Which had more revolutionary impact: Colt 1911 or Glock?

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    Of the two I went with the 1911. If the field was wide open I would have gone Borchardt or Walther P-38. I don't find much about either the 1911 or the Glock to be particularly revolutionary.
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    Browning's 1911 was not his first semi-auto, or even the first semi-auto handgun. However, it being a .45 and it's instant adoption by the U.S. Army, and it's decades-long role in that capacity cannot be denied.

    The Glock's place as the pistol that pretty much got U.S. law enforcement away from the .38 revolver cannot be forgotten. It is also responsible for the explosion in developement myriad pistols now available in the civilian/cc arena. It's action is simpler than Browning's in it's operation and maintenance. Let's not forget that Browning developed the fist hi-cap 9mm.

    Sooo.....Revolutionary impact? It's close, but I have to give it to the Colt .45.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walden View Post
    I'd argue that the Glock kicked off the "Wonder 9" trend and changed the course of concealable guns.
    I would argue that the BHP was the first "Wonder 9", in 1935, but for some reason, the concept never really took off until the '70's with the M92 and the CZ75.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBuckwheat View Post
    The answer to the question is the Colt 1911. Coming from a guy who carries a Glock.



    ^^^^^YEP^^^^^^^^^^
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    Coming from a guy who carries Smiths(3) and a Kel Tec,
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    Have to see where Glock's design is in a hundred years. Short term Glock has made a major impact on gun design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gen3 View Post
    Browning's 1911 was not his first semi-auto, or even the first semi-auto handgun. However, it being a .45 and it's instant adoption by the U.S. Army, and it's decades-long role in that capacity cannot be denied.

    The Glock's place as the pistol that pretty much got U.S. law enforcement away from the .38 revolver cannot be forgotten. It is also responsible for the explosion in developement myriad pistols now available in the civilian/cc arena. It's action is simpler than Browning's in it's operation and maintenance. Let's not forget that Browning developed the fist hi-cap 9mm.

    Sooo.....Revolutionary impact? It's close, but I have to give it to the Colt .45.


    ^^^^^^^^UM,^^^^^^^^^^^

    I think that dubious honor would go primarily to the 1st., 2nd., and 3rd. gen Smiths.
    Then Glock came across the water in around '84-'85.
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    I am curious, what is supposed to be so revolutionary about either of these designs? What is the technical innovation that they introduced?
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    [QUOTE=oneshot;2236499

    Coming from a guy who carries Smiths(3) and a Kel Tec,[/QUOTE]

    all at the same time? and is one of the smiths a 629?

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    1911's have had more impact historically than glocks, but both have influenced firearms heavily.

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    I guess I will buck the system and say they are even. I am as much of a 1911 guy as a Glock guy, but the reason for my vote is the simple fact that Glock was a game changer and I still think it is still changing the game and pushing the industry. While I agree that HK did it first, it's kind of like Elvis, The Beetles and Nirvana. There were people before them, but no one brought it to the masses like those guys.
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    Without the Colt 1911 as a basis for all modern auto loaders, Gaston Glock wouldn't have had anything to build on.
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    I'm surprised the vote is not more even. I had to vote this way. The 1911 is iconic for sure, but the Glock was " the new deal" in handgun history. I feel they both made an equal impact.
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    Even though I LOVE my Glocks, I also voted for the 1911. Getting a Colt 1911 is on my wish list. It may never even be shot and will probably be a safe queen.
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    I think without question the 1911. Yet another endorsement for 1911 from a Glock owner.
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