Let's not forget the unsung heroes in the story. The guys who did a lot of the grunt work.
Browning had at his disposal, a team of Colt's top engineers who were with him on the project.
It's this logical argument that always falters anyone who wants to assert the supremacy of the 1911 design over all else--that it's not the singular vision of one man but a result of a lengthy testing and engineering process.
It is interesting, however, how a "modern" 1911 is so similar to those made over 100 years ago and can outshoot most guns designed in the last 30 years.