Originally Posted by niteglock
Are 1911's as reliable as a glock? ...
Under what circumstances?
Are we talking extreme, awful wartime conditions? Or the condition most guns live in, clean and reasonably well kept. Lets face it, most SD and CC gun's biggest enemies are sweat, dust bunnies and lint with the odd rain storm thrown in.
Head to head at the range, a well sorted & properly maintained 1911 will probably be 100% (mine generally are). As I would expect, so would a Glock.
Now dragged through mud, sand and so forth, I suspect that the Glock would tolerate more abuse before having issues. But then what does that actually tell us? You can probably abuse your Glock more than a 1911 before you have problems. Big deal. For 98% of the population, the horror show endurance tests are irrelevant. Most quality firearms will be extremely reliable given the conditions most will face.
My favorite carry gun is a 1911. I have every expectation that it will work when needed, if I do my part.
The few problems I've had with 1911s have been either Magazine related or user caused.
Mags are the biggest weakness of the 1911 (IMHO). Spend good money and buy good quality mags. Keep them clean.
User caused can be nearly anything. In my case it was OAL with my early reloads. I suspect that people polishing things with a Dremel have cause more than a few issues as well.
The 1911 isn't as idiot proof as the Glock, but it has nothing to apologize for either.