Don't get me wrong - I LOVE the 1911, but even just look at this thread. One person's 1911 was great . . . after they changed mags (also mentioning that a friend's Kimber had issues). Another person's was great after they changed out a spring. My Philippine made 1911 is great too . . . after I changed out an extractor (I also have an STI double-stack 2011 that has ran flawlessly for 1000's of rounds - but it also cost nearly $3,000). When they're tuned right the 1911 is a GREAT connoisseur's gun, but there's no denying that the design can be a bit finicky. The gun is great for an enthusiast but for a solider who just needs a tool, there are better choices. For my purposes, I'd prefer a 1911 over either a Beretta 92 or SIG P320, but for the Army's purposes, I think they made the right choice. It'd be like asking if you'd like to drive a fully restored 1968 Mustang or a Toyota Prius. Now which one makes sense as a company fleet vehicle? Different problem, different solution.