Did you ever go bird hunting and decide, even though you had the latest and greatest autoloading shotgun, you were gonna go afield with an old-fashioned double barrel “just because”?
Or deer hunting with an old lever action carbine instead of a high tech modern long range bolt rifle, for the sake of nostalgia?
Old guy here works mostly with handguns. After several months with high-tech striker-fired 9mm pistols, I’m about to revert back to my first love in the sidearm world, the 1911 pistol. The reason: in June, I’ll be competing yet again in my favorite shooting match of the many I’ve shot, The Pin Match (www.pinshoot.com) in Central Lake, Michigan. There are lots of events to shoot there – pistol and revolver, rifle and shotgun – but what I’ve always shot most there is a 1911. I haven’t decided yet whether the caliber will be 10mm Auto or .45 Auto – that’s dependent on the ammo situation, which as you all know is “suboptimal” to say the least right now – but a 1911 in one or the other caliber will be a big part of it, so it makes sense to re-familiarize myself with my old favorite pistol.
By the time you read this I’ll have gone “1911” for carry and teaching, from the 16-shot pistols of more modern design that I’ve been wearing and teaching with of late.
If you’re gonna go Old School, logic tells us you oughta have a better reason than nostalgia.
I think those reasons are there.
Not long ago in this space, I ran the Wilson Combat YouTube video I did with old friend and colleague Ken Hackathorn on how to justify one’s choice of an AR15 rifle for home defense. At that time, I was told it had set the record for viewer hits on YouTube for the Wilson Combat Channel.
Things change with time. I am now told that we’ve had a new record, way over 850,000 viewings, with another Wilson Combat YouTube vid on the validity of the 1911 pistol as a self-defense choice. I did it with Bill Wilson, “Mr. 1911” who has not only won national matches with that type of pistol, but manufactures some of the finest iterations of same.
You can find it here:
And, of course, your comments are welcome here as always.