The 1911 was and is still considered to be the premier combat pistol of all time.In the hands of an expert, it is hard to equal with anything made today.They were never designed as a CCW weapon.The 1911 is at it's best when carried on the hip, cocked and locked.It is safe and quicker to fire than most any other pistol.Variations have addressed the capacity issues, mods have allowed the reliable feeding of modern HP and +P ammo. Downsizing has made the basic design easier to conceal. All mods have had a negative initial impact on the basic design reliability of the original. The bugs eventually get worked out and in the end, the basic idea of the 1911 is proven again and again.The 1911 has the best ergonomics of any metal pistol and the 1911 has more positive history associated with it than any other.The modern clones are as good as the originals due to better manufacuring and machining tolerances that the new equipment is capable of.Basically, you can buy a good clone of the original for $500 and get a totally reliable,fun to shoot multi use pistol that still carries the aura of the original. Fire 8 or 14 .45+P 230 grain shots downrange rapid fire and drink in the power. Love at first shot!.