The Case for Two 1911s

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    If John Moses Browning's Model handgun of 1911 is perhaps now an icon, today made by Springfield Armory, would it be OK to have more than one? Does Sterling Archer own a turtleneck? Of course! We give you the reasons why.

    Commonality of parts

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    So you have two handguns in your life, why should both of them be Springfield 1911's? One of the most important reasons we can think of is interchangeability of parts. The 51-ish parts of the design are some of the most common in all of pistol-dom. The odds of being able to find a recoil spring for a 1911 style pistol in just about any gunshop, parts house, or man junk drawer across the country are much higher than that for just about any other gun, period.

    This means that if you have a pair of Springers, a decent spare parts cache, extra grip panels, and supply of magazines, you can swap around and keep these two pistols going for less than just about any other two guns on the planet.

    Streamlining of training

    If you have a pair of 1911s, this enables you to 'preposition' guns in your life. For instance, you can have a dedicated 'house' gun that stays in the nightstand, gun safe, or closet, ready to go for those things that go bump. All this is while your second gun is your 'everyday carry' or 'car' gun that accompanies you on road trips or out in public.

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    Practicing and shooting on the range with either, provided they are the same basic platform, is practicing with both. Every round spent in lead equity learning the gun is multiplied and shared with that second one, no matter whether it is on loan to a friend or family member, locked away at the camp, or in a safe somewhere.

    Of course, this doesn't mean that you should not ever shoot the 'other' gun. Share the love and practice with both often. The muscle memory will help you regardless.

    The lighter side

    Then of course, there is always the fun side of life. Perhaps the only thing cooler than owning a nice 1911 is having two nice 1911s. This means that shoot-offs with friends and family at the range, if conducted in a safe manner, can be completely level.

    What is fairer than shooting side by side with what is essentially the same gun? In some situations that means the best shooter is not necessarily the one with the most smack to talk, but the one who handles their pistol most effectively.

    And there is the inevitable dual-wield.

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    (You see that smirk at the end...they always do that)

    While not advocated as any sort of serious combat shooting, and it must be done with all the basic safety rules in mind, there is no more fun to be had on the range (short of being belt-fed) than in firing a pair of matched 1911's at a single target, 16 rounds out. This then opens the user to the swagger that is cowboy action shooting events that support 'Wild Bunch' style rigs.

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    Why not?


    Basic investment costs of a pair of entry-level Springfield Armory 1911s are about $1000 if you shop around. Add some aftermarket grip panels, Wilson or Chip McCormick combat mags, leather gear, etc. and you are pushing $1250 fast.

    Of course you can always just get a single 1911 and trick it out for just over half as much (remember than commonality of parts!), then spend the change on a second handgun that is very different.

    To each their own.

    As long as it's a single-action 7-shot .45ACP pistol with a five-inch barrel and "Genesco, IL" marked on the side, then what's the harm?

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