Should we go back to the 1911?

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by Pistolenschutze, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. OK, let's settle the question once and for all. How many of you think that the U.S. military should simply go back to the tried and true, 1911 pattern .45 ACP caliber pistol as its general issue sidearm? The 9mm Beretta 92 that is now issued, I think most of us would agree, really doesn't cut the mustard very well for a variety of reasons, and many different replacements have been suggested. Obviously, if the military were ever to do such a thing, the new pistols would be updated in terms of metalurgy with the more capable steels available today, but what I am really asking is whether we should forget about "new" designs and go back to the rugged, all-steel Browning design. My own opinion is that yes we should.

    I could have posted this question in the 1911 Forum, I suppose, but that would be like selling carrots at a rabbit convention. :D ;)
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  2. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Mar 27, 2003
    At SouthernMoss' side forever!
    Short and sweet - -

    l, YES !!!!!!
  3. Bulldog

    Bulldog New Member

    Aug 4, 2007
  4. Millwright

    Millwright Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    If by "go back" you mean a true 1911.....the answer isn't merely no, its Hell NO !!!

    If, however you mean "go back" to the .45 ACP cartridge in a new iteration of the J.M. Browning design, I say "Hell Yes !! " Keep the grip safety, plus the newer ambidextrous mag releases and safties, and great new machining and a light double action trigger, a strong extractor and beveled port..........and whaddya know ? Someone already builds one just like that.

  5. berto64

    berto64 Active Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Owyhee County, Idaho
    Yes, with modifications.

    The US Military should be issued a domestically produced sidearm in 45 ACP. No more imports for our military!

    As suggested by some, probably a double stack magazine for more ammo capacity. A 1911 doublewide.
  6. Yup, that's what I meant, mill. There would certainly be nothing wrong with adding improvements that years of experience have shown make the 1911 an even better weapon than Browning's original, basic design. I think if it were made a light double action that would solve what is, in my opinion, the only real weakness of the 1911 design, its single-action nature . . . the necessity of carrying it either cocked and locked, or without one up the spout thus necessitating two hands to ready it for action. And Berto, I agree with you as well, any new pistol we issue should be AMERICAN MADE!
  7. BillP

    BillP New Member

    Sep 9, 2007
    On a lake near Detroit Lakes, MN
    Not the old 1911. The suggested Para Ordinance would be a decent choice but don't rule out the Springfield XD and some others. And yes, build it in the USA! I am sure cost would be a major factor and isn't the Para Ordinance a bit spendy?
  8. Bruce FLinch

    Bruce FLinch New Member

    Aug 27, 2005
    Bay Point, Kali..aka Gun Point
    Sorry BillP, I don't think the XD falls into the 1911 category, tho it is a good pistol.

    Springfield does make a widebody 1911 in .45. 13 or 14 round magazine, as does the Para, which is also a good pistol. I have 2 Paras in .40 & .45..but they are from CANADA :eek: The Para runs $8-900. Springfield is made in USA! :) Not sure on their price.
  9. travihanson

    travihanson New Member

    May 24, 2007
    Milo, ME
    I am torn on the issue...I love the berettas so much.....but I love the 1911's even more...My issue with the 1911's and the military is the capacity. I can't remember what it is but there is a 1911 that has like 14 round clips??? (If you could tell me make and model that would be nice :)) I like the setup of the beretta. It is a fine weapon, my only issue is the 9x19. I think that if they went with the beretta 96 then that would be good. Or if they would come out with a beretta .45 in that style that would be cool. Double stack mag of course :).

    I might get razed but oh well :D
  10. The main thing I don't like about the Beretta 92--aside from its excessive bulkiness for the round it throws--is that the safety is on the slide. I find that awkward. Granted, the mag capacity of the 1911 is traditionally only 7, but that still gives a total of 8 with one up the spout. I think it should be remember as well, that in the military, a pistol is a SECONDARY weapon. Others may have a different view, but I never found that number inadequate when I carried one in the military, and reloads are PDQ. :D ;)
  11. 358 winchester

    358 winchester *TFF Admin Staff*

    Apr 25, 2004
    Pensacola Fl. area
    Made in America, shooting 45ACP, in the US Military is the only way to go. The Para is a fine weapon I have one I carry 90% of the time but I will be dead & buried, when they get my 1911 Springfield from me. :)
  12. I couldn't agree more, Ron. I have no problem with improvements to the basic design as a result of modern engineering, but "ol' slabsides" is the best way to go.
  13. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville New Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    I will be buried with my Colt 1911, BUT it's not for everyone...

    I think a nice modern design, American Made .40 or .45, would be nice, hell I might even buy one....

    -OR- We could go to a SA45colt wheelgun.... We are afterall Americans, and we all are cowboys at heart... or Indians...
  14. wallgunner

    wallgunner New Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Upstate NY
    I just read a great book bu Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy Seal, called the Lone Survivor. It's his story about a fight in Afghanistan, and the friends he lost. He explains that all his teammates carried Sig Sauer 9mm as side arms. My question is do you guys just like the 1911 or is it the caliber you have a problem with. I've never shot a 9mm, I perfer the .45, but he and his teammates counted on the Sig if it came down to it. Maybe a Sig in .45 would be a good choice?
  15. 17thfabn

    17thfabn New Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    North bank of the mighty Ohio River
    The Beretta M9 9mm issued to our troops are made in America.

    I wonder how often hand guns are actualy used in combat? Given a choice between a M4 carbine, M-16, submachine gun, or shot gun, or pistol the pistol is always going to be your last choice.
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