i wouldn't if you are considering it as a carry gun. now if it was just for the range, i might. i believe a carry weapon that isnt a mouse gun(and i don't really recommend them unless that's all yourcomfortable with) should carry 10 rounds atleast.
before i get a lot of replies saying that you shouldnt need more then the 8 round mag that the 1911 have if you know how to use it, this is my reasoning. iread over this study a guninstruder got from the fbi.it showed thattheaverageamounts of shootsused before the assailant ceased to be a threat wasinbetween3 to 4 shots. ( forget what the tenth ofa percent was on it.) and if your assailants on drugs it been recordedof officersputing whole clips into a person and not stoping them.
and after you think of that, you have to think what if its a group like 3assailants. if the average is in between 3 to 4 shots. that means you only have enough for 2 ppl. and that's if you make every shot. if you miss 1 shot you beter hope your closer to the 3 shoots then the 4 shoots to end the threat.
Thats my 2 cents worth
The FBI huh?
Im sure they took and evaluated shootings from police departments all over the country...which would be a pool of data filled largely with 9mm .40 .45 fired from Glocks, S&Ws, XDs, Berettas, and countless others
and also alot of police officers pulling the triggers...some of the officers ive met have been amazing shooters but most have been just good enough at the qual to be able to even carry a gun...and If you ask them how often they shoot they will pretty much out right tell you that they shoot as often as there department requires them to. (Which isnt much at all)
and if you ask them about there gun you might as well be asking about quantum physics..they more than often wont know @#$%.
most of them (in my experiences) have become police officers for the work its self and the contribution they are able to make...they whernt looking to become ace shooters
so what do we have here...
conclusions drawn from a pool of data filled with every caliber under the sun, every gun make and model, and a Extremely mixed skill leveled shooters...
To condemn a single pistol design based on that kind of study seems...ridiculous
the 1911 is what it is...nothing more and nothing less.
and what it is, is a highly accurate, hard hitting and outstandingly durable design
If your a solid shooter that is willing to invest the time and training with a 1911, the 1911 is DEVASTATING...
If your skilled with it, then the 1911 will allow you to dependably put heavy and hard hitting rounds exactly where you need to with the quickness in a way any other pistol design will have trouble comparing.
but on the other side, because of the 1911s weight, size, and relatively low on board capacity... if your inexperienced, clumsy or just not that good of a shooter...then the 1911 might as well be a brick.
While I have no problem with Glocks, XDs or anything else along those lines...
for you to claim that a 1911 comes up short as a self defense pistol will leave you in a nice position to get disagreed with
I could post quotes like this all day....
"The 1911 was the design given by God to us through John M. Browning that represents the epitome of what
a killing tool needs to be. It was true in 1911 and is true now" - Colonel Robert J. Coates, USMC
CLINT SMITH ON THE 1911
“The 1911 remains popular because it’s an efficient tool. In more than 30 years of experience,
I’ve met more competent, serious gunmen who carry 1911’s than those who pack any other handgun.
They are professionals – policemen, government agents and others who carry handguns daily because
the know their live may depend on it…Me? I’ve carried a 1911 every single day for the past 20 years. "