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Why buy a 1911 style pistol for self defense??

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by JBSC30, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. JBSC30

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    I'm curious as to why many of you have chosen to buy a 1911 style pistol For HD or CCW. It seems to me that there are quite a few choices that would be better for the purpose. For example the SA XD45, 13+1 capacity, compared to the standard 7+1 or 8+1 for the 1911. If you like the grip on your 1911 you'll probably like the grip on the XD as well IMO.
    The 1911 is a field tested reliable platform if made by any company except Taurus. Here again the XD is a proven reliable gun made by a reputable company. Then there is the price, I bought my XD45 for $475 OTD 2 mags and all the other gear. One of the lowest priced 1911 pistols is the Taurus pt1911 for $600 to $650. Why pay more and get less?

    Need I mention that you could also choose a Glock or a S&W and still do better than a 1911.
     

  2. den888

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    They have been combat proven for > 100 years and still going strong.
     
  3. big68

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    Different strokes for different folks. I like em all.
     
  4. TACC GLOCK

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    I bought my stainless Taurus 1911 for $550 NIB, and love it.
     
  5. JBSC30

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    I agree to some degree, but there are so many companies making 1911"s these days. Do you really know what your getting unless you pay over a $1000 for one or get a name brand like Wilson Combat?
     
  6. schiffer99

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    A couple reasons. Perfect ergonomics with a nice thin grip. That thin grip is the trade off for magazine capacity. A flat profile that conceals excellenty. And by far the reason that keeps the 1911 around, the trigger. The single action straight push back design....sweetness.
     
  7. JBSC30

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    Did you buy it to carry, or just trying something new?
     
  8. JBSC30

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    I agree the triggers are great on many 1911s, but with that great SA trigger comes this annoying manual thumb safety. I don't like manual safeties on my CCW pistols. One of the main reasons I went with the XD, you can carry cocked and locked with automatic grip and trigger safeties.
     
  9. TACC GLOCK

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    I bought it to carry, but first ran over 1000 rounds through it during IDPA competitions, also ran every type of SD ammo through it without a hiccup. At this point I feel as confident in this pistol as I do in my Colt 1911 that I had over $1000 worth of work done on it, or my XD45, or MY G20 or G21.
     
  10. Eyescream

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  11. JBSC30

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    Are you just trying to get your post count up to 22,000 with useless comments like this?
     
  12. den888

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    I have had a 1911 since 1985 (Colt Series 80) and have added (since that time), a Gold Cup and Officer's Model.

    I agree the higher end models are probably better crafted, but I have a few friends who have bought Springfield Armory 1911's ($500, or so) and have been very happy with them.


     
  13. den888

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    +1 agreed...

     
  14. oh not this " I just bought this gun and I think its the best gun in the planet" thread again....
     
  15. JBSC30

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    SA Trigger or 14 rounds of 45acp??? What is more important? 14 rounds of 45 just makes me fell warm and fussy all over
     
  16. okie

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    A 1911 is the only pistol I can shoot good:supergrin:
     
  17. Eyescream

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    Just forget it.
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2010
  18. sorry but thats like comparing Megan Fox and Rosie O'Donnell... one is considerably thicker...