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vicb
06-18-2010, 9:32 PM
If you were to buy your first 1911 what cal would you go with? What is better to shoot?

Legasat
06-18-2010, 10:35 PM
.45 is THE standard

winnre
06-18-2010, 10:39 PM
It's like asking if you'd prefer Heather Locklear or an aardvark.

Notblake
06-18-2010, 10:44 PM
It's like asking if you'd prefer Heather Locklear or an aardvark.

I had a good lol over this one!

It has to be the .45 for availability if nothing else.

Ricky-Ray
06-18-2010, 10:50 PM
What's a 38 super????


45 all the way.

remyjoeboxer
06-18-2010, 10:59 PM
45
+1

stormvet
06-18-2010, 11:05 PM
This has the makings of being the most lopsided poll in the history of polls. Yah .45.

bsg
06-18-2010, 11:20 PM
my vote goes to the .45 ACP but don't sell the .38 super short; it has been popular in latin countries where folks are not allowed to shoot .45 ACP. the recoil is like that of a 9mm but it can be a very fast moving round with some power punch to it. i wouldn't mind having a sig P220 in that platform. i do love my w german P220 .45 ACP and that gets my vote....

Black Majik
06-18-2010, 11:23 PM
.38 Super is super fun to shoot. But, it makes 9mm holes.

.45 ACP for the win.

D.M.C.
06-19-2010, 12:37 AM
I'd likely go 38 super. It's got ballistics comparable to .357 and if I ever switch from a wheelgun to an auto, particularly a 1911 model, that's the way I'd go.

23 Blast
06-19-2010, 3:32 AM
I have both and I picked .45. The 1911 was designed around the .45acp round, and IMO is still the best .45 platform around. The .38 super is a nice round - it was designed during the Prohibition Era specifically to be able to punch through car bodies and the primitive body armor of the day which the slower-moving .45 acp apparently was not able to do. In essence, it's a .357 magnum for an auto pistol.

My .38 super is a lot of fun to shoot, but the ammo prices and availability make me leery of really running lots of rounds through her.

Cobrafreak
06-19-2010, 6:08 AM
What tastes better in your mouth?
A) Wriggleys Spearmint Gum
or
B) Bleach

Kodemonkey
06-19-2010, 8:21 AM
Brian enos considers the 38 super as the perfect balance for IPSC and other shooting comps. Mostly to do with the speed of the 38 super on some of the peek a boo targets. But i shoot IDPA and it doesn't matter. My choice would be the 45.

gef
06-19-2010, 9:00 AM
I have six 1911's in .45 ACP and just for the hell of it one 1911 in .38. super.

mike100
06-19-2010, 9:46 AM
38 super's sole existence appears to be a work-around to laws in other countries regarding caliber restriction as well as a way to compete in various classes with a smaller caliber for practical shooting sports.

The 45 was designed to drop two legged animals with the only legacy of it being that the base brass is the same as a 30-06 (ease of manufacture I suppose).

Exiledviking
06-19-2010, 10:29 AM
Unless you reload, the .45 all the way.

Noobert
06-19-2010, 10:30 AM
1911's should only be made in .45

GunLover
06-19-2010, 12:45 PM
Knew this would be a landslide before viewing results.

BLD
06-19-2010, 3:55 PM
I haven't had the chance to shoot a 38 super yet, but when I think of a 1911 I think of 45 ACP. When I want a 9mm I go for combat tupperware, and 38/357 I grab a wheel gun. Just me though.

russ69
06-19-2010, 4:23 PM
I have a .38 super on order but the answer to the question is .45!

Thanx, Russ

77bawls
06-19-2010, 4:26 PM
45
+1

=46
:D

Beelzy
06-19-2010, 4:29 PM
1911's should only be made in .45

This right here^^^

Al LaVodka
06-19-2010, 4:32 PM
Know what? I made a misteak.

I voted .45 'cause it is so core especially to the 1911. But I am a super-fan of .38 Super. I recalled I tried to get a deal on a Colt Combat Target in .38 Super when the manufacturer offered me one on a .45, but they wouldn't budge. So, I DID try to get a .38 Super first, and only, didn't, and so I voted incorrectly!

Al

den888
06-19-2010, 4:48 PM
.45 ACP is the classic 1911 caliber. But, 38 Super 1911's are very nice shooting also !

Pugster
06-19-2010, 7:38 PM
Unless you reload, I would recommend .45 over the 38 super

pcISin
06-19-2010, 7:45 PM
45. for 1911, It's like Hamburger and fries they just go together. :D

Notblake
06-19-2010, 8:00 PM
What's a 38 super????


Something like this?

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/7537/400px38superauto.jpg

pyromensch
06-19-2010, 8:24 PM
45 is better, and cheaper to shoot

kmca
06-19-2010, 8:57 PM
I have both and I picked .45. The 1911 was designed around the .45acp round, and IMO is still the best .45 platform around. The .38 super is a nice round - it was designed during the Prohibition Era specifically to be able to punch through car bodies and the primitive body armor of the day which the slower-moving .45 acp apparently was not able to do. In essence, it's a .357 magnum for an auto pistol.

My .38 super is a lot of fun to shoot, but the ammo prices and availability make me leery of really running lots of rounds through her.

Not to be picky, but I believe that the 1911 was based on the m1900 which was chambered in 38 ACP :D

BTW, 38 super or 45 ACP depends on what I'm going to do with it.

ChrisTKHarris
06-19-2010, 9:00 PM
Landslide!

jd1911
06-19-2010, 9:17 PM
I started with the 1911 in .45, my first 1911 was a colt lightweight commander. Since then I have had 2 springfields (a full size GI model, and a v10 ported officers model: that was a great gun), a Para Ordnance p13 and a colt series 80 Officers all in .45. I loved them all, and all were extremely accurate (I did have problems with both of the Springfields) but currently only have the Colt lightweight commander left.
I recently picked up a Browning/Sig P220 in 38 super made in the late 70's and really enjoy shooting it. I want to get a 1911 in 38 super just to see how it performs in my hands, but the California approved selection is limited. I am currently saving up for an armscorp 1911 in 38 super jsut because I enjoy the round so much. But if it were going to be my first 1911 I would get a .45, I still remember the first time I shot my Colt, I bought it at B&B in North Hollywood back in the Mid 1990's and still remember how big of a smile I had on my face.
And one more thing, it is kind of hard to find 38 super in bulk unless you buy it through the mail. I only have like 1500 rounds of it left and that kind of cuts down my fun. 45 might be easier to find and shoot.

NapaCountyShooter
06-19-2010, 9:33 PM
http://i756.photobucket.com/albums/xx208/JEdwards80/45sjpg.jpg

Echidin
06-19-2010, 10:15 PM
It's like asking if you'd prefer Heather Locklear or an aardvark.


Aardvark FTW!!....I mean .45 :ninja: