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Mema 02-17-2011 08:55 PM

Stupid Question from a Blonde
What is the big deal about 1911's? masterPsmith has them but I cannot stand them as they are too big for my hand. I used to think that it was the .45 caliber bullet but that cannot be because my Taurus is just fine, even though I do prefer the 9 mm.

Maybe masterPsmith just does not explain it in the right way or I don't understand it in the right way I don't know. Could someone give me a simple answer? :o

NGIB 02-17-2011 09:04 PM

I'll try. They are without a doubt the most natural pointing pistol ever built. Coupled with the straight back single action trigger, they make even lousy shots into good shots. Hard to put into words though. The easiest way to see what a 1911 is all about is to look at the face of a first time shooter that is migrating from another handgun type.

Doesn't hurt that it's a .45 either...

rjd3282 02-17-2011 09:31 PM

Sadly if they don't fit your hand you may never know the joy of a 1911. Probably the only on flaw that God made was a hand to small for a 1911. :(

danf_fl 02-17-2011 09:38 PM

Mema, I can only explain my opinion and bias towards the 1911.

I was not always into 1911's. When I started in IPSC, I had a S&W mdl 15 revolver that served me well enough, but I kept getting beat (this was when I was stationed in Germany).

I tried a few 9mm's (CZ-75's, Glock's, BHP's) and was still being out scored. I went to the base Rod & Gun Club (yeah it was a long time ago) and bought a parkerized Springfield that had the small sights, small thumb safety, no extended beaver tail. You know, the original Springfield Armory type.

Did good to a point with old mags, and the gun the way it was. But I thought it needed a couple of improvements. With no gun smith in the area, I had to learn how to do things myself.

Well, It kinda ballooned from there. My hand got formed to the single stacked 1911, and after my "improvements and bling", I shot pretty dern good with it.

Nowadays, when I pick up a handgun that is not a 1911 derivative, it just does not "feel" right.

Now that's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

canebrake 02-17-2011 09:38 PM

Try a mouse gun.

Does Psmith have a compact 1911?

Find a store that has a Defender or New Agent 3".

I bet that'll fit your sissy hands! :p

^ Defender as shipped from Colt.

^ Same gun after it has been canebroken!

amoroque 02-17-2011 09:44 PM

One word........Nostalgia!

jakebrake 02-17-2011 09:47 PM

not trying to sound nasty, so please don't take this as such.

it is a very simple, yet expandable platform.
it has offered tried and true reliability for a century
it has ridden through how many wars?
it has a shooting position that is natural for many shooters
45 .acp doesn't hurt.
not the hardest thing to work on.

not everyone is a fan of the 1911. that's why baskin robbins has 31 flavors.

just my .02

Mema 02-17-2011 10:02 PM


Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 447718)

^ Same gun after it has been canebroken!

That gun is AWESOME.

Psmith does not have a compact so I will have to check when the next gun show around here is and go check them out.

If I remember correctly we have one around my birthday so maybe I get a great birthday present????????;);)

PigPilot 02-17-2011 10:07 PM

No such thing as a "stupid question"
I have shot numerous revolvers, pistols and even different models of Glocks, and I must admit, I did like the the Glocks:D . Especially since they were "issued" equipment and the ammo was free.

That said, my 1911 style .45s just feel right for me. I have a good IWB holster that is comfortable for all-day wear in all but the hottest weather when I am forced to go for something smaller with less stopping power:(.

But everything is a trade-off.

If you're really interested in a .45, visit as many gun shops and gun shows as you can - there are a tremendous number of them to choose from.

Good luck.

orangello 02-17-2011 10:34 PM

Old people really like them, as do nostalgic youngsters.

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