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1911- the perfect shooting handgun

This is a discussion on 1911- the perfect shooting handgun within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by ShotPlacement I like this analysis; it's kind of how I feel. I don't carry a 1911 primarily due to the weight, and ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShotPlacement View Post
    I like this analysis; it's kind of how I feel. I don't carry a 1911 primarily due to the weight, and I don't like the thumb safety either.
    I like the thumb safety. I posted on another thread someplace that I won't carry a 1911 because I may forget to sweep the thumb safety as I draw the pistol and I would be in trouble for sure. I have read that many of these guys that have put many thousands of rounds downrange and have shot a heap of 1911's that they automatically sweep the thumb safety off when shooting everything, including REVOLVERS. I am trying to get into that muscle memory to where I do that on all my handguns and then maybe, I will feel comfortable carrying 1911's regularly. I love 1911's

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    Interesting that this thread should appear just now. Only yesterday, a young gun enthusiast co-worker and I had a great conversation along these lines. I'm not ex-military, or LEO - just a long-time handgun enthusiast. I shoot a good bit, although not the hundreds or thousands of rounds per month that some do. In the last 40 years I've had upwards of 100 handguns. My EDC's are plastic fantastics of the M&P flavor.

    I related to my young friend how I just really seem to shoot a 1911 better than any other pistol. He asked me, "If you were facing a BG fifty yards away who was pointing a gun at you, and all you had was a pistol to defend yourself with, what would you want it to be?" My answer was my DW Valor. I answered pretty much without thinking, so I guess for me, the 1911 has proven itself well enough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Brother, they don't make enough popcorn for this. I'm going to Plan B(ourbon).
    I dunno, O.V. This one is so bad I might have to resort to pills...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShotPlacement View Post
    I like this analysis; it's kind of how I feel. I don't carry a 1911 primarily due to the weight, and I don't like the thumb safety either.
    But you decided to chuck a grenade into the room anyway, Doug ?
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    The best 1911 I ever owned was a Wilson Combat I owned in the late 70"s. There is no need for me to own anything else, I considered the WC 1911 the best.

    I now consider double stack 9 DA/SA to be the best and my choice is CZ's and Sigs. CZ's and Cajun Gunworks put together some very fine guns. They shoot very flat and accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaedrusIV View Post
    But you decided to chuck a grenade into the room anyway, Doug ?
    Just because I don't carry one or like the safety doesn't mean 1911's aren't one of the finest handgun choices for others. And yes, it was a tiny grenade...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShotPlacement View Post
    Just because I don't carry one or like the safety doesn't mean 1911's aren't one of the finest handgun choices for others. And yes, it was a tiny grenade...
    Methinks it was more of a stink bomb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhaedrusIV View Post
    Methinks it was more of a stink bomb.
    Not intentionally- I knew there would be strong opinions, both expressed and withheld. But it was a genuine question and I've enjoyed the responses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimjc View Post
    The best 1911 I ever owned was a Wilson Combat I owned in the late 70"s. There is no need for me to own anything else, I considered the WC 1911 the best.
    Just out of curiosity, what make of pistol did you use as a base gun?
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    I owned many guns most were S&W 60, 686 Revo. and semis 39, 645, model 52 master, model 41, HK P07 and many many others. I shot the WC in comp for 3 years

    I did own many Colt 1911's

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimjc View Post
    I owned many guns most were S&W 60, 686 Revo. and semis 39, 645, model 52 master, model 41, HK P07 and many many others. I shot the WC in comp for 3 years

    I did own many Colt 1911's
    I'm sorry I wasn't clear, what make of 1911 did you have the Wilson Combat built upon?
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    Colt from Wilson Gun Shop in either 78/79... a few years before Wilson started making their own parts and their guns got much more expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimjc View Post
    Colt from Wilson Gun Shop in either 78/79... a few years before Wilson started making their own parts and their guns got much more expensive.
    Thanks, I had one built on a Colt 'bout '96 I'd guess it was? Shortly before or after he started offering his own pistols anyway.

    '78/79, nice, you got a very early one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShotPlacement View Post
    I have plenty of practical handguns, semis and revolvers. Some are "tupperware," others are steel, most are both. I've shot many, but I don't own a 1911 (though I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night...).

    Is there a better shooting, more accurate handgun than a stock 1911 in .45 caliber? Boring ergos, heavy to carry- but is there a "better" handgun platform/caliber combo if you want to "get the job done?"

    I can make the case for revolvers- a good wheel gun trumps all when it comes to simple operation and power. But for power, capacity, accuracy all rolled into one, does the 1911 win?

    Start your engines....
    A 1911 in one form or another is just about ideal for lots of applications.

    Is it "the best" though? Maybe in its niche. But there are a bunch of those niches.
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    When I carry IWB, it's usually My Kimber SIS Ultra. OWB I carry my Kimber Super Carry Custom HD. Out-of-the-box, they fired as well and accurate as any custom 1911 I've ever had or fired. I trust my life with them every day. I have (and have had) quite a number of plastic guns, but I always seem to go back to these. As for the addition weight, I just started wearing suspenders.
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