In the great 1911 vs anything else debate, a critical fact is often lost: reliability isn’t that important. It is, but it isn’t. In other words, if you buy a good quality 1911 and treat it well, there’s no reason it shouldn’t go bang when required. If you’re a pistol owner who likes to treat ’em mean and doesn’t keep ’em clean—whilst shooting the living snot of your weapon—you’re better off buying a polymer pistol. And so the QOTD: how reliable does your gun have to be, given that you’re probably not taking it to Iraq or the Congo anytime in the near future? Is too much reliability not enough, or are you more “realistic”?