Who cares if someone doesn't like my condition 1 carry because the big bad gun scares them...A) Carry mode concern--always seems to raise questions.
Why waste the time striking a bad round? the clearance drill for a dud is the same no matter what gun you have, the 2nd strike might do it, but it might not.B) No 2nd strike capability.
When it comes to the ammo issue, lets look at several other guns that get left out of this issue.C) Low ammo capacity
The Sig 220: 8 Rounds of .45
The HK 45C: 8 Rounds of .45
The S&W 908: 8 Rounds of 9mm
The Glock 36: 6 Rounds of .45
The Sig 239: 8 Rounds of 9mm / 7 rounds of .40
I find it utterly amazing that capacity only becomes an issue with the 1911.
Doesn't bother me one bit, as Bud stated, there's LW alloy models, but I like heavy. I don't like poly guns, they just feel like toys to me. I like the feel of an all steel or steel over alloy gun, and I'll pick one any day of the week over polymer. Unless I develop some physical issue to where I can't shoot or carry the heavier gun, I plan on sticking with a metal on metal gun.D) Heavy gun to CCW.
So help educate me, outside of probably the most accurate handgun out there, what is it that gives the 1911 a cult like following???
I'm shaped like a box on legs, anything double stack tends to stick out too much. The capacity thing bothered me at first, so I went with a doube stack Para, the added bulk wasn't worth it. So I went to single stacks.
When I was picking my first gun I was lucky, I took my dad's G22, Colt LW Commander, and a couple of Smith Autos. I shot the LW Commander best, but didn't like the LW part of the equation.
I found the Glocks trigger to be "spongy" and didn't find the grip overly comfortable, I shot well with it, but when I wrapped my hand around the 1911, it was like shaking hands with my brother, even my double stack Paras felt better in the hand.
I've tried Glocks, Sigs, Beretta's, double stack Paras, XD's, S&W autos, J-frame revolvers, K&L frame revolvers, and the single stack 1911 is just what does it for me.
It points well, has the best trigger IMHO available, I can shape the grip to fit my hand, if I don't like something I can change it easily.
The 1911 and it's mags carry nice and flat, the weight doesn't bother me as long as I have a good belt and holster.