A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, December 19, 2005

Is the 1911 an Outdated Design?

"Of course the 1911 is an outdated design. It came from an era when weapons were designed to win fights, not to avoid product liability lawsuits. It came from an era where it was the norm to learn how your weapon operated and to practice that operation until it became second nature, not to design the piece to the lowest common denominator. It came from an era in which our country tried to supply its fighting men with the best tools possible, unlike today, when our fighting men and women are issued hardware that was adopted because of international deal-making or the fact that the factory is in some well-connected congressman's district. Yes, beyond any shadow of a doubt, the 1911 IS an outdated design....and that's exactly what I love about it."
Rosco S. Benson

Pictured: Springfield GI45

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Blogger Gandalin said...

Nice picture, nicer thoughts. A Springfield mil-spec is what I carry. I constantly strive to be worthy of doing so. This design of John Moses Browning's is truly the American "Excalibur," pulled from the rock itself.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice photo! I've still got the 'GI' grips on mine. I really need to find a source for the double diamond walnut grips.
Outdated? Maybe. Lets' run down the list, here...
Reliable? Definitely.
Accurate? You bet. In fact, it is the choice of most match shooters.
Safe? It has outstanding mechanical safeties, which should not be confused with the only one that matters - the one between your ears.
How many accidental discharges do you hear about that involve glocks?
How many involve 1911A1's?
'Nough said.
Magazine capacity - I read somewhere the average gun fight lasts about 5 seconds and involves 3 rounds. Hey, that still leaves you 4, 5 or 6, depending on your method of carry and brand of magazine. More is better, but on the other hand, I'd rather use 2 rounds of 45ACP than 5 9mm....
Dishwasher compatible? - Well, you've got me there. Guess I will have to continue cleaning my guns the old-fashioned way....
There are sure a lot of manufactures, and a lot of competition shooters, who remain very dedicated to this antique. I don't think that is entirely a matter of 'auld lang syne', do you?

10:07 PM  
Blogger Grampapinhead said...

Too Reliable
Too Effective
It's simplicity interfered with the pentagons tendency to complicate things as much as possible.

Bought mine in 1967 from a guy who carried it in WWI for $ 35.00

4:10 PM  

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