My CHL renewal letter came recently in the mail. So this weekend I went online and filled out the requisite online forms. It will be resubmitted and hopefully I will have my renewal completed well before my renewal date arrives. This gave me pause to ponder the very long road that I have been on since I took my CHL class many years ago and subsequently filed for my carry license. At that time I was carrying primarily Berettas and since then I have had a plethora of carry weapons. Through them all my 1911’s have been a staple that I have come back to time and time again. I still feel like a commander sized 1911 with either a bobtail or round butt is one of the best carry guns on the market. There is just so much going for this vulnerable old design that has really never been surpassed. You can argue the weight savings of polymer, but LW 1911 models come near the same weight savings. You can argue double stack but 2011’s solve that problem as well. You can argue simplicity, but to be honest, 1911’s are really a very simple design and one that really anyone can learn to work on. The 1911 is quite simply the do everything well handgun. That said, my CHL renewal had me thinking about truly what I have with me most. Now, I have to take into account that I cannot keep my gun on me in my work space. So the best I can do is keep it in my truck while I am at work. And if I am honest I do not like one of my beloved 1911’s sitting in my truck console all day for many reasons. So one of my Sig P320’s tends to take care of that daily business. WHen I am riding my motorcycle I typically prefer to wear a Kydex holster with very strong positive retention. The bike will jostle my gun (and my spare tire) around quite a bit so again, I tend to take the P320 because if it were to jostle loose I would not be nearly as upset with it slamming to the ground. I tend to keep my 1911’s pretty pristine, so if the weather is bad I again tend to carry the P320 due to its stainless slide and polymer frame. If it gets drenched I really have no concerns over any possible pitting. So when I take these things into consideration, what is my typical go to CHL gun....well, if I am honest it is the P320. Not because I think it is a better gun than my 1911. Nor do I trust it any more. I do shoot both them and my 1911’s easily as well. No, it’s because while I feel like the 1911 is an old friend on my hip, the P320 is more of a work horse. I realized, being from Texas, the 1911 represents a nice pair of boots I own. They are comfortable, look great with everything I wear but I hate to scuff them up; it is my dress boot. The P320 is my daily pair of 511 tactical boots that are comfortable, I can splash through water and mud ( they are Gortex), I can ride my bike and not worry about the shifter scuffing the leather; it is my work boot. I feel a little embarrassed about this because, to be honest, I really do not fret over my 1911 finish. I like a worn holster finish on a 1911. I think it really add’s character to the gun. No it is not about the dress boot finish. It’s about the fact that a nice pair of dress boots, scuffed or not, cost a lot more than a pair of 511 tactical work boots. I will refinish the soles of a hand crafted dress boot, but throw away and rebuy work boots. No, its about dispinsability. I imagine it is akin to how an officer feels about a service Glock. If it gets broken in some way he knows he can go get another Glock and it will be just that. Another Glock that will most likely shoot just like the one that got damaged. I have gone through a lot of 1911’s over the years. Each one shot a little differently for me. Ultimately I realized that I shot Dan Wesson’s better than most. But even in the DW line I shot some better than others. So I swapped out until I found a few I really shot super well. My P320’s I can pick any of them up and shoot them pretty much as well as the any of the other P320’s I pick up. Which is to say quite well. Too, with almost no effort I can go from 9mm, to Sig 357, to 40 to 45 with just a barrel or slide change (well except the 45). Will I ever not have a 1911 to throw on my hip along with sliding on my dress boots? No But there is something to be said about work boots too.... Your thoughts?