Over at shootingillustrated.com, Tamara Keel examines The Pros and Cons of Carrying a 1911. Ms. Keel, a former 1911 schlepper herself, dings John Moses Browning’s sublime design for its low ammo capacity, unreliable mags and not insignificant weight. On the plus side, she credits the venerable 1911 platform for its trigger, ergonomic controls and slimness. I think she missed a couple of advantages….
For one thing, the 1911’s weight mitigates recoil — especially when compared to a Tupperware .45. [Note: I own and love polymer pistols.] Mitigated recoil makes for faster, more accurate follow-up shots. That could be the difference between life and death.
For another, the 1911 is simply bad-ass. It’s the Harley-Davidson of semi-automatic handguns. Yeah, I know: Harleys don’t handle, brake or not break like just about any rice burner you can name. But again, Harleys and 1911s are bad-ass.
OK, you have a list to work from. So what’s the best reason to carry a 1911 vs. a polymer pistol? And if you can’t come up with one, apply the same rule that works for porn sites: if you don’t understand it, it’s not really for you.