I don’t think the 1911 sucks, but on the other hand, I don’t think it’s the Ultimate Defensive Handgun, either. I don’t own one right now, but an Armscor Tactical is on my list for this year so I can shoot Single Stack / CDP. I put .45 shooters in the same cubby hole with revolver shooters and SiG nuts and (*gag*) Glock fanatics: Hey, if that’s what floats your boat, go for it.
One comment in particular caught my eye, though.
… anyone without enough training to disengage the thumb safety on the draw stroke doesn’t have enough training to carry anything safely
I respectfully disagree. The first rule of ANY user interface is Don’t make me think”. The minute you use the phrase “Our interface makes sense once you get used to it”, that’s the instant you know your interface isn’t up to the task.
This is the case with cocked and locked carry. Sure, once you are used to it, it works, but that’s one more hill for a novice to climb over, one more thing for them to think about in a life-or-death situation. If there’s EVER a time for “don’t make me think”, it’s when you’re using a gun to defend your life.
A person’s ability to learn is limited, and if you say “anyone without enough training to disengage the thumb safety on the draw stroke doesn’t have enough training to carry anything safely” you’re saying “Look, there’s a learning curve on this gun, and the time you spend getting over it could be used to train awareness or cover/concealment or malf drills.” All of those other things are training items that have been proven time and time again to have a bigger impact on the chances of surviving an incident than whether you carry a 1911 or some other gun.
Recommending a gun that requires training to USE (not master, but just use every day) doesn’t dispel the myth that 1911 fans are snobs, and it certainly doesn’t encourage beginners to get into the shooting sports. Find the gun that works for you and use it, and hey, if it’s a CZ, so much the better. 🙂