Something I've thought about from time-to-time. What is the allure of the 1911 to me? For me, I like mechanical things. I also have a high attention to detail I can't turn off. I don't like polymer guns, and I don't like striker fired pistols. I tend to like all metal guns with a hammer - Sigs, CZ, revolvers, and of course 1911s. My first 1911 was a bubba'd up piece of doo-doo. I took it to a reputable gunsmith and he quoted me $1300 to FIX it. That was several years ago, and a great learning experience. The smith spent a good hour inspecting the gun with me, and showing me what to look for in a 1911, and how to do a proper inspection. The trigger and accuracy drew me to the platform. I've always liked cars that required constant tweeking - think classic VW's and classic Mini Coopers. Manually adjusting valves, oil leaks, and Lucas wiring all come to mind. I suppose it's frustrating, but rewarding. So, with that mindset, I like the 1911 in that it can be a work of art, a mechanical marvel, simple, yet complicated, puzzling, and can be improved in various ways. When it becomes boring reliable, it's fun, but can become boring in some regards because I like to tinker. My wife also likes to shoot 1911s, so that's a plus. What's YOUR draw to the 1911?