- It's an archaic jam-o-matic, or
- It's Certain Death for Evildoers.
Here are some facts*:
The M1911 was designed by John Moses Browning (pbuh) to US Army specs.
The story is well known, the Army went from the Single Action Army revolver in .45 "Long" Colt¹, to a double-action revolver in .38, which proved less than adequate in the Philippines.
At the time, semi-automatic pistols² were just coming into use, and the Army included features that seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Things like multiple safeties, since it was expected that most of the Army's pistoleros were going to be on horseback.³
- And lanyard rings, ditto. (Including on magazines!)
- And sights that are nearly vestigial, since the art of combat marksmanship as envisioned by the military at the time didn't really go in for sighted fire as we know it.
- Also, of course, it was made of steel because what else was there?
- Oh, and keep the tolerances somewhat loose to allow for minimal maintenance under field conditions, not to mention so that it will cycle ammunition loaded "kinda sorta" to spec under wartime conditions.
But the war's over, and a bunch of guys are getting together to invent a new sport involving pistol shooting. And it turns out the M1911 is a pretty good tool for that.