Since I reload I can make loads almost recoil like a .22 or spice em up to +P levels. The AMU competes with .45 so enough said about accuracy. I'm not small so I carry my Steele framed 1911s knowing I can shoot em. Yes , I love the history, but I also can strip em to the frame confidently. They are simply a really grand old design and reasonably effective in the right hands. Yes, I own a nine and would feel well armed carrying it. Just my preference to carry the .45.