This is a discussion on 1911 or revolver? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by mb1900 Lastly, you can leave a loaded revolver in the drawer forever. But since the 1911 uses magazines, you'll need to rotate ...
I"ll have to say 1911. I wanted another .45, and was looking at a RIA, but stumbled across a steal for a Springfield with upgrades. I figured that the 1911 would be more of a house gun and occasional CC piece but still favoring my .357 snub.
Now, I carry my 1911 and occasionally add a PT-22 as a bug.
I still love my .357- very possibly my favorite round- but my 1911 is top. It's more accurate, it holds more rounds, and it's much better for follow up shots- since .45 doesn't tend to kick like a .357. Also, there's a lot of 'wonderful' history behind the 1911- even if you get a new one, it has history behind it. So does a longer barreled .357, but... unless it's a single action, the .357 just doesn't give the same 'old' feeling in my opinion.
You're debating between two of my favorite guns/calibers and I'm starting to argue against myself. I've never felt under gunned with either, but I always think about my .357 and just how quickly 6 rounds can 'disappear', and how difficult a fast reload can be. It's just as easy to empty a 1911, if not easier, but you have 7-10 rounds, and it's a lot easier to 'reach out' and touch someone.
Go with whichever one you think will make you happier. Just remember that it's hard to pick the 'wrong gun'- especially between those two.
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If you're debating between a 1911 and a .357 revolver...
You'll eventually end up buying both.
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Both are good choices. I am a revolver guy, and nobody thinks the 357 lacks anything for any purpose. And you can shoot 38 special. For myself, i try to stick to just a few calibers to simplify my life and save money. But the 1911 is a wonderful platform. You have a nice "problem" and either choice will be good. Enjoy!
Six for sure...Uh, I mean Five. Five for sure..
Get the Smith&Wesson. Or, save a little longer and get a quality 1911. The mistake people make is by settling for the cheapest just because they want it NOW. Then they handle a gun of the same platform by a quality maker and know they screwed up. Dont be that person. Buy quality, buy once and be happier with your choice.
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I'm not a good one to ask as I will always favor a 1911,however I like the .357 a lot if you ever start reloading a .357 has such a wide range of loads.
I have a Buddy that has owned a Colt 1911 Gold Cup for 10 or more years & is very proud & happy with it. Well now in this year alone he has bought 3 RIA's & has been shooting the hell out of them. He tells me his RIA's are on par with his Gold Cup as far as quailty goes. I don't know if I quite belive that....but he does own 3 of 'em.
I don't have any revolvers (yet) but I love my 1911. They are classic.
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Thanks for all the replys. I've been looking at alot of reviews on the RIA's and from what I see and heard from most of you is that they are low cost but very reliable guns that can be upgraded as I wish when I have time and money and still be less expensive than a sig,colt, or s&w. It would be cool to make it more personalized by doing it myself than just buying it already done. I still am not sure what I will get first though I'm leaning to the s&w 686 just to get the expensive one out of the way then get the RIA next for my birthday. I also heard about the american classic 1911's from another member on here and now I'm checking them out also to see if they would be a better option than the RIA's.
If I was you.... I would go with the 686 6" because you can hunt with it and the 357 mag packs a good punch. My first hand gun was a 1911 and I love them but since you have your carry gun already I would go with the S&W.
Which one fits your hand the best?
This is one of the first things I researched when I bought my first handgun. Loading/unloading is much worse than just leaving it loaded, and no matter how long you leave it loaded for it will still function when you need it. People recommend leaving 1 or 2 rounds out of the magazine if you plan on storing it for many years. Please note that I am talking about modern magazines, not mags that were made 40+ years ago...
And if you have doubts about it, you can rotate the mags, so don't let that have any impact on your decision.
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I have a real soft spot for 1911s and own a half-dozen or so but SW makes nice revolvers. Your really need to handle and shoot both and decide for yourself. I will say that you should find the SW less of a maintenance worry than a 1911, and with the basic RIA I would bet you'll end up spending more on mags, sights and other upgrades.
Chose a weapon that goes bang EVERY time!