This is a discussion on 1911 Platform VS Glock Platform within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by TX expat Wow. That's quite an ordeal. First off, I'm glad you made it though that incident. It sounds like it could ...
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The biggest "difference" you notice right away is thickness. The Defender is much thinner. Both very well made, both really great pistols. I much prefer to carry the Colt, but I shoot the Glock better. If the chips were really down, I'd probably choose the Glock, but not by much. Pride of ownership goes to the Colt hands down. Boils down to whichever you like best--or just get both! Give one to your wife, to keep you outta trouble. :)
I prefer the Glock for many of the reasons given. I prefer the reliability, the ability to use a larger magazine, and the ability to customize it so easily.
Safeties are one of the big reasons I went with a 1911. The grip safety is something that you will automatically engage, and its easy to form habits to sweep the thumb safety off, but together those two make it awfully hard for that gun to accidentally go off. I might look at the .45 in either of those guns, the 9mm mags are a bit harder to find. The glocks do require less work, but it's not like the 1911 is rocket science. They are still plenty easy to take apart, and as long as you keep your gun relatively clean they work pretty dang well. I own a kimber pro carry 9mm, and I have shot close to 3,000 rounds out of it, and I have had 7 FTE with it, and 6 of those were WWB. All of the 1911's I have shot did not like WWB though.
I think guns are like insurance. I would rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
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I understand your thinking but please don’t assume the safeties on a 1911 will save your bacon. Your words, “automatically engage”, “easy…to sweep”, do not lend themselves to making it “hard” to have an accident.
I own Glocks, Sigs, CZ's and one Colt Commander 1911. All these pistols can be very reliable...., but it looks to me like 1911's appeal to people who like to tinker with/and or customize their firearms. Much like a shadetree mechanic tinkers with his/her 1957 Chevy, many 1911 owners are busy customizing, tuning and generally tinkering with their pistols. If you like to tinker, customize and generally "mess with" your car......a 1911 may appeal to you. Nothing shoots like a 1911, but that accuracy comes with a price. Now if you want a pistol solely for self defense.....that is, you want it to be reliable and dependable without tinkering with it, than I believe there are better choices. All of the polymer wonders are sufficiently accurate for self defense and most are easy to field strip, detail strip and maintain without affecting reliability. Some will argue at 1911's are just as easy to detail strip.....maybe so, but there are more things to go wrong. A Glock, Sig, CZ, Smith and Wesson M&P, etc can be expected to work right out of the box. With a generic 1911, the same may not happen.....not without some tuning and adjustment. Me, I love my Colt, but I carry my Sig. To me the Sig is the perfect compromise between the 1911 and a Glock. My Carry model has nearly the same dimensions as a 1911 Commander size 1911.....it has the same capacity (8+1), and has never missed a lick. I think everyone should own a 1911, but I'm not sure it's appropriate for carry by the masses..... Just my opinion and I'm sure many will disagree.
I bought a 1911 in 10mm today. I'm carrying a Sig 1911 now. I brought my lunch to work in tupperware. I drove to work in a steel car.
Own and carry both. Depends on the user of the equipment
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I got a Colt New Agewnt just before Xmas and have been out to the range twice. I'm breaking it before I see how accurate it is but it's feed the FMJ reloads I have w/o a burble. The 2 Colt magazines that came w/ it don't drop out but the McCormick ones do. Maybe a function of break in. It's lighter than my all steel STI Ranger and has more 'apparent' recoil ie I wear a shooting glove when shooting more than 50 rounds. Plan to keep it and am thinking of a couple of items to customize while keeping the collectibility aspect of a fine pistol.