I took a ration of sh*t for my post Three Reasons Not to Carry a .45 Caliber 1911. And deservedly so. A .45 caliber 1911 is a wonderful gun for concealed carry. WTF you say? Take it from a guy who married a drop-dead gorgeous babe who turned out to be an alcoholic (now in recovery), everything has a price. So if you’re willing to put up with the 1911’s . . .
weight, capacity and “danger” (e.g., a negligent discharge via that feather-light single-action trigger), you should be carrying a .45 1911 because . . .
1. 1911’s are comfortable
A GLOCK 19 is 1.18″ wide. A Wilson Combat X-TAC is 1.3″ wide. So how can I laud John Moses Browning’s meisterstuck as a more comfortable carry gun than, say, the venerable GLOCK 19?
When it comes to concealed carry comfort, it matters how you carry and where you measure the gun. The GLOCK’s slide is wider than the grip; the 1911’s grip is wider than the slide.
For folks who carry inside-the-waistband, slide width is the critical factor. That’s the portion of the weapon shoved between your belt and pants and your body. For those who carry outside the waistband, there’s little to no appreciable difference between a G17-sized handgun and a full-sized ,45 caliber 1911, except . . .
2. 1911’s are accurate
Make that quality .45-caliber 1911’s are accurate. Phenomenally so. And why wouldn’t they be? They’re heavy, which helps tame recoil. They use a single-action trigger, offering shooters a short, light, crisp break. And for many shooters, 1911’s have a natural point-of-aim.
If shot placement is your highest priority — and why wouldn’t it be? — the .45 caliber 1911 is your best friend.
3. 1911’s shoot an extremely capable and proven caliber (vs. 9mm)
A 115 gr. 9mm round zips along at about 1250 feet per second. A 230 gr. .45 hustles to the target at a relatively sluggish 845 feet per second. Add it all up and, in terms of foot pounds of energy delivered at the muzzle, it’s .45 for the win! Only . . .
Who cares? Comparing standard military rounds, the .45’s ballistic advantages over 9mm are too small to make a big difference. Unless you take other things into account, like deflection and barrier penetration. In that case, the .45 is a better bullet (depending on the load).
When it comes to self-defense generally, you need to focus on the size difference between the rounds. A 9mm bullet is roughly .35 in diameter. A .45 bullet has a diameter of .451. That’s a scant .10 difference.
Ah but you have to figure that difference across the entire length of a wound channel. In a 12″ wound, a .45 caliber bullet is cutting an inch more tissue from the bad guy’s body than a 9mm across the same distance. The .45 significantly increases your chances of making the perp bleed voluminously and the chances of hitting something vital.
As long as you know the drawbacks, the 1911 is a terrific gun for concealed carry. And remember: you heard it here first. Not.