I've been 1911-less for the last three or four years now.The Annoyed Man wrote:(Everybody ought to own at least one 1911 by law)
If I'm remembering correctly, my first semiautomatic (third handgun, following a Colt Trooper MKIII .22 and a Dan Wesson .357) was a Norinco 1911 that I gradually built up. I gave that one to my little brother a few years ago. The Norincos were pretty ugly, but the frame and slide were solid, so after replacing most everything else it ended up being a pretty good gun.
When I was about to turn 21 I'd been looking for a P7M8 to carry concealed, but they were pretty hard to find and I ended up with a stainless Ultra Carry. It was a great little gun, but I ended up finding my first P7M8 around a year later, so it mostly lived in the safe for a while and eventually got traded off to a coworker who was looking for a birthday present for his cop girlfriend. I don't remember the exact details of that trade because I swapped a few guns with him over the years, but I'm thinking it was a USPc .357SIG (which later went to a cop friend of mine for an offduty gun). Eventually I traded something to him for a Kimber Custom 2, but it too mostly lived in the safe until I sold it to another friend who was looking for a .45.
I carried P7s consistently until sometime last year, when I decided that I really wanted something I could put a weapon light on and that I was less attached to. I ended up going with a G35 (in .357SIG), which is an ugly and soulless gun, but I appreciate the ballistics and I've gradually grown to hate it less. I'm now fairly heavily invested in the Glock platform, but if I had it to do over again I'd probably go with the XDm 5.25 in .357.
I do like the XDs quite a bit; I swapped a Blackhawk for one in 9mm a while back and it's pretty impressive.
I've been wanting another 1911 all along, but I know that in reality while I'd love to have one I'd probably never carry it. I'm a fan of .45, but at this point defensive ammunition has come far enough that it's edge over 9mm isn't what it used to be, and in a bigger gun I like the flatter-shooting .357, and they have better capacity.
I have been tempted to build up a double stack 1911 in .38 super or 9x23 for a while, but I haven't ever gotten around to it.