After being invited to shoot a team match with a friend who regularly shoots his 1911, I had to drag mine from the back of the safe and blow the dust off. A few minutes pasted refreshing myself on its controls and peculiarities and it came back to me how awesome it is. I don't mean just mine, but the entire platform.
The history of the 1911 is undeniable. Entire careers have been dedicated to it and better people have said better things about it than I ever could. The weight of it is significant compared to its modern counterparts. To some that may be a detractor, but I find it to be reassuring. It feels sturdy and significantly helps with felt recoil. With 1911's the devil is in the details. They all operate the same way, that's what makes it a 1911, but the variations are so plentiful you can have a $400 gun or a $5,000+ gun....and anything in between. The quantity of available accessories is mind numbing.
In one package you have the feel of old world craftsmanship, like a revolver, with greater capacity and the easier reloading of all autos. The single action trigger pull typically hovers near four pounds and honestly feels like cheating compared with nearly any other trigger mechanism. The trigger pull length is comically short and the reset feels even shorter. Out of the box most 1911's can out-shoot most 1911 shooters. For those that want more, ole "slab sides" can be made crazy accurate and have been winning bulls-eye matches longer than anyone reading this blog has been alive. They are, or can be, made in just about any handgun cartridge you can think of, with the all American .45 ACP leading the way.
Ownership of a 1911 hasn't caused me to throw out all of my other handguns, some are legitimately better at certain tasks. On the other hand a 1911 can do pretty much anything, and if you have never taken the opportunity to get to know one you owe it to yourself!