Posted on 06/20/2022 at 03:12 PM by The Biker Lawyers

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Glock V. 1911- Controversy is brewing in this week's blog

In the last blog and video, Adam from Midwest shooting showed me some options for guns I might want to purchase given my desire to become more familiar and comfortable with weapons. 

Then the blog went live and OH BROTHER, did I get comments. 

Thank you. Everyone was very helpful and hearing from those who have been around guns since childhood, made me appreciate all the thoughtful input. 

Two things were by far the most commented on, and not only were they the most common responses but they fell into two camps with each feeling they were absolutely correct, held the moral high ground, and I shouldn’t consider any other opinions.

It was like talking to a metal head-- “…only the music I like is any good and everything else might as well be Nickelback!” 

The Great Glock VS 1911 Controversy

The Great Glock VS 1911 Controversy was on full display in comments and the numerous private messages I received.

The Glock Crowd

I got so many comments which I will paraphrase here.

  • “There is only one 9mm platform and it’s the Glock, and I can’t believe you didn’t even demo that in your video,”
  • “Dude! Where’s the Glock?”  
  • “You bastard! How much are the 1911 guys paying you?”
  • “Midwest shooting must be getting kickbacks from Kimber!”
  • “Your 'salesman' Adam didn’t show you a Glock – shameful”

The Kimber Crowd

They were a little more positive.  

  • “1911, the only handgun you ever need”
  • “Can’t go wrong with a gun that was in the Spanish American War”
  • “Glocks are ugly plastic crap”.

You get the idea.

"Suddenly, I found myself embroiled in a controversy I didn’t know even existed! So, in the spirit of experimentation and in the name of justice, I set out to settle the debate… once and for all."

In the new video, I changed course a little and decided to try three guns to see which I liked best and could shoot the most accurately. 

I chose a .22 caliber Smith and Wesson Victory, and two 9mm:  The Glock and Kimber 1911

And at the end of the video, I settle the Glock vs 9mm debate by declaring a winner which will be fiercely discussed and dismissed because I’ve only shot each of these guns for the first time and as we all know am a complete neophyte in this world.

In reality, I probably know more about the inner working of the bivalve scallop than I do handguns but that will not stop me from declaring a winner at the end of the video. Yes, you read correctly the headline in Guns and Owners Magazine will read: “RADIO DJ SETTLES THE GLOCK VS 1911 DEBATE”.

In the video Levi, one of the excellent staff at Midwest Shooting in Hiawatha, Iowa, took me to the range, gave me instructions on each weapon, and then cut me loose by emptying one clip (sorry, magazine) from each weapon into my paper assailant. 

As always with Midwest, there’s lots of instruction with every interaction which I not only appreciate but learn from every time. So, here’s a rundown of my what I took to the range (in the order I shot them in the video): 

The SW22 VICTORY

Image of a Smith & Wesson 22 Victory handgun and a target with bullet holes.

The SW22 VICTORY® is constructed on a single-action, enclosed hammer-fired, blowback semi-automatic design. Chambered in .22 LR, the SW22 Victory comes highly featured with innovative design qualities that include a match-grade, interchangeable barrel for superb accuracy on the range or in the field along with a simple one-screw takedown design.

The pistol’s high-end features, modern styling, and enriched functionality place the SW22 Victory in its own category with an affordable price to match.

The Glock 17 Gen 5 9mm

Image of a Glock 17 Gen 5 9mm pistol, ammunition, and a target.

The new frame design of the GLOCK 17 Gen5 removed the finger grooves for more versatility but still allows to easily customize its grip by using the different back straps. A flared mag-well and a cutout at the front of the frame give the user more speed during reloading when fractions of a second matter. A reversible enlarged magazine catch, changeable at user level as well as the ambidextrous slide stop lever accommodate left and right-handed operators. The rifling and the crown of the barrel were slightly modified for increased precision.

Kimber Custom Stainless II 9mm

Image of a Kimber Custom Stainless II 9mm pistol, ammo, and a target.

Kimber® has gained a solid reputation for manufacturing highly accurate M1911-style pistols, offered with a wide range of custom features direct from the factory. The full-sized Stainless II Semi-Auto Pistol is designed for field carry or personal defense with performance-enhancing features for enhanced accuracy and ultra-reliability.

  • A match-grade barrel, fitted to the slide with a match-grade stainless steel bushing produces incredibly consistent accuracy.
  • A full-length, steel guide rod ensures reliability.
  • Satin silver finished stainless steel slide and frame resist corrosion from carrying the pistol in a holster daily or exposure to the elements.
  • Front and rear cocking serrations facilitate loading and clearing the weapon.
  • An extended beavertail grip safety protects the hammer when carrying the weapon cocked and locked while minimizing hammer-bite to the web of the shooter's hand while firing.
  • Checkered synthetic grip panels and a checkered main spring housing provide a solid, non-slip hold.

The Undisputable Winner of the Glock Vs. 1911 Debate is...

Bottom line: I did equally well with all three platforms, but which did I like best?  Well, Levi seems to think my decision will be quite controversial. Watch the video to find out then let me know in the comments your thoughts. I’m looking forward to furthering the discussion!


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Comments
As always there will be different opinions. They best firearm is the one you have when you need it. Be safe, enjoy, and welcome to the addiction.
Joe Heck | 06/23/2022 at 06:58 AM
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