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Dunno, I'd think the same logic would apply to a 1911 in 9mm as a Sig P210 in 9mm. Why a low capacity 9 when there are hi cap 9's?

Here since 9's are the choice of most everyone, and ammo if available is pricey... 45 ammo is more plentiful and it makes a bigger hole.
 

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I have been shooting 1911's now for just over 30 years. When I started I wouldnt have even considered and didnt consider 9mm 1911's, though I am sorry I didnt pick up a few of the Colt 9's that I saw along the way now - would be great base guns.

If you only have one, one to start with, I would go with a .45 - if you are recoil sensitive shoot 185's or 200 grains.

When you add more to the stable add a 9, the 9's are truly soft shooting and fun. However living in the free states if I was going to do a 9mm I would get a 2011 and pick up a STI
 

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Thanks for all the advice! Ended up going with a DW Specialist in .45. I liked the minimalist rail and magwell plus fit and finish. First change will probably be a thicker grip as 1911s feel a bit narrow in my hand. First takedown and cleanup was uneventful with help from YouTube. First range visit was good with groupings going a bit left due to inexperience with a new trigger. All told, I LOVE IT and pretty sure it won't be my last.
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Thanks for all the advice! Ended up going with a DW Specialist in .45. I liked the minimalist rail and magwell plus fit and finish. First change will probably be a thicker grip as 1911s feel a bit narrow in my hand. First takedown and cleanup was uneventful with help from YouTube. First range visit was good with groupings going a bit left due to inexperience with a new trigger. All told, I LOVE IT and pretty sure it won't be my last.

Great choice. My 1911s are in .45 ACP and 10mm.
 
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I have a few handguns - most in 9mm. I have always wanted a 1911 but was not excited about building a new stockpile of .45 ACP ammo. These days that could easily double the cost of the gun itself - if you can even find ammo. Do you 1911 folks think its essential to have your first (and perhaps only) in .45 or is the 9mm version just as much fun? Is .45 ACP even available? I haven't seen much here in NC. I'm interested in your advice.

For those who say just get both, I probably will eventually. But which one first? Thanks!
45acp or 10mm no question about it. Addicting yes.and yes.
 

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I have a few handguns - most in 9mm. I have always wanted a 1911 but was not excited about building a new stockpile of .45 ACP ammo. These days that could easily double the cost of the gun itself - if you can even find ammo. Do you 1911 folks think its essential to have your first (and perhaps only) in .45 or is the 9mm version just as much fun? Is .45 ACP even available? I haven't seen much here in NC. I'm interested in your advice.

For those who say just get both, I probably will eventually. But which one first? Thanks!
Most of my pistols are 9mm. But my .45's are all 1911's. A 1911 in 9mm. Just doesn't sound right.
 

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All my 1911s are in 45 ACP, except for one in 10mm and one in 38 Super. My next one will be 38 super too. Eventually, I will get one in 357 Sig/40S&W. To each their own.
 

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My earlier advice on considering buying a DW M1911a1 pistol was based on my Specialist:

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I see yours is a new one. How is the slide to frame fitting on your new pistol?

PM me of you dump those grips...
 

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Im 79 years old and my daily carry is a sig 1911 C3 in .45 ! most accurate gun ive had. for fun I have a GSG 1911 in 22lr very accurate and fun to shoot. also have a sig 556 AR just in case. Right now ammo is no problem in Texas Academy has a lot at resonable price. $17.99 for 9mm and $26.99 for .45 box of 50. also lots of cheap 22 !!
 

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I have a 1911 Nightmare and a P220 both in. 45 and like others have said after shooting these the 9mm recoil is almost non existent. I use my .45s as "cross trainers" to help improve speed and recoil management, and follow up shot acquisition for the 9mm. Not to say training with the 9mm isn't important but shooting a .45 definitely has helped me.
 
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