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I cannot speak for most people, only for myself. I use the 1911 for all of the above: carry, home defense, and target. It works great on knocking over those pesky bowling pins and it is also comforting to carry it.
 

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The reason I got a 1911: bullseye shooting. You can make a 1911 more accurate than any other .45. If I were getting a big handgun just to protect my home or some such thing, it would probably be something else (not that there's anything wrong with a 1911 for that purpose).
 

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Colt 1991A1 with night sights for uniform duty, i cary it most of the time off duty, and if i don't have it i have my my new colt comannder.

the 1911 just happens to be a "one style of gun for everything". i know that for some its not, but i'm glad it is for me.

russel the cop


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I shoot for medicinal reasons in addition to the more common reasons. I work with computers for 40 hours a week for the last two years. I started coming down with carpal tunnel syndrome. Since I started shooting my .45 at least once a week all symtoms have gone away. I call it my weekly .45 caliber massage.

[This message has been edited by Tagawichin (edited 11-01-2001).]
 

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I use mine for all of the above. For target shooting there is no better auto pistol. A finely tuned trigger in a 1911 is hard to beat. As a daily carry gun no pistol makes me feel as adequately armed as a full size 1911 (Baer TR Special). The same TR Special augments my 12ga as a home defense pistol.

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All my pistols are used for target shooting, including both 1911's.

For home defense, I like shotguns. They are big and easy to manipulate in the dark. They pack a huge wollop, and with the right loads, they rarely penetrate interior walls with enough force to significantly damage people on the other side.

My neighbor accidentally discharged his 1911 next door. The 230gr hydrashock went through his house and into mine. During its 25 yard flight, the bullet penetrated a door, two exterior, and two interior walls before lodging in a fifth wall. With liability issues these days, it gives a person something to think about, doesn't it.
 

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Bullseye shooting. The idea of a citizen carrying a handgun in Canada to anywhere but a range is almost laughable. We are also required to keep our guns locked up with the ammunition stored separately where it is not convenient to the gun. I do want to get into PPC down the road as an additional game to play, but I'll need a progressive press!
 

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I use 1911's for all three most of the time. I primarily carry 1911's, a 4 inch gun in summer, and a full size gun the rest of the time. House gun duties are shared, between 2 Kimber 1911's, an HK USP, and a Glock 21. And I like to "target" shoot with everything in the safe... lol
 
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