Buy a 1911 in .40 S&W if she likes that style action, but can't handle the .45This is the worst idea ever.
Carrying handloads? A heavy-ass bulky 1911 in an oddball caliber? for carry?
There's a reason that only diehard IPSC competitors who hand-load shoot 38 Super.
I'd tell you to get that girl a 9mm, but you'll invariably be one of those goobers who hates 9mm...
Thanks I will try the .40 in the 1911.Buy a 1911 in .40 S&W if she likes that style action, but can't handle the .45
You get the knock down power of the .40 without the heavier recoil.
Check out Kimber. They make some really nice 1911 setups, and many of them are chambered in .40 S&W This is a link to their page.
"Pro Carry pistols are available with a wide variety of features like night sights, Crimson Trace® Lasergrips®, tactical rail and frontstrap checkering. Most are chambered in .45 ACP, but 9mm, 38 Super and .40 are also available."
By the way, factory loads are the way to go in a defense pistol, and .38 Super is not a great choice for a defense piece. Too fast and too narrow. When shooting balistic gel, they will tend to shoot like the .357 Sig which has a tendency to overpenetrate. Go with the .40 or .45 cal. You'll have much better results.
Check out Para Ordnance too. They make a really nice 1911, the P16-40 which is a full sized frame with 16 rounds of .40 S&W. It might be too large for her as a concealed piece, but you could check out their site to see if they make a smaller version.Thanks I will try the .40 in the 1911.
She shot my .40 Glock and thought it was a pos next to my 1911.
But I think she would LIke it in the 1911
Yeah, we have the "safe approved list" which is the biggest freaking joke ever. Idiots.California sucks:mad3:
The gun she whants is not on the list.
That is true on the 9mm.If she can't get a .40 in a 1911 frame, she might want to try out a 1911 framed .45 with lighter loads. It would still give her the feel she wants without the heavy recoil. That, or get a 9mm in the 1911 frame, which I wouldn't waste good money on.
Yeah, the alloy frame P13-45 is really light to carry, but it's a handful when it's time to get it done. I'm a big guy, so the carry weight is less of an issue, since it makes the recoil easier to deal with. I tend to like steel frames anyway.That is true on the 9mm.
We are in Butte and it is ez to get one
We are 4 hours from you north west.
She loves my Colt commander with lighter loads and she really whants my Smith & Wesson Performance Center 1911. But I dont whant to have to pay to give her one of my guns so I will try to see if we can find any thing on the list she likes. She hates lightweight pistols does not like the kick and recovery time.
I would but I have over 1,600 in one gun and that is my cheapest one. I just cant keep them stockYeah, the alloy frame P13-45 is really light to carry, but it's a handful when it's time to get it done. I'm a big guy, so the carry weight is less of an issue, since it makes the recoil easier to deal with. I tend to like steel frames anyway.
What you might consider doing is giving her one of your guns since she can try a few and get comfortable with one, and you can turn around and buy a new piece, maybe something with a nice trigger job, some custom work, etc... She probably even knows what she wants already.
You can take the $1500 that's allotted to her project, add a few more bucks and get yourself something really nice. Maybe a sweet Wilson or something...
For the guy who has everything and a bank account to match...
Because a mouth breathing trial lawyer will use that against you in a civil court arguing that you specifically designed a load to kill.Thread hijack!!
From a non-reloading, new gun owner- why not carry handloads for self defense? Are they not as good as factory?
Because a mouth breathing trial lawyer will use that against you in a civil court arguing that you specifically designed a load to kill.
A .45 in a 1911 is not hard to handle IMO and a .40 S&W is a snappy round unless you carry it in a heavy gun. JMO