Originally Posted by BlueTurf
My vote would be for the Colt 1911. It was one of the most solid designs of all time and remains so. The 1911 works so well that its design has remained for the most part unchanged for the last 100 years.
I would MOSTLY AGREE with you, but the 1911 has been improved over the years.
The original grip angle is wrong, in fact the grip angle on most modern 1911s is also wrong. There is a reason that Col Jeff Cooper said the mid-70's designed CombatMaster variant 1911 was the lightest kicking 1911 ever designed, much of that had to do with increased the grip angle. Some of it had to do with the dual (and then later triple)
captured recoil spring assembly.
The bushingless tapered barrel on the premium guns and the compact guns is an improvement over the original bushing design with the straight barrel.
There have been dozens of other changes over the years, including simple things like reshaping the thumb safety, the sights, etc. Many new patents have been filed as some improvements are more significant than others.
While its yet unproven, the new Detonics MTX 1911 may be the most refined and well thought out 1911 ever produced. 12 round double stack in a grip that is ergonomically shaped and has a smaller circumference than a single stack with standard wood slabs. A grip angle and shape that more closely resembles the Browning HP than a 1911, and directs recoil energy straighter down the arm reducing muzzle flip. Coned/tapered target barrel without the front bushing. Alloy framed milled to .001 tolerances with interchangeable grip lengths.
Yet with all that its still a 1911 operating system with the beautiful 1911 trigger.