So. I've been shooting 1911's and BHP's most of my life. Since my early teens, really. I carry a 4" 1911 daily and probably put an easy 5k+ down the pipe annually. I'm not saying that I'm some kinda Tier 1/Ninja-commando but I'm pretty good behind a 1911.
I picked up an M&P-45 in a trade and decided to give it a try even though.... Well, let's face it.... It's plastic.
500 rounds in I'm faced with a cold, and brutal reality. I shoot the M&P better than any 1911 I've owned.
It's faster in transitions, more accurate in real world drills, more reliable in all conditions and generally shoots better
. No more tuning loads to get them to run right in my 1911. In fact, I've shot up several batches of handloads that I could never get to run right in my 1911's. It's eats anything I can fit in the mag.
My world's been turned upside-down.
Guess it's time to buy a -45C for EDC.
I had a similar revelation myself! What I started shooting and carrying is nothing like what I own, compete and carry now! I like my M&P45 so much that I actually traded for a second one. I am hooked and have gone from zero M&Ps a year ago to four...and working on number five!
I shoot my M&P9C better than my non compensated 1911 race type gun. Go with whatever works for you.