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Well after running a 9mm 1911 I get it now. I get why some want a 1911, but in 9mm.

I got to run my buddy's Tisas Bantam 9mm and my .45 Bantam back to back today using 124gr ball vs. 230gr ball. Being the exact same model really showed the differences! The 9mm shot so soft, even in a lightweight commander frame. Then the .45 right after is a whole lot more snap and recoil. It was pretty easy to get on target for fast repeats with the 9mm, where I have to obviously hold a bit tighter with my left hand for the. 45 to get back.

Then for some real fun I ran a couple mags of the hot Underwood Xtreme Defender 135gr .45 and that stuff snaps pretty sharply 😍 and makes the 9mm feel like a .380

Anyways, I have no plans to dump the .45 but I certainly think I will have a 9mm 1911 at some point. Something about the way the .45 shoots just feels awesome. But I do get the 9mm, it is just damned easy to shoot in the 1911 chassis.
 

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I've got a Springfield Armory TRP Operator 1/2 rail in .45 and a Dan Wesson Specialist Commander in 9mm to compare near apples to apples. The Specialist Commander balances so well and the recoil is so light in comparison to the full sized .45. I like the .45...but I REALLY like the 9mm. I was also able to hit steel targets intended for rifles at 98 yards (lased) about 50% of the time with the Specialist. I never would have guessed that possible for me. It's absolutely awesome what I'm discovering about the Specialist.
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I have both ,but to be honest I shoot the 9’s more often. I love the 1911 platform but the pro’s at the range make it better suited for that . Hey nothing has better stopping power on two legged animals better then a .45 acp …but punching paper is whole different thing .
 

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Two of my 1911's are Garrison 9&45. While I enjoy them both the 9mm is my favorite to shoot at the range. When I shoot several rounds through my .45/10mm my older finger joints let me know the next day or two. However I do love the feel of the gun when the .45 is sent down range.
 
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I had a Springfield chambered in 45 and I barely shot it, that was back when 45 was much cheaper. I didn't care for it so I sold it and got a DW Guardian in 9mm. Completely changed the game for me for 1911 pistols. Now I got a NC on order chambered in 9mm. I think eventually I might try a 38 Super but for now, 9mm is staying for range and self defense for me. Not to mention there are SO many different types of 9mm rounds compared to 45. I think the surge in popularity of 9mm 1911s is going to keep this fantastic century old design around for the newer generation of shooters.
 

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I love me some 1911s of any caliber…full size…preferably in .45.

But, I love my 9mm SA Loaded in as well. Fun, easy gun to shoot, tack driver and I can shoot many hundreds of rounds thru it at a time with no issues…and it is way cheaper to feed. I always have both calibers at the range just because I can!
 

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Well after running a 9mm 1911 I get it now. I get why some want a 1911, but in 9m

Anyways, I have no plans to dump the .45 but I certainly think I will have a 9mm 1911 at some point. Something about the way the .45 shoots just feels awesome. But I do get the 9mm, it is just damned easy to shoot in the 1911 chassis.
1911s were designed for 45acp, I'll stick with them.
If you like the 9x19 in a 1911, try 9x23SR (.38 Super Auto). It was designed for use in the 1911 and is an excellent cartridge with a little more ooomph than 9mm. It feeds much better with Super Comp brass, which decreased the rim size to that of 9mm, so it headspaces off the case mouth. At any rate, recoil in a full-size 1911 is like 9mm in a compact pistol, maybe even better.

Not saying to ditch the .45, just have more options available. I have 1911's in 5 different chamberings and they're all great.
 

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My brother has a Sig P320 X-Five Legion, the one with Tungsten fused in the polymer frame. We shot them side by side with my Sig P320 M18.

While the X-Five Legion is more expensive and you can more attention to detail and quality went into the pistol than the M18 configuration, its also larger, heavier, but well balanced. The big difference was the amount muzzle flip, the X-Five with the greater weight and better balance and perhaps some other modifications was super stable, barely any muzzle flip as it cycled.

But at the cost of being heavier and larger than necessary to fire and carry the same rounds and quantity.

Never shot a 9mm 1911, but I'm assuming the same thing. Great characteristics, but at the cost of being bigger and heavier than needed for the round and it carries less rounds than a similar 9mm pistol.
 

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Still a .45 guy but I really do like my 1911’s and 1911ish 9mm guns. If I’m going to have a long range session with over 300 rounds, the 9mm wins out. If my arthritis is acting up, the 9mm wins out. If I just want an easy range day, the 9mm wins out.

My Wilson CQB Commander is about four years old now and has almost 15,000 trouble free rounds through it.

Still carry a .45 1911 about 95% of the time but know someday it will be replaced with a 9mm and my brain knows that there is not that much difference if any. My heart has not yet accepted that.
 

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So thinking the physics here, 9mm and .45 ACP have close to the same kinetic energy. If anything 9mm has a little more Kinetic Energy than .45ACP. 9mm being much higher velocity, .45ACP being much higher mass.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, so why does 9mm have less kick than .45ACP?
 
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