunned with a J-frame S&W with a pocket of extra rounds, or a SA XDS with a spare mag or two in my back pocket.

I think any decent 1911 is a fine choice for concealed carry. Weight would be more of an issue than capacity for me. Sometimes an all-steel gun is a bit to weighty. 1911's are nice and thin, and I also like that extra mags are thin as well. Yeah, with a G17 or 22 you may not need an extra mag, but there are times when the bulk of a hi-cap firearm is just not that convenient or compatible with the day's activities.

We could all use 6-point harness instead of normal seat belts and be much safer, but the trade-off for convenience and normal risk is acceptable for most people. I feel that way about carrying a revolver or 1911. Yeah, I'd love to be able to pack huge amounts of firepower, but I will probably never need it and the negative impact on my daily activities would be too large. If I had to work or spend time in an area with a lot of gang activity I would definitely be more inclined to carry my G22 with two extra mags.

I guess I see both sides on this one, though. The 1911 is a superb firearm design and in my experience it is inherently capable of greater accuracy based on barrel lock-up and trigger design. On the other hand, they are heavy compared to the number of rounds they carry, and can be a bit more finicky about ammo and maintenance.

For me, the 1911 design will not be out-dated or obsolete until projectile weapons themselves become obsolete. They are not the end-all and be-all of handguns, but if a 1911 were the only handgun I owned I would not feel insecure in any environment other than large bear territory or the African continent.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:43   #54
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My EDC is a Wilson Combat Professional .45. My theory is that if you can't get it done with eight rounds, you ain't gonna get it done.

Since when I am out of the house, I am either in a wheelchair or walking with two canes, here is how I carry concealed:

General Firearms Forum

The pistol in the photo is not the Wilson, but a Kimber Pro Carry.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:57   #55
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I am really enjoying this thread. The only 1911 I have is my father's WWII era which is OK, but I have never gotten an "OH....wow" feel from it. But I guess I should try one from the current century before I give up on the platform entirely.
The only thing the old M1911 needed was a decent set of iron sights.

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Does anyone here carry a 1911 in a cartridge OTHER than a .45? Meaning...is the attraction with the 1911 coming from the pattern of the 1911 itself, regardless of caliber or is it the best pattern for using a .45 cartridge?
My preferred M1911 Colt is in .38 Super; both full size and Commander size
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Can someone please tell me which firearm mentioned in this thread was designed in the 21st century? Certainly not Glock, XD, or CZ's.
phased plasma rifle in a 40 watt range
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I own and have owned a full size Sig 1911 that I really like for several years. I carry a Glock 9mm everywhere I go.
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That's from a movie that came from the last century as well, time travelling assassins notwithstanding.

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Old 05-13-2013, 13:18   #59
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I used to carry a G30. I still have it, but it only gets shot once or twice a year. I like 1911's, I shoot them well, I reload them quickly, I'm more likely to have spare mags on me and I've never thought it was tough to wear or conceal.

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And even when I don't carry my snubbie or an M1911 Commander .38 Super, my other first choice would be the SIG P245. Single stack mag and all that.

Why? Because it's small, concealable AND shoots like the wind. I don't worry about high-cap mags because I don't intend to miss much. Unlike the police who has the police department, the police union and the FOP to back them in if their stray bullets hit something else, I got nobody but maybe a shyster lawyer that I probably can't afford.

So, no, I don't go about looking to fight off Jihadists/biker gangs/militia/KKK/Black Panthers. And if I do, I'll make sure that I won't be blazing away with suppressive fire and whatever else the kewl kids do nowadays.
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........And if I do, I'll make sure that I won't be blazing away with suppressive fire and whatever else the kewl kids do nowadays.
What you think you will do, and what you will actually do, should you ever get faced with a deadly threat, are usually two different things.

Ain't nothin' like adrenaline, fear, and the desire to not get killed or injured, to **** up your performance.
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Old 05-13-2013, 14:31   #62
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I've heard 1911's referenced as a 60's muscle car ( fast ,pretty, cool etc..but requires a certain dedication and more work to maintain to keep it running, the generation today just doesn't understand that, we live in a no deposit/no return society
I own a Glock 26,17 and 30 BUT I carry most times a custom Colt series 70, I shoot it very well, the mag capacity isn't an issue for me.
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That's from a movie that came from the last century as well, time travelling assassins notwithstanding.

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What you think you will do, and what you will actually do, should you ever get faced with a deadly threat, are usually two different things.

