..sorry..l forgot to mention that Sig Sauer sent me the little .45 "Ultra" specifically in response to my comments on short-barreled 1911 platform pistol. If you recall, I basically agreed with Rob Pincus that I'd never had much luck with shorter-than-Commander length .45 1911s, with the specific exception of dual recoil spring Detonics Combat Master.
Probably the best thing I've read since that imbroglio was from my old friend Ken Hackathorn, as quoted by Rich Grassi in the Tactical and the Shooting Wire:
-- Currently there are negative perceptions that are being expressed on the 1911 style pistol. Your take?
"I have a hard time being objective about it," he said. "I grew up with it, invested a lot of effort in learning how to use it."
The basic service pistol, the 1911 pattern gun has gotten the job done for over a century. "I carried it daily." The question as to whether the gun will withstand a 2,000 round test or class without cleaning or lube is silly.
"My question is, "Will the gun go three magazines without choking?"" he said. "I only carry three magazines with the gun. As a practical matter, it's most important that the gun work through that load."
"If I'm in a place where I need more than that pistol and those magazines," he said, "I'm in the wrong place with the wrong gun at the wrong time. It's a bad day."