1911 .22? Whats the point?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by ALfiremedic1, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. ALfiremedic1

    ALfiremedic1 New Member

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    I've been seeing alot of stuff on 1911's in .22 and 9mm. I don't own a 1911, but I will in the future. What's the point of owning a 1911 if its not a 45?
     
  2. Colby

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    If you like the way a 1911 handles and operates, what difference does the caliber make? It still handles and operates the same. Then you decide on what you want it to shoot.
    As for 22 - lots of practice.
     

  3. FrontierTCB

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    Yep if you are a fan of the 1911 platform it is a lot cheaper to go to the range and shoot 500 rds of . 22 (provided you can find it of course) than 500 rds of .45. It's a good way to practice with the same style weapon you will be carrying.
    It is not a substitute for training with the .45 of course because of recoil, etc. but it is a good tool to use.
     
  4. Doc3402

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    I have always wondered about that same thing. I was always under the impression that people owned a 1911 style .45 for defense or competition. What good is practicing with a .22 conversion kit or a true .22 1911 when there is no way they can prepare you to react to the recoil of a .45? It's like putting a Prius drive-train under your F-250 Super Duty. It just ain't the same.

    As far as owning one in 9mm, there are a lot of people that swear by the 9's. I'm not one of them. Putting it in a platform that was never designed for it doesn't make sense to me, especially when there are so many handguns out there that are designed around the 9mm.
     
  5. Gatoragn

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    I have 1911's that shoot 45 ACP, 9mm & 22 lr, I just enjoy shooting all of these pistols.

    This is why multiple gun makers are successful, one size does not fit all.
     
  6. manta

    manta Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I would agree i would not have a 1911 if it wasn't .45 caliber. And i would not have .45 ammo only i have a 1911 both go together.
     
  7. Donn

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    I've had a 1911 .22 conversion unit for years. Along with being a lot cheaper to shoot, it's a great training tool. Everything works the same, allows you to use the same grip, trigger pull and sight picture as the .45acp. Yeah, the .45's louder and has a more significant recoil, it's never been an issue with me. I know they cost a fortune these days, a conversion unit's a good investment IMHO.
     
  8. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    What gauge was the semi-auto shotgun designed for? If it was a 12 ga., is it okay to have a 20 ga. auto-loader?

    Is it okay to have an AR that shoots 6.5, 6.8, how about 458?

    To each their own. At least a dozen times I headed to Mills Fleet Farm to buy a Mosin Nagant, but each time I just never could pull the trigger. Just not my cup of tea.
     
  9. txpossum

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    I friend of mine is a bullseye shooter, and until he recently acquirred a Smith Model 41, his gun for the .22 portion of the competition was a 1911 .22. His .45 was a Clark modified gun.

    If one likes the design of the 1911 (as I do) why not have one that shoots inexpensive ammo for practice and plinking?

    Now, I will admit that I consider the .45 caliber to be the REAL 1911 caliber. I own 1911's in .45, .40, and .38 Super, and it seems sort of odd to have a 1911 in something other than .45, but enjoy shooting the others.
     
  10. blindshooter

    blindshooter New Member

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    If not a 1911 in 22 cal, then what and why.
     

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  11. HOSSFLY

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    Honestly not a question to concider IMO--
    Why a shotgun not in 12ga?
    Why a AR not in 5.56?
    Why a howitzer not in 105mm?
    Why a cap 'n ball pistol not in 44?
    To many to list-
    Varity is the thing that keeps things interesting-

    Shud add- My #1 is a 1911 in 9mm-----
     
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  12. qwiksdraw

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    Spend some time thinking outside the box, it's refreshing.

    The other way of looking at is from perspective of the avid 22 shooter. You can also shoot 22s in a 1911!

    I have 1911s in 45ACP, 9MM and 22. Everything is the same until you squeeze the trigger.
     
  13. ALfiremedic1

    ALfiremedic1 New Member

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    Ok ok. I see the idea. I do understand how if you really enjoy the platform, then having different calibers is an option. To me, a 1911 is famous for the 45, so it's weird seeing it in smaller stuff. When I get one, I can see justifying purchasing a conversion kit to shoot cheaper ammo, but I still struggle with flat out buying a 1911 that's not a 45. Just me.
     
  14. HOSSFLY

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    Now you get it :D
    Little advice--Stay away from conversions--Now days its about as "economical" to just buy another 1911 in a different caliber -
     
  15. bartwatkins

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    Both you and Doc3402 just need to pick up a Dan Wesson Guardian in 9mm and shoot it a few times, then you would both be 'believers'!!!
     
  16. HOSSFLY

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    Ain't gotta be a DW :)

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  17. aandabooks

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    Just to throw a bit more caliber discussion in, I'm considering adding a .38 Super to my .22 and .45 1911s.
     
  18. manta

    manta Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Nice gun its just the only reason that i have a 1911 is that its in my opinion a classic handgun and for me it has to be .45. I am happy with the 9 mm CZ 75 SPO1 i have.
     
  19. manta

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    I had the opportunity to buy a 1911 in .38 super a while back. One of the things that would put me of is the price and availability of ammo here.
     
  20. DrumJunkie

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    I find the cheaper shooting 1911's like a 22 or a 9mm can help with things like grip. You can learn proper shooting habits without shooting up the more expensive 45ACP rounds.

    I have one in 9mm also just as a target gun. It has next to zero recoil and is a to of fun to shoot.

    Also for me I just love 22's!!:cool: I have several (rifle and pistol) in a few different configurations.

    The OPs question to me is like saying why own a Glock when there where already other companies making guns in those calibers that where already reliable. I love 1911's, so I have them in more than one caliber and bbl length.