I’ll be honest, I’m sick of it. I grow increasingly weary at the back and forth debate between pistol shooters. Nay, I grow weary of the back and forth between those who worship the handgun and poo-poo the rifle. This debate is of course between two contending giants, well small giants, we’ll say giant midgets. In one corner, the “Steel and Wood” masterpiece sent down from heaven above and gifted to us by way of John Browning in the form of the US M1911 service pistol. The other, by way of Gaston Glock and all those who copied, er, improved on his design.
The debate has only grown fiercer in recent years as it seems every company that makes boom sticks has jumped on the polymer train and introduced an inexpensive combat pistol of their own. What was once the talk of Tupperware ladies everywhere, polymer, has now taken handgun owners by storm.
So which is better?
I know that’s what you are thinking, “C’mon dude, what is your opinion?”
I choose the Glock. I own several polymer guns. But to me, they are a marginally useful piece of defensive equipment. If given a choice, I’ll take a rifle over either of them any day of the week.
We live in a world where we have become so enamored by what we can carry on our hips we ignore one of the basic truths that has emerged over the past decades, backed up by real science. Not the polar ice cap melting “science”. Handgun Stopping Power is a Myth. The old “one shot drop” from a .45? Myth. Unless you are shooting a magnum handgun cartridge such as a .44 or a 10mm, all you are doing is putting small, underpowered holes in a bad guy. The idea that you can hit a man in the pinky with a .45 and spin him around and make him drop with one shot is completely unhinged.
You have more of a chance of capturing and breeding Loch Ness monsters.
So who wins the great 1911 vs the Glock debate? Neither. None.
Yes, a pistol will kill. But with a handgun, shot placement and the ability to put more than one rounds in a target quickly is what will win the day.
A pistol is what you carry when you can’t carry a rifle. Ideally, a pistol should be a tool to get you to a rifle.
A pistol is a tool. The rifle is the superior tool.
If you are going to pack heat downtown, get a handgun you can shoot well. If you are going to buy a home defense firearm, get a rifle. If you are going to be an internet hero, get a $2,000 Browning designed piece with a custom trigger. That’s just the reality of the situation on the ground.
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