Originally Posted by tnedator
Actually, because of the weight of 1911's, and the low velocity of the .45, in most cases the perceived recoil is lighter than .40s, and some would even argue 9mm, but I disagree. .40s tend to be snappier, with more muzzle flip. This is aided by the fact that in the majority of cases the .40 is in a much lighter gun than the .45 (I say most, because you can get a light Glock/M&P/Etc. in .45, but with the 1911, you are aided by the weight of the gun).
Absolutely. It's a better shoot than a .40. that's why I have one. The problem with the .45 from home defense perspective is it will most likely go through drywall and hit someone in another room you didn't intend to hit. A .40 is less likely to do that. Also there is a saftey issue with the 1911 in that if you want to keep a round chambered you'll have to either keep it cocked with the thumb saftey or de-cock it by pulling the trigger with the thumb on the hammer. Which I don't think is a comfortable situation.