I was talking to a friend of mine earlier about the reliability of 1911s. He mentioned that they are generally extremely reliable unless you want to make them extremely accurate, and said that you cannot have both.
To put it kindly - your friend is mistaken. Why don't you take time to read this article in Defensive Review
- and then make up your own mind?
The article is about a Bob Marvel 1911 pistol being used under combat conditions. My Bob Marvel pistol came with two 10-shot targets tested at 50 yards from a Ransom Rest. The largest group is just under 1.4 inches.