Glock vs. 1911 and Clint Smith vs. my Mom

James Reeves
by James Reeves

In this episode of TFBTV, James Reeves tackles the Glock vs 1911 question. This isn’t the first time or the last time that a “Glock or 1911” video has been or is going to be on YouTube, but it’s definitely the best time. This video features renowned instructor and 1911 guru Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch. But more importantly, James’ mom, Connie, shoots a Glock and a 1911 for the first time ever, side by side, and gives her opinion of which option is the best. The Glock vs 1911 from the perspective of a veteran with decades of experience and from the viewpoint of a new shooter, today on TFBTV.

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James Reeves
James Reeves

Owner, Neutral Ground Gun Co. NRA/Louisiana State Police certified concealed weapons instructor, 2012-present Maxim Magazine's MAXIMum Warrior, 2011 TFBTV Executive Producer Champion, Key West Cinco De Mayo Taco Eating Competition Lawyer Instagram: gunshorts Twitter: @jjreeves

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  • Bloody Bucket Bloody Bucket on Jul 27, 2022

    Really can't find any fault, basically this mirrors my own experience. Grew up shooting a pre WW2 Colt 1911 in .38 super and a Walther PPK/S. Got to shoot a G-19 shortly after they came out. First handgun when I turned 21 in 1992 was a new Gen 2 Glock 17, the a HK P-7, and a Springfield 1911 "loaded modal". Years of different competitive rifle shooting moved to combative firearms training in 1998 with my first carbine course at the Fire Instituted in Pittsburgh, (all instructors were Gunsite Academy certified). After taking everything they had, some more than once I made it to Gunsite for the first of many times in 2003. Mix in some OIF/OEF combat tours and what do you have? Ten 1911s and 14 Glocks. What do I carry? If I have a jacket on, Nighthawk Custom. I can shot it faster and more accurately than anything else I ever have. And with 15,000+ rds with out a hiccup, I trust it. When the weather's warm? Any one of the following, just depending: G 19, 26, 36, 43, or soon the new 48 I picked up a couple of months ago. Just running through those Shield Defense 15 rd mags to make sure they're good and so far they are. For new shooters, can't go wrong with the Glock 19. The 1911 isn't for everyone, but if you get a good one and put in the time and ammo to really learn it, it might be the best for you. Find the gun that fits you, shoot it, learn to love it. And it will do the job is you should ever need it. (Many of my 1911s are from WW1&2. Though I don't carry them, I do shot them from time to time. I'd trust them in a fight but damn those sights are small!).

  • Bloody Bucket Bloody Bucket on Jul 27, 2022

    Pt. 2. My Mom always loved pistol shooting but it was getting where her S&W 28 was to heavy. Bought her a Glock 19 for Mother's Day. Only change was the XS Express sights. She took the Fire Institute three day Level 1 pistol course, (same as Gunsite 150 class). And she absolutely smoked it, and she was 60 y.o. at the time!