Of course personal preference is a huge part of this question. But I would suspect more new shooters don't/won't opt for a 1911. I know for me, I moved over to 9mm as my typical defensive round mainly because I switched over to DA/SA guns and the ones I chose I chose in 9mm (Sig's and Baretta's). However, I still prefer my .45's on the range or in the field. While my 9's will hit out to range (25+ yards) I think the .45's energy and mass at range is a benefit. Not that the 9's wont work there, but most of my 9's are sub 6.5 inch. I will still carry my "new to me" used P220 at times. I really like the feel of that gun in my had. Unless I need more rounds then its the P229.