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Why no 1911s in .40?

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by Hokie1911, Nov 17, 2010.

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  1. Hokie1911

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    Quack sent me a link today about some Remsport over-run stainless commander frame/slide sets that are a good price. I was considering having a Quack Custom Shop 9mm bobtail built. Only problem is, after talking to John at Remsport, all of those are .45/.40/10mm sets. 9mm would run me +$100.

    I have no need for a .45 since I have the Kobra Carry on the way. Was briefly considering a .40 bobtail, but then got to thinking...aside from STI, who else makes a .40 1911? Everybody and their brother owns a G22/23 or Sig/HK in .40, but I don't know of anyone with a .40 1911. :dunno:
     
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    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I like the .40 round and have always wanted a nice 1911 in .40. My first .40 was a Star M40. It didn't have a BTGS, but other than that, it was a 1911. Great gun. Traded it to a close bud. Had to keep it in the family, so to speak. :cool:
     

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    I dig .40 also. Had a few of them. .40 ammo is plentiful and cheaper than .45. Plus I would think that would be fun to shoot in a 35oz stainless 1911. Plus for a carry gun, it's more than adequate for a defensive round.
     
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    I'd probably skip the .40 and upgrade to a 10mm 1911. On the plus side, you have have a 1911 fitted for both! :supergrin:
     
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    supply/demand



    If there was a demand lots of folks would be making them (even Taurus!)

    The 1911 in .40 does not recoil the same way a .45 1911 does, it does not have the classic feel when shooting. A .40 1911 is quite easy to build/have built BTW. I'm not sure of the mag supply though.
     
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    I have also heard of inherent reliability issues with the 40S&W round in the 1911 platform.
     
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    The .40s can be temperamental in the 1911, which is why a lot of guys (myself included) load to 10mm length. This will require 10mm mags, obviously. Also, 10mm / .40 slide stops are hard to come by, so you need to make some mods to a 9mm / .38 super stop.

    Tripp makes .40 mags as well as 10mm mags, which is what I'm using (the 10mm mags). They make 10 round mags too, which are 140mm, and a little handier than the longer 10 round .45 magazines.
     
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    I heard this as well. I have a couple of non-1911 .40s&w's and considered a .40s&w 1911 at one time, but decided that since they typically sell for more than a .45acp 1911 I wasn't willing to take the increased risk of getting a gun with reliability issues. I was also concerned with parts availability and lesser demand if resale became a factor.

    I don't mean to be discouraging, everyone has "things" that get their interest level up. I do wish you luck if you decide to move forward.
     
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    Bingo!! 10mm baby!!!!

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    STI makes GREAT 1911s in .40, and I believe Bob Serva still builds them over at Fusion.
     
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    Oh lord.....here we go again. :)
     
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    Fusion has such a great rep on this forum I can't believe everyone hasn't bought one yet :whistling:
     
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    A guy over on 1911forum called steele1212 or something like that (springfield1911guy on youtube) has at least 1 springfield 40 for USPSA competition. I think its a trophy match...

    Of course there is the EMP in 40 too...

    40's are pretty popular for USPSA
     
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    I have a Delta Elite that I have a Bar Sto 40S&W Barrel to use in it. It was set up by a gunsmith (John Harrison of Harrison Custom). It runs 100% reliable all the time and always has. I am using Metalform 40 cal mags. I run standard length 40 ammo through it.

    I really don't think the lack of its popularity is a result of reliability, as much as a lack of gains over a 45. They hold the same number of bullets, if you are not getting more bullets why go down in caliber?

    You could go with a Hi-Cap double stack gun--you see a lot of 40's and 9's in this group, and hardly any 45's.
     
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    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    If God wanted the 1911 to be chambered in .40 Short & Wimpy, he would have had Saint Browning do it.
     
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    xtreme99 What's a Glock?

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    My pops has a 1911 chambered in .40 that he used to shoot competition with. I want to say it's a Para Ordnance, but I could be way off in that.
     
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    I've got two of them. A CQB and my EMP. No reliability issues in competition or otherwise.

    No need to load long.... Wilson 47Ds will work really well with a .40 cal 1911 that's properly setup. A little secret I learned from the local single stack guys.