If you don't already have one, you should get a 1911 for the fun of it. I don't have one for my carry needs because I lean Glock 26 there. But I have a fullsize 1911 for fun at the range. Lots of guns are fun to shoot, but I've really been having a lot of fun with my Taurus 1911 aluminum, with rail. I know, you can buy a prettier and better example of a 1911. But even so, mine has just been great fun. Must be because it is winter time. My range is 200 yards away, through snow. I like to walk out there (or ski out there) and shoot at a steel swinging plate I have hanging out there. In summer I usually post paper targets, but don't bother with that in winter. The .45acp clangs the steel nicely At risk of controversy, it is fun how slow the recoil impulse of the .45 is. I prefer the quicker pace of the 9mm for carry. I know, some great shooters will think I'm talking crap, because they are plenty fast. I'm just saying, with me, the .45 seems to have a big magnified slow motion recoil. It is pleasant and gives me lots of time to think about my next shot, or do some daydreaming, while it is coming back down to get on target. The 1911, at least my Taurus with large beaver tail and checkering all the way around the full length straight grip, feels comfy in my hand. The .45 230gr FMJ target/plinking rounds give a slow, gentle, push back, as the barrel rises. A Glock 36 may be next on my list to try. Not sure if I'll ever switch away from carrying 9mm, but in the meantime the 1911 is a blast. ___________ I joined the NRA, have you yet?