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Post by lanjo on 6/29/2019, 9:42 pm

Hi All,

I was wondering what would be a good set-up for a home defense 1911 pistol.  I was thinking of getting a RO and have a gun smith work it over for reliability.  I don't think I would care at all about accuracy for a home defense gun. I like the Colt Special Combat guns but they are pricy.  Too pricy for a pistol that will sit in a rapid access safe hopefully never to be used.

Best,

Joe

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Post by Wobbley on 6/29/2019, 11:23 pm

While I like the 1911 a lot, I’m not sure I’d opt for a 1911 for home defense. I’d opt for a more modern design with a double stack magazine and in 9mm. M&P, Springfield XDM, Glock and a host of others. Remember, that if you use it, there is a large probability that the police will impound it until the forensics are done with it. You may have difficulty getting it back.
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Post by inthebeech on 6/30/2019, 5:08 am

I had an honest self-evaluation over this and had to admit that I can not imagine how much stress the actual confrontation will probably cause and concluded that I shouldn't have anything in my biometric safe but the tried and true S&W model 36.  Capacity be damned.  I am as much of a gun nut as the next guy but this time, being honest with myself was a necessity.  Just my $.02.
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Post by Tim:H11 on 6/30/2019, 6:04 am

For an auto I’d go with an M&P or CZ 75 variant. I lean more towards CZ 75 stuff. First shot being double action and all. That being said I carry a S&W 36 or sometimes a Colt Agent. 

A 1911 is nice and certainly capable. But I would go commander over full size, 9mm, an extended mag to get a plus one or two more rounds, and a long (really long) roll trigger around 4.5 to 5 pounds for safety reasons. I would also consider an inexpensive manufacturer like rock island so that you can keep the cost down since you’re considering having a smith work it over. Plus if something does ever happen and the gun is taken for evidence and becomes troublesome getting it back you’re not a ton of money. Defense guns have to be reliable but I wouldn’t sink a lot of money into one.
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Post by Axehandle on 6/30/2019, 6:31 am

My home handguns work like my Wife and Daughter's carry guns.  Means Glock here.  For me the Glock is good to have close but first up is a 14 inch 12 gauge.
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Post by dronning on 6/30/2019, 6:42 am

+1 on the shotgun, I have a Benelli M4 for the house.

I took a 2 day personal defense course the instructor was a long time 1911 guy that changed over to striker fired pistols for self defense after seeing the much higher rate of failures (both operator & mechanical) with the 1911 platform in his classes.  At the time I took the class his top recommendations were the Springfiled XDm/XD and of course Glock.  I switched over to a 4.5" 9MM XDm for my main carry and a 3.8 9MM Compact XDm for when I am wearing clothes that don't conceal well.  Very happy with the decision.

If the gun is home defense only then consider the 5.25" Competition Series XDm, it is a very accurate gun and several people have made the President 100 with them.
- Dave
ps I use a 147 grain JHP (XTP) for my defensive round.
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