Plastic vs 1911

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by Wideboy04, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Midnite Rider

    Midnite Rider Member

    May 6, 2011
    Right Hand of God
    The 1911 got the US thru several wars along with John Moses Brownings other works of absolute GENIUS,without JMB we may well have lost WW II,and we had Sam Colts "potato digger" before the 1917 .30 BMG.I'm busily working on pissing off 1/4 of the worlds population and after it gets out that the SEAL team that wacked bin hiding was using SBGO I'm sure it'll be more than 1/4.My bedside weapons are my 1911 and my 12 loaded with 3" 000 BUCK and slugs.My carry is my 1911.
    No plastic for me,if by some chance I should run dry I want a good club,not something by Mattel.
  2. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Folks , a awful long time ago i had need to use my side arm a browning HP 9mm

    not a great experience,

    i've never needed to use the 1911 i got later , but never worried it would be a repeat of the 9mm experience

    no contest

    while the plastics may handle all that , and do for many

    i like steel , its comforting , i know it and its what i choose for me

    what you choose for you is your call .. each to their own
    Last edited: May 19, 2011

  3. RMT

    RMT New Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    I like them both!
  4. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    Many years of debate. But, if someone set two brand new glocks in front of me and one nice 1911 and said choose the two or take the one, I would take the 1911 every time. I would not spend my hard earned money on a glock. But that is what makes the world go round. Like what was already posted, 1911s got us thru 80 years of military service and that speaks volumes...
  5. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    I've never liked Glocks. Had handled a few but never fired one. A model 30 in .45 ACP came up and I decided to give it an honest shot. I dislike them more than ever now. I traded it for a 1911.
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Glocks made by mattel... HA I love it!
  7. Sandman

    Sandman Member

    Jun 17, 2009
    I don't have either, but would like to get a 1911 one day. I have no desire to own a Glock. Its ugly, made of plastic and I don't think that little trigger thingy is very safe. Did I mention it is ugly?

    The 1911 design HAS been improved since its creation. They added a safety / decocker and DA first shot capability. That is the design most modern autoloaders are built with. Except Glock of course (which is really ugly).

    I would much prefer a Sig (I confess, mine has plastic grips!) or a Ruger P series, etc. over a Glock (I would even take a Taurus first!). They are much better looking.

    If you want a manhood extension, the bulkiness of the Glock makes it look much bigger, so I think it will work better in that department. Even though it is ugly.

    Besides, Glocks are ugly, and that is enough reason for me not to get one.:D
  8. Slabsides

    Slabsides Member

    Jul 22, 2009
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    This whole "plastic" thing is highly amusing. How someone can knock Glocks for having plastic, then strap themselves in a modern car/truck and drive 65 mph, avoiding hundreds of head on collisions by a couple of feet each day is beyond me.

    In your car/truck, you are completely surrounded by plastic. Plastic interior, plastic dash, plastic bumper, plastic grille, plastic engine parts, plastic brake parts....some cars even have plastic body panels. The parts to pay close attention to are the plastic bumper and plastic body panels.....these are plastic outer coatings or coverings with steel structure underneath....ever REALLY pay attention to how Glocks are constructed?

    And for those of us who ride motorcycles, what do you rely on to save your grape? Try riding around with a steel helmet. Too heavy you say? You may be on to something.:)

    BTW, I know this argument seems wierd from a person named "slabsides", but I like all kinds of guns. Each has different strengths and weaknesses. 1911s are beautiful and dependable. Glocks are not as beautiful but they are damn dependable. A 1911 is what I show my friends, a Glock is what I show my enemies.
    Last edited: May 21, 2011
  9. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Well I assume when we say "plastic" we're talking about Glock.

    -The average 1911 is typically more accurate than the best Glock (a lot of that is due to the 1911s single-action trigger)
    -The 1911 has 100 years of history behind it - it served the US military for years and some parts of the US military still use the old rattlebox Colts
    -The 1911 is better when you talk about individuality and customization (every Glock looks the same and you really can't change the outward appearance much like you can with a 1911)
    -The 1911 can be tuned tighter to achieve more accuracy
    -One of the things that makes the 1911 so accurate is its trigger
    -It has a slim grip so it can be easily concealed
    -Natural point of aim

    Glock and some of these other polymer-framed pistols beat the 1911 is when you talk about weight and ammunition capacity. Some people also are not comfortable carrying the "cocked and locked" 1911 and opt for the "Safe Action" trigger of the Glock. 1911s are also more picky about ammunition than a gun like a Glock. It happens more often on the tightly tuned, more competition oriented 1911s. The Glock can also be had in a wider variety of calibers, whereas you have to look harder and pay more for 1911s like that.

    What do I like better? I like the 1911. If I were a patrol officer where I had to carry a sidearm 8 hours a day 5 days a week, then I would probably want something that can carry more ammunition, that is lighter and easier to haul around like a Glock.

    To me, it's like the old 7.62x51 vs. 5.56x45 debate. The larger round will drop the target faster, but the smaller rounds allow you to carry more ammunition.
    Last edited: May 21, 2011
  10. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    I shot the Glock 30 also and it could hold a good group, but all the Glocks I've tried have shot high. I'm not a big fan of their trigger either. I'm just not comfortable with having no other external safety other than on the trigger. At least the XD adds in the grip safety. I also feel like Glock has a very light trigger. That said, it's a well-made gun, but it's just not for me.
    Last edited: May 21, 2011
  11. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Just noticed this was an old revived thread.
  12. graehaven

    graehaven Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    Winner of Best Analogy Award. Heh, well said! :D
  13. CampingJosh

    CampingJosh Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2007
  14. Python

    Python Former Guest

    Apr 9, 2011
    I live in Arizona, what's a "helmet"??? As for the Plastic vs. 1911, each has it's pro's & con's, nothings perfect. I like them all because I'm a gun lover, and I've had nothing but good experience with Colt 1911, Browning, Sig, Walther, and Glock. With over 50 years of shooting and carry, I end up with my XDM .45 and would never go back. Works for me, that's what counts.
    Last edited: May 21, 2011
  15. Boris

    Boris Former Guest

    Oct 1, 2010
    Lots of funny and good stuff here.

    skin a steel smokewagon when it is -13F out and get back to me. A glock wont be so cold you feel the cold all the way down to your bones. Done it with metal and nylon66 (not plastic as yall say). Way more comfy with a Glock.

    Right now my 9mm framed 45 caliber G37 is the most accurate box stock pistol I have owned, even the two 1911s I gaveup on.

    I like both though. My XD9 and G37 are still my first pics.
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