This is in no way meant to bash 1911 pistols or their owners. I now believe that not all of us(referring to myself)were meant to be 1911 owners. I had a chance to try one out. Well, I like the way the 1911 functions. Before I had to return it I wanted to clean it. Taking it apart was easy enough. Getting it back together was another story. The spring was dealing me fits. It was flexing like crazy and generally a bear to get back in place. Lost the rod that fits inside the spring a couple of times. Glad there were no children or women about to hear my tirade. I have the band aids on my right hand to bear witness to the fact of my struggle. I really want to like the 1911 platform. Guess if I want to satisfy the .45 itch I will have to look to the SIG 220, Glock 21/30, or XD-45 in the future.