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Gary13
06-12-2009, 5:07 PM
Started shooting again 6 months ago and after renting several different pistols, purchased a new Ruger 22/45, and have put about 2000 rounds through it in the last 3 months. I really want to purchase my next pistol, and have been scanning the Calgun ads every day. In some ways I want to step up to a 9mm, and I like the Glock 17. But I really lust after a 1911, and have shot a Kimber that I really liked. Problem is I want to limit myself to $500 for now. A local shop has several used guns, including a Glock 17 in nice shape with one mag for $400 and a SA 1911 Milspec, also in nice shape and one mag for $485. He is willing to go with me to the local indoor range, and will even supply the ammo so that I can try them both. The Glock is cheaper, and cheaper to shoot, but the 1911 is calling my name.

This would mainly be for target shooting and maybe some amateur competitions, and maybe home protection.

cookmonsta
06-12-2009, 5:13 PM
Get a Rock Island Armory 1911 for under $500, you wont be disappointed.

rckjeep
06-12-2009, 5:14 PM
This would mainly be for target shooting and maybe some amateur competitions, and maybe home protection.

Since you said "home protection" go 1911. if a
200+lb. guy comes at you in your house a 9mm will not stop him in his tracks. A .45acp will put back a few feet. I've been talking to a lot of Peace officers lately and they all carry at least a .40S&W. Which has more velocity than a .45acp at the end of it's ballistic table, which is why I'm buying a XD40, but out of the two you mentioned go 1911.

Dangerous1
06-12-2009, 5:16 PM
If you want something for HD, get a shotgun. A shotgun and a Glock is still less than a lot of 1911's.

Opus109
06-12-2009, 5:16 PM
The SA Milspec sounds like a steal! Grab it!!!

1911's are a BLAST, literally and figuratively.

On the other hand, I love my Glock 19. I'm going to be shooting it at Barnwood Arms in Ripon on Monday, around lunchtime. You can't go wrong with either one.

Rekrab
06-12-2009, 5:26 PM
You'll love that SA. Great gun to shoot.

If it falls through, consider a new RIA 1911 too!

Gary13
06-12-2009, 5:46 PM
I shoot at Barnwood all the time, and that is where we would try them out.

Ok, let's take home defense out of the picture. Does that change any opinions?

Both are used.

tango5
06-12-2009, 6:34 PM
Started shooting again 6 months ago and after renting several different pistols, purchased a new Ruger 22/45, and have put about 2000 rounds through it in the last 3 months. I really want to purchase my next pistol, and have been scanning the Calgun ads every day. In some ways I want to step up to a 9mm, and I like the Glock 17. But I really lust after a 1911, and have shot a Kimber that I really liked. Problem is I want to limit myself to $500 for now. A local shop has several used guns, including a Glock 17 in nice shape with one mag for $400 and a SA 1911 Milspec, also in nice shape and one mag for $485. He is willing to go with me to the local indoor range, and will even supply the ammo so that I can try them both. The Glock is cheaper, and cheaper to shoot, but the 1911 is calling my name.

This would mainly be for target shooting and maybe some amateur competitions, and maybe home protection.
You already answered your question. Get what you want, dont settle for something less, you will regret it later.

Pistolwhipped
06-12-2009, 6:39 PM
If you want a pistol get a 1911. Like they said above a Rock Island is a good pistol for what your looking to spend. For HD dont get anything but a shotgun, have a back up pistol. IMO. When your adrenaline is rushing its hard to aim, it helps to have something you can fire from the hip and still hit your target.

cryptkeeper
06-12-2009, 7:00 PM
Since you said "home protection" go 1911. if a
200+lb. guy comes at you in your house a 9mm will not stop him in his tracks. A .45acp will put back a few feet. I've been talking to a lot of Peace officers lately and they all carry at least a .40S&W. Which has more velocity than a .45acp at the end of it's ballistic table, which is why I'm buying a XD40, but out of the two you mentioned go 1911.

wow. just, wow.

timmyb21
06-12-2009, 7:07 PM
1911. Thread done. Great price too.

Legasat
06-12-2009, 10:17 PM
if a 200+lb. guy comes at you in your house a 9mm will not stop him in his tracks. A .45acp will put back a few feet.

Yeah right, and a shotgun blast sends people flying through the air when it hits...[/sarcasm]

Get whatever suits YOU, but don't go by these kinds of comments. This only happens in Holloywood movies.

walter
06-12-2009, 10:30 PM
i love my glock and i also love 1911's but i cant afford to shoot 45. i can barely afford to shoot 9 right now

Dangerous1
06-12-2009, 11:00 PM
i love my glock and i also love 1911's but i cant afford to shoot 45. i can barely afford to shoot 9 right now

How about a 9mm 1911? Or just an all metal 9mm like a Beretta or a Sig... damn these choices.

Southbay
06-12-2009, 11:30 PM
Since you said "home protection" go 1911. if a
200+lb. guy comes at you in your house a 9mm will not stop him in his tracks. A .45acp will put back a few feet. I've been talking to a lot of Peace officers lately and they all carry at least a .40S&W. Which has more velocity than a .45acp at the end of it's ballistic table, which is why I'm buying a XD40, but out of the two you mentioned go 1911.

There is a lot of fud spouted when calibers are discussed. A 45acp Will not move any person back a few feet let alone a 200+Ib guy, thatís just in the movies, it just makes a hole, the difference between the damage done between a 9mm and 45acp is undetectable. If you donít believe me go to any trauma ward, ask anybody that works there if they can tell the difference between a 9mm and a 45acp wound, they will all tell you no. 9mm, 40 S&W or 45acp it is for the most part unimportant, itís all about shot placement.

mat19er8
06-12-2009, 11:50 PM
IMO get the glock, it needs nothing. A SA 1911 Milspec is good starting point.

RolinThundr
06-13-2009, 1:40 AM
Get a Rock Island Armory 1911 for under $500, you wont be disappointed.

Never handled a RIA 1911, but I saw a real nice looking one for about $500 in Milpitas at Target Masters West.