1911 9mm Performance

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by GunHo, May 1, 2012.

  1. GunHo

    GunHo New Member

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    We all know that a real 1911 is made to shoot a .45acp. And because of the 1911's platform popularity, the latest trend has been the 1911 9mm. The common reason for this trend is due to cost effectiveness, which is the reason why I bought one. Yes, we all agree it’s cheaper to shoot a 9mm, but how about the performance of a smaller caliber (9mm or 38) on a 1911 platform, which I have not read much about.

    Would like to hear from other owners and their thoughts; especially from those who own both, 1911 9mm or 38 and .45. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  2. nickel1911

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    I have a kimber custom agis that's chambered in 9mm and it performs flawlessly. Never had an issue with it. I also own a kimber grand raptor chambered in.45 that has given me the same results...flawless. I love shooting them both.
     

  3. AZL

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    I have a 1911 Series 70 and Series 80 Commander in 9mm. Both are lightweight, and I absolutely LOVE them. Premium ammo in 9mm is every bit as effective as any other.

    I bought a Springfield EMP in 9mm about two years ago...and in concept I really like it EXCEPT for the reduced diameter of the grip frame, which for my ham sized mitts doesn't work as well as I hoped it would but that is an ergonomics issue, not a quality issue and thus...it's not a carry gun for me...but a female deputy friend of mine has "borrowed" it, and she LOVES it.

    I think the .38 Super is one of the MOST under rated rounds on the planet. I own more 'Supers on the 1911 platform than 9mm and 45 combined. With modern 124gr JHP or 130 gr JHP they are extremely close ballistically to the 357 Magnum, and have ten rounds on tap. I HEART the Super.

    Both the 'Super (in modern guns with tighter barrels) are flatter shooting than the ACP. The 9mm is a dream to shoot, even in lightweight frames, and is laser beam accurate. The 'Super recoils more sharply than either the 45 or 9mm as it is a VERY high pressure loading in +P trim...but it's relative. It feels more like a 40S&W.

    The point is: You will be VERY well served by a 1911 in 9mm provided you MASTER THE GUN and can get the hits you need. If you don't...then you might as well carry harsh language and a swift disapproving glance in your holster, because they will be just about as effective as a gun you can't shoot.
     
  4. nickel1911

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    Lmao! That's great!
     
  5. GunHo

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I'm in the market for my 2nd 1911 and I'm torn between a .45 or another 9mm. Based on what I'm hearing most, I'm leaning towards another 9mm...
     
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  6. AZL

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    And food for thought...personally...I don't give a **** what you pick, I don't have a hound in this hunt... BUT if you alreaday HAVE a 1911 in 45...you can use the 9mm 1911 for analogpractice at half the cost. It's the same reason why I have a couple of purpose built AR15's in 9mm and a couple in 22lr. Same manual of arms...but you can shoot thousands of rounds for pennies on the dollar.
     
  7. Olympus

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    If you want a 9mm, get a Browning Hi Power. If you want a 1911, get a .45 or a 10mm.
     
  8. DrumJunkie

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    I have a Springer 9mm 1911 that I use just for targets (Trigger is WAY too light for anything else:eek:). It's a 100% shooter and really wouldn't have any problem adjusting it for a carry pistol if I needed it for that. With the weight of a 1911 frame and slide it's got next to no recoil.

    My reason for even getting one is just to be able to shoot a 1911 in a less expensive load. I'm most comfortable with the 1911 platform so to me it was a no brainer.
     
  9. HOSSFLY

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    I have 9mm & a 45 --
    Love both & both run 100% but I shoot my 9mm A LOT more than my 45 :)
    Big surprise huh :D

    [​IMG]
     
  10. GunHo

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    That is what I am affraid of; getting my next 1911 in .45, and finding myself shooting my 9mm more and I don't want to put too much wear on my 1911 9mm. I absolutely love how the 1911 feels in my hand and having it in a 9mm seems to be the perfect balance for intermediates like me that just shoot paper. Despite the lower cost in bullets, the 9mm is that much more enjoyable. After reading all the post, I'm convince to get a 2nd 1911 in 9mm again instead of a .45...

    And by the way, very nice 1911's. My next 1911 9mm will be in black.
     
  11. HOSSFLY

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    Thanks-
    I doubt you'll regret it :)
     
  12. Thebiker

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    AZL, I love your attitude. I'm also in Pinal county, work at a range in Maricopa county so I see them all, including the ones that should just throw rocks:rolleyes:.
     
  13. AZL

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    That is about number eleventy billion on the list of things you need to worry about. The 9mm doesn't beat a frame (neither does a 45 for that matter). A hot rodded 'Super might...MIGHT...but the 1911 frame will take all the rounds you want to send down the pipe. ESPECIALLY 115gr ball practice ammo.