This is going to address a couple of issues. One, the common philosophy that one should shoot the gun he intends to carry and depend on for his life, a lot more than other guns he may own. Another position is, one should be carrying and shooting the gun he's going to depend on in a SHTF/emergency type crisis.
Given that, I have, make that had, pretty well settled on the Glock 17 for the gun to meet those needs. And, I can give all kinds of reasons for that specific gun and caliber. But, it has become a bit more difficult now. A gun that has pinpoint accuracy, a Kimber 1911, in a SHFT/Emergency situation wouldn't be a bad thing. We may not always be shooting zombies in wide open spaces. All that may be exposed of a BG trying to kill us may be his foot or an elbow sticking out from behind cover. I'd like to be able to hit what's exposed. A hit to the foot immobilizes him and increases your opportunity to escape. Same for an elbow shot, either way, he's hurting, partially incapacitated, and just may do something stupid like poke his head out to curse you - a head shot - game over.
So I'm carrying and shooting my G17, and most lately carrying and shooting a G34 and really liking that. The G34 gives a bit more sight radius and a bit more bullet velocity from the longer barrel for what either of those are worth, if anything.
Then for some reason, I decided to shoot one of my Kimbers. Actually I shot this on 4-Oct-2012. and have been carrying a Glock since. But then today, I saw the target again, and it started me re-thinking.
The gun is a Kimber Super Carry Custom HD. The 3" ShootNC dot was at 15 yards. I shot two, 3 shot groups off-hand, at the target. In the pic, the blue circle shows a ctr-to-ctr group of just under 1". There are 5 shots in that group. One shot got away from me as you can see at about 7 o'clock. Of course I do have several standard excuses for dropping a shot: bad ammo, the guy in the lane beside me actually shot that, I was bumped just as I shot, I was experimenting shooting at 15 yds with my eyes closed, and my favorite, it was a flier - the bullet just flat jumped off the POA all on it's own.
As near and dear as Glocks are to me, and as bad as I hate to have to admit it, I just can't do that with a Glock. And, I shot the group shown above with one Kimber 1911, the Super Carry Custom HD, and shot the following groups, in another session with a Kimber Desert Warrior within the first 100 rounds through it:
One of four targets with groups well under one inch: 3 shots, 5/8" group, centered:
Another target of the same session, 3 shot, 9/16" group, just barely off center:
Conceding that reliability is number one, I realize pinpoint accuracy is not the deciding factor in a carry/SD/SHTF gun, but, OTOH, if the gun is reliable, it's no handicap to know you can place bullets where you need them to go either. Well, we know the two Kimbers referenced here are accurate - amazingly so. But are they reliable? Well I've fired 550 rounds through the Desert Warrior and 500 through the Super Carry Custom HD, and have not had a single malfunction. That's not a lot of rounds, but how many rounds do we need to shoot through a gun before we consider it reliable?
So now I'm torn again. The utility/capacity/caliber advantage of a Glock 17 or 34, versus the ease of shooting and accuracy of a Kimber 1911 weighed against the heavier weight and lower capacity. And, I must be specific about brand because I've shot a lot of brands and I've yet to shoot any other brand as accurately and consistently as I have Kimbers.
Anyway, just when I think I have this settled, finally;........I don't have it settled. Looks like I'm gonna be shooting my Kimbers more now.
Where's that Desert Warrior holster - there it is - gotta go!