Fight or flight type responses can also be tempered by past experience. I've noticed when faced with an entirely foreign 'o sh*t' scenario there's potential to freeze - which is usually me trying to figure out *** to do with this situation. It seems like thousands of potential options flood the mind at once and too much time gets spent trying to choose 'the right one.' It's gotten better since I recognized it and started to break the habit of overthinking things and just getting in there and getting it done ('don't think, just do' has become a mantra of mine). And if there's a second time I'm exposed to that scenario, there's no freeze - just action because I already know what to do with it. Practice makes perfect, so to speak.Not all people react to a "near death experience" the same way as compared to others. Understanding the "fight or flight" syndrome implies some people may fight, while others may run. That is why some people are said to be "very cool under pressure." Under extreme pressure, some people will freeze "like a deer in the headlights!" In addition, some people have faster reaction times in dangerous situations than others. I believe I have faster reaction times than others my age. I have escaped serious vehicle accidents by my quick reactions and always looking for a "way to escape!" At one time, I held a sales position that warranted a great deal of "windshield time" and I was putting about 60K business miles a year on my car. Fortunately for me, I have never had an accident that was my fault, and currently, I haven't had a motor vehicle accident or moving violation in over 35 years......insurance companies like me!
Fortunately for the majority of us, we won't have all that much practice being shot at or having to return fire. Which is also unfortunate in it's own twisted way, since preparedness will be limited.
As for the topic at hand, the video is interesting, but waxes a bit too poetic. I carried the 1911 for the first 10 years I owned pistols for the simple fact that most self defense scenarios are resolved with an average of 4 shots, the trigger and ergonomics are second to none, and it had a safety. I wasn't, and to a degree still am not, entirely comfortable carrying a gun without an active manual safety. There are plenty of reasons that aren't emotionally driven to choose the 1911 as your go-to gun for every day carry. And with the advent of A2 and 2011 type models that have higher capacity, plenty of reason to carry one of it's descendants. Reasons that don't have to do with it being '2 time world war champion' or 'the hero's weapon.'