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For today’s gunfight we’ve got a couple of budget pieces to go against one another—a .357 revolver vs. a .45 caliber 1911. The .357 hails from Brazil, while the 1911 is made by Armscor in the Philippines. Either one will put a big hole in whatever you shoot, and both handguns were excellent deals that seem to make their owners very happy.

Daniel’s 1911


This is my Rock Island Armory M1911A1. Alright, I know it just lost points because it’s not made in America, however, it is a 17-year-old’s first 1911 .45 ACP. It was manufactured following Colt’s designs and, hey, it was cheap. The gun and 100 rounds of ammunition cost me $450. It shoots great; there hasn’t been a single problem with the gun since I bought it. All the pieces interlock tightly as if it was a specially made gun. The sights are standard GI sights. Nothing fancy with this gun, but it worked for the troops it works for me.

Ozark Ghost’s .357


I recently purchased a Taurus .357 mag to fill a gap in the handgun area of my collection and to serve as a home-defense weapon. Although I would not mind packing this as a backup in the woods, I would not even consider it as a conceal carry weapon. It came with fully adjustable rear sights with an orange dot ramp front sight, brushed stainless frame, and a one-piece knobby rubber grip. The trigger is excellent on both double action and single action. In fact on single action it might be a little too light but I have adjusted to it readily. What sold me on the pistol, though, was it’s capacity of seven, not six, rounds. I realize that might not be so unusual any more, but with one extra round it provides me with a slight edge if I ever need it.

Argue this one any way you want: revolver vs semiautomatic, .357 vs .45 ACP, or by country of origin. Vote and post your comments below.

I now interrupt this post to self-servingly reprint more of Ozark Ghost’s e-mail:
“I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed Gunfight Fridays. You have shown some really remarkable firearms, and I have learned a lot by reading your comments as well as the owner’s stories. I hope you keep going with it.”

And we will, or, we will if people keep sending me gun pictures. I need more, or you’ll start seeing some really random matchups as I work through my remaining inventory. Please, keep the gun pictures coming to fsgunnuts@gmail.com.