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Old 03-03-2013, 07:24 AM   #1
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I've been seeing alot of stuff on 1911's in .22 and 9mm. I don't own a 1911, but I will in the future. What's the point of owning a 1911 if its not a 45?

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Old 03-03-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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If you like the way a 1911 handles and operates, what difference does the caliber make? It still handles and operates the same. Then you decide on what you want it to shoot.
As for 22 - lots of practice.

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Yep if you are a fan of the 1911 platform it is a lot cheaper to go to the range and shoot 500 rds of . 22 (provided you can find it of course) than 500 rds of .45. It's a good way to practice with the same style weapon you will be carrying.
It is not a substitute for training with the .45 of course because of recoil, etc. but it is a good tool to use.

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I've been seeing alot of stuff on 1911's in .22 and 9mm. I don't own a 1911, but I will in the future. What's the point of owning a 1911 if its not a 45?
I have always wondered about that same thing. I was always under the impression that people owned a 1911 style .45 for defense or competition. What good is practicing with a .22 conversion kit or a true .22 1911 when there is no way they can prepare you to react to the recoil of a .45? It's like putting a Prius drive-train under your F-250 Super Duty. It just ain't the same.

As far as owning one in 9mm, there are a lot of people that swear by the 9's. I'm not one of them. Putting it in a platform that was never designed for it doesn't make sense to me, especially when there are so many handguns out there that are designed around the 9mm.
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I have always wondered about that same thing. I was always under the impression that people owned a 1911 style .45 for defense or competition. What good is practicing with a .22 conversion kit or a true .22 1911 when there is no way they can prepare you to react to the recoil of a .45? It's like putting a Prius drive-train under your F-250 Super Duty. It just ain't the same.

As far as owning one in 9mm, there are a lot of people that swear by the 9's. I'm not one of them. Putting it in a platform that was never designed for it doesn't make sense to me, especially when there are so many handguns out there that are designed around the 9mm.
I have 1911's that shoot 45 ACP, 9mm & 22 lr, I just enjoy shooting all of these pistols.

This is why multiple gun makers are successful, one size does not fit all.
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I've been seeing alot of stuff on 1911's in .22 and 9mm. I don't own a 1911, but I will in the future. What's the point of owning a 1911 if its not a 45?
I would agree i would not have a 1911 if it wasn't .45 caliber. And i would not have .45 ammo only i have a 1911 both go together.
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I've had a 1911 .22 conversion unit for years. Along with being a lot cheaper to shoot, it's a great training tool. Everything works the same, allows you to use the same grip, trigger pull and sight picture as the .45acp. Yeah, the .45's louder and has a more significant recoil, it's never been an issue with me. I know they cost a fortune these days, a conversion unit's a good investment IMHO.
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What gauge was the semi-auto shotgun designed for? If it was a 12 ga., is it okay to have a 20 ga. auto-loader?

Is it okay to have an AR that shoots 6.5, 6.8, how about 458?

To each their own. At least a dozen times I headed to Mills Fleet Farm to buy a Mosin Nagant, but each time I just never could pull the trigger. Just not my cup of tea.

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I friend of mine is a bullseye shooter, and until he recently acquirred a Smith Model 41, his gun for the .22 portion of the competition was a 1911 .22. His .45 was a Clark modified gun.

If one likes the design of the 1911 (as I do) why not have one that shoots inexpensive ammo for practice and plinking?

Now, I will admit that I consider the .45 caliber to be the REAL 1911 caliber. I own 1911's in .45, .40, and .38 Super, and it seems sort of odd to have a 1911 in something other than .45, but enjoy shooting the others.

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If not a 1911 in 22 cal, then what and why.

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