Ain't nothin' like adrenaline, fear, and the desire to not get killed or injured, to **** up your performance.
How do you know? Have you been in a firefight?
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I've heard 1911's referenced as a 60's muscle car ( fast ,pretty, cool etc..but requires a certain dedication and more work to maintain to keep it running, the generation today just doesn't understand that, we live in a no deposit/no return society
I own a Glock 26,17 and 30 BUT I carry most times a custom Colt series 70, I shoot it very well, the mag capacity isn't an issue for me.
I like the muscle car analogy better than the Harley analogy I heard the other day.

I like Harleys, but if they made a plane, I wouldn't fly in it.
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Old 05-13-2013, 16:07   #66
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Carrying a firearm for self-defense has very little to do with standing tall on the firing line and shooting for accuracy at 25 yards.....for the average CCWer.


And here you go with "averages". The truth is the "average" CCWer" will never fire their weapon in anger..EVER. Those that do will find it happens under a wide variety of circumstances and those are all totaled up and AVERAGED to get the numbers you rely on. A lot of shootings occur at almost contact distance so how many shootings at "other" distances does it take to come up with and average of 21' (or whatever the current "holy number" is?



Power? 9MM has (give or take) the same effective power as .40, 45ACP, .357, or any standard service cartridge. Folks that think that there is any major real-world effectiveness differences between the standard service cartridges are miss-informed. They all perform about the same in the real world when it comes to stopping threats.


There is no "magic caliber" and that is correct, but a lot of "newer" rounds have to rely on velocity to approach the stopping power of the .45 acp. Velocity translates in to pressure, which translates into recoil. Take a look at the reports on the relatively new Springfield XDS. People are rather pleasantly surprised by how mild it is in such a small platform. If you can get the job done with 24,000 psi why bother with 35,000 psi?


And while a G19 (or one of the many similar pistols out there) might not fit your needs, it is a weapon that fits the majority of CCWers needs. Your trying to reply to my post as if it was directed specifically at you is silly. I was looking broad-scope at CCWers as a whole, on average, not focusing on any singular person's needs. You're taking my post subjectively, as if it were addressed towards you and your needs......but it wasn't, it's just an objective observation.

I never took your post as directed at me. It was simply bad reasoning all the way around. And no, you have not been blessed with omniscience, and I have very little to ever suggest that you are objective at all. Very few humans are and in a field as with as many different possibilities as this, for one person to narrow it down to one type, makes claims of objectivity suspect.


The fact that you think something like G19 isn't a logical choice for the average CCWer, just means that it doesn't fit your needs, not that that statement is un-true. And my assessment of something like a G19 being a good choice is not subjective at all. It's a purely objective observation, based on years of considering what most people need, and most people carry. Here on GT we had a poll thread for a few years, and the G19 was by far the most purchased/carried (favorite) GLOCK pistol.....by far. And since GLOCK has a very real dominance on the current pistol market, it stands to reason that G19s (as a singular, specific model) probably represent the most purchased CCW piece on the market today. Toss in 9MM pistols that are similar in size, weight and capacity to the G19, and that particular category is dominant in sales and usage.

If we want to talk about popularity making the choice ask, for instance, a Linux user about Windows, or an Apple use about Microsoft.


I am glad you mentioned magazine capacity because that is a great grin especially when folks toss out the "average" in terms of distance and accuracy (as you did in your first paragraph) what difference does capacity make, if averages are such holy writ? The "average" civilian gunfight is over before the good guy fires five rounds. To tout "average" as a rational for expecting less in terms of accuracy and skill, and then to ignore "average" in favor of capacity, is prorating the value of averages to support a conclusion, not very "objective".

That is what I like to call objective information.

As far as the rest of your reply.......I'm glad we can agree. People normally carry what they "like". Whether they like it because they shoot it well, saw their favorite actor use it in a movie, see LEOs carrying them, their friend has one, they're jumping on the latest band-wagon, or it just looks "cool" to them, is immaterial.......they like them, and that's what matters most. 1911s aren't the best choice out there for the average CCWer, but people do like them.

So, to answer the OPs question objectively; why do people carry 1911s? Most people carry them because they like them.

ETA: One must also consider the "Thread Title Effect", which is very real. The TTE comes into play when your thread title has a specific firearm (ie; "1911") in it. If you have any particular firearm specifically mentioned in your thread title, you will absolutely get that particular firearm's lovers running to post in your thread about how great they are.

