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Posted: 1/13/2015 7:46:05 AM EST
If you own both would you choose the M&P or a cheap (SR1911) 1911? I am really looking hard at picking up a 45 to round out the collection a little and I was dead set on a 1911 until I fondled a few. I guess years of shooting Tupperware has made me prefer it?!

I was thinking that an m&p 45c with a apex kit would be a good shooter, be less finicky than a cheap 1911, and carry really well.


Link Posted: 1/13/2015 8:46:22 AM EST
I really like my 1911 but I've considered picking one up as well; hopefully you'll get some answers.
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 9:00:02 AM EST
i have both. i prefer the MP45. I seem to shoot it better than my ruger. easier to do reloads with the double stack. i got my trigger down to 3.5# so after the takeup it feels close to the 1911. can mount a light if needed. never had a hiccup with the MP. i shoot ball, HP and semi wadcutter with no issues. The frame to slide fit and some other stuff was not too good on my ruger. everyone said its a 650 gun so don't expect too much.
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 9:45:12 AM EST
1911's carry really well if weight isn't a concern, they're just so thin. If the grip is an issue, then I would pick the M&Pc over a commander 1911.

The M&P 45 with the Apex FSS has a trigger that feels like a Glock, but breaks like a 1911, with the ergonomics of the M&P.
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 10:13:36 AM EST
If the question is a carry .45, the M&P is a pretty good answer.
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 10:16:59 AM EST
I have owned 1911s made by Colt, S&W and Springfield. Only had trouble with one, a Springfield Loaded. I've owned two M&P .45s. Both had to go back to S&W for repairs (the dreaded "dead trigger" and a front sight fell off during the first magazine).

If you only want the pistol to round out a collection, go for a 1911. Nothing says American pistol like a 1911.

I have friends who own Rugers and like them. Also have a friend with a Springfield Range Officer and it has worked well for the year he has been shooting it.

If I were getting into the .45 game for a moderate cost, I'd go with the Ruger or the Ranger Officer. Or save up for a Colt. Prices of Colt pistols may fall like their AR prices.
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 10:21:14 AM EST
For a collection piece and nostalgia, 1911
For a serious use/carry gun, M&P + Apex
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 10:40:16 AM EST
Carry M&P
Range and precision shooting for sure the 1911 the trigger on the 1911 makes the M&P very shameful. Plus something about holding a piece of Cold Steel that is so old, so beautiful, and so magnificent ..... you just really need to shoot one to understand.
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 10:56:11 AM EST
MP45 shoots a lot softer than a 1911.
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 11:22:27 AM EST
Do the m&p with the full apex aluminum trigger.
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 12:30:05 PM EST
Had both, then traded in my M&P45 for a M&P 40(since you can swap in a 9mm barrel and are able to shoot both calibers on one frame).

CCW a Ruger sr1911 and it feels better than the M&P's do. I can deal with the heavier weight of my 1911 but the extra width of the M&P bothered me more. I have a stocky build at 5'10 and 240lbs so the 1911 fit my body type better.

I've put almost 1500 rounds through my Ruger sr1911 and the only issue I had straight out of the box was an extractor that wasn't tuned right. 30 mins later with a gunsmith friend and not a single hiccup since. I shoot a variety of ammo(ball and HP) and use several different mags from Wilson, Mecgar, and Chip. I swapped out the sights for a set of XS Big Dot sights becasue after a dozen eye surgeries, my eyes arent what they used to be.

From time to time, I do carry my M&P to keep myself familiar with how it feels and shoots but hands down, I prefer my 1911 over anything else. Not to say the M&P is a bad gun, because I love the one I have, but my 1911 just feels better all around to carry.

i will say that there is next to nothing when it comes to maintenance on an M&P when compared to a 1911. But if you dont mind the extra time and effort to learn how to care and maintain, then a 1911 is the way to go, imho. If weight is an issue, Ruger is coming out with an aluminum framed "light" model this year, and other companies have the same. I've never seen the point of ccw'ing a pistol with a weapon light attached. The added weight and dimensions of a weapon light attached just seem to make drawing from your holster slightly more complicated than it should be. If it were a pistol that you kept on your nightstand, then i can understand wanting a pistol with a light mount.
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 12:43:53 PM EST
I had a M&P 45 but because the trigger felt like it had a pound of gravel in it, its long gone....

Yet all my 1911's remain.....
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 4:04:28 PM EST
I love a nice 1911 but if my budget is under a $1000 I am going with the M&P Apex FSS aluminum and some good sights. The M&P .45 shoots very soft for what it is and it's not to much bigger than the 9mm
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 4:20:57 PM EST
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Had both, then traded in my M&P45 for a M&P 40(since you can swap in a 9mm barrel and are able to shoot both calibers on one frame).

CCW a Ruger sr1911 and it feels better than the M&P's do. I can deal with the heavier weight of my 1911 but the extra width of the M&P bothered me more. I have a stocky build at 5'10 and 240lbs so the 1911 fit my body type better.

