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Why carry a 1911?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Citadel15L, May 12, 2013.

  1. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    I was thinking about it myself. I started with the 1911 back in the 70's and it took work and money to really make one stand out. I kind of pushed it aside, kept one around, but didn't "follow" what was going on because I was busy with other pursuits. I refocused on handguns a few years ago and started back with guns that performed as well as the modified 1911s of my youth. One day I discovered that I could buy a 1911, that shot as well (and some much better) than the modified ones, in the same price range as the other guns, and not that much more than I put , in 1970s dollars, into the old ones. I could get that right out of the box. Everything I wanted in 1979 that was a "custom" feature is now over the counter. Huzzzah and Hossanna's we have reached the 1911 promised land!
  2. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

    Jul 24, 2010
    The Northwoods

  3. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Only if they're chambered for the .38 Super round.
  4. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    Me or the OP ?
  5. harrygunner


    Sep 4, 2010
    Didn't start with a 1911, but ended with the 1911 as my primary carry platform.

    Conceals very well, better than my Glock 29. Great trigger and they have character. No love here for the generic, cookie cutter plastic models.

    My 1911 is in 10mm so it holds 9+1.
  6. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    I believe I took your post as you intended.

    IMHO, some people definitely do have trouble transitioning away from the 1911. The reasons are many why this is so, but I am one who did ccw a compact Colt 1991a1 (made prior to the officer's model) for a time.

    The reasons I moved away from the 1911, is mainly the same as you suspect.......equivalent reliability, higher capacity, and simpler operation (no manual safety).

    To my thinking, the perfect ccw will be small, light, thin, as high capacity as possible in as large a caliber as possible, simple DAO, or DA/SA, semi-automatic, magazine fed.

    Compromises can be made for any of the above qualifiers.......but I won't compromise on semi-automatic, or trigger SA only, which means the 1911 is not on the list anymore.

    In order to get greater capacity, smaller size, larger caliber.......I'm willing to compromise to some extent to gain advantages in other areas......but still, no compromise on simple operation, or semi-automatic.


    Every once in awhile, I'll ccw my 1911a1 milspec Springfield, but not because I feel it's a better choice. When I do, it's simply a matter of respect for such a revered and classical design. It also happens to be the only handgun which I have a SOB holster......not that I can think of a single reson why the SOB would be better than any number of other holster options. (The photo shows hammer down, but normally it would be cocked and locked, round chambered.)
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2013