I'm a fan of the 1911 for many of the reasons that Euclidian so eloquently stated. I like the fact that it is easily customized to my specifications. Mine is totally reliable and is fairly easily worked on when something goes wrong. I'm not a huge guy (6'2 215 lbs 34" waist) and I can completely conceal my full sized (with magwell) 5" .45 caliber 1911. I trust the design completely. I don't say that to knock any of the other pistols out there. I just mean that it's really hard to argue with almost 100 years worth of tradition.