Originally Posted by jpratt825
Thanks, my problem is age and strength of my hands. I have difficulty operating the slide on the 1911's but prefer the feel of a good steel frame with the balance and weight of the 1911 over the new polymers.
If the 9mm is stiffer bescause of the difference in recoil spring requirements, then I will stick to the 45 and install a good progressive spring and two piece guide rod.
a stock .45 1911 you can rack the slide by putting the bushing against the edge of a table and pushing. there is no guide rod to get in the way if pulling a slide back is that much of an issue. most 9mm versions of any gun have guide rods which would get in the way of "alternate methods" of racking a slide. you can also get less than 230grn loadings for a .45 in semi-wadcutter or wadcutter formats that have much less felt recoil than light loadings in 9mm if that is an issue and corresponding lighter springs to work with.
however in just general speaking if your really having issues and want a .45 feel but just want to target shoot nothing wrong with .22LR conversions. much less felt recoil and easier operation physically. while maintaining the feel of a 1911 with a steel frame. this allows you to fire a few centerfire rounds until your tired out then switch to .22LR.
Just a few different directions you could go.