Daily Archives: February 25, 2019

Caliber Wars are Over the 9mm won! Long Live The .45 ACP! Wait, What?!

I’ve been trying to like the 9mm for the last 5 years the same goes for Glocks. Which I will say are well designed internally and a dream to work on. But both have been tried and found wanting.

Every time I’d hear someone expound on the benefits of a 9mm as a cartridge it sounded like they were trying to convince themselves they made the right choice. Maybe they have with all the advances in bullet construction, but if something goes wrong and the bullet doesn’t work as advertised you’re to the 9mm of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. No I would feel more confident with something designed to work no matter what and for that there is no other choice than the .45 ACP.

The Glock family of pistols are a dream to work on. You need very few tools and they’re easy to disassemble, reassemble and no hand fitting of parts. That’s the good thing about them. The bad thing is Gaston seems to have taken his idea of ergonomics from a lumber yard. Sure, you might be able to fix that with a grip mod, but you risk ruining your gun or paying the price all over again for a professional grip modification. If you like the Glock grip good for you, me I want something else.

For a time I debated going back to the 1911. I have a Colt CCO that is a great concealed carry piece and the 1911s ergonomics are excellent. At the same time that gun is a 1st generation CCO which means it’s collectible and similar models hit 4 figure price tag with ease. So that was out.

The most amusing thing is that in making my choice I actually came back to what I was considering five years ago when I picked up the Glock 19. I’ll discuss that choice tomorrow.