Some personal observations, which you are free to disagree with.
The 45cal auto is a great cartridge, especially for the military. The 1911 auto is not hard to learn to shoot accurately, is pleasant to shoot, and is flat enough to carry concealed. It gives me the willies to carry cocked, which is the only sensible way. It does have the annoying habit of tossing the empties in all directions, even popping a hot case behind your glasses on occasions. Returning from the range I usually end up finding an empty in my shirt pocket. Like all autos, it has reliability problems. It is finicky about ammo, even store-bought. It will stovepipe on occasions, or fail to eject.
All things considered, I dont like autos as a personal-defense carry weapon and therefore carry a revolver. Most modern autos are made with two things in mind. Prevent being sued (long, rough trigger pull) and cosmetics. Reliability is their last concern because most buyer take their auto home, load and put it in a drawer, feel defended, and forget about it. True, the Glock is a little more reliable than most, but still will give you problems.
If a revolver doesnt fire because of, say, a bad primer, you can just pull the trigger again. I never have had a revolver not fire or jam. Ive seen plenty of autos jam on the range. Hitting what youre shooting at is more important than caliber or number of rounds in a magazine. For personal defense, six sure shots are more important that a magazine full of maybes.
posted on 11/21/2011 9:29:24 AM PST
("Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish," said Dionysus - Euripides)
I agree with all of your comments and will add this: I hate cleaning semis. I am going to be switching over to .45 revolvers this next year and I am really looking forward to it. I reload so it is going to be a hoot to shoot all those different bullets.
As far jamming goes, I have had all but one semi that I have owned jam. Very nerve wracking on the range.
I had never thought about the role bad primers could play. Some of my semis have jammed because of bent magazines, which I find alarming.
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