Excellent! In the 1911's favor is that the same gun can be used as a reliable SD weapon or as a target firearm. Though learning to shoot the 1911 well can be a challenge, there is no limit to the degree of precision that can be wrung out of it. It is an excellent first gun, because it will make you a more discerning buyer when the time comes to buy your next pistol(s)Haven't tried the 1911 style yet. Going back to the range soon, I'm going to try a couple then.