Debate It: Glock 17 Gun vs. Old School 1911A1 (Which Is the Best)?

Kyle Mizokami

Kyle Mizokami

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Debate It: Glock 17 Gun vs. Old School 1911A1 (Which Is the Best)?

The Glock was one of the first “Wonder Nines,” a term used to describe high-capacity nine millimeter Luger semiautomatic pistols that became popular in the 1980s.

Over the past hundred years there have been two guns that have defined semiautomatic pistols in the United States. The Colt M1911A1, now popularly known as the 1911, and the Glock 17, which were designed seventy years apart and each dominated the market for decades that followed. Both are still popular handguns in a market crowded with choices, and both still have a loyal, enduring following. What makes each gun different and unique from the other?

(This first appeared last year.)

The 1911 handgun was originally designed by prolific firearms inventor John Moses Browning to utilize the heavier .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) round. The 1911 included a number of innovations that were later incorporated into other pistols—including the Glock 17—such as Browning’s short recoil locked breech operating system, which made the use of heavier calibers possible in a relatively small and lightweight package. The large 230 grain .45 ACP round imparts more energy in foot pounds against the target than other contemporary rounds at the time of its introduction and still today. Internally the 1911 was a straightforward design for its time but today is regarded as relatively complicated.

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