Is The 1911 Everything It's Cracked Up To Be?

"Don't try to be a hero, just use the .45, and get the job done."

-T.C., Magnum P.I.

Ah yes, the 1911, what an absolute legend. It's not unlike Donald Trump, as you either love it, or you hate it. However you feel about it, I grew up in a friend group that whole-heartedly supports it (I meant the 1911, but Trump too), as it is a phenomenal design, it was far ahead of it's time, and despite it's age, it's in a league of it's own when it comes to the performance. If you are a Glock fanboy, prepare to get offended, as I'm not only going to prove that the 1911 is the absolute best choice for recreational shooters, but that it has a virtue that other guns will never be able to match, let alone surpass. Stay tuned! You're not going to want to miss this.

So then, why am I so insistent on the 1911 being so good? Well unlike most guns, the best part of the 1911 is not the capacity, the weight, or the amount of features, but the trigger, the customizability, and the qualitiy. Most other handgun companies are in a constant game of one-upmanship with each other, trying to get their model to be the lightest and thinnest, or highest capacity and most reliable. This causes other aspects of the gun to become rather subpar. Which is fine, because it means the guns are better suited to concealed carry, or to law enforcement or military use. However, the recreational shooter, who isn't intending to shoot other people (whether in self defense or in combat), does not need his or her gun to be easy to carry, or overly heavy duty.

So what is my point? The 1911 excels in target and competition shooting, so while other handguns are good for other uses, or even pretty good themselves at target shooting, the 1911 is going to be one of the fastest, and most accurate. There are two reasons for this:

One, the trigger on a 1911 is the gold standard for handguns, and the trigger is one of the main limiting factors in shooting: If the trigger is bad, than the shooter can't shoot as accurately, or quickly. This may not seem all that important, but think about what most Americans go shooting for: Yes, some do it to train, and get better, but most people want to have fun, and fast, accurate guns always make for an enjoyable shooting experience.

Two, 1911s are have near-endless customization options, and are themselves, a work of art. The 1911 has a certain pride that comes with it, while most plastic fantastic guns can be mass produced without a second thought, a good, expensive, quality 1911 requires fine-tuning, and craftsmanship to run well. Holding a Glock in your hand will never give you a sense of pride the way a 1911 will, and I promise you that.

Of course, you'll hear people talk about how the 1911 can also serve as a duty gun, or even that it is better than something like a Glock 17 in this role. I'm going to be straight with you: 1911s CAN serve this role, but it's like buying a flatbed Ford for racing, or a Chevy Camero for moving cargo, the 1911 just doesn't do certain jobs as well as others, of course, others don't do it's job as well as it.

I hope I haven't bored the living daylights out of you, and maybe now you see what it's all about when it comes to 1911s and their devoted fanboys. Although the 1911 isn't very well suited to concealed carry, or military service, it is the best in it's class in terms of speed and accuracy. Thank you for your time, and have a nice day.

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