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Bring it, fan boys

Why do we love the 1911?

They are my favorite handgun to shoot but least favorite to carry. YMMV.

13 Responses to “Bring it, fan boys”

  1. Bubblehead Les Says:


  2. TennGoodBoy Says:

    Mine measures only .90 inch across the slide; about twice the diameter of the bullet. Thats compact.

  3. Weer'd Beard Says:

    Favorite to carry just because you can make them so damn slim.

  4. adam Says:

    Because I shoot the 1911 platform better than anything else.

  5. MHinGA Says:

    In the right holster* a 1911 is just fine for carry; I use a Mitch Rosen USD II. I carry an Ed Brown Executive Carry when my outer garment is light because the bobtail and slimness matter more in that case than when I can wear heavier clothes. Hence I find that most times I’m carrying a 1911. I like to carry a Glock or a Sig in cooler weather (heavier clothes) for diversity or on the few occasions (mostly at the beach) when I carry off-body.

    *IMO it’s important to have an IWB holster that is made to cover the 1911 safety. As a corrolary I do not favor ambi safeties on a 1911 because I don’t like having a safety on the right side of the gun being exposed– too easy to get it rubbed or bumped off of safe. (sorry lefties).

    If I had to live with only one gun, the Glock would be an easy winner for practical reasons: there is no argument here that 1911s require more careful maintenance and IMO are more sensitive to carry method. But since I’m willing to pay attention to the two aforementioned factors, I find myself carrying a 1911 most often.

  6. Rivrdog Says:

    We love 1911s for the same reasons we find that the final designs for heavy steam locomotives were the most exciting things ever in railroading.

    Then we put that Nigel Grisley A-4 up next to the locomotive on the point of a TGV consist, and well….

  7. mikee Says:

    When I first started shooting I rented several 1911 pattern guns, and even more current SIG and HK 45s. I shot the 9mm guns better, likely due to my lack of skill and less recoil from the smaller bullets. I bought and carry a Glock 19.

    However, I still rent a 1911 every once in a while and have gotten better at using them. If I had unlimited funds for a new gun and ammo I would transition to an Ed Brown 45 and be very pleased with myself. However, 45ACP is ~2x the price of 9mm, and both are inflated >300% from 5 years ago, and when my salary was higher I bought lotsa rounds of 9mm when it was <$3/box, which I am still practicing with now. And I like to eat regularly. So until the economy revives and my finances revive with it, or I win the Texas Lotto, I shoot 9mm in a Glock 19. I don't want to show my Glock off to friends at any Sunday BBQs but I don't feel shamed by my handgun selection.

    I do have a Colt Model 1903 in 32ACP. Built in 1927, it is the most aesthetically pleasing handgun I have ever seen. Everyone who sees it immediately says something along the lines of, "What a cute little f**<&^!" So if you want to love a gun, get a Colt, either a 1911 or a 1903.

  8. Paul Says:

    Pistol choices are as individual as galsses. Yours won’t work for me. I carried a Glock 19 (still my favorite Glock)and a Walther P99 IWB in quality holsters for some time. They are fat. I wasn’t comfortable. I switched to the 1911 about 6 years ago with no regrets.
    I know some people who are wizards with a Glock. I’m not one of them. I shoot my 1911 better than any other gun I’ve ever owned, and it’s comfortable to carry.
    As always, your mileage may…and probably will…vary.

  9. Paul Says:

    That’s “glasses”. Doh!

  10. Will Says:


    So what if the thumb safety has been pushed off. Big deal. It still won’t go bang in the holster. It still has a grip safety, and lots of them also have a firing pin safety. No less safe than a Glock. Maybe more.

    BTW, JMB (PBUH) didn’t want the thumb safety on the 1911, that was required by the Army prior to going into manufacturing. They then went and essentially voided it for military use by requiring them to be carried hammer down, which doesn’t allow that safety to be put to the on position.

    JMB kept one of the original Army acceptance models for personal use, none of which had the thumb safety. He rarely put a thumb safety on a gun, preferring grip safeties. He may have been a left-hander.

  11. Mike Branson Says:

    I used to build and shoot alot of customized 1911s. One day I was checkering the grip on series 70 Colt frame using a $230 Brownell’s jig and custom hand files, and I realized that at the end of the day my customers and I were sinking $1500+ into what was still, at the end of the day, an 8-shot pistol.

    I carry a Glock 19 now. Sigh…

  12. Gnarly Sheen Says:

    Because I’m too ignorant to know better, naturally!

    Seriously though, my favorite gun to shoot due to the comfort. My favorite gun to carry due to the slim profile.

  13. Borepatch Says:

    I like mine, although it’s sort of a “mini” (Commander) model. That makes the size OK for carry.

    I also like the .45 caliber:

    1. You can get it anywhere.

    2. If the hollow point fails to expand in a .45, the Bad Guy is still having a bad day. Not sure about with a 9 mm.

    3. I’m pretty old school in my tastes. That’s admittedly personal, but why would you buy a gun you don’t like?