I recently took a combat handgun course and noticed the class was roughly divided between 1911's and the new wonder guns. The instructors favored the Glock style weapons, although the guys with 1911's more than held their own. I can understand the legal ramifications of a DAO style weapon-vs-a cocked and locked one, and why the powers that be would favor the newer weapons. My question is: from a purely combat shooting point of view, are these new guns superior to the 1911? And is the .40 SW really a better choice in caliber? Not trying to plow old ground here, but I've shot the 1911 .45 for over twenty years and would welcome some opinions on the subject.