Why is the 1911 so popular?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by 308Wins, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. 308Wins

    308Wins New Member

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    I've always thought it was a cool gun, but I'm a little confused why they're so popular, because they're always pricy guns when I see them. I see the inexpensive ones for about $800, you could buy at least a couple other guns for that!
    My question is, are they worth it?
     
  2. Toll13

    Toll13 New Member

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    Heck yeah! Squeeze that trigger once and you will understand. And you can still get pretty good ones for well under $800.
     

  3. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    You can get an inexpensive 1911 for under $500.
     
  4. HankStone

    HankStone New Member

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    1911 45 cal Colt was part of my US ARMY issue weapons,all I can testify to is this,once you get proficient with the 1911 Colt,it's in the blood never to be forgotten.,
     
  5. grandpubba

    grandpubba Member

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    Fire a full magazine and you'll want one forever
     
  6. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    A lot of us old geezers had them in the various branches of the military service. So they are familiar. But aside from that, they shoot pretty straight, make nice round holes in the BG's, and the light single-action trigger is user-friendly.
     
  7. txpossum

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    My love for the 1911 is difficult to put into words, because the enjoyment I get out of shooting a 1911 vs. just about any other gun is the combination of attributes particular to the 1911, and make shooting it a unique experience.

    When you pick it up, it FEELS like a gun is supposed to feel -- heavy, serious, and business-like. It fits solidly in your hand. You rack the slide back, and the sound is authoritative. The gun does not feel like a toy, there is a sense that it is made for deadly purpose. And the trigger -- there is nothing like the feel of a nicely tuned 1911 trigger that breaks like a glass rod at 3-4 pounds of pressure. No creep, no overtravel. It has spoiled me for all other triggers. When it goes off, there is deep, low bark rather than an excited yelp, and you feel the heavy slide come back and rock the gun, but the recoil is very controllable and easy to get back on target for subsequent shots. You fire it, and you KNOW you've got the Daddy. You watch it eat up the target, and the gun tells you, "common' Bud, that's what we're here for".

    God, I love 1911's.
     
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    There is no secret in fixing a 1911, only mysteries.
     
  9. KG7IL

    KG7IL Well-Known Member

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    Trigger, Grip, Controls, it's all the way it should be.
     
  10. SurfGuitar

    SurfGuitar New Member

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    I have several handguns, both revolvers and semi-auto's, I enjoy shooting them all.....

    However, when I'm going into any serious pistol match that I know there's going to be stiff competition, my Kimber Limited Edition Target Match, and a healthy supply of 200Gr. semi-wadcutters go with me....

    That 1911 has helped put my name on the "Top Gun" award plaque in our range house for 2 years running, I've used it in Bullseye matches, Dot shoot matches, combat pistol matches, bowling pin matches, Steel Plate matches, Dueling Tree matches, and it has come through for me every time...(as long as I did my part).....;)

    I'm a big fan of wheel guns, love my revolvers....but when I want to win, I bring my 1911......
     
  11. txpossum

    txpossum New Member

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    Wise he is.
     

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  12. The_Tank

    The_Tank New Member

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    It simply has stood the test of time. It is a modern but yet an old design.
     
  13. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    Simple answer:

    Because it was our military firearm for

    over 75 years. We vets have a familiarity

    with it.

    Long answer:

    John Browning created many firearms designs

    which remain unequaled to this day. The MA DEUCE,

    1911, lever action, to name a couple.

    IMHO, the 1911 is his crowning achievement.

    It was designed around the .45 ACP, which was

    specifically designed to be a man-stopper.

    It has grown from it's military roots to be the most

    sought after pistol pattern design in the private

    sector in history, with over 8 million units made to

    date.

    Simple, safe,accurate, powerful,dependable,

    compact. It just doesn't get any better...
     
  14. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    There is something about a 1911 that you can't find in any other gun, an unmatched reliability, perfect ergonomics, the worlds greatest trigger, there is just a feeling you get with a 1911 that you can't get with any other gun- a feeling that says "this is what a gun should feel like, this is a real gun", the fact that the gun has been around for over 100 years and has not been changed, and the fact that the 1911 is the most American thing on earth.
     
  15. redscho

    redscho New Member

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    The 1911 conserves ammuntion. When you point it at the BG he usually gets the heck out of Dodge ASAP or faster. :cool: You don't have to pull the trigger.
     
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  16. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    Trigger is key. Simplicity of maintenance as well is great. And reliability as well.
     
  17. MattShlock

    MattShlock New Member

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    They look cool and have quite a history. They were basically obsolete when John Browning himself invented the P-35 a quarter century later.

    You see, just having been the US Military sidearm for most of our lifetimes make the caliber and the gun an instant success commercially and in our collective psyche. They were our sidearm in the two world wars that brought us from an also-ran to the world's only super-power in a couple of generations. And pop-culture made them an icon even after Vietnam.

    I give everyone permission to get over them now.
     
  18. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    The 1911 has not been out dated. The 1911 was 100 years ahead of its time. Oh yea! and still counting.:D
     
  19. saitek

    saitek New Member

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    what can i say almost100 year old design and still kicking *** ,if it aint broke dont fix it ! it's a lifer surviver . it can only be imatated !
     
  20. FullautoUSA

    FullautoUSA Welcoming Committee/ Resident Pellet Gunner Lifetime Supporter

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    The 1911 is still 100 years ahead of its time!