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Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by jplaw78, Nov 13, 2013.
Any suggestions on a model for a 1911 .40 cal? I want to use it for home defense.
Colt Delta Elite in 10mm (it's a .40 cal bullet)..... Or something from STI's lineup
Does Rock Island or Para make 1911's in .40?
You could look at a Springfield EMP in .40. But that's a pretty snappy gun in that reduced form factor.
i think para does, but not certain, ill check and update when i get back to my pc.
Dan Wesson, Kimber, Para, Springfield (EMP), STI International - they all make 1911s in .40 S&W, although I have no experience with any of them.
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A friend has one from STI and he is very pleased with it.
Forget the 40. The original 45 would make a better choice for personal defense. Or a 10mm would be a good choice as well.
WARNING - Do not start a caliber war.
I had two .40 1911's -- older Paras, the model P-10 (compact model) and the P--16. The P-10 was a little small to get a good grip on, but a nice gun nonetheless, and I like the P-16, which was surprisingly accurate out of the box. The higher capacity was the only "advantage" over a .45 ACP.
Nothing wrong with .40, it's simply not particularly common in 1911 (outside certain competitive circles). I'm not entirely sure why either. IMHO, a full sized 1911 is an excellent way to relieve that legendary harshness that the .40 is known for. I stumbled across a used Dan Wesson PM7 40 a couple years back for a really great price. It's a quality piece, that's a joy to shoot, however they seem fairly rare.
Considering the relative rarity of .40 S&W 1911s, it begs the question: Why not .45? Aside from cost of practice ammo I see no advantage in choosing the .40 over the .45 in 1911 form. Especially when SD use is the primary stated reason for purchase. .45 is no more difficult to shoot well than .40, and is (IMHO) a better performer.
Anyway, check STI, they seem to chamber many of their 1911s in .40, though not across the board.