Well said, QK.I think that many of the older shooters and gunners that grew up during the heyday of 1911 customization are more willing to spend the big bucks on one than the younger gunners that started making their first handgun "carry choices" in the higher capacity "higher Tech" polymer gun era.
I started carrying a Colt .45 back when there were hardly any accessory or aftermarket parts available and if a shooter wanted an extended thumb safety he pretty much had to grind up an original factory part and silver braze on an extension. Alright well, maybe not quite THAT early but almost.
So I am used to carrying a .45. I like the 1911 for it's naturally point-ability and "in hand" feel.
I shoot it very well.
All of mine are accurate and they function reliably.
I am practiced and I am able to "swap out" magazines quickly and so "in gun" magazine capacity is not a real concern for me.
If it was I would carry an extended spare 11 round magazine.
So I grew up with a keen and intimate appreciation of the 1911 pistols as an ultra reliable large bore self defensive firearm format.
I appreciate their timeless design.
I appreciate the unique ergonomics.
So I personally see no need to move on to something else or to a different caliber.
The .45acp cartridge will accomplish what I expect it to do if I do my part.
I can understand how younger shooters would view the pistol as archaic or antique, outmoded, outdated, or too heavy.
That is fine and that's why there are So Many different flavors of handguns out there to choose from.
So that hopefully EVERYBODY can find one that they like.