Every gun enthusiast has their own idea of which modern pistol is “today’s” 1911. We here at The Feed Ramp have often pondered on this question ourselves. Our extensive research and painstaking data collection have lead us to the following conclusions.
Is it the Sig P226?
A case could be made for the Sig Sauer P line of pistols, the P226 more specifically. Sig Sauer has spent a LOT of time and marketing effort in trying to make the P226 an heir to the 1911 throne. They have created new versions, produced it in different color, offered it with different trigger actions, etc… The P226 is similar to the 1911 in that it is in fact a pistol and it does indeed shoot bullets out of it’s barrel. Then the similarities end. The P226 is a wide gun, much too wide for someone with normal sized hands to manipulate. The P226 has a double / single action trigger system. Anyone that wants to learn how to shoot a P226 with any level of proficiency has to learn not one, but two trigger pulls. The P226 shoots 9mm Luger rounds. 9mm is known to be a poor fight stopper and typically requires several shots compared to the devastating efficiency of the .45 ACP cartridge. It is because of these reasons that we can say with confidence that the P226 is NOT a modern 1911.
Is it the Glock 17?
Glock took the world by storm in 1982 by being the first at many things.
- First striker fired gun
- First polymer framed gun
- First gun to use a hexagon barrel
- First gun to have high capacity
- First gun to be reliable
Glock has a legitimate claim to being the modern 1911. All of the above reasons along with a rabid following of fans worldwide that believe in Glock for no other reason than “James Yeager” says so means that this is a tough choice to bet against. The Glock 17 does unfortunately also shoot the under powered 9mm Luger cartridge. The Glock does have a consistent trigger pull from shot to shot – it is always just slightly better than shitty – nothing more, nothing less. Several of the Feed Ramp editors chose the Glock as the modern 1911, but since this editor is writing the story then no, sorry Glock – it’s not you.
Is it the Beretta 92?
When the U.S. Army chose the Beretta 92 / M9 to replace the 1911 in 1985 many hands were clenched and many tears were shed. The exposed barrel, the 9mm Luger round, the large size of the grip, etc, caused many old timers to lose sleep at night. The M9 has never filled the holsters of America’s Army the way the venerable 1911 did and never will. The ultimate insult being that the M9 will soon be replaced by the Sig Sauer P320 is reason enough to stop right here. The Beretta is not a modern 1911.
Is it the Springfield XD?
Upon first inspection one might think that the Springfield line of Croation wonder pistols is the modern equivalent to a 1911. The grip safety, the…. well, the grip safety is similar to a 1911. Sporting a bore axis only slightly lower than a Sig Sauer P series gun and a reputation for unreliability we at The Feed Ramp do not think that the XD line is a worthy successor. If it wasn’t for Springfield giving away a ton of XD GEAR with every gun and packing the gun in suitcase sized boxes we doubt that they would sell any of them at all. We give credit where credit is due though and commend Springfield for labeling the GRIP ZONE of the XD line of guns so their owners know where to put their hands.
Is it the CZ-75?
The CZ fanboys are nearly as annoying as the Glock fanboys and the Sig fan boys, but tend to have even more money to spend on their firearm’s of choice. The CZ suffers from the same 9mm deficiency as the other pistols as well as the annoying double action / single action trigger action as the Sig Sauer. Points go to CZ for keeping things interesting by selling models with no decocker thereby forcing owners to carefully pinch the hammer between their fingers while they pull the trigger on a live round to decock the gun. Those same points are deducted though when one initially picks up a CZ and tries to reach that first double action trigger pull with a normal length finger. We here at The Feed Ramp aren’t sure exactly who designed the CZ-75, but we are pretty sure that guy had some very long fingers.
Is it the Hi-Point?
Single Stack? – YES
.45 ACP? – YES
Thumb Safety? – YES
Unfortunately the similarities end there – the Hi-Point is ugly whereas the 1911 is beautiful. The Hi-Point has some plastic bits – the 1911 is all metal. The Hi-Point can be unreliable – the 1911 is… well, it can be unreliable too. The Feed Ramp nearly declared the Hi-Point pistol a modern 1911, but in the end we just couldn’t do it, we have too much unwarranted self-respect for ourselves to do so.
So what is it then?
It looks like there is no modern 1911 – the sleek lines, the wins in various wars throughout history, the .45 ACP cartridge, the arrogance with which their owners act… It all adds up to a very hard act to follow, an act that no one has successfully followed yet. Sure, several of the designs on this list might do one or two things better (subjectively), but at the end of the day (which is where we all typically end up), there is no modern 1911. There is only 1911 and John Moses Browning is our Prophet. Amen.