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    Why A 1911?

    I am trying to figure out my next gun purchase, and I am drawn to the 1911 style guns. I have shot a Taurus, and a Kimber...absolutely loved both. I know some people have their lesser opinions of Taurus. I'm not really concerned about manufacturer yet, but I am trying to get the pros and cons of a 1911. My current gun is a Springfield XD40SC. Thanks!

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    You already have your answer you loved it. The 1911 is the most proven pistol out there. yes it is old school but it is still the "gold standard" of pistols.

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    forget the taurus... seriously
    the 1911 has been around for almost 100 years because it is.... well... perfect
    i'd get a kimber or springfield or the glock 21sf

    i have owned two and wish i had a 3" version especially the Colt New Agent

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    The main strike against the 1911 is that it is often, especially in lower-priced versions, not as reliable as a more modern design. This is why I eventually gave up the 1911 design for defense and went to Glock.

    But the 1911 also has a long list of advantages. It has a low bore axis, minimizing muzzle flip and enhancing "pointability." It has a short, crisp trigger with a very short reset. It has a relatively small, comfortable grip. It has manual safety that works in perfect concert with the human hand. It is slim and easy to carry and conceal. There are tons of aftermarket accessories available (though lots of them are junk) and holsters and magazines are everywhere. Gunsmiths familiar with it are virtually everywhere, and spare parts are easily found.

    My personal bottom line is that 1911s are great range and competition guns, but I prefer greater reliability for defense. This is partly because I think guns should be "ready to go" right from the box, however, and also because I have lost all interest in tinkering around with my guns. Hell, I don't even like to clean them more than a couple times a year.
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    They are the best design in a pistol there is IMHO. We have two S&W that have been flawless right out of the box. I reload and I have shot a lot of different loads through ours and they have always work perfect.

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    Mike,
    Thanks for some of the negatives. The gun will be a range gun, and I am sure I'll carry it on occasion. For reliability I have the XD. I am going to look into the Springfield and the Kimber!

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    The 1911 has shown through the years that it is a great design. AS for not looking at the Taurus..Look at all the goodies in it then go pick one up and throw some lead down range and you will probably be surprised. They are a really nice gun. I bought one a little while back and got a bunch of ammo to help break it in. The first mag was a little wild but after that it was making some really tight groups shooting from about 40 yards. I own four 1911 pistols and that Taurus will keep up with any of them.

    The things I didn't care much for that lock they put on the hammer and the grips. I have yet to see an out of the box 1911 that I didn't want to do a couple things to it. Other than that I can't find a thing wrong with it.

    hey do have a thinner grip than a lot of 1911's so when grip shopping I would advise people to pay attention to that. Get a bigger grip screw bushings or stay with the low pro grips.

    I still like my Springfield more but that PT1911 is a pretty nice pistol

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    So far as I know, the only serious disadvantage for the civilian is that it will not properly function with a weak hold. It must be held firmly to be reliable. Also, the guns with a barrel length of 3.5 inches or longer usually operate more reliably than shorter designs.

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