Pistol World Forums banner

1 - 20 of 24 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm currently waffling all John Kerry like between two guns:

Springfield Armory mil spec, no frills M1911-A1 in .45 ACP and the Ruger GP-100 in .357 Mag.

Which would you pick and why?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
640 Posts
I guess it would be somewhat important to know what your intended purpose(s) are. I might pick one for one reason and not even touch upon the answer you are looking for. As an example, I prefer a revolver when using shot cartridges on pests around the house and outbuildings. The 1911 would be the platform I would choose to build into a full race gun. Make it easy and give us a hint as to what you are looking for.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
A general purpose gun. Home defense if asked, weekly to bi-weekly practice. IDPA competition.

I went and held and dry fired both. I really liked the GI spec 1911 from Springfield, but the shop worker said it wouldn't feed hollowpoints. I want to keep this gun handy in a defensive situation, and certianly dont want to have a mis-feed if the SHTF.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
585 Posts
I have three SA 1911A1 MilSpecs and none have failed to feed HP ammo. I use WWB Personal Protection stuff all the time and the assorted others I've tried present me no problem... so far. :wink:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
944 Posts
Revolvers get me excited so you know my vote! The .357 is a hoot to shoot and having .38 interchangeability is a strong selling point for me. I love the huge fireball that spouts forth from behind a .357! 8)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
One thing about the Springfield that worried me, the slide stop was so stiff on the new gun that I couldn't operate it without pulling back some on the slide.

I assume this would loosen up? That there scared me pretty bad. I'd hate to have a baddie bust in and not be able to drop the slide on my gun.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
944 Posts
It sounds like it was damaged to me. Maybe the spring had an irregularly high amount of tension. Whatever the case that was not normal for any 1911.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
585 Posts
Regardless of make, the wheel gun is less complicated and, generally, more reliable. The fact is... at present... you would not feel comfortable in totally relying on an auto and should go with the wheeler. Confidence is very important, in my opinion. :wink:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
606 Posts
Eventually, of course, you will need both..... but a 4" .357 would be my choice for the first one.

Then, a full-size 1911, a compact 1911, a 2" revolver, a 6" revolver.......
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
24 Posts
Finch said:
One thing about the Springfield that worried me, the slide stop was so stiff on the new gun that I couldn't operate it without pulling back some on the slide....
That's just a sign of a strong spring in the magazine.

The tension on a slide stop in a 1911 is the result of the magazine follower pushing up from below. Once a loaded magazine (with at least 1 round) is inserted and seated, there should be no force applied to the slide stop.

I have both, a 6" GP 100 and a Springfield 1911 Mil-Spec. I like each for its own characteristics. For the majority of general shooting, I use my Buckmark (cheap ammo), though both the .357 and .45 come with me when I shoot. For home defense I use my Mossberg.

If you like to modify your guns I would suggest the Springfield. There is so much you can do to a base model 1911.

With any semi-auto handgun you may have the failure to feed or failure to eject malfunctions. If you don't want to contend with those, get the revolver. With a revolver, if it doesn't go bang when you pull the trigger, just pull it again.

As WWB noted, you'll be getting both eventually, you just have to choose which one to get first.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
606 Posts
Yeah, but if you've ever been to Texas, they don't have a Bar-B-Que.... don't even know what one is. They've been known to have a Bobby-Q though.....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
585 Posts
Graduated High School in LaPorte, Texas... just South of Houston. Yep... been to honest-to-God black tie bar-b-cues... :wink:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
606 Posts
My two best buddies in Vietnam were Texans - and from the Houston area to boot..... one from Humble, and one from Missouri City. I swear, both of them used to say "Bobby-Q".
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
38 Posts
Discussion Starter · #19 ·
b540glenn said:
That's just a sign of a strong spring in the magazine.

The tension on a slide stop in a 1911 is the result of the magazine follower pushing up from below. Once a loaded magazine (with at least 1 round) is inserted and seated, there should be no force applied to the slide stop.
So, if I go back and take out the magazine I should be able to work the slide stop? I mean both hands and pushing with all my strength wouldn't budge that sucker.

It just really surprised me because on my p-95 I could work that think with just a light touch from my thumb.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
944 Posts
My Llama had the same problem with aftermarket mags. I couldn't release the slide stop with the mag in no matter how hard I tried. It works fine with the original or a loaded mag though.
 
1 - 20 of 24 Posts
Top