easy to use and not really that hard to care for. I've owned my own and carried on duty for nearly 20 years. I've recently decided to purchase a 1911a1 and probably build one too. They were still being used when I was in the ARMY in the 80s and I grew attached to it then.
id take a 1911 over a glock any day! there isnt even a question in my mind. glocks are great when you have armorers around to do rutine maintenance on them but if the springs break the whole gun goes bye bye.
I've been using glocks for several years and haven't had one go down on me. The only maintenance has been regular cleaining and changing out the triggers. I'm not saying they are the best, I'm saying they are easy to use and maintain and they are very dependable.
On the flipside, if you would put a Glock and a 1911 in front of me I'd go with the 1911. The 1911 is a time and war proven design. You can compensate for the lack of firepower by carrying 10 round mags and learning to reload proficiently.
a sidearm is never a substitute for a good primary firearm though. it's a minor pet peeve of mine when i see all these zombie enthusists saying that they're first and only choice for a weapon is a handgun. once again pretending to be some movie superhero.
i'm not saying a sidearm in't vital. but they have a very specific and limited purposes as to when you should opt to use them.
1. cramped conditions (tunnels, indoors is not cramped unless you have a bolt action rifle)
2. if you drop your primary
3. if you are having to fight your way BACK to your primary.
4. hostile reload situations. (pulling a sidearm is always faster than reloading a primary)
those are the main reasons. but this doesn't constitute reason to carry them as your main form of defense. they are extremely limiting to your capabilities
1. sidearms have very little range, the majority of threatened combat shots with them being effective only within 30-50ft past that, you better be one hell of a shot to consider yourself effective.
2. the ammo is very heavy. a .45 caliber bullet wieghs more than a .223 rifle round
3.magazines are rarely interchangeable, even among the same calibers. this can somewhat be said for semi-automatic rifles as well, though the shear amount of magazine fed rifles is considerably less in number than the different types of sidearm. and many of those rifles will share generic magazines, such as the ar-15
with all that being said though, understand that i carry my sigpro 2340 religiously, and i'd never leave it behind. but it will always be a secondary weapon.
(btw, this doesn't apply to anyone in particular, i am just ranting and didn't wanna reply to the origional post)