Which had more revolutionary impact: Colt 1911 or Glock?

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    Which had more revolutionary impact: Colt 1911 or Glock?

    I saw this thread on another forum and was curious to see what were members' opinions here. Please keep it civil.

    I for one long to get a 1911 eventually. Probably would be my first safe queen. I respect Glock and think that they are fine pistols, they just aren't for me, mostly my hands aren't large enough for their large grips. Most would agree that both are fine pistols, but which was more revolutionary in your opinion?

    Anyways... the following is from the other thread


    This is going to be an interesting thread for argument sake. Which had more revolutionary impact on the concept of the semiauto: Colt 1911 or Glock?

    1911 pistols just got better over the time to a point where they saw a lot of action in wars, civilian SD/HD guns, competition, and it especially became the icon platform for the .45 ACP. Most major manufacturers copied the design and still do to this date. A collection is incomplete without a quality 1911.

    Whereas, Glock, once considered a plastic gun (although not the first polymer pistol) opened the doors for polymer guns after it got widely accepted by LEAs and civilians. It became the icon of utility gun for many people around the world. Offered in variety of different calibers, cost effective, easy to use and clean, tremendous amount of accessories, and a household name for many LEAs currently around the world. It"s always among the front runners of the guns considered for LEAs or civilian SD/HD pistols. Durability is amazing and reliability is super.

    You decide and share with us your opinions.

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    I don't own either, so I have no dog in this fight, but from a historical standpoint
    I'd have to say John Moses Browning's "masterpiece".
    Just my $.02

    BTW, great idea for a thread.
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    Almost every major auto pistol after the 1911 has shared it's locked breech design in some form or another. Glock really hasn't done anything that hadn't been done before?

    First polymer guns goes to HK, striker fired wasn't a new concept...

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    Right now I would say the 1911, But it would be a good question to ask in 100 years. What will still be around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysReady View Post
    Right now I would say the 1911, But it would be a good question to ask in 100 years. What will still be around?

    Around and Around the time machine goes and where it stops no one knows.

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    If Glock is still around in 100 years, it will just then be matching what the 1911 has already done.
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    I carry a G21, full sized 45, i voted for the 1911, IMHO, it is still the gold standard by which all other semi-autos are measured. Glock my have refined or simplified the operation from the user standpoint. It didn't bring us anything we didn't already have.
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    The answer to the question is the Colt 1911. Coming from a guy who carries a Glock.

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    The 1911, Glock is just a line in the book the 1911 is chapters.
    If not for NATO the US military would still be using a version of the 1911

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    Another vote for 1911 from a Glockophile.
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    Another vote for the 1911 from a guy who"s EDC is a 17. Every SA pistol is measured against the Browning masterpiece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JD View Post
    Almost every major auto pistol after the 1911 has shared it's locked breech design in some form or another. Glock really hasn't done anything that hadn't been done before?

    First polymer guns goes to HK, striker fired wasn't a new concept...
    few words but pretty much covers it all
    1911 was a ground up design--co-designed with its own cartrage.
    the glock brought together elements of existing technology. rather successfull too.
    right time...right place
    can be said for both

    but think down the road a couple of generations and the great grand kids handling your 'antiques'

    which will be the oh's and aw's----metal or tupperware
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    No contest! The Colt wins...
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    Revolutionary.

    That would go to the Colt.

    At a time when the single action revolver was king, the Colt Automatic Pistol was not only the cutting edge of technology,it was a game changer for anyone that used one. The reloading capability was unheard of in its time. When most revolvers were 6 shot, the Colt had 8.

    THe .45 ACP was loaded to duplicate the .45 Colt. It hit hard, was easy to load on horseback, was fairly accurate and easy to reload in a hurry.

    At that time, it was a revolutionary concept that changed the way we looked at handguns.

    The Glock...not so much. Yeah its use of polymers was different than most but I wouldnt call it a game changer by any means. It was just another semi auto handgun, the only difference was the use of a plastic frame. It did cause others to take note, but thats about it. While the Glock stood out from others, it was not in the same league as the Colt when it came to being "revolutionary".
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    1911 hands down.
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    The 1911 was much more revolutionary from a design standpoint. I'd argue that the Glock kicked off the "Wonder 9" trend and changed the course of concealable guns.
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