I have to admit that I have a biased towards the Colt 1911. It was the first sidearm that I was ever issued in the army. That pistol was with me for a very long time and when I got it it had been in use for a very long time. I have never in my life seen a weapon so durable and reliable as the Colt 1911. It's simple to take apart and clean, operating the weapon is simple even though it has multiple safety features which I truly appreciate. Towards the end of my service regretfully they switched over to the 9 mm Beretta. I saw absolutely no advantage for the additional rounds that you can put in the magazine when you had to hit the target a half a dozen times to do the same thing that one round from the 45 would do. In most circumstances were you have to use deadly force you want the circumstance to be brought to a swift end. The 45 will do that, it's transference of force into the target is unparalleled. As a side note if it's used for home protection and somebody breaks into your home I can give you my Assurance that if you fire at them with the 45 and hit them anywhere no matter what drugs they may be on I can assure you they are going to know that they've been hit and that more likely than not it's going to be a very serious injury.