Case in point: There have been MANY revolver vrs. auto threads here. And every time, revolver lovers (a particularly passionate group) come running to them, to post about how awesome they are, and how everyone should carry one. The revolver fans (especially the snubby lovers) will argue so hard, for so long, and dominate the thread so badly, that one would get the impression that most people carry revolvers.

But all one has to do, is the go to the stickied thread poll at the top of this sub-forum to see that almost 90% of people here choose to carry an automatic pistol.

So, beware of the Thread Title Effect.

I am not saying that there is no rational for your observation, in fact it is well thought out and an opinion worth consideration, as are many others.

I am tired of people putting forth an OPINION and trying to validate it, or add more gravitas to it, by making the false claim that it is "objective". This occurs like a plague today.

"well my opinion is objective, so it has more weight"

BS. It isn't a double blind study, obviously (in this case with averages) standards of proof and values are weighted differently depending on the desired conclusion, and then the issue of popularity in a poll conducted on a website who's very title is "GLOCKtalk" (no bias there) is used to shore up an opinion that claims to be objective?


Call it an personal opinion, call it an opinion of the opinions you've read, call it a summary of what you have seen, heck, stick a feather in it and call it "macaroni" ,

but don't call it "objective".
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I carry my 1911 a lot especially in the winter, the reason is simple. Its deadly accurate, I don't need 17 round , 8 plus 1 is plenty with a couple of extra mags. The trigger is amazing and it just feels great when I shoot it
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I am really enjoying this thread. The only 1911 I have is my father's WWII era which is OK, but I have never gotten an "OH....wow" feel from it. But I guess I should try one from the current century before I give up on the platform entirely.

If I may, I would like to toss out a related question.

Does anyone here carry a 1911 in a cartridge OTHER than a .45? Meaning...is the attraction with the 1911 coming from the pattern of the 1911 itself, regardless of caliber or is it the best pattern for using a .45 cartridge?
Personally, it's more the pattern of the pistol than the .45 ACP chambering.
I sometimes carry a 1911 in 10MM or in 9x23/38 Super.



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Call it an personal opinion, call it an opinion of the opinions you've read, call it a summary of what you have seen, heck, stick a feather in it and call it "macaroni" ,

but don't call it "objective".
I agree.

It may be a learned or well reasoned opinion, but it's still an opinion unless one is such an expert that one knows everything there is to know about firearms and shootings. Then it will become a "truth". Still not factual or objective.
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seanmac45 stated the argument in favor of the 1911 fairly succinctly. I have a couple of Glocks (a 23 and a 34). Both are great pistols: reliable, accurate, easy to use and clean, will digest any ammo without a hiccup. Aren't much to look at but they get the job done. I learned how to shoot in the Marines way back when so I started out on 1911s. They are still a favorite (so my 1911s out-number my Glocks by a substantial amount). The single stack 1911 just fits my hand better. My opinion is the 1911 is also a more durable weapon. I prefer .45ACP but the 9mm Commander or the .38 Super in the Government model are nice too. With the huge variety of offerings in these calibers today, the .45ACP's previous dominance in the stopping power area no longer has to be the driving factor in pistol caliber selection. I use and like both Glocks and 1911s and switch between them as the desire occurs. However, the 1911 would be my choice as a "war" gun. Regardless, please note, in my humble opinion, pistols are defensive weapons, really only good for fighting your way to your rifle!
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A couple of us are old enough to remember when there really were not alot of choices in capable handguns. Now there are more choices. There are some handguns though that just seem to be a bit easier to get the first shot off accurately and quickly than others.
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Old 06-02-2013, 14:12   #72
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Just tossing this out.. I too have wondered why the interest in the 1911 when so many specs argue against it.

This thread has been informative and very civil. No intelligences have been insulted, but a lot of very strong opinions have been stated.

I have appreciated this thread.
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Just tossing this out.. I too have wondered why the interest in the 1911 when so many specs argue against it.
Apparently the Marines Special Operations Capable unit doesn't think so. Of course those people probably don't know that a "modern" gun is what they'd need to do the job.
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I don't get curious as to why others carry certain gun models. Like someone said above, it personal preference, and whatever you're most comfortable with.
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My first pistol was a G19. I love it. It does exactly what it was designed to do--be cheap, light, and go bang every time. However, I bought a 1911 for carry because I am tall and skinny, and the slimmer 1911 conceals better on me. I absolutely love my Glock, but my 1911 works better for a near-full size carry weapon for me. If thickness wasn't an issue, then I would return to the near-infallible reliability of my Glock, but since I am still relatively slim, I will go to the 1911 every time.
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