Now I really want to apologize before-hand for any uproar made by this question that Im sure many will find ridiculous. I am fairly new to guns, so for me it is a legitimate question. What is it about 1911s that makes them a 1911. As in, what separates a 1911 from other semi automatic hand guns? Is it the mechanics? The style? Is it just a brand? Again sorry for the ignorance, i just dont know.