Glock vs. 1911 - Thoughts on an Ongoing Debate

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Amsdorf, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. Amsdorf

    Amsdorf New Member

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    I've been on gun forums long enough to know that if you want to stir up a hornet's next of controversy, just go ahead and say that the 1911 is an old, worn out design or say that the Glock is just a plastic pistol, a hunk of junk.

    Sadly, some new people to guns and shooting get caught up in these stupid discussions.

    Here is a video I made that I hope adds a bit of light and less heat to the discussion.

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jInBTXMgd_k[/ame]
     
  2. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Well my first thought is it looks like you have a BHP and a Glock on the video splash screen.
     

  3. steadyshot

    steadyshot New Member

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    Like the guy in the video, I'll take both!:D
     
  4. CrazedJava

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    Frankly, I don't understand the debate.

    Every handgun has advantages and drawbacks. Even the beloved 1911 or adored Glock.

    I think the fanboys blind themselves to the disadvantages because they might have to admit their choice is not perfect. For the most part these are damn fine guns but I own neither one of them because they don't fit my needs. This despite the fact that fans of the platforms will try to crowbar them into being a one-size fits all solution.

    That said, I try not to be the same way and try to be honest that my gun purchases are not "perfect" but I'll rate most of them as very good. Sometimes you do just get a bad gun, but with better research available these days I can largely mitigate that problem.

    What really is weird about 1911 vs. Glock is that they are so different I don't know how anyone can logically think that is an "apples to apples" comparison. Other than both being short-recoil autoloading handguns they have very little in common.
     
  5. shadecorp

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    I own a genuine Colt Govt. Mdl. 1911A1.
    Many years ago,
    while in the Army,
    several times,
    I shot expert with the .45.
    I have fired the Glock 21 a few times
    thinking of buying one.
    Did Not Feel right in my hand.
    Did not buy it.
    If it was comfortable,
    Would have one now.
    At one time I fired all the Glock models,
    except the Mdl. 18.
    I think Glocks are great firearms.
     
  6. P_town

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    What is the point in these posts/debates? They're two completely different handguns. Polymer and steel/aluminum. Single action/ double action, they can not be compared. It's like saying would you rather have a diesel pickup or a street bike? They have 2 purposes and both excel in their own fields. Drop the argument, it's pointless and redundant. Congrats, you're the 11234 person to ask this question.
     
  7. RUG3R44

    RUG3R44 New Member

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    I like 'em both. Wouldn't want to get shot with either.
     
  8. CrazedJava

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    Exactly. It's also not a binary proposition. If you own a Glock and purchase a 1911 I'm pretty sure the universe won't collapse on itself.
     
  9. P_town

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    I know, I have a g23 and a Kimber and I love them equally. I can drive nails all day with my Kimber but I prefer to carry my glock for mag capacity and it will fire everytime I pull the trigger, 1911's are more picky with ammo as everyone knows. If I was carrying it everyday and wanted to put my life on one, I'd go with my glock.
     
  10. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    That looks much better.
     
  11. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    It's all preference and what suits one better. I prefer the 1911 platform by miles but shoot Glocks better because they point higher, as I naturally point low. However I hate Glock's refusal to employ a manual safety & insistence on using double stack magazines. Others care little to none for safeties, to reach their own. Again full circle to preference.
     
  12. Dearhunter

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  13. RustyShackleford101

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    Both are near and dear to me. But in my opinion, the Glock beats the 1911. I like the cost, reliability(although a good 1911 is reliable) simplicity and ruggedness. I know some people hate the grip, or the chunkiness of the slide, but that doesn't bother me. I like the 1911, but I don't carry one, they're a bit too heavy, and I don't like having to disengage the safety.
     
  14. Amsdorf

    Amsdorf New Member

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    If anyone actually watches the video...

    They will see that I assert that it should never be framed as a "vs" debate but simply as "and" ...

    Both great pistols, the right tool for the right job.
     
  15. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    OH... You wanted us to watch the video.

    I thought this was just another invitation to mindless bickering about inconsequential and illogical comparisons. ;)
     
  16. Donn

    Donn Active Member

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    Not going down this path again. Like arguing Camaros and Mustangs.
     
  17. bartwatkins

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    I like your videos - but as to the title of this thread.....?
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  18. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Ok. Let's skip to his other videos.

    Amsdorf... Don't bring up Glock comparisons again. It gives everyone tweezer brain.
     
  19. deadsp0t

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    Ford Fusion Vs 12' John Boat.. Which is better.
     
  20. steadyshot

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    In a flood I'd take the Jon Boat....:D