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hillmillenia 01-01-2011 03:31 PM

Was this a good idea?
In the short time I've been here, It should be apparent that I'm a 1911 guy. I'm also a 45 ACP believer...In the small town I work in I have become aquainted with some of the local LEO's and they too see my obvious enthusiasm for the old war horse in all of the incarnations available. I lean toward the Colt Mfg weapons for alot of reasons that you either already understand or will never accept for reasons that likely are not reasonable...IMHO :D To the of the officers I also work with in my job has come to appreciate my opinion and has ordered a new Colt Combat Elite...he wants to carry this in place of his 45 Glock service pistol...a decision that I personally consider a no brainer until I get to thinking about the transistion...carry condition...lower round count...all the things a 1911 guy has considered and trained for. I am sure that as he gets some trigger time with his Colt he will learn and get comfortable with it. Any LEO's have an opinon on this...I feel somewhat responsible for swaying him this way and it's likely many others at this department may change their carry pieces as well...

Bighead 01-01-2011 06:24 PM

If you and your friend believe the 1911 is a superior platform, then I wouldn't feel bad for moving him towards it. Just realize, there is a certain amount of practice is necessary when changing up. I would make sure your friend realizes he needs to get repetitions with the mechanics of the gun, like using the manual safety, in order to overcome the training he has done with his Glock. Same would be true of any changes in the holster that would effect releasing the gun.

hillmillenia 01-01-2011 08:38 PM

Yeah...Thanks, I'll be sure to encourage him to pratice the drills...I guess my feeling is one of getting involved to a degree in weapons choice. The term superior is subjective for sure as there are many schools of thought. For me personally, The 1911 is my choice but I recognize the many options available to folks. The post was likely a reflection of my thinking that if anything were to ever happen to one of these least a weapon related instance...I'm not sure how I'd feel...depending on all the circumstances. As I stated, my personal enthusiasm for the 1911 has apparently worn off on some of these guys and the option is theirs and the department approves of the 1911 so here we go...:cool:

JonM 01-01-2011 09:39 PM

(former MP) when we moved to the M9 berreta from the 1911 i felt unarmed even tho i had 8 more rounds in the gun.

personal opinion: it should be left to the individual officer what they carry as a duty weapon. if the officer doesnt like trusting his/her life to and carrying a dept issue piece of cheap plastic from austria they should be allowed to purchase their own sidearm.

hillmillenia 01-01-2011 11:26 PM

:) Or an aluminum Italian made job?...

hillmillenia 01-09-2011 04:29 PM

A quick update...The Colt Combat Elite arrived and it is one beautiful piece...absolutely perfect as has been all the offerings from this old company as of least in my experience. I am now told that as a result of this pistol being shown around the department, apparently they all want one and the chief has even gone as far as requesting a grant to purchase several...needless to say, my initial concerns have come to fruition but my confidence in the system is strong. So there it is...another success story.

JonM 01-09-2011 05:09 PM

thats a pretty 1911. cant go wrong with colt by far the best 1911's out there in my opinion.

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