This is info from a thread I started elsewhere, but I thought it relevant and potentially useful for the unique crowd here.
BTW, This is NOT intended to be a "One vs the other" type thread. Simply a realistic comparison, from someone who enjoys 1911s and Glocks.
A lot of conversations/debates have compared Glocks and 1911s.
I like and use both, and have observed some misconceptions about carrying each. Many think a G34/G35 sized Glock is a huge handgun that is not easily concealed. Part of this is the idea that the Glocks are substantially wider than 1911s.
The 1911 is roughly .91"s wide, and the G17/34 series are about 1.18"s wide". That is a pretty miniscule difference (in my opinion). I believe the misconception stems from the top profile of the slide. The 1911 is rather "U shaped", versus the rather flat top of a glock:
The Glock simply LOOKS substantially wider.
Another point of conversation is that many think a 1911 is no big deal to conceal, but the G34 "long slide" is "way too long". In actuality, when you look at the above photo, you will see that they are very similar in length, especially when you take into account, the external hammer of a 1911.
Now lets talk about weight, and compare capacity.
5" 1911, with one magazine of 8+1, for 9 rounds of 230 grain JHP, equals 2 pounds, 15 ounces:
The long slide Glock 34, with 2 magazines of 21 rounds +1, for 43 rounds of 124 grain JHP, equals 2 pounds, 14 ounces:
BTW, I know someone will ask, I am using ETS, 22 round 9mm mags. I am also not stacking the deck, and showing how I actually carry them (with 21 rounds, instead of 22), as I have had issues seating the magazines, with 22 rounds in the mag. Simply giving a real world comparison.
For essentially the same weight, you have 9 rounds of 230 grain JHP .45 acp, versus 43 rounds of 124 grain JHP 9mm.
I figured someone might enjoy or find enlightening, the comparison.