Simulate a situation by setting your alarm to 3am. Set it to the loudest you can. Next put the 1911 unloaded onto the nightstand. I must emphasize safety and insist you check it twice to make sure its unloaded. Next wake up to the alarm and see how you handle it. Some folks may be able to make it work at 3am while others may fumble. This is why I say revolver.
This is a smart way to help decide whether or not to have a round in the chamber. It's all a matter of training and personal preference; Training first.
Steve Bonning, PA-C
Licensed Collector of Curios & Relics
Maryland Designated Collector