Ok, so I just started shooting guns again for the first time in 6 years (I just graduated from college and didn't have time for it). I have little experience shooting pistols, except for the 300 rounds I've put through my new Glock 23 over the last 2 months. I'm getting my concealed carry license this week, and due to many of this forums post, and my own research, I've decided that I want to carry the .45 ACP, and not the .40 S&W. So, since I've decided the .45 ACP is the best caliber, I'm trying to decide which gun is the best platform for that caliber... - I've considered getting a Glock 36 because I'm already familiar with Glock, and can get one for $600 new. I've shot the G30, and can control it better than my G23. However, I've heard from more than 10 reliable people that use Glocks that the G36 WILL jam if fired one-handed and "limp-wristed." I don't know if in a self-defense situation I'll always be able to have a death grip on my gun... will a 1911 due the same? - I've considered the Springfield XD. Similar to Glock, just as reliable, costs about the same, but a little more bulky, which is the main deterrent, as I'm 6'2" and 130 lbs (it's genetic). - And then there's the 1911, which seems to dominate the .45 ACP arena. I've seen lots of people recommend Kimber, Springfield, and Para. I think I can conceal one well, as they're thin. The weight on the Kimbers is low enough to make me more inclined to carry it every day. They just cost SO MUCH. I don't know if I can justify a $1,000 gun purchase. I really like the Kimber Pro Carry II, but need to find one to shoot first. I've also heard from more than one source that Kimbers and other 1911's require a break in period (which I guess means $150 in ammo to "break it in"). So, can the 1911 fans here please give me the pro's of the 1911 over the Glock, and dispel my fears of cost, break in period, reliability, size for concealment, etc? I don't have the money to buy multiple guns, so I want the gun I buy for my first concealed carry to last a lifetime.