I think the 1911 is a beautiful gun, but the ones I've shot just don't fit my hand comfortably. The slide lock location is awkward to me, and I've never gotten comfortable with manual decocking. Great triggers, though, and the ones I've shot have been accurate. 100+ years of history means they're doing something right.
My preference for a metal pistol is the Sig P226. Fits me well, and all of the controls seem natural. I can field strip and reassemble it quickly, even blindfolded. For plastics, I prefer the M&P platform for the same "natural fit" reasons. (Glocks and XDs are fine guns, but like the 1911s, they're just not comfortable to me.)
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