Re: A really big 1911 question
Today's COP is not the dedicated shooter like you or me. Its a job to most of them. For most COPs they practice mostly because they have to. Cities feel, and reasonably so, that the gun must be fool proof. That is, it shouldn't be easily set off in the heat of "battle", and should not require thinking excessively to use. Having even one COP on the force that has problems with gun handling, whether it be because the gun is too big for the hand or because they fail to absorb training or because they don't practice enough, is a millions of dollars liability to that city. Fool proof guns are a must and a Glock and some of the double action only guns in the smaller frames fit the bill.
Such requirements most certainly don't apply to us, as avid shooters. But I'll admit that I have so many different guns with their controls in completely different places that my home defense gun is loaded with a loaded magazine but with the chamber empty. I don't need any gun mistakes in handling the gun. Sure, I'll have to rack the gun to use it but they all rack the same. I never use safeties at the range or ever because the gun is being shot or the chamber is empty. Never anything else. That works for me.