I have been reading about both of these pistols, no specific manufacturer's though. I am thinking of buying a personal protection piece that is easily concealed and easily carried. I do not want to scare the bejesus out of people with a cocked handgun on the hip.
I love the look of this style handgun, certain manufacturer's make compact 1911's too. I have fired a 1911 45ACP in the past and it was quite comfortable to shoot and they seem to be built very well. On the other hand, call me a puss or paranoid, but carrying a cocked and locked 1911 scares me half to death especially when I have always carried revolvers. I know the chances of one of these pistols accidentally discharging on their own is slim to none, but that still does not reassure me. It would take awhile to get used to a cocked and loaded handgun. I suppose there does not always need to be a round in the chamber, ever heard of condition three?
Small, lightweight, affordable, and easy to carry. I do not like how glocks have a lot of plastic parts. Some have do not have an external safety, but have the pre-trigger saftey on the trigger itself. I have fired a Glock (forgot the model) in 40 and 357 sig. Not real comfortable in the hands, but easy to shoot. Kaboom, anyone?
With this in mind I am leaning towards a compact 1911, maybe a baretta 9mm. I would love to own a 1911 45 ACP but my wife owns a 9mm so it might be beneficial to both own a handgun that uses the same cartridge? With this in mind which pistol would you guys recommend and which manufacturer? Also a comfortable shoulder holster recomendation would be great. Ultimately I want a small semi automatic pistol that is small, easily concealed, and something that I can put a lot of rounds through at the range. Are either made in a left handed model?