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Hi all, I'm new to this forum. Tried searching for the answer to my question; didn't find it. But that may be because this forum is HUGE and has so many posts (congrats to the folks who run it!).

I recently got the chance to put 50 rounds through a friend's 1911. And I love it! Much more accurate than the "old" 40 caliber I have (of another brand), even despite my aging, slightly shaky hands and eyes (the latter not shaky). Better balanced in my hand, and much less recoil! So I'm thinking of getting a Taurus 1911 for my daily needs.

He has the 9 mm; but I'm a "bigger is better" kinda guy. Being a Texas resident doesn't help ;) And, seeing that the .45 is (on average) a hundred bucks cheaper makes me want to go with the .45 as well.

Has anyone here ever tried both 9 mm and .45? If so, what is your impression about accuracy and recoil between the two?

Thanks in advance,

Erik

(oh, and my username was chosen after watching two Progressive commercials, to get the registration security code - Flo rocks! :rock: )
 

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I like and own the PT1911 in .45. Recoil is there, but not bad at all. My bosses sig 9mm has a lot more kick.

I like the bigger hole a .45 makes.
 

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For carry, I would go with a 45. It is far more expensive to shoot. It has more recoil. But it is the full 1911 experience. For a range gun, the 9mm will be less expensive to shoot. I would at least want one of each.

I personally have 2 1911 45s. I now am starting to look for a 9mm. Mostly for range use though. I think they make a great sharpshooter. Full size 9mm 1911s are soft shooting. I don't have any real experience with Taurus 1911s. So I can't address that. And, I will not repeat what I hear people say.

There are loads of choices out there. I would examine all the possibilities before pulling the trigger.
 

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I prefer 9mm for targets but would never buy a taurus I would be looking at the Springfield range officer. You get much better quality for not much more money! Taurus is notoriously problematic and has a low quality standard. If you do some research on this forum you will find many complaints about the Taurus 1911s. Just my 2 cents. Springfield also has lifetime warranty with much better customer service.
 

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Don't buy a Taurus mail order. You have to be able to pick it up and play with it. A good Taurus is a good gun. Some are not that good.
 

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It's much easier to buy something that doesn't have hit or miss quality than find a descent Taurus! Especially if you not well versed on what your looking for. Just buy a range officer and you will be a happy camper.
 

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I think any production gun can be hit or miss. I examined a RO a week ago at Cabelas that wouldn't reliably fire the trigger. I wouldn't have bought it. That was when the grip safety was pressed separately. Any brand is prone to problems.
 

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Felt recoil is mainly determined by the shooters recoil management/grip abilities...

That said, a full size 1911 in 9mm will have considerable less felt recoil than a full size in 45 with both shooting full power factory ammo...
 

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Recoil in a .45 ACP is not a problem.

Personally, I believe the 9 mm to be a significantly less effective round. {Not trying to start another caliber war.} Others feel differently.

There are some great 1911's out there right now.
 

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As close as I can come to apples to apples are my SA ROs. I have them in 45ACP and 9mm (9x19). I do not think the 45 recoils much, esp in a 5 inch all steel gun. The 9mm for me one step above a .22 conversion unit on one of these. Almost no recoil. I have not tested them on the same day for groups at say 25 yards, but they are close. For holes in paper the .45 makes bigger ones but both make about the same size groups for me.

 

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If it is your first 1911, get a 45. Taurus is a good bang for the buck. I got one for $419 a few months ago.
 

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9mm fullsize is the way to go for me
 

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I owned a great lil Armscor Citadel fs 1911 9mm. And now a fs Taurus 1911 45. Recoil is slightly more on the 45 I have a greater not by much though hit ratio with the 9mm. If you go with any tactical version ie Novak style raised sights compared to GI sights it will certainley help your acuracy imo. I sugest shoot both ar the very least hold both side by side I beileve the 9 is a hair thinner and really is a pussycat to shoot. If you are a chronic shooter that 100$ diffrence is offset by the cost of ammo at least the ammo I buy.
 

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I have both the .45 and 9mm. Shot the .45 for many years and would still be shooting it except for the darned arthritis in my hands. It got to the point where the recoil hurt so much it just wasn't any fun to shoot anymore. That's why I got the 9, and shooting is a pleasure once again.
 

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I prefer 9mm for targets but would never buy a taurus I would be looking at the Springfield range officer. You get much better quality for not much more money! Taurus is notoriously problematic and has a low quality standard. If you do some research on this forum you will find many complaints about the Taurus 1911s. Just my 2 cents. Springfield also has lifetime warranty with much better customer service.
spoken like someone that has never actually fired one and decided to come into a taurus forum just to bad mouth them.

if you look at the dates of the bad pt1911 reviews, they are all 2011 and older. any newer reviews are very favourable. you will also find a lot of people on here saying how much they love their taurus (me included).

to the OP, dont listen to the gun snobs who think anything less than 1k is too cheap. the taurus is a rippin gun for the money.

and i just now notice that this is a ressurected old thread.
 

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9mm or .45

I've had both & I got rid of my 9mm. To me the 9mm just shoots unnaturally to me. I don't like the POP it has when recoiling, plus it takes more to get it back on target. I've had 2 .45's now & I just love the caliber. To me the FELT recoil is a lot more genital or softer. It pushes the arm back with a little muzzle rise that makes it more accurate & quicker to get back on target. Plus like you I like bigger. And I like the big hole. My step son, whom I taught to shoot (I used to be a firearm instructor in the U.S.A.F.) & I bought him a 9mm. I'm sorry I don't like the 9mm caliber. I can't shoot it as accurately a the .45.
Also I'm 61. But get what you want.
 
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