I too asked myself that question a couple of years ago.
I occasionally wore one when escorting the payroll officer, and it was just a tool to me. I couldn't understand people's fixation with it. Especially the irrational pricing, why pay $700+ for an enry level 1911 when for $550 you can get a Glock 21 that holds 14 rounds. Its silly stuff.
Then one day at the range I told that to a guy and he let me shoot his 1911. Well... bad move. Now I've got 3 and looking for a 4th. I look at BAC1023 picture and say "I'm OK, I'm haven't gone into the deep end of the pool yet..."
Merry Christmas and goodwill to all men (and women too).
Experience is a very bad teacher because it first gives you the test and then teaches you the lesson.