Which semi-auto pistol do you believe is the most practical for everyday general use?
Let me take this one step ferther!kansas45 said:I say it's the 1911.
Because...............................it's a 1911 :!: :-B-:
When I first started carrying I felt the same way about the 1911 and it being cocked and locked.glennc said:A hi-cap 9mm that's feels comfortable in your hand and has a reputation of reliability. Glock, XD's, S & W M&P...etc. I have owned 1911's but just did'nt feel comfortable carrying cocked & locked.
You are right on with those comments!32 Magnum said:Just to add my 2 cents, from my 48 years of experience with firearms (which in and of itself does not make me more qualified than anyone else, or my advice any better), and from having "broken-in" and started a fair number of people on the basics of handgun shooting. I've found that most average people (not usually those like us that have a deep and varied background in firearms and are regular haunters and contributors to sites, such as this one) do not spend alot of time practicing. From their "practical" standpoint they want something that is easy to bring into play, reliable and inexpensive to purchase, operate and feed on those several occasions per year when they "qualify" themselves with 50 to 100 rounds of informal shooting at a range. When you consider those needs and wants - the MOST practical for them would be something that does not require a lot of fiddling around with before you can pull the trigger and make it go bang. As has been written over and over - the easiest, safest and surest handgun, has to be a short barreled revolver, most likely in .38 SPL. You load it, you point it, you pull the trigger once, twice, three times, whatever it takes. The second easiest is a "safe-action" or double action only semi-auto. We all know that Glock started this trend and that there are now a couple dozen pistols that fill this bill. From this standpoint, I would say a 9mm is the most practical semi, followed by an equivalent model in .40S&W, which for some is a bit more of a handful. The large number of inexpensive .32 ACPs and .380 ACPs that are still sold is testament to the general publics needs/wants for a "gun" that is inexpensive, easy to operate and reliable. The worst thing you or I can do to a starting shooter is hand them something that deters from their enjoyment and/or encourage them to buy something beyond their needs and wants and in many cases ability or desire to learn to operate properly. When that occurs, the gun sits, unused by the confused or frustrated owner - nothing is gained but a gun sale by the dealer.
The 1911 is a wonderful implement and battle tested - but experience in combat showed the Gov't that the majority of personnel issued and expected to use the Gov't .45, really needed something easier to deploy, operate and shoot well/accurately...- hence the M-1 Carbine. To develop proficiency with a 1911 style pistol requires training and practice beyond most people's desired time alotment or attention span.
Most average people cannot, or simply will not spend enough time practicing with a handgun to become even remotely "proficient", with regards to LE or Military standards, and for them, KISS is the rule. Just my opinion, based upon experience.