I'll preface this statement by confessing I make my living working on 1911s and carry one every day. IMO it is the finest personal defense tool since the MK 1 model O brain, and will continue to be so for the forseeable future.
The recent posts from Richard Heinie and Larry Vickers brings to light the cold hard facts about factory 1911s:
They are all basically a kit you buy, then send to an expert to modify in order to be able to exploit it's considerable potential.
This is not due to any inherent design flaws, but is the direct result of cost cutting and slack quality control from the manufacturers- the consequence of ignoring simple principles of economics.
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: Steve Morrison on 2001-04-20 19:41 ]</font>