posted on Jun, 29 2004 @ 10:28 AM
The 1911 is, like all handguns, difficult to shoot well. It is complex in it's operation, has many controls, and in the hands of the untrained the
chance of a stupid bang is relatively high.
That said, it is still the preferred weapon of persons who know. There is no better fighting handgun, anywhere. The .45 ACP round is still the biggest
hole for something you can conveniently carry in your pocket.
Still, the issue is not what the gun can do, but what the user can do. This is a pistoleer's (sp-1?) gun, designed from the ground up to do one thing
and one thing only, and that is to function, to work, and to go band when you squeeeeeze the trigger. However, if the user is not up to the job, then
the firearm will not save them.
And that brings us to TRAINING. You must, must, must shoot the thing to know the thing. Ross Seyfried won the Worlds in 1987(?) with an old, worn-out
1911A1, not because he's an outstanding shot (although he is), but because he knew precisely where the gun shot and all its quirks.
He knew this because he shot the thing regularly.
Recoil, energy, weight, only-seven-rounds-in-the-mag; all these can be overcome and compensated for with training.
The choice for the man with one gun.