Why 9mm?

Discussion in 'General 1911 talk' started by ditto1958, Jan 20, 2018.

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  1. ditto1958

    ditto1958 Active Member

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    Jun 17, 2013
    Those of you who own and enjoy 1911s in 9mm, what is it about them that attracts you to them?

    I won’t say that I would never want or own one. But I guess I just think that the 1911 was made for shooting big, fat and slow 230 grain bullets. I’ve always thought that for 9mm it makes more sense to shoot one of the many polymer wonders, such as Glock 17 or 19. Or, if a person has an aversion to plastic, something like a CZ 75 or a Hi-power. Those guns were designed from the start with 9mm in mind.

    A 1911 in 45 holds 7+1 or 8+1 with standard mags, while a 9mm model usually holds about 9+1. Not sure that’s significant. Modern polymer duty 9mm guns hold 15-19 + 1- substantially more rounds.

    I’ve fired 9mm 1911s at the range, and I’ve like them. But I didn’t really see any advantage to them. Maybe some shooters feel a 9mm has less recoil. I can’t say I noticed a meaningful difference.

    I’m interested in hearing about why I should learn to love a 9mm 1911.
     
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  2. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    I just don’t know, possible mental illness. ? :roflmaro:
     

  3. azguy1911

    azguy1911 Collection Complete Supporting Addict

    Oct 22, 2015
    I only own 9mm 1911's. I shoot a lot, so it's cheaper and the recoil is way less and I like being different :)
     
  4. ditto1958

    ditto1958 Active Member

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    Jun 17, 2013
    Yes, there’s that, too... :)

    I just thought of something else. Although I don’t own a 1911 in .38 super, I think I’d like to get one some day. Hmmm... .38 super... 9mm... they’re kinda similar. That makes my hesitance about a 9mm 1911 harder to defend.

    Oh, well- this is a forum. There’s no rule against being irrational.
     
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  5. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jan 11, 2017
    Personally I subscribe to the concept of having the same controls, and "feel" to all my pistols. The bonus is 9mm cheaper to shoot, which gives me more range time. Granted the 9mm has less recoil, but the familiarity of all my pistols being the same except for caliber is a huge plus.
     
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  6. jaydoc

    jaydoc i'm riding a turtle! Supporting Addict

    Aug 10, 2012
    Commander size in 9mm is sweet shooting. So is LB heavyweight mono. Just sayin'
     
  7. wcanterbury

    wcanterbury NRA Life Member, GOA Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 25, 2015
    I have 1911, Hi-Power and glock pistols and a CZ Scorpion that are fun to shoot and ammo is cheaper.
     
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  8. Pennywise827

    Pennywise827 I keeed I keeed..... Supporting Addict

    Jan 23, 2017
    I'm of the same though process of the OP. I admittedly haven't shot a 1911 9mm, but always felt if I were to go the 38cal route, it would be a 38 super. I just don't wanna reload that often for it to make it worth it to me.

    To get the same controls (minus a GS) and the extra payload I went EDC X9. It makes me super duper giddy like a girl after her first kiss happy.
     
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  9. Gimpster

    Gimpster Kevin G Supporting Addict

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    Apr 6, 2017
    I shoot the 9mm just because of less recoil! I'm disabled so I only shoot 1 handed. If it weren't for my disability I'd be a .45acp person.
     
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  10. SCS1911

    SCS1911 Failed all therapy Supporting Addict

    Oct 5, 2012
    Most of my 1911s are .45 auto, but I have some in .38 super, 10mm and 9mm, also. I have even owned 1911s in 40 s&w. I like variety. Why limit yourself with just one caliber.

    And if you want more capacity for your 9mm, there are 2011s that fill that role, at least for me.
     
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  11. awp101

    awp101 Shakin' it here Boss! Supporting Addict

    Jan 12, 2017
    This. It's the same reason I have DA revolvers from .22 to .44.

    Recoil is a factor I have to consider as well. Having hand/wrist issues means I can fire more mags of 9mm and .38 Super in one session than I can of .45.

    And until everyone gets their stuff out of my reloading room (aka garage) I'm limited to factory ammo so 9mm shines there as well.
     
  12. mikemac

    mikemac Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Apr 22, 2017
    What can I say! Cheaper, cheaper , cheaper to reload. I have a 10mm & 45 cal, that is a treat for me. call me frugal.
     
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  13. blitz45

    blitz45 Cogito ergo armatus sum Supporting Addict

    Nov 6, 2017
    I've never owned or even shot a 9mm 1911, but I want one. I enjoy shooting different calibers, so it'd make sense to get my favorite platform in as many calibers as I can. I'd also like a .38 Super and .357SIG 1911.
     
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  14. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    I always thought it was how accurate you could be shooting 9 with that sweet trigger you have on the 1911.
    Having said that, and having a 9 mm Colt Commander, I still prefer .45 acp in my 1911 Government.
     
  15. Kadonny

    Kadonny Well-Known Member

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    Apr 13, 2017
    If you love the 1911 platform, then a 9mm 1911 makes an enjoyable shooter not to mention the cheaper ammo. Also, with a full size grip you can get 10+1 which is not bad. 9mm ammo these days is much more advanced in stopping power, so having 2 more rounds over a .45acp in a carry gun can mean a lot.

    So what's not to love. Sweet shooting, increased capacity, cheaper to practice with and still in the 1911 platform we all love. Winning.
     
  16. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things! Supporting Addict

    Nov 18, 2014
    I have four 9mm 1911s from Armscor to Nighthawk and love them all. Just a pleasure to shoot.
     
  17. techiede

    techiede Member

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    Oct 30, 2014
    As I've gotten older the recoil is less with the 9 so I can shoot more than with the 45...still own both but will probably trade-in the 45's over the next few years.
     
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  18. 605atthe wheels

    605atthe wheels In the staging lanes Supporting Addict

    Oct 19, 2012
    Advanced arthritis is why I switched. Sold my full size .45 & a commander 10mm. I have 1 .45 commander left. All the rest are 9's. If I was younger with better health I'd still probably have my .45's & 10mm.

    George
     
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  19. mikegalway

    mikegalway Never underestimate the power of bacon Supporting Addict

    Feb 23, 2014
    Variety is the spice of life . 9mm cheap to shoot , less recoil , faster target acquisition , same controls for muscle memory . Have multiple 1911s in a variety of calibers . It's all good .
     
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  20. miketx

    miketx Well-Known Member

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    Dec 25, 2015
    Cheaper maybe, more firepower? But I always thought the 45 made a bigger hole and would drop a perp faster. I guess though, it's all speculation and we should look at it like this:

    One day at academy I was wanting some more of my sooper dooper 1911 45 ammo, what ever it was. The kid behind that counter said they were out of it and grabbed a box of some other name brand HP 45 ammo and as he placed it on the counter he said that it was the BEST self defense ammo for a 1911 45 ever made! Well, I said, Really? How many people have you shot with it?

    He flipped.
     
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