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1911 Basic Question

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I'm new here and new to pistols in general. As soon as my permit clears I plan in buying a 1911 for target and self defense. I like the light single action trigger and the basic design. I've shot 4 different pistols and was surprised at how far superior the pull was on the 1911. The double actions seem much too difficult for target practice or competing. Since I admittedly know practically nothing about pistols in general I have a basic question.

If the single action 1911 is so popular for target shooting because of the single action design, why aren't more pistols available in this configuration? Am I missing something here? or are they available and I just don't know enough about what is out there. Should I be looking at other models as well?
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Thanks for the info. The aftermarket was another reason that I was interested in the 1911. To be honest though, the main reason I was interested in it was because I don't really know that much about pistols yet, and it doesn't like like I could go wrong with a 1911. I am already impressed with it's operation. I figure as I get more experienced I will be able to better assess other models. I'll keep my eye out for a Beretta 9mm to try.

huntswithdogs, your right, I’ve already been judging other guns by it. I was in the shop today and looked at a few. I must say I was surprised at how different every pistol felt. I would have thought that by now all the manufacture’s would have crept toward some common ground.

The 1911 still looks best for me. If all goes well in my life the only time I'll pull it out is at the range so that's going to control my purchase. I have found a local range that had a list of about 20 different guns to rent and I plan on trying them all before I buy. But, admittedly, I've already got my heart set on that 1911.
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