I was having a discussion on another forum about the best kind of semi-auto pistol for a beginner dead set on a pistol instead of a revolver and the discussion got interesting. The OP was looking for the purposes of self-defense. Someone recommended a 9mm 1911 and another member's comments are below:
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I would also never recommend a single action only trigger for a beginner. 1911's are not beginner carry peices. Do understand that this would necessitate that you carry a gun loaded, with the hammer back (the safety on)and ready to fire 24/7. This was the same dumb move I did when I got my first concealed carry piece. I ran out and bought the latest and greatest Officers model 1911 that Kimber offered and then I was scared as hell that I was going to have a negligent discharge carrying it. I have no problems carrying a full size 1911 in this condition these days but it took a lot of practice to get to where I was safe and comfortable doing so. I ended up buying a revolver after the 1911 fiasco. Don't get me wrong. I don't like anyone bad-mouthing my 1911's! I just don't believe that they are right for beginners.
Disclaimer: This is not an attack at all. I understand your point and agree that if one should chose to carry a 1911 that practice is necessary (but that is true of any weapon). I just thought I would offer my own humble opinion.
Just think about your last time in a gun store with an inexperienced individual. Have you been transversed with a gun he/she was holding with his/her finger on the trigger? It has happen to me a few times, and while I know the weapon wasn't loaded, its still an umcomfortable feeling.
For this reason I honestly think that a 1911 is a better choice for a first pistol. For example, it is more forgiving of accidentally touching the trigger, then say a Glock or XD. A novice may grab the trigger when picking up a gun and have a neglient discharge. With a 1911 with either the hammer down on a hot chamber or hammer back with the safety on; the trigger cannot discharge the weapon. I would recomend a 1911 to a beginner before an Glock/XD type weapon.
P.S. FYI; although I am not a fan of Glocks, I do own two XDm's.