Originally Posted by Axxe55
hey, hey, hey! 1911's are better than Glocks!
had to check, but no butt hurt!
No 1911 ever could or would be equivalent to a Glock in terms of reliability for the same price.
I refuse to spend much more than 1K for a pistol. I don't care who made it or how fancy it is.
If there were any real problems with polymer frame pistols, we'd have run into those by now. There are none.
If you don't like Glock ergonomics, you can get a S&W M&P.
As far as caliber is concerned, anything 9MM or larger will work just fine. A .22 pistol is not a home defense weapon, but there's a reason the police aren't walking around with .44 Magnum revolvers and it has a little something to do with the price of the ammunition for training and practice. Firing one cartridge of a larger caliber ammunition type is not equivalent to firing several rounds of a smaller caliber.
I promise you that a man who can and will practice with his 9MM Hi-Point once a week will be more effective in a gun fight than a man who buys a custom 1911 and only shoots it once every few months because he had to take out a second mortgage to afford it.
If you're the type to worry about caliber or pistol design, I'd skip the pistol altogether and go straight to a carbine. A quality AK-47 or AK-74 is going to be as reliable as any pistol has ever been or will be and quality ammunition won't cost any more than quality 9MM ammunition.