I love 1911s and Sigs, and I also have two different 9mm s. I really like the 45 the best. I am sure a lot of you know this little bit of Pistol history, but when the USA was involved in the Spanish -American War in 1898, the standard US side arm was the "new" double action Colt 38 Special. When the Army got to the southern part of the Philippines and encountered some very tough Natives called Moros, who had big knives and fought with all their body and soul. Even putting three or four rounds of the 38 s into the enemy would not stop them. Although the Moros would later die, they would often have enough strength to use their Machetes on our Men.
An urgent call went out to Army Ordnance and they pulled hundreds of SAA, 7 1/2 Colt 45 s out of storage, cut two inches off the Barrel, and sent them as fast as possible to the Army in the Pacific. Guess what? The big ole 45 s would lay the Moros out with one well placed shot. So as some of you have stated: the 45 is the MAN!! Cheers, Hoss C.