there are also potential maintainence issues; cleaning, ect. The 1911 is a difficult weapon to use accurately. It can be shot very accurately, but it takes a dang good shot to do so. I used to have a very tough time with my military issue 1911, I barely quilified on it. The advice given about dry firing while an experience pistol shooter watches your triggering, is a good idea!
"I'm what ya call a 'conscientious objector'; you know a coward".