After selling one of the "safe queens" that I knew we would never fire, I bought this gun to give to my son-in-law. It can be used for home and self defense, fired moderately and likely still hold its value.
The 1911 is popular among the general public in the U.S. for practical and recreational purposes. The pistol is commonly used for concealed carry thanks in part to a single-stack magazine (which makes for a thinner pistol that is, therefore, easier to conceal), personal defense, target shooting, and competition as well as collections.
There are no fasteners of any type in the 1911 design, excepting the grip screws. The main components of the gun are held in place by the force of the main spring. The pistol can be "field stripped" by partially retracting the slide, removing the slide stop, and subsequently removing the barrel bushing.
My 1974 gun was the one that Zack performed so well with at the gun range back on Labor Day Weekend. That gun had been with me about twenty years but I was happy for him to have it. I hope he uses it for the next twenty years.