At Gun Nuts Media, I was shocked to see this article headline. Even more so when I read the professional in question was Hilton Yam!
An excerpt from Mr. Yam’s essay:
It is easy to get caught up in the mystique and history of the 1911, but the design is over 100 years old, and we have learned a few things about designing and manufacturing since then. If you enjoy the craftsmanship of a finely built 1911 or you enjoy tinkering on your own, by all means continue to enjoy them. However, if training, shooting, and performance is your primary goal and you lack the resources, time, patience, or knowledge to keep after a 1911, then be realistic and choose something more modern. These days I spend much less time at the workbench fixing my training guns or having to wonder if the latest build or mod will work. I no longer need the 1911 as a crutch, and can now just concentrate on the performance.
Of course, I am not a LEO, SWAT trainer, and team leader like Mr. Yam. I do greatly respect his judgement and expertise. And, perhaps, if I had the finances, I would opt for a carry pistol that was more reliable and less finicky than a 1911?
BUT, the point is moot, as I do not and will not. I will continue to carry my S&W 442 electroless nickel and (weather-permitting) my National Match 5″ 1911. The only hiccups I’ve had with MY 1911 were due to improper maintenance (need of lubrication and lack of cleaning). When reasonably clean and lubed, she runs like a champ! And has for over 15,000 rounds since 1983!
Perhaps old-timers like me are akin to the guys 100 years ago who stuck by their horses or black powder? I’m not a specops guy or even a LEO. I’m just an old crippled guy on disability who doesn’t get out much.
But, plastic guns STILL have no soul.
h/t Gun Nuts Media, Modern Service Weapons