There has been a lot of buzz on the interwebz lately about the reliability of a 1911 platform as a self defense pistol. There have been numerous articles and videos posted. For those that know us at DRFT, know that we prefer the Glock or Smith and Wesson M&P series of pistols as our every day carry weapons.
For a quick torture test we took a Sig Sauer 1911 and my personal Glock 19, buried them in the dirt, actions open, cleared the dirt and debris from the guns and proceeded to fire the guns testing their reliability. The Glock performed flawlessly, the 1911, as expected, failed miserably. We had fun with this one and hope you guys enjoy it!
We used factory fresh Remington UMC 230gr .45 and Federal 115gr 9mm, no hand loads.
For anyone who wants to know EXACTLY what happened to the 1911…To clean it we had to strip it down to the empty frame. Dirt was located in the sear,trigger, grip safety, mag release, hammer and there was a pebble jammed under the leaf spring.