The 1911 is definitely an enthusiast's model; it is not a good choice for the shooter who isn't interested in studying the platform and becoming proficient in maintaining and occasionally tweaking the gun. Those folks are better off with pistols like Glocks and M&Ps.
But for the enthusiast, the 1911 is simply magnificent and a dream to shoot. I've got quite a few 1911's... This custom Colt Series 70 by Virgil Trip happens to be one of my favorites... Started life as a carbon steel blued Series 70. SHoots like a dream... and stone reliable with premium defense ammo. Definitely good to go as a defense pistol... as it has been for, oh... quite some time!