OK, honest, question - looking for insights. In some gun circles, the 1911 seem to get fiercely loyal support and love. Can someone explain why this is the case?
I've asked this question IRL, but my couple acquaintances who love 1911s give (what I feel are) very fanboyish answers. "Best gun ever designed, no gun has ever been designed better."
To me, it is just a bulky single action handgun with an average trigger and only mediocre bullet physics. I don't even understand why it is manufactured today with so many (better) options today.
I get it was a great gun. No question there. Clearly well ahead of it's time. But, it's 100 year old tech. There are many 100 year old guns which are no longer in production. New engineering replaces old engineering. Progress marches forward.
In my mind, a parallel might be: The Ford Model T is also 100 year old tech. But, you don't see people trying to tell you that the Model T is the best vehicle ever made and no car has been made better.
And, it isn't like the 1911 is cheap. With the stupid money I see people drop on a Kimber 1911, you can pick up a (for example) FN57, which is an amazing option, IMHO. Even the mil surplus crap is stupid expensive.
I have more than my fair share of handguns, but none are 1911. What am I missing?