View Poll Results: Which makes a better carry gun?

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    Poll: Which makes a better carry gun, a Glock or a 1911.

    I have both options (among a few others but these are my top 2) and am having a hard time deciding once and for all on which would make the better EDC. I've tried both and am confident in both equally, and both work for me. I just want to have one and only one gun that is my carry weapon.

    The advantages of a Glock to me would be capacity, weight savings, no manual thumb safety to practice with (point and shoot so to speak), ease of maintenance and to work on.

    The advantages of a 1911 that i can see would be a thinner profile, manual thumb safety plus grip safety that must be disengaged to fire (safer on reholster), a better trigger in the minds of many (myself included but I do not feel the Glock trigger is inadequate).

    My Carry Glock would be a G19 but it is not the only glock I own. My carry 1911 would be a Dan Wesson Commander Bobtail in .45acp.


    I have included a poll.

    Please feel free to post thoughts one way or the other. I am curious what everyone thinks.

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    I carry a Commander size 1911 most the time but there's nothing wrong with a Glock if it's your cup of tea. Both are great weapons and will get what you need to gt done. Owning both at one time or another I stay with a 1911 because that's what I shoot best when time is not a luxury. So if it were me I'd look to what I shot better when I might be in more of a hurry. I can't see where you would go wrong either way in my opinion. But if your two weapons (listed) were mine I'd have the 1911 on my hip at least most the time.

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    I voted for the 1911 because I carry a Kimber Pro CPD II .45 caliber when it's cool enough to wear a cover of some kind.

    In warm weather I carry a pocket gun (Ruger LCP) in my front pocket.

    I love Glocks too and carry a Glock 26 some of the time ( when I can get it away from my wife)



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    I think you answered your own question. Your telling all the things you don't like about the 1911 platform so carry your Glock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
    I think you answered your own question. Your telling all the things you don't like about the 1911 platform so carry your Glock.
    Actually no, remember I mentioned that the 1911 platform is safer on reholstering and is a thinner profile with a better trigger system. Thinner can be taken to mean more concealable.

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    I say go with the Glock. IMO the 1911 you have is almost too nice to carry all the time, but that's me. I look at the Glock more as a tool and the 1911 DW as a toy. Not knocking your 1911, I would love to have one!!!

    It reminds me of a quote I read the other day....."show your 1911 to your friends, show the Glock your enimies".

    I would trust both but if I had a 1911 Dan Wesson Commander Bobtail, it would be my safe queen and occasional CC.

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    I hate glocks,so i vote 1911

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    Go with whatever you shoot better. There is plenty of stupid rhetoric in support of each gun.

    I'm a 1911 fan but carry a XDM-9 simply for more ammunition on tap.

    If you shoot one better than the other, carry it. If you want more ammunition, carry the Glock. If you're comfortable with 8+1 of .45ACP, go with the DW.

    As for the "Show your friends your 1911...." Excuse me while I laugh myself sick.

    Tell that line to Alvin York or anyone that served in the Military from 1911 to current that's used the 1911 in battle and ask them where their Glock was. Yes I know that some Glocks have made their way into combat, but it's never been a major duty pistol in the armed forces. Rumor has it even the Navy is moving to the Sig 229...

    Both make great carry guns, both had advantages and disadvantages, but there is no clear victor in this debacle of a debate.

    If you like manual safeties, go with the DW, if you don't go with the Glock.
    If you like the recoil reducing effects of a steel frame, go with the DW. If you want something lighter in weight and has less recoil due to the "lesser" round YEAH, I SAID IT .45ACP > 9mm. IT'S BIGGER GET OVER IT. go with the Glock.

    I no longer carry a 1911 as EDC and I don't own a single Glock, they just aren't for me and I can afford to be picky.

    I would suggest the following. Try and find a range that rents and get a steel framed Commander somewhat similar to the DW CBOB and a Glock 19 and shoot both and see which you like better.

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    I really dislike Glock, so I would take the DW every day of the year over a Glock. But personally, I wouldn't use that nice of a gun for a daily carry. Go out and get something that you purchase with intent on carrying. It could even be a 1911 or a Glock, if it matches your needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falchunt View Post
    I really dislike Glock, so I would take the DW every day of the year over a Glock. But personally, I wouldn't use that nice of a gun for a daily carry. Go out and get something that you purchase with intent on carrying. It could even be a 1911 or a Glock, if it matches your needs.
    Quote Originally Posted by dosborn View Post
    I say go with the Glock. IMO the 1911 you have is almost too nice to carry all the time, but that's me. I look at the Glock more as a tool and the 1911 DW as a toy. Not knocking your 1911, I would love to have one!!!

    It reminds me of a quote I read the other day....."show your 1911 to your friends, show the Glock your enimies".

    I would trust both but if I had a 1911 Dan Wesson Commander Bobtail, it would be my safe queen and occasional CC.
    Not to ruffle any feathers, but...


    ...The Dan Wesson CBOB is a mid-tier 1911, granted it's on the upper end of that tier but it's not too nice to carry.

