29 December 2020

Government Model Super 38 vs M&P 45C

We covered .45 vs .45 here.

We've even talked about 9mm vs .45 ACP.

But what about a 1911 in .38 Super vs a S&W M&P 45C?

Again, the M&P is 2 lb. loaded.  The Gov't Model is 2.8 lb.

Reloads for the M&P are 0.5 lb.  The Gov't Model are 0.4 lb.

M&P has 8+1 shots.  Super 38 has 9+1.

45C does 2d-1 pi+ per round.  Super does 3d-1 pi.

With hollow points this increases to 2d-1(0.5) pi++ and 3d-1(0.5) pi+

Average damage is 10 for .45 ACP and 12 for .38 Super.

90 points downrange for the Smith, 120 for the Colt.

The blued steel 1911 has soul; an elegant weapon for a more civilized time.

The plastic fantastic has durability and a brutish aesthetic appropriate to the primitive savagery of today.


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