Iíve said it before and I will say it again, now. Sentimentality has no place in choosing a self-defense handgun. If it doesnít work, it doesnít work. Learn to recognize when it is time to move on.
11 months ago I entered into the world of the 1911 .45acp with a Colt Combat Commander XSE. I was, and still am, utterly impressed with the accuracy of this firearm. It is a pure pleasure to shoot and the feel of it in my hand is wonderful. It ainít bad lookiní either.
As with most 1911ís, it has issues with JHP ammunition. I switched to Wilson 47Dís and had some ramp work done. This ďsolvedĒ the issue. And, yet, I still get the occasional FTF (double feed or failure to go into battery). They are rare, but disconcerting. In the last three range trips (roughly 300 rounds), I have had THREE such incidents using various factory ammunition and multiple magazines.
I have been averaging 1 failure per 875 rounds. I have been told that most 1911 owners would be satisfied with this rate and be happy. Nothing is perfect and anything mechanical can fail, blah, blah, blah.
When the Colt first went in for work, I started looking at other options. I own various GLOCKs and use a G19 as my secondary carry piece. I do like my G19 and I have no problem with it as a carry piece, but, I like the .45acp. I donít intended to get into caliber discussions. I like 9mm, but prefer .45acp. That is my personal choice. I really liked the concept of the SIG P220 SAO. Unfortunately, SIG only does a run of those every other leap year, or something like that. I could not find one ANYWHERE. Instead I picked up a P220 (DA/SA) as a secondary EDC. I have been shooting this for 4 months trying to get the DA/SA transition worked into my muscle memory.
After the last range trip I did some soul searching regarding the Colt as EDC. I decided that I could not carry it anymore. I slipped my G19 in a holster and put the 1911 away. Over the last five days I have been out of town dealing with my mother who has been in the hospital. I decided to take the SIG instead of the G19. Its size, weight, reliability, and, yes, caliber, was very comforting to me.
My brother asked me why I wasnít carrying the Colt and I told him the story. He said, ďBut you love that gun. You said it was your favorite and would shoot it 24 hours a day if you could.Ē
I had to explain that I DO still enjoy shooting that gun and it IS still my favorite, but for EDC it isnít right for me. It isnít personal. It is just a matter of using the right tool for the job.
So, for those out there who stick with a sub-par firearm out of some sense of loyalty or nostalgia or some other touchy-feely sentiment, I say enjoy your favorites at the range, but, CARRY the one(s) that you can rely upon to save your life.