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OT .45 or 9mm?

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Mike K P, Aug 14, 2007.

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  1. Mike K P

    Mike K P Member

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    What would be the best choice in a 1911 for fun shooting. A 45 or 9mm. Big difference in recoil? Any other info would be appreciated. Thanks, Mike.
     
  2. atashooter

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    Go with Gov't 1911 .45. My daughter shoots mine and loves it. If in the event they complain of muzzle jump, you can add a muzzle brake in 30 seconds without tools. These brakes work. My brother has one on his.
     
  3. PhillyD

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    The 9mm is cheaper to shoot .If that matters to you.
     
  4. maclellan1911

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    I have a few in most cal. 9 40 45 380. Some recoil more than others some dont. My wife hates the 9 but shoots the 45 with ease. gun fit is also important. I have a large cap 40 its like holding a 2x4 not well off for plinking many rounds. ruger mark series .22 is best for target shooting and cheap to shoot. My next best is my performance center S&W 1911 .45. The 9 and 380 do not get much use.
     
  5. shannon391

    shannon391 Active Member

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    One of each, dilema solved.
     
  6. Gargoyle!

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    45 acp is a better cal because when it hits something its going down.
     
  7. wam6187

    wam6187 TS Member

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    Buy a .45 then buy one of the conversion kits so you can shoot .22 rounds.
    Then you have the best of both worlds...

    Bill
     
  8. bwvan

    bwvan TS Member

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    Answer: .45

    Next question...
     
  9. REDD04

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    For fun shooting, the choice is yours. I will list my opinions on the 2 calibers.

    The 45 will cost more to shoot this is whether you reload or buy factory ammo. The 45 is a more effective defensive caliber if you want the gun to pull double duty. If you reload, the 45 is easier and more forgiving as the 9 mm builds pressure quickly with small changes in bullet seating depth. As a rule the 45 is more accurate that the 9 mm. The 45 will recoil more but is not a sharp recoil like a hot .357 or .44 mag, it is more of a shove.

    The 9 mm. will be less expensive to shoot. Surplus military ammo can be purchased relatively inexpensibly. The 9 mm. can hold more rounds of ammo than the 45 can. Both the 45 and 9 mm are available with double stacked mags but with the hi-cap mags, the 45 is much wider in the grip. This is a consideration with people with small hands. The 9 mm is not as effective as a defensive round. The 9 mm is easier for inexperienced shooters to shoot accurately due to less recoil. Typically the 9 mm guns are lighter,smaller and easier to conceal than the 45.

    I personally prefer the 45, but you need to shoot as many different examples of each caliber so that you can decide for yourself.

    REDD
     
  10. mallardfilmore

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    If it's for fun, what's the difference which one you get? There isn't enough difference in the "power" between a 45 and a 9mm to make that much difference.
    No one is going to get "knocked" down or fly backward through the air from a gun shot. All movie crap.
     
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    .45, then .40S&W, then 9mm. Either in order of fun to shoot or, self defense. Most importantly, get a gun that fits you and your shooting style. JMHO.

    Shawn
     
  13. Mike K P

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    Thanks for all the good input guys. .45 it is, Kimber stainless 1911 5"
    Mike.
     
  14. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    For shooting FUN, the best idea is to get a clone of your centerfire handgun in .22LR.<br>
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    I have a S&W Model 18 .22LR revolver, which complements my Model 19 .357.<br>
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    And a S&W Model 41 that has custom grips to make it feel like a 1911.<br>
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    Other .22 LR clones of centerfire handguns are a PPK-L, and a P-38.<br>
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    Kimber makes a .22LR clone of a 1911, and probably a conversion kit. Some Berettas have a .22 LR version.<br>
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    A .22 clone will give you a lot of enjoyment at a fraction of the cost, regardless of the caliber of your centerfire. And the more you can practice, the better a shot you'll be.
     
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