I've put almost 1500 rounds through my Ruger sr1911 and the only issue I had straight out of the box was an extractor that wasn't tuned right. 30 mins later with a gunsmith friend and not a single hiccup since. I shoot a variety of ammo(ball and HP) and use several different mags from Wilson, Mecgar, and Chip. I swapped out the sights for a set of XS Big Dot sights becasue after a dozen eye surgeries, my eyes arent what they used to be.

From time to time, I do carry my M&P to keep myself familiar with how it feels and shoots but hands down, I prefer my 1911 over anything else. Not to say the M&P is a bad gun, because I love the one I have, but my 1911 just feels better all around to carry.

i will say that there is next to nothing when it comes to maintenance on an M&P when compared to a 1911. But if you dont mind the extra time and effort to learn how to care and maintain, then a 1911 is the way to go, imho. If weight is an issue, Ruger is coming out with an aluminum framed "light" model this year, and other companies have the same. I've never seen the point of ccw'ing a pistol with a weapon light attached. The added weight and dimensions of a weapon light attached just seem to make drawing from your holster slightly more complicated than it should be. If it were a pistol that you kept on your nightstand, then i can understand wanting a pistol with a light mount.
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This time of the year I regularly carry my g19 with an inforce apl in a pancake style kydex holster.

I've owned two different 1911's since I turned 21 almost 10 years ago, a Kimber ultra carry 2 and a Taurus pt1911. Believe it or not the Kimber was a flaming pile of dog crap and the Taurus ran fine. I remember rarely shooting the Taurus because I hated cleaning it and the Kimber was an unreliable pos.
Link Posted: 1/13/2015 10:35:46 PM EST
I own both and would say m&p with apex. I went with just the sear and polymer trigger and it is 4.25#s. Shoots great, ultra reliable, 14 round mags work well and carries better because it is so much lighter. The compact has the same dimensions as a G 19, which is my EDC, so should carry better than my full size. I don't think you'd be disappointed.

That said I am not getting rid of my 1911's either. Although They aren't .45's, because I sold those, I like my m&p that much.
Link Posted: 1/14/2015 11:38:19 AM EST
i have both the M&P45 mid size and a SR1911. Bought the M&P years ago cause i have several of the line. its now my HD gun. But i do love the SR1911 too. To me, they fill two different roles.
Link Posted: 1/14/2015 12:57:00 PM EST
I just happened to look on Buds and the M&P 45's are REALLY cheap right now...the M&P + full aluminum trigger kit would be less than a SR1911...

Link Posted: 1/14/2015 1:10:11 PM EST
Double stacks I have a problem concealing.

Full size thin 1911 not at all.

Either would be fine proven both are reliable.

My daily carry 1911

Link Posted: 1/14/2015 1:22:39 PM EST
I own an MP45c and 6 1911's. For carry I would choose the MP as an EDC unless I had to go deep cover with a thinner gun IWB then I'd carry my custom Colt Commander.
Link Posted: 1/14/2015 2:46:15 PM EST
OP, if you're considering a Ruger 1911, they are making a lightweight commander that would be great for carry. As far as 1911s go, the LW commanders are tops.
Link Posted: 1/14/2015 6:31:51 PM EST


I would pick the M&P every time over a 1911.

I inherited two colt 1911s. an A1 and a plain 1911. I will probably never shoot them. I like shooting the M&P 45.
Link Posted: 1/14/2015 6:42:13 PM EST
I have both, I carried the 1911 for many years.

I like the M&P 45 with apex kit for daily carry now.

I put a threaded barrel on my 1911 and mainly shoot it suppressed

Link Posted: 1/16/2015 7:22:30 PM EST
It's a true shame Smith puts crap triggers in the M&P series.
Link Posted: 1/16/2015 8:37:35 PM EST
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It's a true shame Smith puts crap triggers in the M&P series.
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I've got a M&P40c that came with the stock trigger that was pretty good; I never had to touch it. Now the full size was miserable and promptly got an Apex competition sear, RAM, USB, and a trigger bar reworking. It's the best polymer trigger I've ever shot... but I'm not getting rid of my 1911...
Link Posted: 1/17/2015 2:37:57 AM EST
I have both....fullsize m&p for everyday duty and plainclothes wear, full apex dcek kit with poly trigger and x300U and 10-8 mag bases for 10rnds & 14 rndrs and 10-8 sights. Best shooting piece in my opinion. I will sometimes carry my champion operator with X300 for the days I feel like dressing up a bit...I have plans on picking up a midsize m&p 45 since it is nearly the same size as a G19 and plan to use that as a EDC. I will also probably add the newly soon to be released loaded operator to the collection...
Link Posted: 1/19/2015 8:28:32 AM EST
I had both...The M&P was just big, too big IMO to comfortably carry, especially in summer when everyone wears lighter clothing.

Mine, with Apex internals, shot fantastic...it was just too big for me to comfortably carry.

If you can pull off carrying it - you can't go wrong with it. the M&P 45C is the same size as a G19 practically, which makes it a really, really attractive carry offering...
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