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I carry a Ruger SR1911CMD daily. It carries very well - thin, balanced, and rides very close in a good holster on a good belt whether IWB or OWB. I shoot it quicker and more accurately than the polymer pistols I own (surely practice and not the pistols themselves) because the front sight is very quick back to the target. I don't notice the weight, and haven't modified any of the mechanicals. It's never suffered a FTF or FTE in the thousands of rounds through the pipe. I'm 50+ years old and started out with the polymer pistols but came to the 1911 platform later in life.

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I’m a fan of the 1911, and carried one for many years...many years ago. Fast forward to today, and in my opinion there are many pistols more suited to civilian carry. I’m just curious why some people still choose a 1911 as a CARRY gun given the choices of today’s pistols with lighter weight, greater capacity, and even arguably, more reliability.
That could start a debate right there .... when you say 'more reliable" .... lol.
 

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You are entitled to your opinion ... all I have to say.
My intention in starting this thread was not to provoke anyone or denigrate those who choose to carry a 1911. Yet, despite stating this more than once, some are still taking it wrong. We are all entitled to our opinions. I think it’s time to move on now, so hopefully this thread is done.


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My intention in starting this thread was not to provoke anyone or denigrate those who choose to carry a 1911. Yet, despite stating this more than once, some are still taking it wrong. We are all entitled to our opinions. I think it’s time to move on now, so hopefully this thread is done.


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The 1911 is a touchy subject with many. Myself as well. I love it and hopefully never have to give it up. Reliability? Good as anything I believe, but the only other carry piece I've had was a revolver. My friend worked Law Enforcement for 20 or 25 years. Never used one, knows nothing about them. I can't wait to hear what he says about it when we go shooting.
 

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I carry a 1911 because I shoot them well. I also carry a revolver a good bit, so apparently high capacity and new and improved aren't as important to me. 1911 and revolvers are both tried and true platforms. I shoot them well. I will not carry any firearm that I can't shoot well at 50 yards. I have small semi-auto firearms, but I don't shoot them as well at 50 yards. If I just draw and shoot I will hit left with all of my small single stack semi-autos. I don't just carry for self protection. I have kids and grandkids, and a spouse that drive me to carry more
than self protection. That's what drives my 50 yard rule. My larger semi-autos don't conceal on me as well as a 1911. I carry around the farm to dispatch what I determine needs dispatching, which mens drawing and holstering a lot from a seated position on a tractor or a side by side. Holstering my Glocks while sitting and driving makes me nervous. Sometimes when cutting hay I will have to go back to the shop to get more ammo from shooting rats, just to give you an idea of how often I shoot while sitting/driving.
A 1911 meets all of my needs/requiements. The only time I carry a Glock is when I am pretty sure I won't be shooting, like go like when going to town.
 

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I don't carry my 1911 much anymore, but I did from 21-31 years old. It is a Colt XSE Government. First gun I ever bought. Immediately ordered a Milt Sparks VM-II. Carried like a dream, just gets heavier to me the older I get. The reliability argument for my particular 1911 was a non issue. It had one hiccup with the factory mags and I replaced them with Chip McCormick mags and I have never had another problem again, many rounds later.
 
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