I stated earlier I'm on a list to get one of the Rugers. However, I expect it to function perfectly out of the box and print within 2" at 25 yards. If it does not, or I find a review stating it needs broken in, I ain't spending the money to break it in when there are so many cheaper plastic guns out there that will shoot that kind of group with no breaking in.
My reasoning is that if it jams out of the box, someday it will jam again. The plastic guns do not malfunction. They ain't pretty and they ain't classy and they ain't cool, but they work .
My dream gun is a 3" 1911 that works, but I know that's a fantasy, at least for me. Been there done that too many times. On my income, it's just too risky to put out the $1000 plus, hoping it will work when I know the $400 SR9c will absolutely work.
Some of you have seen my posts regarding 9mm vs .45acp. There's no difference in penetration, and percentage wise, the 9mm expands more. No, the 9 can't expand to a bullet that starts out as a .45, but the 9 can and does expand to at least .60 with +P ammo. I'd rather have that sure fire power than a 95% chance of firing in .45. A 45 is not the end all pistol caliber. Maybe it was in recent years now passed, but no more, not with the current generation of ammo technology.
I believe the biggest selling basis for the expensive 1911 is the cool factor. No one will ever make a handgun with more cool factor, unless it's a Colt Single Action Army. A 1911 hides very well, it's got a rich history and plenty of oomph for its intended purpose. I don't much like the blocky plastic guns, but I use and depend on them. They absolutely work, each and every one, be the Glock or Ruger, and that can't be said for the 1911's.
The 1911 saw its time with the military, but those guns were sloppy. If you shook them, the rattled. The tight fitting demanded today stole the reliability of those World War pistols. The issued military 1911 fired hardball like a house a'fire, but if anyone ever measured a 25 yard group from one of them, they'd find it way too wide to fit the modern day notion of an acceptable full size pistol. The 1911's time has come and gone. Except for the cool factor that keeps them in demand.
Sure, lots of posters here can say they have a Colt or Kimber or even a Sprinfield that is utterly reliable, but those few are very lucky or they had to "fix" it with replacement parts.
My point is this: Take 100 1911's out of the box and shoot 'em. Then take 100 plastic guns out of the box and shoot them. All of the plastic guns will work without a failure, but my experience and judgment tells me that less than half of the 1911's will work.
Still, I'm a sucker for the 1911 and suppose I always will be. Can't wait to get my hands on that Ruger.