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You fellows have a lot more knowledge in the 1911 world than myself so feel free to counter this thought. It seems to me in recent months there is a much stronger demand for 9mm than 45 acp in 1911s. I not just talking about the smaller carry 1911s but the 5" as well. I know the gun market is way too soft right now but I see very nice .45 acp 1911s well below reasonable values sit while 9mm versions seem to get sucked up. Thoughts?
 

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A gun dealer in high end 1911s such as Nighthawk and
Wilson mentioned to me that it seems like the 9mm is
being favored in sales 5-to-1.

Look how Wilson is capitalizing on the trend with his
hi cap 1911. It was he who wrote an article explaining
that the 9mm is the way to go these days in terms
of 1911 design and ballistics not to mention economy.

Wilson also mentioned that really and ideally the 9mm
with its tapered casing is more compatible with the 1911
design than the fat .45 even though the .45 has been the
classic caliber for the 1911.

After all, the early designs started with the .38, not the .45.

Of course, this apparent turnaround will not stop the
caliber wars of the puny 9 vs. the mighty .45.
 

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I've never fired a 1911 in 9mm, but it looks like I am really missing out judging by the responses I've read. I think a large part of that is the fact that I have a good bit of .45acp, and little to no 9mm ammunition. Not really a good enough reason to pass one up, but it means a larger overall investment for me to get into another caliber.
 
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I find myself being drawn to commander or CCO size 9mm 1911s more these days, and I think it's because i have what i need in 45. I'm not buying them, but they have peaked my interest.
 

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My take: 1911’s are preferred by an older group of pistols enthusiasts. Younger shooters, on the other hand, really, really like 9mm polymer guns.

As the “older” crowd becomes more and more intolerant, or sensitive to the recoil of the .45 ACP vs the softer shooting 9mm, it only makes sense that the demand for the increased number of 1911’s in 9mm.

The 5 to 1 number cited in an earlier post is proof that the demographic is changing. Heck, most of the top pistol makers (Wilson, etc) and shooter/instructors (Vickers, Hackathorn, etc.) prefer the 9mm. I realize there are a multitude of reasons they have switched, but I believe recoil and cost are at the top of the list.
 

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It's a good caliber for women and those who dislike or are recoil sensitive. And it's a good choice for those who like cheap(er) fun at the range.
 

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I like to buy the same gun in both 9mm and 45acp
Example: two almost identical Guncrafters in both calibers:) also did LB Premier IIs in both
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I have the same pair, sans the Bob; the 9mm is not my carry gun but it is my range gun.
 

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My take: 1911’s are preferred by an older group of pistols enthusiasts. Younger shooters, on the other hand, really, really like 9mm polymer guns.

As the “older” crowd becomes more and more intolerant, or sensitive to the recoil of the .45 ACP vs the softer shooting 9mm, it only makes sense that the demand for the increased number of 1911’s in 9mm.

The 5 to 1 number cited in an earlier post is proof that the demographic is changing. Heck, most of the top pistol makers (Wilson, etc) and shooter/instructors (Vickers, Hackathorn, etc.) prefer the 9mm. I realize there are a multitude of reasons they have switched, but I believe recoil and cost are at the top of the list.
To your point, some of the old die-hard 1911 shooters I know at matches who used to say you have to squat to pee if you aren't shooting 45 are now shooting 1911's in 9mm.
 

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I agree with your initial impression....I see a lot more demand for 9mm in 1911's. I think its a trend that will continue as well.

Personally ....with some fairly serious arthritis in my hands and wrists ...I switched my primary carry to a 5" Wilson in 9mm about 3 yrs ago(& retired my 5" Wilson in .45acp)...and at that time, I was kind of in the minority. Today...I think I'm more in the majority.

I have friends that own 2 gunshops in my area...and they both tell me demands are up on 9mm 1911's...( they still sell a lot of poly frame guns ) but there is more talk even among younger shooters about 1911's in 9mm than .45 acp. .38 Super gets no love in my area...very small group of buyers ( nothing wrong with it / but its more of an afficianado's caliber ) like guys on this site.
 

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I just picked up a 9mm 1911. I wanted it in 1911 because i have a butt-load of 9mm reloaded that i was ignoring to shoot 1911 in .45. Problem solved! More or less, i like both calibers. Ok who am i kidding, i like anything if it goes bang!
 
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