I will have a few choice comments at the end of this piece, but enjoy, I received¬†this via an email from a friend that really likes the .45ACP too. Thanks Bob!
The Gospel according to John M. Browning
1 In the beginning was the 1911, and the 1911 was THE pistol, and it was good. And behold the Lord said, “Thou shalt not muck with my disciple John’s design for it is good and it workith. For John made the 1911, and lo all of his weapons, from the designs which I, the Lord, gave him upon the mountain.”
2 “And shouldst thou muck with it, and hang all manner of foul implements upon it, and profane its internal parts, thou shalt surely have malfunctions, and in the midst of battle thou shalt surely come to harm.”
3 And as the ages passed men in their ignorance and arrogance didst forget the word of the Lord and began to profane the 1911. The tribe of the gamesman did place recoil spring guides and extended slide releases upon the 1911 and their metal smiths didst tighten the tolerances and alter parts to their liking, their clearness of mind being clouded by lust.
4 Their artisans did hang all manner of foul implements upon the 1911 and did so alter it that it became impractical to purchase. For lo, the artisans didst charge a great tax upon the purchasers of the 1911 so that the lowly field worker could not afford one. And the profaning of the internal parts didst render it unworkable when the dust of the land fell upon it.
5 And lo, they didst install adjustable sights, which are an abomination unto the Lord. For they doth break and lose their zero when thou dost need true aim. And those who have done so will be slain in great numbers by their enemies in the great battle.
6 And it came to pass that the Lord didst see the abomination wrought by man and didst cause, as he had warned, fearful malfunctions to come upon the abominations and upon the artisans who thought they could do no wrong.
7 Seeing the malfunctions and the confusion of men, the lord of the underworld did see an opportunity to further ensnare man and didst bring forth pistols made of plastic, whose form was such that they looked and felt like a brick, yet the eyes of man being clouded, they were consumed by the plastic pistol and did buy vast quantities of them.
8 And being a deceitful spirit the lord of the underworld did make these plastic pistols unamenable to the artisans of earth and they were unable to muck much with the design, and lo these pistols did appear to function.
9 And the evil one also brought forth pistols in which the trigger didst both cock and fire them and which require a “dingus” to make them appear safe.
10 But man being stupid did not understand these new pistols and didst proceed to shoot themselves with the plastic pistol and with the trigger cocking pistols for lo their manual of arms required great intelligence which man had long since forsaken. Yet man continue to gloat over these new pistols blaming evil forces for the negligent discharges which they themselves had committed.
11 And when man had been totally ensnared with the plastic pistol, the lord of the underworld didst cause a plague of the terrible Ka-Boom to descend upon man and the plastic pistols delivered their retribution upon men. And there was a great wailing and gnashing of teeth in the land.
12 Then seeing that the eyes of man were slowly being opened and that man was truly sorrowful for his sinful misdeeds, the Lord did send his messengers in the form of artisans who did hear and obey the teachings of the prophet and who didst restore the profaned 1911s to their proper configuration, and lo, to the amazement of men they didst begin to work as the prophet had intended.
13 And the men of the land didst drive out the charlatans and profaners from the land, and there was joy and peace in the land, except for the evil spirits which tried occasionally to prey on the men and women of the land and who were sent to the place of eternal damnation by the followers of John.
In it’s day, in it’s original configuration, the 1911 was a LOOSE rattle-trap that was not too much more than an inaccurate¬†*lead chunker*. And I know that someone is going to say it, and it’s true, the old 1911 would FIRE, every time, on that you could rely. You may not hit a damned thing, unless you were relatively close to it, but the gun would go off when you pulled the trigger.
But if you DID hit something, like for instance,¬†a human body, that body was going DOWN!
I have owned several 1911’s over the years, and I am a 1911 purist, if it’s not a COLT, it’s not a REAL 1911…that’s just me. I love the .45 and have since I was about 18 years old, that’s 40 years now. I still love a 1911, particularly a Mark IV Series 70, and I would love to have another one just for grins, but I would NEVER carry it for serious business.
The above article¬†makes fun of the *plastic pistols*, and if they’re talking about a Glock *spit spit* I would have to agree, it looks like a brick and feels totally unnatural in the hand, but here’s the truth regarding the 1911 and modern .45 caliber pistols.
Lets do the math…
A normal 1911 carries 8 rounds, 7 in the magazine (some¬†folks call it a clip) and 1 round in the chamber, for a total of 8 rounds. I carried one for years, back when all of my buddies were carrying .357 Magnums. I felt I was much better armed because I carried a pistol that had 8 rounds in it as opposed to their 6 rounds,¬†AND I had 2 magazines as a backup.
I carried a total of 22 rounds of .45ACP¬†on my belt and I felt invincible!
Today I carry a Springfield XD-45 Tactical with 13 rounds in the magazine and 1 round in the chamber, for a total of 14 rounds.¬† With¬†the two 13 round magazines I¬†carry as backup I have 40 rounds at my immediate disposal, in a Springfield XD Series pistol.
Now I know, some folks are going to say, “But Fred, there are some¬†Hi-Capacity 1911’s out there” and they are what I like to call, WRONG, at least in MY opinion.
There are 1911 *knock-offs* out there that are Hi-Capacity guns. Remember, I said earlier that I’m a 1911 PURIST! ūüėõ
The best thing that came out of the 1911 was the round itself.
Many guns today are chambered for the venerable, and powerful .45ACP. The Thompson Submachine Gun is a testament to the .45 round, it’s what the Tommy Gun ate for lunch!
Today there are MANY handguns on the market chambered for the .45ACP, and most guys that actually shoot a .45 have their personal preference and I’m not going to knock them, even if it is a Glock *spit spit*,¬†but I have to say, as long as it’s a Hi-Capacity gun, as long as YOU are comfortable with it, and proficient, it doesn’t really matter what the *make* of the gun is, as long as it goes BANG every time your booger¬†hook hits the boom switch.
Just be sure¬†that whatever gun you choose is¬†of such a HIGH QUALITY that you’d bet your life on it, because that is exactly what you’re doing.