"the 1911 would not even be close, popularity wise, to the Glock"
We're not talking about popularity, we're talking about the gun that comes to mind when you think of American spirit and will. That is without a doubt not a Glock.
Colt Peacemaker. Ruthless independent spirit in the wilderness. A hard gun for hard men.
1911: guys stuck in holes in WWI and WWII. I'd proffer their American spirit most of the time would have been "get me out of here!"