    The 4.25 bbl, the bobtailed frame, and the stainless finish make this pistol a great carry gun, it's almost as if it was designed for carry....actually IT IS DESIGNED for carry. The bobtail was first done by Ed Brown to aid in concealment, the 4.25" bbl is ideal for carry as it doesn't poke in places that a 5" gun will while carrying IWB (if one has that issue with a 5" 1911 that is) and the stainless frame is maintenance/corrorsion freidndly. Scratches can be buffed out unless it's REALLY bad, got a little rust? You can use a wire brush and hit up the gun.

    Sure it cost's more, but it's not soo out reageoulsly priced as say a Wilson, Ed Brwon, or NHC.

    I'll post more later, gotta run...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dosborn View Post
    IMO the 1911 you have is almost too nice to carry all the time, but that's me.
    That is my opinion. I don't have the money laying around for a DW1911 to use a a primary carry TOOL.

    Sure, If I had money coming out of my a** I would carry it, but I don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dosborn View Post
    That is my opinion. I don't have the money laying around for a DW1911 to use a a primary carry TOOL.

    Sure, If I had money coming out of my a** I would carry it, but I don't.
    Those are two different things...

    Budget concerns are valid reasons, but that is not to say that the gun is "Too nice" to carry.

    Looking at the broad range of 1911s, the DW is no more costly than a Colt in almost any configuration, a Sig GSR Carry, some similarly equipped Kimbers, various S&W 1911s etc. And none of those have the bobtail, that would be an extra expense. To date it is the ONLY babtailed 1911 in the mid tier range. And it comes pretty much stacked with all the options one would want.

    It's made from some of the best parts available, has night sights, good checkering and a stand up reputation for being a performer right out of the box.

    TBC..

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    Thought of something that made my decision. If I ever had to use my weapon in defense would I really want to give the cops my 1911 to hold on to while they do their investigation? Not really because as it stands, the DW Bobtail is very hard to get. Glock? I can buy another tomorrow...

    I shoot both well, the 1911 better but because of that little fact above I'm reluctant...

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    i like my 1911's better than my glock. but there's no doubt the light weight of the glock makes it a more comfortable carry gun for me.

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    I haven't voted in your poll because there are too few choices.
    For serious social purposes, I carry a single-action 1911.
    For all-day-every-day, I carry a double-action, pocket-size .45 (not a Glock).
    For pocket carry, which I find most convenient in my normal social situation, any 1911, including the tiniest, would be a very foolish choice. "Single-action-with-safety" doesn't go with "pocket carry." The two are, in my mind, antithetical.
    However, if there's the remotest possibility of serious trouble at my intended destination, I'll take my 1911 and I'll carry it in a belt holster. It's reliable, accurate, and easy to shoot.
    (My pocket gun is reliable and accurate enough, but in my hands it's purely a close-range, save-your-butt proposition.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    I haven't voted in your poll because there are too few choices.
    For serious social purposes, I carry a single-action 1911.
    For all-day-every-day, I carry a double-action, pocket-size .45 (not a Glock).
    For pocket carry, which I find most convenient in my normal social situation, any 1911, including the tiniest, would be a very foolish choice. "Single-action-with-safety" doesn't go with "pocket carry." The two are, in my mind, antithetical.
    However, if there's the remotest possibility of serious trouble at my intended destination, I'll take my 1911 and I'll carry it in a belt holster. It's reliable, accurate, and easy to shoot.
    (My pocket gun is reliable and accurate enough, but in my hands it's purely a close-range, save-your-butt proposition.)
    Few choices because this is asking between two specifics, not a broad and generalized question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dosborn View Post
    That is my opinion. I don't have the money laying around for a DW1911 to use a a primary carry TOOL.

    Sure, If I had money coming out of my a** I would carry it, but I don't.

    +1 dosborn,

    I guess to some people a lot of money is no big deal. I will never own a DW, but not because I don't want one. I had to save money for a year to buy my Px4, and even then, It took 2 months of layaway to completely pay for it. IMO, anything over $600 for a gun is an awful lot of money for a gun, and I would rather not carry it personally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dredd View Post
    Few choices because this is asking between two specifics, not a broad and generalized question.
    I got that.
    But my specific answer still addressed your question: SA 1911 for really serious self-defense, where foreseen, and small DA (like a Glock, for instance) for everyday pocket carry.
    Given the choice of only one: obviously the SA 1911.

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    Rumor has it even the Navy is moving to the Sig 229...
    Yea VAMarine my son is an MA and they get two choices - Berretta M9 or Sig M11 and they are rolling out the Sig P229 I believe in 40S&W. I know the Coast Guard is using the P229 DAK in 40S&W so maybe it's the same weapon.

    While he was in Afghanistan with SOCCOM the Glock 19 was offered and he chose that for it's ruggedness.

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    I can't see why a DW would be too nice to carry. Hell, the damn bobtail weapon was designed to be a carry weapon. If I couldn't use a weapon that was made to be a carry weapon I wouldn't have one.

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