I have a Terry Tussey 1911 that wouldn't jam if it was caked in mud.
But we are talking stock here right? A $800 SA Loaded model or Kimber Custom would serve this guy well. I have two loaded models and either one has produced a failure:
My parkerized has 3200 rounds through it.
The lightweight has 1000
(not a lot but it's only 2 months old). Very happy with them, I thought for sure I'd be sending my first one to Tussey, but it's tight, lock up is strong, the fit and finish is good, and it prints well. Most importantly it goes bang when I pull the trigger.
However, if you have the money and are patient---- a custom build is freak'en great! If you don't have the patience...
My favorite gun in my safe... Breathtakingly great accuracy, fit and finish, tight as heck-- just a bad arse pistol!