Have been absent for a few days, doing some personal shooting trials with the G19, G17, and Colt 1911. In this time, I have burned thru approx 2650 rounds of both 9mm and 45 acp ammo purchased with overtime money, and also a speckling of my reloaded ammo for the 45acp.
There was nothing " scientific " about any of these self induced shooting drills, but mostly to decide which one of these platforms I really preferred.
I have decided to go all in with the Colt 1911, which means, I have also decided to sell off my remaining Glocks for the purchase of another Colt Gov model in Stainless Steel.
So, here is a couple of thoughts and observations, and reasoning, that have brought me to this place. Keep in mind, this isnt about which was better in the way we normally debate such issues, as I feel that either platform is at the top of the best of the best. Its more about just plain ol preference, in which that preference matches my particular needs and expectations.
My first concern was about durability. Not round count or breakage so much as rust resistance. Since I purchased my Colt, about a year ago, I have been very concerned about sweat, and dirt that can cause issues. Being a blued model, I thought my gun would be showing signs of this by now. I have carried it pretty often during the hot summer months, both last year and this year. So far, with just a little wipe down with an oily rag every evening that has proven to be a non issue.
Another issue I was concerned about was lubrication. I have been lead to believe over the years that the piece must be kept well lubed in order to be reliable. During my shooting spree the past few days, I ran the Colt absolutely dry, and never had an issue. I shot over 210 rounds, including reloads thru the gun, 30, magazines full as fast I could load 5 mags and fire them without an issue. The gun was very hot, but it kept right on chugging along. And, 85 of those rounds were my reloads using Unique powder which is known as a dirty powder.
Additionally, most attribute the SA trigger of the 1911 to be an asset in its shootability. What I came to realize during close quarter, quick shooting drills, is the weight of the 1911 greatly compliments the trigger and natural pointing qualities that allow you to " slap" the trigger and get rounds on target where they should be with less effort and greater speed, especially for that all important first shot.
The Glocks performed as Glocks do. There just cant be enough good things said about them here. In many ways, they could be the very best CCW, and those like them on the market for the vast majority of the people.
Between the J frame revolver, and the Colt, all of my carry needs are ideally met. I have to laugh when I think about this. I remember a time when these were the two most popular combinations of fire power and concealment ( unless you chose the BHP). And here I am right back to square one!
I think too, looking back at all of the 1911s I have owned over the last 31 years, is that I never really took the time to learn the platform. Problems commonly associated with it were experienced by me, such as feeding problems. I now realize that those were probably magazine related for the majority of the times, and ammo related for the remaining. So they were quickly traded, and never really studied or tested during those years.
Looking back, I wish that I had taken more time with the platform.
Weight and size will be compensated for by proper holster and belt combinations. But for the ability to shoot so well, so quickly, and throw that big slug at 850 fps, the trade off is well worth it in my opinion.
So, the Glocks will be gone, except for the G19, which I will store away for that " rainy day ", and from here on for me, its the Colt Gov model, or S&W revolver for my carry needs, which leads to more simplicity. 230 weight ball ammo, and lswc bullets for both. Life is good.