I came across this article (link) by Duane Thomas today while educating myself on the nuances of 1911 operation and maintenance. I found the linked article to be informative and reasonably objective. The title is a bit tongue and cheek. As the author states in the conclusion, "No, the 1911 is not a gun for the casually interested. However, for the dedicated shooter who's willing to take the time to get to know the design intimately, the 1911 is still a superior choice in a defensive handgun. Unlike most things in life, the 1911 has strengths that more than compensate for its flaws. " Keep in mind that the article is from 1994. So, some of the product specific information may be a bit dated. Everything else should still be relevant. I figured I would post it here so that (1) other's who are on the same quest as me can find the article, and (2) members of this forum can provide critical review of the points made in the linked article.